A homa is a sacred fire ceremony in which various forms of the Divine are invoked in a sacred fire that has been kindled according to the guidelines in the Vedic scriptures. They bring powerful healing and spiritual upliftment.
(According to India's ancient spiritual tradition, certain ritual practices have the power to attract divine cosmic energy for the benefit of the practitioner, his or her household, and the world at large. One of the most powerful practices involves homas.)
Certain special offerings are made into the fire while Sanskrit mantras are chanted. The combination of the powerful energy of the fire element, the most transformational among the Five Elements, and the chanted mantras creates extremely auspicious and purifying vibrations that are beneficial to all who attend the homa.
The smoke that rises from a homa contains a powerful healing energy, and as it rises to the heavens it purifies the atmosphere, both physically and subtly, encouraging a peaceful environment and gentle weather. Even the damaging effects of natural catastrophes can be reduced through the performance of homas.
The energetic vibrations that are invoked during a traditional Vedic fire ceremony represents one of the most powerful presence of the Divine on Earth. The element of fire is associated with the upward motion of the divine kundalini energy and is considered to be the most powerfully purifying element. Every kind of negative karma can be purified by the sacred homa fire, due to divine grace.
It is true that sitting in one homa fire (for an hour or more) can roughly be the equivalent of doing intense meditation, for a month.
During the actual homa ceremony, we start with a few introductory mantras, bringing in the energy of our divine lineage, including Sri Kaleshwar, Shirdi Sai Baba, Buddha, Jesus, Mother Divine and other divine souls, for bringing the highest healing and blessings to all who attend.
Then we light the fire, and chant powerful ancient Sanskrit and Telugu mantras together, as a group. These mantras vary depending on which kind of homa we're doing and what energies we're invoking, although some flavor of the Mother Divine energy is always an important part of the process.
While the homa fire's energy is building and people are chanting the mantras, everybody gets to hold a rose and a few sticks of incense, which will later be offered to the fire in the final group offering.
We offer sacred materials into the fire, including ghee, rice, flowers, incense, and a coconut.
The special Full Moon homas, for increasing prosperity on all levels (including spiritual) and for connecting in a beautiful way with the Mother Divine directly, involve a few more specialized offerings: nine different types of oils, fruits, flowers, and seeds.
It's not uncommon for people attending a homa to experience internal heat intensifying, since the internal heat is a response to and reflection of the external fire.
Many different purification symptoms, and symptoms that the soul is being super-charged in the fire's energy and power, can also occur, such as:
Intense emotional cleansing and release
Powerful heart-opening joy and love
Negative thoughts and agitation swirling around in the mind as they wash out of the person's system
Altered states of consciousness including going into deep meditative trance
Insights into what really needs healing in our lives, or solutions to problems that hadn't been clear
Physical, psychological, emotional healing
A sense of inner peace and calmness
At the end of the ceremony, after all the mantras have been chanted, we offer our collective prayers and intentions as a group in the form of incense and flowers.
Then we 'cool down' a little bit, at times, by singing some bhajans and kirtans, sacred songs praising and invoking the divine.
Many times the on-going energy and blessing of the homa fire is experienced later on in the day or even over the next few days or weeks.
As the purification side of healing goes on, you may feel agitated or irritable, or have sensations of heat or tingling in the physical body. Similar to any energetic healing experience, you may find that you want to rest a little more than usual during the day, and drink more water than you might normally.
Emotions of all kinds (sadness, joy, anger, gratitude) might run a little high.
Sleep is usually deeper and feels more restful after a homa. Dreams may be vivid.
Memories of the homa fire itself (even the scent of the smoke!) may come to mind
at seemingly strange or random times.
Sometimes the mantras you chanted at the homa will return in your mind, as
though a record of them is playing. It's a beautiful chance to go deeper
with the mantras, and to re-experience the same healing energy, at any time,
that you encountered at the homa.
A sense of well-being and inner peace, or a feeling of connectedness to your Higher Self or the divine, however you consider it, may increase. Moments of open-heartedness, and a deep appreciation for loved ones and all beings in general, may occur...!
There are many different reasons why a person might want to host a homa.
The real significance of making a donation in order to sponsor a fire homa
(through making your home available, providing the homa materials like ghee
and turmeric, kindling wood & a coconut, or offering food and drink to the people
who come to attend the homa, or even, in the case of extreme healing need, paying a financial donation FOR the actual homa) is that one is offering one's negative karma (in the form of the effort to offer your home, or the cost of food, homa materials, or money) to the homa fire. Through the power of the homa ceremony, the negative karma is destroyed and replaced with positive karma.
If a person is experiencing difficulties of any kind, sponsoring a homa will help to lessen those difficulties. The homa fire is capable of destroying the most negative karma at the very root, and karma is ultimately the cause of all problems. In addition, sponsoring a homa is a very sacred act of merit, as homas benefit all attendees, as well as the entire world.
It's also important that whoever attends a homa make some contribution to the process. For maximum healing to take place, it's important that an energy exchange of some kind is involved - either a small financial donation, bringing food/drinks to share at the homa, providing homa supplies like roses or ghee, helping to clean up after the ceremony, etc.
By making a small donation, we can bring great benefit to many creatures, and this enhances our own pool of merit, or positive karma.
Positive karma makes the path of our lives smooth and clear, and gives us the opportunity to be in the presence of and benefit from holy people. Thus, sponsoring the sacred homa can both reduce one's negative karma and enhance one's positive karma, which makes life more conducive to spiritual practice and which ultimately leads to the highest liberation.
The Universal Church of Baba's Kitchen is making the fire homas done in Santa Cruz, California, available to anyone, anywhere, for participation in the powerful blessings & healing that result from these divine fire ceremonies.
The fire homas are performed every full and new moon. (The only exception is during eclipses, when it's advisable to refrain from doing a homa.)
In order to receive the blessings & high energy from the divine fire, you can sponsor a fire homa in your own name, or someone else's, and the names of sponsors are read out during the fire homa. The entire group of attendees says, "Om MAMA" three times after each name, to send the fire's energy & healing vibrations to that individual.
The dakshina (suggested donation) for sponsoring a fire homa is $25 per person (& per homa).
Yes! I'd like to sponsor an up-coming homa by making
a tax-deductible credit card payment HERE:
You can contact Alx & Jonathan for specifics if you're interested in becoming a sponsor, either by calling 831/ 421-2972 (Santa Cruz area) or 831-421-1921 (West LA) or emailing UCBK directly.
If you prefer to sponsor by sending a check, it should be made out to The Universal Church of Baba's Kitchen & sent to P.O. Box 1598, Felton, CA 95018.