Monday, August 11, 2008

Born out of fire

I have posted today an article 'Initiation through Fire' which you can read at leisure. Nature teaches us many truths and the one that we experience when you see the picture on the right is the beautiful carpet of wild flowers which adorns the forest floor. What is so unique about this scene is that this very forest was devastated by a wild fire during the previous summer and you can still see the scarring on the tree trunks.
Nature uses fire as a cleansing medium and gets rid of all the deadwood and unyielding flora.

Bhagawad Gita ch 4-37 says:
"Like the well burning fire burns all the wood, in the same way the fire of knowledge (self-realization) burns all the Karmas (deeds)"

We find many references in Avesta and Pahlavi literature to show that Fire is venerated, and equated with the glow of Ahura Mazda. (Ahura Mazdā is the Avestan language name for a divinity exalted by Zoroaster as the one uncreated Creator, hence God.)
We also find that there is a close association of Fire and Asha in Zoroastrianism. Asha primarily means Cosmic Order, similar to what ancient Aryans call it "Rta" in Sanskrit.

It is only through the perception of this inner knowledge, where in one finds the seat of cosmic order that one can find the means of eradicating maya or illusion and ascend to divine nature.

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. Like fire of knowledge burns all the karmas, hindu tradition has it that all yagnas are done with a holy fire in which ghee is offered to get rid of the karmas thereby bringing peace and energizing oneself.

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  2. Thank you for elaborating on the ritual of yājña. In one of my article "Meaningful approach to Spirituality and Religion" I had written the following:
    "I propose to highlight only one of many practices that was pregnant with symbolism of the universal
    nature of the Spirit; namely the ritual of yājña in Vedic culture. For the Vedic sages, the elements
    were gods, and the yājñas or fire sacrifices which they performed were intended to bridge the gulf
    between the outer and inner worlds, between the human and the divine, to maintain the harmony
    and purity of the environment, and to transform the mortal into the immortal, which is also the
    ultimate purpose of yoga (this gulf is created by our own ego projection and is not real). Through
    yājña the environment channels divinity to us. Each yājña is related to a specific cosmic energy; the
    macrocosmic prana Shakti is called down into the microcosmic mandala of the yājña. Yājñas are, in
    fact, a type of exoteric yoga. They are the exoteric aspect of a process which is taking place
    internally, while inviting the invisible forces to shower their benedictions upon those present."
    This could be a further insight into the ritual of yājña.

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