Yogacharya Swami Anantdev
Havan and Satsanga - June 9, 2008
6 Tibetan Monks and many friends joined us for the sacred fire ceremony. This is what Leela (me) really wanted to learn - the essence of the fire ceremony. We have had other havans here but this was the first time that I felt like I really learned something, via observation.
The clay firebowl was the mouth of God and the fire was God and we fed it. We fed it so much, so fast, that the fire went out. What a lesson for eating. I observed how the different offerings burnt... and could see how that all related to our digestive fires.
I had heard that Anantdev does a havan everyday at Sri Kayavarohan Mahatirth in Gujarat. This is the temple that houses Lord Lakulish, a.k.a. Bhagwan Brahmeshwara. The ash from this fire can be used for healing many ailments.
After the havan we all went inside the temple to enjoy some chanting of Om Namah Shivaya - and then some yogic dance to a Krishna dhun. We danced and danced and danced. All the monks, everyone enjoyed it very much.
The Tibetan Monks still needed to finish their sand mandala, so had to leave in a hurry - but not without food sent with them made by Sue Moon (Kadambari), Joyce Linbrunner and Augusta Wester.
Then we all enjoyed a vegetarian potluck lunch.