I participated in Springen, Germany, in a yagna ceremony performed by Sri Swami Vishwananda. A yagna is a fire ceremony. It invokes the energy of specific deities, calling them into the ceremony to help us release and heal.
The yagna ceremony took place at Shree Peetha Nilaya the international center of Sri Swami Vishwananda in Germany. During the ceremony, there was singing of prayers to the deity - then 108 rounds chanting of mantras. Wood, ghee (melted clarified butter), a mixture of grains, fruits, sweet cooked pudding and coconuts were offered to the fire to ensure fulfilment of specific desires, the overall welfare of the participants, the entire society and Mother Earth.
In India, the simplest form of yagna is the domestic ritual performed by the householder who offers simple oblation into the sacred fire lit in his house. A more complicated version involves the setting up of three to five fires and the pouring of offerings into them such as food, grains, ghee and other vegetable substances by priests while chanting mantras simultaneously, invoking various aspects of God. Some yagnas are performed on a large scale for the general welfare of the entire community, to increase fertility of the soil, to invite rain and to welcome peace and wealth. Depending upon the degree of complexity, these yagnas may last from a few hours to several days.
With each offering and prayer there can be release of karma, energy blockages and illnesses which are surrendered into the fire to be burned or transmuted. In this ceremony one can also offer one’s own desire to do good to the deity being called upon. You may ask for help for yourself or another. Some yagna ceremonies are done for specific healing or purpose and sometimes specifically for mother Earth. No matter which yagna ceremony you attend, it can be a beautifully powerful and moving experience. More about this on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5tE0bBPIF0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbOt5bJDv1A&feature=related and