Purpose and Procedure

Purpose of Yagyas

Having offered mastery over natural law, Vedas and Vedic lore prescribe procedures for performance of Yagyas to achieve various objectives of man’s life. The Vedic man sees expansion of happiness as the purpose of evolution. Thus, he asks for fulfillment of desires that lead to a happy life and celebrates the fullness of life which is gained through living in accord with natural law. The most fundamental law of creation is that of action and reaction—law of karma. One enjoys the merit of right action and suffers consequence of negative acts. Yagyas are the most effective mean for accelerating results of good action and diminishing impact of unwanted reactions.

Procedure during Yagyas

The performance of Vedic Yagyas involve incantation of specific mantras (compilation of syllables) from the Vedas and other related bodies of knowledge together with offering of prescribed items such as grains, fruits, dairy products like milk and clarified butter, sugarcane juice or candy, etc. into fire or at the altar symbolizing surrender of man’s possessions and aspects of his life to their source to be renewed and returned back to him. Each Yagya begins with enunciation of the intent and purpose for which Yagya is done (Sankalp), the name of the person who is initiating the Yagya, and the offering which is being made. By awakening the Creative Intelligence in his awareness through performance of Yagyas and aligning his life with the totality of natural law, man gains fulfillment of specified desires or protection against undesirable and adverse influences.