SURRENDERING TO AGNI - THE FIRE WITHIN -
AGNI YANTRA TRANSMITS THE ENERGY OF PURIFICATION AND BALANCING OF AGNI - INNER FIRE -
MEDITATION ON CLEARING AND PROCESSING EMOTIONS,
PURIFICATION OF THAT WHICH DOES NOT SERVE THE HIGHEST - OLD PATTERNS, BELIEFS, IDEAS, ENERGETIC STRUCTURES..
The word AGNI is Sanskrit for "fire" - the great purifier.
Agni is symbolic for digesting food as well as digesting and processing emotions, thoughts, memories and past impressions..
Agni has three forms: fire, lightning and the Sun.
Agni is one of the most important of the Vedic gods. He is the god of fire, the messenger of the gods, the acceptor of offerings and sacrifice.
Agni is in everyone's hearth - he is the vital spark of life, and so a part of him is in all living things - he is the fire which consumes food in peoples' stomachs, as well as the fire which consumes the offerings to the gods. He is the fire of the sun, in the lightening bolt, and in the smoke column which holds up the heavens. The stars are sparks from his flame.
Agni is the eldest son of Brahma. In Vishnu Purana, Agni (Abhimani) the fire god is said to have sprung from the mouth of the Virat Purusha, the Cosmic Man.
His wife is Svāhā - Her name chanted, indicating the end of the mantra. In the Tibetan language, "svaha" is translated as "so be it". Whenever fire ceremonies are performed, svāhā is chanted. Etymologically, the term is probably from su "well" and the root ah "to call".
Svaha was originally a nymph and became immortal after marrying Agni. She is thought to preside over burnt offerings. It is said that the gods to whom offerings are being made through Vedic Fire Ceremony - Yagna refuse the offerings unless the word 'svaha' is chanted.
Agni had three sons of surpassing brilliancy: Pavaka, Pavamana, and Suchi, the personifications of the three fires that produced our earth and humanity. All these three names indicate purity. Agni, his three sons, and their 45 sons constitute the mystic 49 fires of the Puranas.
His three sons, according to the Vayu Purana, stand for three different aspects of Agni (fire): Pavaka is the electric fire, Pavamana the fire produced by friction, and Suchi the solar fire. Interpreted on the cosmic and human planes, these three fires are "Spirit, Soul, and Body. They are said to have been cursed by the sage Vasishtha to be born again and again.
Agni is also said to be the son of ten mothers who are all sisters - these are the ten fingers of man.
When Agni is described in form, he sometimes has two faces which are smeared with butter. He has seven fiery tongues and sharpened, golden teeth. He is red in color, with black eyes and wild, black hair. He has seven arms and three legs, and seven rays of light emanate from his body. He either rides on a ram, or on a chariot, pulled by goats or sometimes parrots.
Agni loves all his worshipers equally, and so is loved in turn by all of them. He visits everyone's hearth, no matter if they are rich or poor. He is the mediator between the gods and mankind. He is a great consumer of Soma..
The proper offering to Agni is ghee, which is clarified butter.
Agni also had the power to impart immortality on mortals, as well as remove all sins at the time of one's death.
AGNI IN AYURVEDA -
Agni or the “digestive fire,” is one of the most important principles in the ancient science of Ayurveda. It refers broadly to our ability to process all aspects of life, including food, experiences, memories, and sensory impressions. Agni is responsible for absorbing the nutrients and essential elements the body needs while burning off waste products (agni is the root of the English word “ignite”).
If our agni is strong, we’re able to digest food efficiently and easily assimilate our daily experiences. On the other hand, if agni is weak, our body won’t digest well, creating toxic residue or ama that lodges deep in our cells.
According to ayurvedic teaching, strong agni leads to excellent health and well-being, while the accumulation of ama results in the slow deterioration of the body and—ultimately—disease. The inability to metabolize emotions produces just as much toxic residue as undigested food. In fact, pent-up anger, long-held sadness, and lingering guilt are more debilitating for most people than problems with physical digestion.