The Vedic Yajna Fire Ceremony

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Now, there is a very revealing relationship between the kunda-yajna ceremony and the temple rituals of other religions. And it has to do with the entheogenic Soma communion providing a bridge to heaven.

Rituals associated with temple worship in Hinduism are called agamic, while those involving communication with divinity through Agni (or fire) are considered to be Vedic. The yajna fire ceremony is Vedic and involves four Vedic priests: the hota, the adhvaryu, the udgata and the brahman.

- The hota recites invocations and litanies drawn from the Rig-Veda. The hota is supposed to contemplate on and identify with the deity of the speech - Fire or Agni. Our word "hot" probably originates from this fire priest.

- The adharyu is in charge of building the fire and offers three kinds of oblation (sacrifices): those that blaze up, those that make great noise and those that sink. The adharyu is supposed to contemplate on and identify with the deity of the eye - Sun or Surya.

- The udgatr chants hymns set to melodies drawn from the Sama Veda (Soma). With the hota, he chants three type of hymns identified with Prana, Apana and Vyana in the body. He contemplates on the vital breath.

- The brahman supervises the entire performance and is responsible for correcting any mistakes by invoking the visvedevas (pantheon of celestials or devas). The only god that protects the yajna and within which the brahman has to identify himself with is the deity of the mind - Moon or Chandra.

There is usually one or occasionally three fires lit in the center of the offering ground. Oblations are offered into the fire. Among the ingredients offered as oblations are large quantities of ghee, milk, grains, cakes and Soma. Everything that is burned in the fire is believed to be received by the gods. In this way, the Soma communion is sacrificed in the fire altar so that it might be consumed by the gods.

The yajna ceremony encompasses the essential concepts in Vedic cosmology. The hota is symbolic of the morning star or "torch" of Venus, the adharyu is the Sun and the brahman the Moon - together comprising the Vedic Trinity. The udgatr then uses music to resonate the body and stir the inner energy of the body. Taking the Soma communion as they share it with the gods, the fire sacrifice is intended to provide a bridge to the top of Mount Meru where the celestial gods live.

As all altars descend from these most ancient traditions of the Vedi altar and the Vedic yajna fire ceremony - as it was performed along the Vedi river in the shadow of Mt. Aryarat in Vedi, Armenia - all religions can be considered a form of Soma fire sacrifice. In the case of Christianity, Christ and the crucifix replace Soma as the bridge to heaven and is cognate with the Moon god Chandra, the son of sun god Surya and the Brahmanical goddess Vena.

* Kunda is associated with frankincense and the number 9. It is also a sweet dish made from milk, ghee and the other Soma ingredients sacrificed in the yajna ceremony. In the Czech language it has been corrupted as a derogatory folk expression used to refer to a pretty or "hot" woman.