Spirituality today has become the buzzword. There has been a mass exodus towards the spiritual sciences. No, this is not indicative of evolution. This is a direct result of commercialising spirituality and selling these sciences as a panacea to all of world’s problems. Ironical, the very science of detachment has been tied with attachments of money and fame, feeding on the misery of helpless people who have no other alternative to look up to. Shamelessly these business propositions have been disguised and packaged as Yoga.
The effect of maya is powerful. The present age, kaliyug, was predicted to witness the downfall of dharma. Today with the adulteration of the pious sciences and the propagators, looking for Brahma, the Supreme Consciousness, is same as looking for a needle in the haystack. However the only way to evolution in this kaliyug is to keep on moving undeterred by attractions holding the hand of Guru. With constant tapa and sadhna, a seeker develops so much magnetism in him that the needle gets attracted to him on its own, no matter how much the hay.
For a yogi, the entire Creation unfolds as drama.
The ultimate purpose is to realise the drama and not get affected by scenes and acts. The need is to rise above karma. Lord Krishna emphasized on the same through his leela, not getting affected or attached with the play. This is called nishkama karma or karma free of attachment, that is, free of pain and pleasure. This is the underlying message of the Gita.
Only when a being has attained a certain level of detachment can they access the subtler forces of Creation through specific practices prescribed in Yog and Tantra. One such technique is the Agnihotra. Agnihotra is performed at the time of sunrise and sunset, the prime chant being idam na mam (all this is not mine, indicating detachment). To perform this havan one requires a level of detachment from the aspects of maya that intoxicate the five senses. A person who performs this havan has to be in vairagya, the samidha and samagri should be of the highest levels of purity and all those sitting should have a high level of purity in their achar and vichar. Exactly at the time of sunset and sunrise a specific shade of the sun's prana is awaited and as it appears the havan starts, the entire havan is normally completed in a minute or two.
This gyaan has been passed on to us by the Vedic rishis. They lived in hermitages and taught as per the Guru Shishya Parampara. They were the masters of all aspects of creation, arts,commerce and politics, sciences and warfare, yet they were not businessmen or politicians or performers. They were not allowed collection - aparigraha being one of the principal yamas. Charity and service was their mainstay and that is why they could attract the needle and in turn bless us with their wisdom.