It is full of strong calming energy. Tims eyes suddenly filled with tears five months ago, when we first set foot here. My mind became peaceful and the soul wide open.

Every time we are present in the fire-ritual (homa) that is done here, Jana’s serenity is shining and with closed eyes, is she reciting sanskrit mantra by heart. And our energetic girl Isha sits calm and silent near the fire for 10 minutes and then falls asleep in my arms for the rest of the ceremony. Literally every time. Every one knowing her sees her jumping and running and expressing her emotions. Such a strong energy and safety in this room, that naturally she feels relaxed.

Both girls regularly ask to come here again.

It is a place in the back of the Kaivalyadham-campus where the spiritual leader of Kaivalyadham lives, Swami ji.

In 1924 swami Kuvalayananda founded kaivalyadham. He was an educator and a pioneering researcher as he started scientific research on yoga in 1920, and published the first scientific journal specifically devoted to studying yoga.

Today swami Maheshanandaji is conducting the ancient Himalayan ritual, Agnihotra (fire ceremony and Vedic chanting)

Some facts on Swami

The word swami means master. Master the habit patterns and ego to let the eternal Self within come shining through. A swami is a monk. In the Indian Law becoming a swami, is regarded as civil death.

A swami has taken vows of renunciation. “I am a threat to none, a danger to none; may no living being henceforth fear me.” All materiality has been given up and the past has been ‘burnt away’. A renunciate claims an intimate relationship with all, attached to none. “Attached to none” means that he desires nothing from anyone, needs no emotional support from anyone but gives encouragement to all.

Being present is healing

Swamiji is present. He encourages our family by seeing us. Hardly any words are needed. We feel welcome and loved and pure, being in an healing environment.

The ritual that Swami Maheshananda learned from his guru, and shares with whoever wants to be there, is supporting that energy. The strength within us all.

Agnihotra, HOMA ritual

Agnihotra, is a healing fire from the ancient science of Ayurveda. It is a process of purifying the atmosphere through the specially prepared fire.

The tradition says we can make changes in the atmosphere with Sanskrit mantras and fire prepared with specific organic substances, timed to the sunrise/sunset biorhythm. The fire burns in small copper pyramid. Rice, dried cowdung and ghee are burned and these qualities with the  rhythms and mantras and energy from the fire, produces the full effect of this healing fire. The medicinal advantages are said to be: Agnihotra renews the brain cells, revitalizes the skin and purifies the blood. It is the holistic approach to life. Thousands of people in different parts of the world have experienced wonderful healings of all types of ailments by using Agnihotra ritual and the ash. A German pharmacist, even makes ash medicines.


For us, we are happy that this ritual is done every day in Kaivalyadham and blessed that we can be part of it regularly. Share some vibrations and love and of course we welcome any support to recovering and health.