I was looking for the key that opens the chamber of secrets on the 'Yagna' - and after much searching and inquiring I found the key!
On the door of the treasure chamber was written "Om Tat Sat".
I unlock the door and walk in. On a red velvet curtain there is something embroidered in gold:
"To Those Who Enter: The chamber exists only for 360 days and 360 nights! Reach the top or be consumed by fire! Many will come and Read, Few will Hear, and Only those pure of Heart shall ever reach the top!"
I am determined and move on. This chamber is vertical with stairs going up Seven levels. It is suspended in space and the walls are made of earth, wind, fire and water. I see a white light coming through the top of the chamber and then passing the crystal floor on the 7th level breaks up into blue, green and red, illuminating the lower levels. I find knowledge written on ancient leaves. I think these may be clues, so I start reading.
"You can purify your body by following a proper diet.
Money is purified through charity.
Actions are purified through seva.
Mind is purified through pranayama and Sudarshan Kriya.
Emotions are purified through bhajans.
Intellect is purified through knowledge."
Thus is given the essence of the yagnas.
So many dusty leaves of sacred knowledge.
I find leaves on the secret of the 12 types of Yagnas in the Gita, and the Nachiketa Yagna from the Kathopanishad.
"BRAHMAN is the oblation; BRAHMAN is the offerings; by BRAHMAN is the oblation poured into the fire of BRAHMAN; BRAHMAN verily shall be reached by him who always sees BRAHMAN in all actions."
"See creation as fire of Yagna, so too the rain, the earth, man, and woman. The Vedas declare that man should also do Yagna for Brahman with Vedic knowledge, for devas with homa, for ancestors with shraddha, for humans with food, and for creation with bali."
"May my body, breath, and mind be fit for Yagna. May the Kundalini fire purify and transform."
Embedded in the secret of the Yagna is the secret of the Mantra. The continuous up and down movements of the sounds "Sa" and "Ha" is making this chamber vibrate, it almost seems alive like a Being!
As I brush the dust off another leaf, a voice inside me whispers a sacred-secret knowledge, it is telling me about the yagnas for the finite vs infinite, internal vs external, microcosm vs macrocosm, Apara (lower) vs Para (higher)!
When I pick up the next leaf the letters on it rise up and start burning, they pierce through my body, then my mind and reach the core of my heart. A voice in my heart reveals the secret of the levels of yagnas and the progression from the first to the final one! I see Nachiketa's footsteps here and follow...
As I climb to the next level I hear a voice, "The finite purifies, transforms, merges, unites into the infinite." A scribe on the wall reads, "Asatoma Sat Gamaya - Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya - Mrtyorma Amritam Gamaya."
Level after level, layer after layer I am unraveling the secret knowledge of the Yagnas!
I keep climbing, still looking for the knowledge on the Yagnas for Karmas and Vasanas to do the Yagna for my Jiva.
The 6th level has mirrors, in one I see my body in flames, in another I see myself inhaling and exhaling fire, and so on.
Behind the last leaf, up on the top 7th level in this secret treasure chamber I see a brilliant light - that of a thousand suns! The ancients wore this Sahasra crown on the top of their head - the Mayans wore it, the Egyptians wore it, the Zorastrians wore it, and the Vedics cognized it.
"I" can enter the 7th level through a burning door that opens only for a flash of a moment so "I" need to be acutely aware when I take the leap of faith, and for a moment the door to eternity will open and suck me in!
Websites on Yagna:
Lecture 15, from 25th minute http://chinmayasaaket.org/resources/audio/
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