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Agni II: Conserving Energy PDF Print E-mail
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We examined some common examples of energy (Agni) in our last column. I am going to use the word energy for fire in this section because fire really does not denote the concept of Agni as far as its application with yagya is concerned. Energy in my view comes closest.

We discussed common examples of energy which included anger, love, jealosy, frustrations etc in our last column. These are the situations that we are familiar with. One thing common to all of these is that it is at an expression stage. We come to recognize energy or say Agni when it is being manifested or is ready for manifestation. We usually do not recognize the energy in its latency or in its potential.


We usually are not able to recognize energy before it is expressed. There are two reasons for that in my view. The first reason is that we spend most of our time outside of us. We are either reading a news paper or watching a TV. We play video games or go out and play golf. When we are not playing golf, we are talking about golf. We do not spend time looking inside. We do not have time for that. This one is easy to understand. I also think that there is another important reason why we do not feel our inner energy. That in my view is more important to understand. We normally do not know how to store and treasure our energy.

Yes, we do not know how and where to store our energy inside. We are too eager to express it the moment it is generated. We do recognize it when it is expressed. Most of us only realize it after it is expressed. Energy needs to be generated, it then needs to be conserved and treasured. It does not need to be expressed in manners that we discussed before. The energy then can be channelized appropriately for constructive means. We will here discuss the conservation part in this column.

How do we conserve energy that is generated in our daily lives? Is there any need for doing that? Why not just go on expressing it the way it wants to come out? We know how to waste our energy. We are actually experts in that. I come home. I am tired. My spouse does not smile. Anger arises inside me and we have a fight. It happens again a week later. It keeps happening once every week. I do not learn. I keep on wasting a significant part of my energy and life every week on the same topic. This is not so unusual a story. Many of us continue to be in the same mess all our lives.

A spiritual person starts questioning. Why should I waste my energy because some one (may be it is my spouse) does not smile. A spiritual person starts conserving his energy for better use. Mahavir says that:

“Ahimsa Sanjamo Tapo, Dhmmo mangal muttikam.”

What is the value of sanjam (discipline)? What is the value of brahmacharya? Sanjam is not important because it is a good thing to do. Sanjam is not important because Mahavir or other Gurus say it is the right thing to do? It is not good because God wants us to do so. Sanjam is important because it is a means to save energy. It reduces waste. We are talking about wastage of energy. It increases productivity. Brahmacharya is not important because it saves semen in the body. That is where we missed the boat. Science has proved that semen is not that vital anyway. Brahmacharya is important because it saves energy. A variety of tantrik techniques exist based on proper channeling of this conserved energy.

Ahimsa is not important because it saves lives. Anything that is alive today is bound to die one day anyway. Ahimsa is important because it creates a state of being where energy conservation is possible. Ahimsa bhava is important because there is no associated anger that is the passage for throwing large amounts of energy in a short time. That is the reason why Mahavir has put so much emphasis on Ahimsa and Sanjam. Tapa then makes sense. Tapa is the process of channeling this conserved energy. Tapa is the process of purifying the being through the use of this conserved energy.

There are other ways of conserving energy. The basic are sanjam and Ahimsa bhava. A lot of energy goes out through the eyes. In meditation, we either close the eyes or place it in a neutral position (half open, looking at the tip of the nose). We try to sit in lotus position with one hand place on the other. This creates a circle of energy. The circle goes from hand to hand and from feet to feet. We place a non conductor to sit on. This is another energy conservation technique.

Understanding yagya is important. It is not possible to understand yagya without understanding the concept of Agni. We have also to learn how to conserve and process that energy. Once we have some stored energy, we can experience and feel this energy. Effort may be needed to get familiarity with looking inside and feel this energy. The energy also starts showing and spreading around. Then and then only we can experience what Krishna is talking about. We shall explore this further in our next column.

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