the video shows part of a Vedic Fire Ceremony & Pranic Self-Healing for Inner Peace & Inter-dimensional Healing that i presented at Mind Body Spirit Collective meeting at the United Methodist Church in Oneonta NY in May 2011.

video kudos to Swami Sadasiva

Rev. Niradhara is an ordained Interfaith Minister, a Vedic pyro-priestess and Yoga Alliance International Certified Yoga Teacher, a Vegan, Eco-Advocate and Peace Activist, Prison Minister, an expatriate, an outsider/ visionary artist, a stitcher/ mender and a migrant grandmother - sharing the nectar of bliss among all spiritualities, cultures and economies, bridging the gap between social, ecological and religious injustices.

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Agni Hotra is the foundational Yajnya – a bio-energetic process of purifying the atmosphere with pyro-dynamics - aligning with the circadian rhythm of sunrise and sunset. Agni = fire and Hotra = oblations.

Agni Hotra was resuscitated from the Vedas in 1944 by Parama Shree Gajanan Maharaj in Akkalkot, Maharasthra, India. - he promoted the integration of this practice to counter act the industrial age of pollution and for anyone to practice, regardless of faith, creed, religion or lack of these - as a practice of healing the growing environmental pollution with pyro-dynamics found in Vedic Science.

According to Vruksha Ayurveda teachings, Agni Hotra vibrations, smoke and its resultant vibhuti ash is a bio-barrier and negates the effects of radiation activity, smartdust and chemtrails - it protects the thyroid and it chelates heavy metals.

Agni Hotra neutralizes harmful radiation in living beings and cleanses the atmosphere, water and soil.  The vibhuti ash contains potassium iodide and numerous other trace elements which enrich soil and heal living organisms when ingested in very small quantities or used topically. Folk medicines for many cleansing and purifying purposes are easily made from the ash. 

Agnihotra ash is not made radioactive (although the ingredients used to prepare the fires may have been radioactive) and all 92 natural chemical elements including sulphur, carbon, magnesium, hydrogen, oxygenated nitrogen and more are present in Agnihotra ash.

If we injest some Agni Hotra ash, the body absorbs the micro-elements (like healthy natural iodine) from the ash, and if we later with our food take in more iodine which may be radioactive, the body would not incorporate these radioactive micro-elements, the organs and especially the thyroid and brain is protected. it acts as a bio-barrier. recommended eat 1/4 tsp Agnihotra ash before every meal with a glass of water. liberally mix a 1/4 tsp into a bottle of drinking water any time of the day.

it is a discipline that takes time to develop but is quite effective. using the ash as folk medicine gets quicker results within a day or days, pranic healing from the smoke does require regular practice and has been proven to cure asthma and many ease the effects of chemotherapy among many other healing effects.

“According to Vruksa Ayurveda teachings, Agni Hotra totally solves the radiation problem. Even more so, Agni Hotra negates its effect. Agni Hotra neutralizes harmful radiation and cleanses the planet”.   re: my Guruji Shree.

in emergency situations, potassium iodide is recommended to protect the thyroid, the main target of radioactive damages in people - other ways of coping with radioactivity via diet rather than supplements are suggested here:

all about Agni Hotra Ash Therapy with Folk Medicines you can make yourself from the doctor who originally revived the ancient techniques and wrote the book about it- now available in pdf FREE to download

GOD IS GREEN: and in the Vedas even science is God. Agni Hotra is an Ayurvedic Medicinal Science. It finds earliest mention in the Atharva Veda (1000 BC), vi 97,1 though pouring ghee into the ritual fire was known as early as in the Ṛgveda (c. 1400 BC) and it the closely related Zoroastrian religion (Yasna Haptaŋhāiti). There is a simplied version of the Agni Hotra in the Grihyasutras and in later post-Vedic texts.


the above havan is performed on the day of planting new seeds. for this i use a biodynamic calendar and the principles of planting each seed with an atmosphere infused with healthy prana from the yajnyas and adding the vibhuti ash into the hole with the seed. watering is done with more ash added to the watering can. all thru the year the Agni Hotra sunrise and sunset ritual is performed. especially during planting and growing season an hour of Tryambakam, Maha Mrtynjaya Mantra is also performed in the garden daily preferably around noon. the ash is collected separately for the garden and the Agni Hotra timings ash is collected and seived for folk medicines. i have a small plot, those with about an acre of veggies will need to encourage the family to take turns with the Yajnyas. it will take approx 4 hours per day of Tryambakam Mantras to generate enough smoke and ash to make the optimal health of your garden possible. yes its a big commitment but today we garden like our children's lives depend on it, because they do.


Agni Hotra is recommended as Ayurvedic healing for personal and collective healing on an atmospheric scale restoring balance via prana to water, soil and human consciousness. yes i said 'science' - in Vedas, science is not separate from the Divine Nature. Nature itself, even science, is contained in God and IS God. i believe we can give gratitude and show honor to the Divine Source by leaving a light carbon footprint, cleaning the water, soil and atmospheric pollutions, living as green as possible, growing our own food and not supporting the chemical and oil based industries which exploit humans and animals for our most basic need for this life as we know it - to sustain the anamaya kosa - the food body.


Today, on every continent, people in every walk of life and from uncountable diverse backgrounds are now practicing Agni Hotra and enjoying its theraputic benefits (folk medicines are prepared from the resultant ash from these healing fires) as taught by visionary and revolutionary teachers for the purpose of healing naturally, harnessing Source energy direct from the Earth’s solar cycles.

Because Agni Hotra is an instrument of peace that supports and induces healing, it is compatible within any religious or secular context. you start where ever you are on the path and you just begin, the fire will show you the way.


Agni Hotra is the cornerstone for all Havan or Yajnya fire practices given in the ancient Vedic sciences of agriculture, bioenergy, psychotherapy, medicine, climate engineering and even interplanetary communications. Agnihotra is tuned to the circadian rhythm of sunrise and sunset. The process is simply to prepare a small fire of specific ingredients in a copper pyramid of prescribed size and putting some grains of rice into the fire at the exact timing of sunrise and sunset along with specific mantra. If possible, keep a corner or a room in the home set aside for Agni Hotra. The materials can be carried with you in your car or backpack. It is recommended to stop for a few minutes and practice at the exact timing wherever you may be to keep the continued attunement of your personal biorhythm in harmony with the solar energy.

you can now find an iphone app for Agni Hotra timings that will keep you in practice even while traveling away from your home schedule.


copper puja utensils, primarily the special copper pyramid vessel, unbroken whole rice, ethically sourced cow's ghee, dried cow's dung, specific mantras, exact sunrise and sunset timings. these things are detailed below.


(a spoon and small ghee dishes as desired) - essentially, a pyramid vessel (called a Kunda) - of exact size and angular proportion as prescribed in Vedas for the Agnihotra is necessary to create the vibration desired. This measurement reflects the proportion of the Great Pyramids in Egypt as well. This is the only utensil that will not be readily available in puja shops or indian grocers and must be purchased or given to you through someone in the practice. our Guru had these specially commissioned. full kits are available as well.

contact me to purchase a  copper kund pyramid or starter kit -

many other resources including sacred gobar (cow's dung cakes) from cow's raised in Homa environment by vegetarians and vegans in the UK and USA

RICE (Akshata) -

Only unbroken and unpolished brown rice should be used for Agnihotra. Sort out the broken bits and keep the whole grains for the fire in a glass jar. If the rice is broken, the subtle energy structure is broken and will not complete the full Agnihotra effect. any amount of Akshata will do, however i find that counting out and offering 108 grains is an extra intention that i enjoy including in my practice.

ethically sourced cow's GHEE (clarified unsalted cow’s butter) -

Cows ghee acts as a burning agent and fuel and when its burnt along with all the other ingredients in the copper pyramid, it helps in creating copper oxide, copper sulphate and copper chloride. And this is also proven that places where agni hotra is performed on a regular basis those places are free from any diseases. cow's dung and ghee is imbued with antiseptic, anti-fungal and antiboitic qualities. this pure cow ghee is widely available in Indian markets and health food stores but labels must be checked carefully because buffalo ghee is often questionably substituted or mixed. For this reason many of us make our own – it is a simple process and much less costly. Use organic unsalted ethically sourced cow’s butter. The higher the content of grassfed cow’s butter that is used, the better quality ghee you have for Agni hotra purposes. This is not always possible to know unless you are raising your own cows.

FOR VEGANS:  i have been vegetarian since childhood and fully vegan since 1996 and so, as an Agnihotri, i have asked the relevant questions to the top authorities.  I have been assured by Shree that Agnihotra fire burns all the karmas and not to be concerned.  Yet, I have for a decade continued to source the most ethical ghee possible (from cows who will live out their lives in a sanctuary environment, whose babies are not sold to slaughter and who are organically grass fed and treated with respect as highly as Shree's Goshala cows.)

RECENTLY, I have been communicating with folks independently at Auroville who are also vegan and interested in plant alternatives to cow's ghee.  After some discussion and testing, I received this interesting news about the samples of Agnihotra ash prepared in Auroville as tested by a Bovis Biometer:

The values of the Vibrations of the various ashes of the Agnihotra [prepared with ghee, with sesame oil, and with sesame oil plus cow urine are the following:

·        "The first three samples have the same value of 136 billion Bovis units. So no difference between ghee and sesame oil. It is very rare to obtain the same values from different matters.

·        The ash from the Agnihotra on the roof of our house vibrates at 186 billion uB.

The very first observation when measuring the first sample of Agnihotra ash: that never before had he measured such a high frequency in any material substance. "

This last sample he mentions is from Agnihotra  performed together with 4 practitioners, on the roof of their home, surrounded by their garden which is a very special sanctuary filled with many wonderful healing energies. This suggests that the state of the existing environment and/ or the intent and number of the practitioners is also a factor in increasing the vibration of the ash.

further testing is being discussed using coconut oil, which has many of the same properties as cow's ghee.

If you are still keen to follow the original Vedic prescription, with respect to my Teachers, I am honoring that here and offer the Vegan alternative and will continue my research on this subject  because of the worldwide application of Agnihotra (not just India where cow's do not suffer this status).  In this era of so much abuse of the Mother Cow, i do believe it is not only acceptable but necessary to cease using ghee of an unethical origin in accordance with the first Vedic code of conduct AHIMNSA under which all other codices stand. I am working on helping the elder generations of this ancient practice understand the growing concerns of the Vegan Yogi community today on this.

If you have access to an ethical butter, here's HOW TO MAKE GHEE: Bring a quantity of the butter to a slow boil for 45 min to an hour. Scrape off the white foam that rises to the top and discard. The golden yellow liquid that remains minus the white solids at the bottom of the pot is GHEE. Pour slowly into glass jars taking care to not disturb the white solids at the bottom. When the white solids are reached, pour the remaining ghee with it into a small bowl and refrigerate, when the ghee solidifies you can pour off the white substance which will not solidify leaving pure ghee. The ghee has medicinal properties and does not need to be refrigerated and can last indefinitely so long as its not stored in metal or cracked ceramic, no other metal should be used except for copper.

DRIED COW'S DUNG (dung from male or female progeny of a cow) – again grass fed cow’s in an organic ethically sourced atmosphere are best. Make pancake like patties from fresh cow dung and let them dry on an old window screen in full sun. they should be flipped over and dried for one or 2 days each side. Store airtight. Cow dung is medicinal. In all ancient cultures, native Indians of North and South America, Scandinavians, Asians, Africans, Near-East Indians have all used cow dung for a variety of treatments. It is antiseptic and antibiotic. In Europe, books on folk medicine can stil be found containing references to cow dung as medicinal. If you do not have a dairy farm available which is suitable, there are providers of dried patties on the internet.

Collecting the droppings of a cow from an ethical organic source is not at all intrusive to the cow and may more truly be considered a gift or offering of the cow where milk to produce ghee is not always considered same. 


MANTRAS (not just any mantra, prescribed Sanskrit words given in the Vedas for Agni Hotra) -

you can refer to the sound link below for the exact way to chant it by Guruji Acharyaji Dr. Ram Karan Sharma.


Agnihotra Mantras Ram Karan Sharma 2010 Mp3 Gratuit

to the Sun i offer this oblation

this is for the Sun and not for me alone

to the Creator i offer this oblation

this is for the Creator and not for me alone


to the Fire i offer this oblation

this is for the Fire and not for me alone

to the Creator i offer this oblation

this is for the Creator and not for me alone


the repeating line IDAM NA MAMA is often appropriately translated poetically as "Thy Will (not mine) Be Done".

These mantras are uttered at the exact second of sunrise and sunset for the maximum effect.

Mantra is an ancient science of sound vibration for healing. Everything is vibration. There is nothing that is not formed of vibration. Where there is vibration, there is also sound. Light is vibration and so there also is sound current. Mantra is the science of how our human voice can resonate with nature’s harmonies. Mantra reinforces harmony which attunes the being and surrounding atmosphere to the Audible Lifestream, Cosmic Music, the Anahata Nadam meaning unstruck sound. This primordial vibration is endlessly eminating from the solar source. When these mantras are uttered, special vibrations are created that create atmospheric effects and bioenergetic effects due to our resonance with this sound current. Anything can be activated, changed or controlled by mantra. When Agni Hotra mantra is done with the blazing fire described here at sunrise and sunset, vibrations from the mantras are consumed by the fire and held in the ash, creating a powerful healing substance with countless applications.

TIMING is everything -

At the exact moment of sunrise and sunset, tremendous energies are generated in and around the copper pyramid and are vibrationally amplified as the Agni Hotra is performed. A magnetic- type field neutralizes negative energy and reinforces positive energy. Agnihotra neutralizes pathogenic bacteria and purifies the blood. Agnihotra smoke neutralizes harmful radiation in the atomsphere by gathering radioactive particles on a subtle level. Agni Hotra has a profound healing effect on the polluted atmosphere. Pranic healing is accomplished on 2 major levels, when we heal the atmosphere, the atmosphere heals us. The ash from these Yajnyas is added for purification of water, soil and all living beings.


Agni Hotra is practised at exactly sunrise and sunset every day. There are several definitions of sunrise and sunset given in the ancient Himalayan tradition of Vedic knowledge. However, for bringing nutrition to plant life and reducing disease, one particular definition should be used in the Agni Hotra practice. This is when the half disc of the sun is on the horizon and not counting refraction or visibility. Various tools are here to help know the differences.

and the most exciting new addition to the Agni loka is this: from the Vedic Society, the iphone iAgnihotra app!!!


The specific definition of Sunrise and Sunset given in the Vedas to create Agnihotra/ Homa atmosphere is half disc on horizon not counting refraction or visibility. There are many other definitions of sunrise and sunset given elsewhere in the Vedas for other purposes but the Agnihotra is specifically for supporting health, bringing nutrition to plant life and reducing disease. At sunrise the many fires, electricities, ethers and more subtle energies emanating from the sun extend all the way to the Earth and produce a flood effect at the coordinate where the sun is rising. The flood enlivens and purifies everything in its path, dissolving what is unpure in its wake. This torrent of life-sustaining energies causes all life to rejoice and that music can be heard most audibly – Anahata Nadam, the unstruck music, the Cosmic Sound or Audible Lifestream. the morning Agnihotra mantra is the essence of that music. It is the quintessential sound of that flood. At sunset the flood recedes. If you miss the timings for exact sunrise or sunset it is not Agnihotra and the healing effect of the ash will be missing.


Prepare your self first - Brush your teeth well and bathe or shower well before the appointed time and put on clean undyed, white or sun colored clothing.  if full bath is not possible,  please perform ritual bath of washing feet, hands, face and splash water with your right hand over your head, also brush your teeth or minimally rinse mouth thoroughly.  Nothing besides the above ingredients should be added to the fire (no wood) for medicinal grade ash.

1. choose a clean and quiet place.  In the copper pyramid kund, break up and arrange the dung first with a small piece with ghee on it on the bottom and then build it either like a triangular upright pyramidal shape or a log cabin - if you have alot of dung to spare for a bigger fire. small for indoors - larger for outdoors is a good rule. dot or drip a little ghee on top too.

2. take a stick shape of dung and smear ghee on the tip of it, this is your 'match' so the sulphurs and camphors or other puja items that you might use for other homas don't touch the medicinal grade vibhuti you will produce with the sunrise / sunset timings - if you do all these steps just so.

light that dung stick with a wooden match and when its flaming - shake out and toss the match aside not in the fire. put only the dung stick into the middle of the log cabin or into the triangular setup which ideally has one corner open a bit to slide it in. this should be lit 4 or 5 min before the actual timing of sunrise or sunset

while its flame is growing you can sit quietly and drip a bit more ghee on it if it is slow to catch.

3. meantime place some unbroken rice grains pref unpolished kind into a copper offering dish. if you dont have this, you can use your left palm. and if you are really nifty you will count our 108 grains into your palm but this many is really not required at all, i just like this little meditative touch of counting them and blessing them.

melt a bit of the ghee in the copper spoon and drip it into your palm or copper dish on top of the rice. if you dont have a copper spoon again clean hands will do the job. divide that glob into 2 offerings in the dish or palm of your hand.

4. just gaze at the fire and wait for the timing to come up. an atomic clock is an awesome thing to have here. as the clock hits the second - start the mantra and do the SVAHAS with the offering - half at a time of what you prepared. use it all in 2 clean swooshes.

if you dont have a copper spoon, you may use the two middle fingers and thumb of the right hand to offer above and drop into the fire. the offering should fall right into the center, the mouth of the fire while it is burning brightly at its peak.

you can listen here:
Agnihotra Mantras Ram Karan Sharma 2010 Mp3 Gratuit

                                    SURYAYA IDAM NA MAMA
                                    PRAJAPATAYE SVAHA (offering)
                                    PRAJAPATAYE IDAM NA MAMA

OM AGNAYE SVAHA (offering)

dont add anything else but love.

there are instructions on how to generate a timing sheet on with their free software - but its for PCs only and i have a mac so after years of hassles ... the gods heard my prayers and created the the iAgnihotra iphone app.  before this i had to beg off friends computers or the library - back in the good old amerika before homeland security shut down the ability to download the program at the library.

5. you can do like at an aarati and take some of the heat of the flame with your hand to your ajna chakra and or sahasrara or heart. now just meditate with the buddha eyes gazing in trayama ekatra style until the fire goes out. when the flame is out, you can do the same drawing the smoke to your energy centers.

6. after sitting about 15 min of meditation,  the devotees of Parama Shree Gajanan Maharaj chant the Sapta Shloki which he wrote - but technically you can do whatever you wish after the fire is out. some people honor the tradition of bowing to the fire before standing up.

just remember, during the yajnya you sit and tend to it without touching or moving it at all. this disturbs the vibrations. in fact if you can leave the pyramid as is til the next time, all the better.

7. before the next yajnya, sieve the cooled ash thru a metal strainer and store it in glass or copper with a lid for use internally (dotted on the tongue or mixed in water) or mixed w ghee topically. a pinch 3 times a day is recommended for normal purifications. up to once per hour if radioactivity or illness is present. you cant take too much. but only tiny amounts are needed.

NOTE: do not ever use water on the copper puja pieces. wipe out with a cotton cloth or if you really must use a tissue or paper product but i personally carry a cloth in my kit and keep one designated at home.

if you want to do Tryambakam yajnya for gardens, you can begin with Vyaruti mantra preferably as with any basic havan and then do a mala or an hour of tryambakam for generating garden ash. same general rules apply, svaha after each repetition of the Tryambakam mantra with a small drop of ghee. this should easily keep it going with a kund full of dung set up as for outdoor fire. or a dried dung ball as we do in india for the 24 hour fires. the fully staffed homa farms do 24 hours at full and new moon. get your family and friends together and give this a try!

whole thing should take 10- 15 min from set up to walk away unless you want to sit longer and meditate with it.

THE RESULTANT ASH (also known as its Sanskrit term VIBHUTI) from these fires is a wonderful folk medicine still being used in rural India today and among practitioners world wide. after sifting through a fine metal sieve, the ash either on its own or mixed with ghee or coconut butter is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anticeptic and a natural alternative to antibiotics. it contains nitrogen, potassium and over 90 trace elements. store it in copper or clean dry glass containers only. The chemical composition of the ash makes it especially well suited to averting the effects of radioactive waste pollutants. studies in Bhopal and Chernobyl have scientifically substantiated these claims over the recent years. these same applications may be helpful to be practiced by any interested persons as the radioactivity from the Fukushima site is carried through the wind and water current.

You can click below to hear the mantras associated with this practice and particularly the Agnihotra mantra which concerns us here (first link) with teaching and chanting of Shri BrahmanandaSarasvati's AnandaAshram fire ceremony by Guruji Dr. Ram Karan Sharma.

the transliterations are below each link.


Yajnyas can be created for any occasion or purpose. my introduction to this creative practice was while living at an Ashram in NY called Ananda - (Bliss).

The full collection of Fire Ceremony mantras we use at our Ashrams meditation programs are given with instruction here by Dr. Ram Karan Sharma, most senior and revered Sanskrit scholar and teacher:

Opening Salutations







Vyahrti Mantra - open the heart - Gayatri Individually




lifts the prayers with the fire from earth loka to atmospheric on the wind to the akash returning to the sun. and dedicates that this is done for Creator's glory not my own.

Gayatri Collectively



Gayatri - Savitri Mantra






Through the inbreath, outbreath and the balance of life, the essential nature which ignites the Triloka existence is the Grace of the Shining Beloved One. May all sentient beings transcend ordinary knowledge into subtle enlightenment by devoting Gratitude to the brilliance of that Nature.

Maha Mrtynjaya Mantra - Tryambakam




to the 3 eyed master of fire, shiva
i give this sweet offering
release us from bondage - like the fruit from the vine without a scar
liberate the mortal being with the sweet nectar of bliss

Siva / Narayanaya mantras



Guru Stotram





Shanti Padah





THE ELDERS - 'this is the Way - walk in it'

Divine Messengers come to us from time to time, generally it is told they come “at the end of an age”. Due to actions of humankind, karmas build up and divine intervention is necessary to put the harmony straight. All Divine Messengers come to do the work of the Omniscient Divine Energy that most people call God. the people who followed after each of these prophets and saints divide themselves into sects and groups in the name of their favored Messenger. This is done either from ignorance of the bigger picture or vested interest. In this way, the various religions have formed over the millenium. i have been blessed to have studied with some enlightened masters of our time. my eternal gratitude is given to Shri Brahmananda whose Ashram home in NY i was resident staff member of for some years after his Maha Samadhi, Dr Ram Karan Sharama whom i studied just a bit of Sanskrit under has generously lent his mantra teaching to this blog, Shree Vasant whom i lived and studied with in MP India the last years before he made the final transition of Maha Samadhi, and through him the teachings of Shree Gajanana of Akkalkot were revealed to me, Yogi Sivadas in Himalayas India, Sivarudra Balayogi of Dehradun India, whome i took diksha from while in NY, most recently i am learning the traditions of Haidakhan Babaji while doing seva for an ashram devoted to him in Ireland.

Wedding Yajnya

Namaste! I am Rev. Niradhara, an Interfaith Minister with a Yogic practice in Vedic Fire Healing Arts — based in the Catskills Mts of NY and registered in the 5 boros of NYC. i frequently can be found at my affiliate: Ananda Ashram Yoga Society of NY and with a special love for community on Nantucket Island, MA. In addition, for the next several months I am in India and am always available to travel.


with reverence & joy, I hold the space Sacred where ever it may be for your wedding, milestone anniversaries, baby’s naming, home or business blessings, funerals, tree planting dedications, meditation and worship gatherings and more. I am blessed to do this work and very grateful for it. It’s my delight and honor to officiate wedding & commitment ceremonies for any couple. I enjoy travel and will go anywhere. When i am in NY, is a short trip to NJ for legal same gender weddings, it is easy to arrange for me to travel for you ! If you would like to reach me to inquire about my availability for your ceremony call 917.916.3678 or contact me here:

What I can do

As an ordained Interfaith Minister registered with the City and State of New York, I can perform weddings virtually anywhere. Most of my ceremonies are in NY/NJ/MA. Don’t let this limit you, I can arrange to do a wedding or any ceremony anywhere around the globe. I frequent boston, nantucket MA and also winters in India. I work with you to create a personal, unique ceremony that represents who you are individually and as a couple, and what you believe in. Sometimes this means merging and marrying your two faiths into one ceremony. Sometimes it means honoring no particular faith path, but creating a ceremony that is spiritual and for a couple to bear witness to and honor their path of Love. I am available for and recommend pre-marital spiritual counseling.

As your wedding officiant, it’s my joy and privilege to answer questions, put you first, and put you at ease. I am here to support you. I will put energy and enthusiasm into the creative process of customizing your wedding ceremony, as well as help you relax and enjoy your wedding day. Whether your ceremony is short and sweet, formal, religious, agnostic, or theatrical, my goal is to honor your path, the cultural, creative, or traditional rituals you might choose to include, and to provide you with a ceremony that honors your relationship, as well as your family and invited guests.

In the service of memorializing the life of a Loved One who has passed, I give special attention to the needs of the living to cope with the loss as well as the wishes of the one whom we are remembering. I am available for additional grief counseling immediately after or at any time – even months or years later – when a need arises for a guide and witness to this sometimes difficult process that can reveal its depths over the uncovering of layers in time. With Love and Respect, the funeral or memorial of a family member, friend or lover can be an uplifting and joyous renewal for those touched by the transition beyond the veil. The holding of memorial or funeral is always a starting point for healing one of Life’s unavoidable losses, the separation from One we Love by the veils of death. Whatever your belief of after life as we know it, we will together honor the life as we did know your Dear One. I can craft together a ritual that will hold the essence of the Dear One in a warm embrace of the community that shaped their life on Earth, as they transform. I am also able to create a ritual for the passing of your beloved pet. There is real need for healing this loss to the human friends of a pet who was part of your family and just as humans, transition, there is transition of a living being who deserves to be witnessed and held in the Light of Love.

Whatever the occasion, I bring to your ceremony or ritual, worship service or mediation room, a wide range of enthusiastic inspiration garnered from a lifetime of study and sadhana in the experience of multiple faiths and religions, spirituality and prayer among sentient beings. Whether it is a small, intimate service or performed in front of a large group of family and friends, celebrating life’s passages in community is vital to shaping the understanding of the human condition. Regardless of your spiritual background or absence of it, practice in faith or lack thereof, there are many things we all share as sentient beings: Love, Birth, Death, Rebirth (new beginnings). Sometimes even the process of divorce warrants a ritual which is tremendously healing. I can be of assistence in any of these and more. Privately or with your invited guests. I celebrate your culture, your lifestyle, and your personal beliefs with pleasure. I am at ease and excited on your wedding day, and it is my goal to help you feel comfortable and confident as well sharing these most intimate moments of life’s passage.

As an artist, I have worked with my art as my primary sadhana (spiritual practice) for decades. In the absence of a human Guru, at the age of 14, I began to be conscious of a particular visual language grounded in stitchery as my spiritual teacher. But my set of tools and yours likely will differ as you will have your own path and ways to bring to your art. If you have an interest in working with visual art, I would like to introduce you to your Satguru, (teacher within). Expressive Art sessions can be effective privately or with intentional groups for the purpose of self investigation or inquiring within (svadhyaya). We can have one purposeful session or a series of sessions weekly or monthly to explore a wide array of questions and revel in the results of what these mediums tell us beyond our mask of words and usual behaviours and routines.

What To Expect if you hire me

When you contact me by phone or email, I’ll respond to you ASAP, ask the date of your event, a few questions about you, and what kind of ceremony you want. My contact info is at the bottom of this post.

I would be delighted to create a Yajnya for any special day or create a ceremony without one that suits your spiritual and faith traditions as well as accommodate your chosen space... I can also create your altar. Dedication and arrangement of sacred space and full sensory presentation of a sacred environment are my passion.

Our collaboration on the special words, readings, vows and rituals you choose to celebrate your wedding service, memorial or any ceremonial day, will be exciting , cathartic and fulfilling for both of us.

I suggest we meet if possible after our initial phone call so you can decide in person if I am a good match for your ceremony. At that point, your expected time commitment of me to create and perform your ceremony can be estimated more accurately to establish a fair fee for my time. I don’t expect you to make any decisions on the spot. Let’s just get to know each other, and then you can take some time to decide if I am the minister for you.

If you choose to hire me, I’ll ask you for a deposit of ½ the fee and begin the 1st draft of your ceremony. I’ll provide you with suggestions and options, and craft the ceremony so that it’s exactly what you want to say on your important day.

On your event day, I’ll arrive up to an hour in advance at an agreed upon time to put you at ease. For your ceremony, I can dress in a ministerial dress robe or a meditation kurta, with or without a variety of ministerial stoles —whatever makes you more comfortable and suits the occasion and place. I will coordinate with your host, wedding planner or maitre d’ to see that everything takes place in a smooth and timely manner. If you don’t have a support team, then I am “it”. I will guide the process so that you can really relax, experience it, and enjoy it! I am there for you to make this special moment everything you imagined and dreamed of.

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OM - Tasmai Shree Guruve Namah - I honor my Teachers

I am alumni of The New Seminary and ordained at St. John the Divine in NYC from the Interfaith Temple of NY in 2008, I have lived, worked and studied Yoga Vedanta and Sanskrit studies at Ananda Ashram for 3 years focusing on archiving the prolific writings of Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Dr. Ramamurti Mishra) and studied for 4 years the Vedic Fire practice of Agnihotra.

When i became ready to see them, a living master appeared, and then another and another. This is a humbling experience. It does not make me special in any way, we all have these living teachers all around us all the time, though they may not be wearing orange robes, they are our family and friends and even our enemies. Bhagavan Jesus was quoted as saying we must pray for our enemies. These adversaries are sometimes our most important teachings along with our live dramas of illnesses and hardships. When the Teacher manifests in the world for us to see – that Teacher is a mirror to shine a light on our Inherent Wisdoms. May that Great Light roar showers of Bliss plentifully on the mortal world.

I come from an accidental career as a visionary outsider artist, having established a portfolio of exhibitions with sacred artwork in homage to my grandmother’s training me in interior seamstress work. The sewing industry of my childhood morphed into a 30 year practice of creating my transcendent visual language of mixed media in stitchery. This art-sadhana also lent itself quite pragmatically to a deep commitment to meditation practice and study of spiritual texts. In response to the Call to share my experience of God through expressing art, I had created and facilitated, a Sacred Arts program that ran for 5 yrs at MCI-Framingham Women’s Prison in MA. I am available for Expressive Art sessions privately or with intentional groups for the purpose of self investigation or inquiring within (svadhyaya).