Organic Farming Experiences with Agnihotra in Australia

– Catherine Menyhart

The impact of performing daily Agnihotra on our land has been significant, yet subtle. I also perform an Om Tryambakam Yajnya for 15 minutes before each Agnihotra, in a separate copper pyramid.

We own 70 bush acres in semi-arid conditions, in Central Victoria, Australia, and found producing organic vegetables, herbs and fruits quite a challenge.

Our topsoil was almost non-existent, but over the years, we have found that by regularly performing Agnihotra, along with organic farming principles, the soil and ecosystem on our property is now rich with healthy growth of plants, vegetables, fruit trees, insects, birds and wildlife.

Our vegetable garden
Our vegetable garden

Our diseased stone fruit trees had healed themselves without any other intervention except daily practice of Agnihotra and liberal application of Agnihotra ash on tree trunks.

We have wicking garden beds to preserve water in this arid climate, but also feed all our produce with Agnihotra ash mixed up in the watering system and composts. Our garden is always healthy and in abundance- such a difference from the past.  Seeds from our vegetables are strong and viable.

Honey production
Honey production



Our bees thrive, despite the dry heat of summer; in fact, working every day in our gardens we see two other breeds of native bees, which also enjoy the abundance of our gardens and bush land. Our honey is medicinal and we use it mixed with Agnihotra ash for insect bites and other stinging wounds.

Our calendula salves are made with plants grown right next to where we practice Agnihotra and made with our own beeswax, mixed also with a little Agnihotra ash.  We have had amazing results for all types of skin diseases when using this.

Calendula salve
Calendula salve

Each day we wake to an amazing chorus of birdsong, which continues throughout the day– something that was absent before Agnihotra. Animals and birds know when the land is healthy.

We often have feedback from guests, that they feel a sense of rejuvenation, well-being and peace when staying here. Indeed, both my partner and I find it a wrench to leave our property whenever we need to work away from home.  We have become sensitive to harmony–it’s quite tangible, this absence of it.

Apart from the physical advantages of practicing daily Agnihotra, we have found that doing this regularly keeps us focused on our spiritual responsibility to actively work at keeping balance and harmony in our lives.

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