Dr. William Selvamurthy is a highly decorated researcher. He published more than 15 books and hundreds of research papers, and is widely known in India for government research relating to the armed forces, including studies on the physiological acclimatization at high altitudes, application of Yoga for extreme cold acclimatization, psychological stress management, and many others.
Soldiers need to endure harsh physical environments, while remaining physiologically balanced. Dr. Selvamurthy's research included researching modern and ancient techniques to bring balance to the mind and body.
When serving as the Director of the Defen[c]e Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Dr. Selvamurthy conducted a study on the neuro-physiological impact of Agnihotra.
To minimize any placebo effect, he took a group of Nepali soldiers who knew nothing of Agnihotra. He made one the control group, and the other group be present in the vicinity where Agnihotra was performed, but not perform Agnihotra themselves.
(image credit: from Agnihotra- Technology for Global Transformation)
The above chart is an EEG recording of the soldiers in the vicinity of Agnihotra. Dr. Selvamurthy noticed a consistent pattern among the soldiers in the vicinity where Agnihotra was performed. One, he recorded alpha wave peaks, followed by theta waves in the group present where Agnihotra was performed.
His interpretation of the charts was that those present where Agnihotra was performed experienced mental tranquility, as shown by the peaks in alpha and theta waves. The effects were present without them performing Agnihotra, or even knowing what it was.
How does Agnihotra impact human brainwaves of those in the surrounding environment? Could it be a cumulative effect when practiced consistently?
Could a regular practice of Agnihotra enable sustained mental tranquility in harsh physical environments and extremely stressful conditions?