It’s been so interesting to observe this past week.
Since settling back in Austin after my travels in India and throughout the United States, I’ve had an opportunity to get into a rhythm with my meditation timings and Yagnas (fire offerings). In particular, I’ve added a set of mantra (called Bhargocavacam) to my daily Yagna practice, with which I feel a deep connection. These mantra are intertwined with my journey to connect to this Vedic practice, as well as my purpose.
It took many years to observe, but ’ve noticed when I incorporate mantra into my Yagna practice, it produces a very subtle undercurrent of momentum. In particular since starting these mantra upon my return to Austin, I’ve noticed a certain momentum and energy to the documentary project.
On one front, the person who was the catalyst for me to share Agnihotra and begin this journey, Elliott, has gotten involved in fundraising for the upcoming research project. It has been a breath of fresh air to feel his energy and drive to help move the funding forward.
On another front, my good friend JD, who I worked with to begin the concept of the documentary project, has expressed a greater interest to have more involvement with the project. His knowledge in film and the process of creation has been invaluable.
And on yet another front, we received feedback on the first assembly of our pilot. That feedback has sparked momentum with further refining of the pilot, and has provided an opportunity to brainstorm on the creation process with Matthew and Marjorie, the filmmakers from Canada that helped start the documentary project.
After years of beginning my journey to share Agnihotra and the Vedic life sciences, the most important thing is the people that come on board and bring energy and drive to move the project forward.
It’s a blessing to have such wonderful people in my life, though I give the credit to the undercurrent produced by the mantra and fire ceremonies.
But the irony is that though we are on a journey to scientifically investigate the impact of Agnihotra, can this momentum be documented and measured?
It makes me think of how much of this practice’s impact goes unnoticed, and is unmeasurable.
This is where scientific humility becomes so important. Do we start from the premise that such an undercurrent does not exist until we can measure it, or start with an acknowledgement of our limitations in ability to measure and scientifically investigate?
Food for thought as we continue our journey.