Feeding the Sacred Fire Within – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari

There is an eternal fire within each of us, which symbolically represents our innate divine Self, which is self-illumined. It is symbolically represented as fire or light. There is the fire ritual called yajna in our Hindu tradition. This can be a very powerful form of worship and inner cleansing. There are two ways to practice this internal fire ritual; one is mindful eating and the other during meditation.

Mindful Eating

Consciously offer everything you eat as oblation to the fire of the hunger in your stomach. First recognize that in the hunger is the form of Mother Divine and the food is also another form of the Mother! This mindful eating then becomes a Yajna (fire ritual), and the energy that you get out of it would be divine energy. Also the subtle part of the food would create a sattwic or serene, harmonious, balanced mind body that will anchor you to your ever-blissful soul.

This is the art of mindful meditative eating. When you eat mindfully, you will not only be healthy and happy but you will be progressing in your spiritual pursuit, for your mind is deeply influenced by the food you eat and with what attitude you take your food. As you keep offering every food to this Divine Fire within you, you will see that your food would fill you with health and harmony, peace and bliss.

Meditative Fire Ritual

As you make meditation your daily priority, you will find all suppressed negative samskaras (conditions of mind) will surface to your conscious mind. Don’t be disheartened; first try to just observe these thoughts and separate yourself a little. Then begin to allow the seeds of these thoughts that cause all your pain and suffering to be burned in the fire of your pure awareness of them. Offer your stubborn negative self-beliefs into this inner fire of Self-awareness. Gradually as you persevere, you will find small things are making you happy, relationships are improving; you are becoming calmer and peaceful!

Wise people always read between the lines of every such thought that surfaces in the mind and learn life lessons out of them. Just look within how many times your inner dialogue is self-limiting and belittling! Till you can transform such negative affirmation within, you can’t stop the mirroring effect outside.

When you consciously withdraw your participation from any negative conversation of the inner or the outer, you are allowing the yajna-fire (the fire of the Soul) to glow and illumine your inner world spreading vibrations of peace all around. It is your individual responsibility to douse the fire of negativity that is all out to engulf humanity and consequently Mother earth.

Yes, you can generate so many positive vibrations in your mind as you use both these inner fire rituals of mindful eating and meditation. Once your mind is convinced through regular practice that whatever you give comes back to you, then you are not miserly any more to GIVE, then you keep giving to anything and everything that comes into your life as you walk through every fresh moment, giving the touch of your positive light within. Your inner fire then ignites the latent fire in another soul, passing the light from one soul to the next. Love, forgive and be in the midst of all tests and tribulations unperturbed for God is washing you clean through these illumined practices as you move without resistance. Once you are purified in the sacred fire within you are awake and become free forever from all suffering! That is Self-realization!



About author

This article was written by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari

Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari is a globally acclaimed motivational and inspirational teacher, specializing in Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction. He is also an author, social advocate, peacemaker and innovative Micro-Credit leader from West Bengal, India. His vision of mindfulness as the greatest self-help tool permeates all aspects of his service to humankind. In 2005, Shuddhanandaa founded the Stress Management Academy, and began conducting global seminars on breathing, relaxation, meditation and positive thinking for schools, corporations, hospitals, prisons and other venues. He expanded his Simple Art of Managing Stress Program into Course in Mindfulness (CIM) in 2012. CIM explores the three pillars of mindfulness: Meditation, Stress Reduction and Mind Power. Its programs include: Mindfulness for Corporate Excellence (MCE), Mindfulness for Academic Excellence (MAE), Mindfulness for Positive Parenting (MPP) and a general course, Mindfulness for a Stress-free, Happy Life. Shuddhaanandaa began touring and speaking globally since1990. Wherever he goes, his vibrant intelligence, fully engaged heart and remarkable presence touch his audience. His presence bears the mark of his years of practice of meditation and relentless service to humanity. He walks the talks. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the S.T.A.R Foundation at the House of Lords, UK, in July 2015. He has authored several books, including Your Mind, Your Best Friend: 30 Days to Building Your Most Important Friendship and Cleaning the Mirror of Mind: Clutter Free Home, Clutter Free Mind. He is a regular contributor to several magazines, and is a popular figure on the social media, where he blogs daily and personally answers reader’s comments and questions in his engaging, practical and humorous style. To be in his presence is to be in true joy of the spirit. www.courseinmindfulness.com www.facebook.com/srisri.shuddhaanandaa


Comments (2)
  1. Kishan Takahashi says - Posted: July 6, 2017

    Shuddhaanandaa thats beautiful such amazing information from across the world to all of us here.
    Meditation hold so many keys, thank you.

    • Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari says - Posted: July 7, 2017

      Thank you Kishan, wonderful to hear from you and yes, for sure Meditation
      holds so many keys, mindfulness, meditation, love, compassion, joy, peace…
      they all remind us of the true meaning of life. Love and Blessings, Baba

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