Homa Farming is a method in which the human being works in harmony with Nature and the cosmic powers. It is thus possible to offset harmful environmental influences and therefore contribute to the regeneration of Nature. The entire biological diversity is included therein, where one supports the other.
At the Homa-Hof Heiligenberg we have been practicing Homa Farming for the past thirty years. Despite adverse conditions (bad quality of the soil, altitude of more than 700 metres) we were gifted already in the first year with such an abundant, healthy harvest that hardly anybody wanted to believe that it was all organic. Since then we were able to acquire a lot of experience that we are happy to share with everyone.
Homa Farming is a holistic procedure and can be combined with any good organic, ecological farming method. The most important principles are:
- the regular implementation of Vedic fire techniques (called Homa or Yajnya, whereby Agnihotra is the fundamental yajnya)
- the addition of Homa ash to every kind of fertilization or treatment of the soil, seeds and plants
- the conscious, friendly relationship of the human being to plants, animals and nature
With Homa, the entire process of food production is renewed from scratch whilst purification and healing are happening on all levels:
Air and Atmosphere
A very important factor in farming is the air quality. Just like us, plants are also breathing and can thus absorb pollutants. Through yajnyas the surrounding air is purified and provided with nourishing substances. The ancient science of Homa Therapy states that plants acquire a large part of nourishment through the atmosphere. Air is therefore considered to be the most important food source.
According to our experience, the smoke that arises through yajnyas has a great effect on plants. Sometimes it is sufficient to perform a single yajnya under a sick tree to heal it.
Water, Rain, Weather
Every farmer is usually at the mercy of water contamination and the changing weather conditions. Not so in Homa agriculture. As explained in "Effects“, a very potent purification and energization of water, the foundation of all life, ensues through the performing of yajnyas.
Observations in the most diverse parts of the world show that a type of ‘micro-climate’ arises over areas in which yajnyas are regularly performed. Many times, we noticed that we were spared hail when, just a few miles away, great damage was caused. We also perform yajnas that help to promote rain during dry spells. Yajnyas generally help to harmonize the climatic conditions.
A variety of useful micro-organisms bustle around in healthy soil. Through Homa Therapy their growth is encouraged greatly. Thereby toxic substances can be converted, the phosphorus in the soil becomes water-soluble, water can be stored better, etc.
The introduction of Homa ash into the soil together with nitrogen accumulation through the loosening of the soil does not only enrich it with life-promoting vibrations, but also helps to stabilize the quantity of potassium, nitrogen and trace elements in the soil. This is where earthworms thrive and multiply faster thanks to increased hormone production and thus produce more moisture and good quality humus.
At the Homa-Hof the soil quality has been improving from year to year. The structure of the soil has become fine and crumbly and contains important nutrients. In years of enduring drought, we made the astonishing observation that even after many weeks without rain the soil was still moist a few inches beneath the surface. A depletion of the soil was not determined. Instead, we noticed an enhancement of the surface soil.
We use yajnya ash and occasionally rock flour and natural preparations such as nettle manure for fertilization. Accruing organic waste is placed directly on the fields for putrefaction. Occasionally we receive a little cow manure from a nearby organic farmer for fertilizing and notice that it benefits the soil and the plants. We consider the crop rotation, which means that a heavy feeder (such as cabbage) is followed by a light feeder (such as salad). Approximately every three years we perform green manuring. In this way, the soil can regenerate.
When air, soil and water are whole and pure, healthy crop growth is a natural result.
Investigations have shown that germination is accelerated in Homa Farming, as well as the formation of chlorophyll. Thereby the system of oxygen circulation in Nature is supported.
We were able to observe that Homa vegetables have a strong formation of roots; nutrients can thereby be absorbed and processed significantly better. Vegetables and fruit are of excellent quality in texture, taste, colour, core and seed size. Field crops often convince through extra-ordinary size and radiant appearance. According to our experience, Homa vegetables are easier to digest (the cabbage, for example, does not cause such strong flatulence for many people) and significantly longer-lasting.
A big difference to conventionally farmed vegetables can also be observed in the cell structure of plants that grow in the Homa atmosphere. This is especially noticeable in root vegetables, in which you can see exceedingly harmonious and distinct, mandala-like structures (investigation PDF 1,4 MB). These structures indicate high subtle energies (vibrations) of the plants and fruit, which is something that sensitive persons and newer measuring devices confirm again and again.
For several years we kept up to eight goats and could thus observe the positive effects of Agnihotra on animal husbandry. As blood tests have shown, the goats were already infected with CAE, an immuno-deficiency-virus, when we bought them. The disease however never erupted in any of the goats, nor did they show any kind of weakness or other indications of illness. Astonishingly, the goats gave plenty of milk for up to four years without having to be served in-between.
Just like with humans, wounds, inflammations and similar conditions can be treated successfully with Agnihotra ash in animals as well.
Through the practice of yajnyas wild-living animals are attracted, which can be observed primarily with birds. The little pipistrelle, for example, lives at the Homa-Hof. The protected red kite (in spring and autumn we often count up to twenty animals) meanwhile is unfortunately endangered through the nearby wind turbines.
Insects are very important for an intact ecosystem. Because of this, their dramatic decline is extremely alarming.
The Homa-Hof became a refuge for useful insects that reside here in great numbers and variety. Apart from the performance of Homa and ash preparations, we facilitate this also through regular green manuring that is simultaneously a pasture for bees and other insects. In addition, we planted hedges. Homa and prudent field care should always go hand-in-hand.
Biees were kept successfully at the Homa-Hof from the very beginning. They are so important for pollination that we will report separately about them.
Insects that can cause damage also live with us, but in a balanced ratio, so that we cannot record any special damage.
Apart from the regular practice of yajnyas, it is normally sufficient to spread the ash on fields and gardens. Onions, seed and seedlings are furthermore prepared if they are mixed with Homa ash or watered with ash water. For this, add up to four teaspoons of ash to a 10-litre watering can and let it stand like this for at least a day.
At the Homa-Hof we also observe "The Royal Principle", with which we have had very good experiences.
Help in the case of insect infestation
(for example, lice, cabbage white butterflies)
As we could ascertain, plants at the Homa-Hof have enough defences to fight back against unwanted insects. If an infestation should still happen, the following spray solution can help: Add about two tablespoons of Agnihotra-ash-powder to five litres of water. Let it stand for at least one day, ideally three days. Then filter the ash water through a coffee filter or a cheesecloth, because the powder can otherwise block the spray nozzle. Spray the leaves thoroughly twice a week. Repeat if required.
In Homa Farming we fertilize primarily with ash. If, however you have had good experiences with organic products such as nettle manure, you do not need to renounce it. Simply add some yajnya ash when you set it (one teaspoon of ash into ten litres of water, or 3-4 tablespoons into two hundred litres of water). If you have a garden, you can get good humus by scattering a little ash onto the compost heap from time to time.
Three different yajnyas are employed in Homa Farming:
- Agnihotra – the fundamental and most important yajnya, which is performed at sunrise and sunset.
- OM Tryambakam Homa – this yajnya can be performed for a longer period of time independently of time of day.
- Vyahruti – a very short yajnya, which we usually perform at the Homa-Hof at 10 am, 3 pm, 6 pm and 9 pm, and also before special activities and occasions. It has particularly favourable effects on the three ‘lokas’ (earth, atmosphere and the area above).
Homa fires have an effect within a radius of about 1.5 km (about one mile) and up to a height of about 12 km (about 7.5 miles). You can learn all of these three yajnyas for free in our different seminars.
Homa Farming – a blessing for all
The results of this easy Homa method delight and please us year after year. Size, taste and structure of the plants are remarkable even during extreme weather conditions.
Homa farming means friendship with nature – a friendship that does not destroy resources, does not fight battles against vermin and that can be handed over to coming generations without risky dependencies. The financial expenditure for care of soil and plants are very low, yet the crop yield is convincing.
One of our goals at the Homa-Hof Heiligenberg is to show how nature comes into equilibrium again in an atmosphere that has been purified through yajnyas, and therefore becomes a source of healthy, energy-rich food. Homa Farming will become always more important for our nutrition in the future. The Homa-Hof is a place where interested individuals can learn all of the necessary yajnya tools for free.