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Monday 7 March 2016

Scientific Study of Soma and Its Use in Rituals of Somayagna: A Review


B R Divya1, H R Nagendra2 
1Research Scholar, Division of Yoga - Spirituality, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, 2 Chancellor, SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

A performance of sacrificial rituals is harmonious to all living beings of the cosmos. There is a negative impact on man, society and atmosphere due to the ecological imbalance; global warming is creating a more heat and pressure on the earth. Somayaga is performed for rain formation and to balance the six seasons. The ingredient and rituals of the yaga appear to be a promising, scientific, cost-effective, eco-friendly method to counter the ever-increasing deadly pollution of the environment, and purify and enrich the environment. A review of various sections of Vedic literature was performed with regard to Somayaga. The scientific interpretation and researches on the sacrificial rituals can build a more faith and deeper understanding of such customs. The rituals of yaga have been observed in influencing the collective consciousness fields of the people participating in the yaga as measured by REG. Hence, for the survival of the Vedic culture, welfare of the creation and mankind Somayaga must be performed. The present paper is aimed to briefly compile and bring out the studies, information, and researches on Soma as a plant, drink and its use in the rituals of Somayaga.


Daniel de França MTd2 said...

I think the variety of uses and the extreme diverse uses, from hallucinatory to stimulating effects, suggests that Soma is not a plant. Rather, it is a generic noun, like fruit, plant, animal, star.

Nirjhar007 said...

Originally I think it was a plant , but later its application widened on Spiritual and philosophical basis.

BTW I have found another related research article-;year=2016;volume=3;issue=1;spage=15;epage=19;aulast=Prasad