Homa Frequently Asked Questions
What is a
Homa, and Why Is It Helpful?
What Can I
Expect While Attending a Homa?
What Can I
Expect After Attending a Homa?
Would I Want To Host a Homa At My Home?
How Can I Sponsor A Homa?
Sponsor A Homa!
homa is a sacred fire ceremony in which various forms of the Divine
are invoked in a sacred fire that has been kindled according to the
guidelines in the Vedic scriptures. They bring powerful
healing and spiritual upliftment.
(According to India's ancient spiritual tradition, certain ritual
practices have the power to attract divine cosmic energy for the
benefit of the practitioner, his or her household, and the world at
large. One of the most powerful practices involves homas.)
Certain special offerings are made into the fire while Sanskrit
mantras are chanted. The combination of the powerful energy of the
fire element, the most transformational among the Five Elements, and
the chanted mantras creates extremely auspicious and purifying
vibrations that are beneficial to all who attend the homa.
The smoke that rises from a homa contains a powerful healing energy,
and as it rises to the heavens it purifies the atmosphere, both
physically and subtly, encouraging a peaceful environment and gentle
weather. Even the damaging effects of natural catastrophes can be
reduced through the performance of homas.
The energetic vibrations
that are invoked during a traditional Vedic fire ceremony represents
one of the most powerful presence of the Divine on Earth. The
element of fire is associated with the upward motion of the divine kundalini energy and is considered to be the most powerfully
purifying element. Every kind of negative karma can be purified by
the sacred homa fire, due to divine grace.
It is true that sitting in one homa fire (for an hour or more) can
roughly be the equivalent of doing intense meditation, for a month.
the actual homa ceremony, we start with a few introductory mantras,
bringing in the energy of our divine lineage, including Swami
Kaleshwara, Shirdi Sai Baba, Jesus, Mother Divine and other divine
souls, for bringing the highest healing and blessings to all who
Then we light the fire, and chant powerful ancient Sanskrit and
Telugu mantras together, as a group. These mantras vary depending on
which kind of homa we're doing and what energies we're invoking,
although some flavor of the Mother Divine energy is always an
important part of the process.
While the homa fire's energy is building and people are chanting
the mantras, everybody gets to hold a rose and a few sticks of
incense, which will later be offered to the fire in the final group
offer sacred materials into the fire, including ghee, rice, flowers,
incense, and a coconut.
The special Full Moon homas, for increasing prosperity on all
levels (including spiritual) and for connecting in a beautiful way
with the Mother Divine directly, involve a few more specialized
offerings: nine different types of oils, fruits, flowers, and seeds.
It's not uncommon for people attending a homa to experience
internal heat intensifying, since the internal heat is a response to
and reflection of the external fire.
Many different purification symptoms, and symptoms that the soul is
being super-charged in the fire's energy and power, can also occur,
- Intense emotional cleansing and release
- Powerful heart-opening joy and love
- Negative thoughts and agitation swirling around in the mind as
they wash out of the person's system
- Altered states of consciousness including going into deep
- Insights into what really needs healing in our lives, or
solutions to problems that hadn't been clear
- Physical, psychological, emotional healing
- A sense of inner peace and calmness
At the end of the ceremony, after all the mantras have been
chanted, we offer our collective prayers and intentions as a group
in the form of incense and flowers.
Then we 'cool down' a little bit, at times, by singing some bhajans and
kirtans, sacred songs praising and invoking the divine.
times the on-going energy and blessing of the homa fire is
experienced later on in the day or even over the next few days or
As the purification side of healing goes on, you may feel agitated
or irritable, or have sensations of heat or tingling in the physical
body. Similar to any energetic healing experience, you may find that
you want to rest a little more than usual during the day, and drink
more water than you might normally.
Emotions of all kinds (sadness, joy, anger, gratitude) might run a
Sleep is usually deeper and feels more restful after a homa. Dreams
may be vivid. Memories of the homa fire itself (even the scent of
the smoke!) may come to mind at seemingly strange or random times.
Sometimes the mantras you chanted at the homa will return in your
mind, as though a record of them is playing. It's a beautiful chance
to go deeper with the mantras, and to re-experience the same healing
energy, at any time, that you encountered at the homa.
A sense of well-being and inner peace, or a feeling of connectedness
to your Higher Self or the divine, however you consider it, may
increase. Moments of open-heartedness, and a deep appreciation for
loved ones and all beings in general, may occur...!
are many different reasons why a person might want to sponsor a homa.
The real significance of making a donation in order to sponsor
a homa (through making your home available, providing the homa
materials like ghee and turmeric, kindling wood & a coconut, or
offering food and drink to the people who come to attend the homa,
or even, in the case of extreme healing need, paying a financial
donation FOR the actual homa) is that one is offering one's negative
karma (in the form of the effort to offer your home, or the cost of
food, homa materials, or money) to the homa fire. Through the power
of the homa ceremony, the negative karma is destroyed and replaced
with positive karma.
If a person is experiencing difficulties of any kind, sponsoring a
homa will help to lessen those difficulties. The homa fire is
capable of destroying the most negative karma at the very root, and
karma is ultimately the cause of all problems. In addition,
sponsoring a homa is a very sacred act of merit, as homas benefit
all attendees, as well as the entire world.
It's also important that whoever attends a homa make some
contribution to the process. For maximum healing to take place, it's
important that an energy exchange of some kind is involved — either
a small financial donation, bringing food/drinks to share at the
homa, providing homa supplies like roses or ghee, helping to clean up after the ceremony, etc.
By making a small donation, we can bring great benefit to many
creatures, and this enhances our own pool of merit, or positive
Positive karma makes the path of our lives smooth and clear, and
gives us the opportunity to be in the presence of and benefit from
holy people. Thus, sponsoring the sacred homa can both reduce one's
negative karma and enhance one's positive karma, which makes life
more conducive to spiritual practice and which ultimately leads to
the highest liberation.
The Universal Church of Baba's Kitchen is making the fire homas done
in Santa Cruz, California, available to anyone, anywhere, for
participation in the powerful blessings & healing that result from
these divine fire ceremonies.
The fire homas are performed every full and new moon. (The only
exception is during eclipses, when it's advisable to refrain from
doing a homa.)
In order to receive the blessings & high energy from the divine
fire, you can sponsor a fire homa in your own name, or someone
else's, and the names of sponsors are read out during the fire homa.
The entire group of attendees says, "Om MAMA" three times after each
name, to send the fire's energy & healing vibrations to that
The dakshina for sponsoring a fire
homa is $18 per person (& per homa).
You can contact Alx & Jonathan for specifics if you're interested in
becoming a sponsor, either by calling 831/ 425-3234 or
Or, you can sign up to sponsor an up-coming homa by credit card
If you prefer to sponsor by sending a check, it should be
made out to The Universal Church of Baba's Kitchen & sent to P.O.
Box 1598, Felton, CA 95018.