Deep Yagya

Introduction
The Yug Nirman Movement was launched under the guidance of Param Pujya Gurudev Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya on the solid foundation of Gayatri and Yagya, the two pillars of divine Indian heritage. This movement has spread with lightning speed throughout the world. Keeping in view the need of the hour, various steps have been taken to simplify the ritualistic procedure of Yagya with a view to make it universally appealing and acceptable. This has been achieved by adoption of Deep Yagya.

Importance
Deep Yagya has made possible, the propagation of Gayatri Sadhana and a lifestyle guided by the injunctions of Yagya, in a very short period to large populace. Its popularity has spread with tremendous speed due to the use of lamps and fragrant sticks, which are universally used in worship and prayer by all religions. Therefore, followers of all faiths participate in Deep Yagya without hesitation. Also Dravya Yagya in vogue requires much longer time and is therefore performed in batches, turn by turn. The devotees participating in Dravya Yagya thus fail to derive the full benefits of inspiration from it.However Deep Yagya is completed within a much shorter period of about one and a half hours and all participants collectively enjoy the delightful and enchanting view of the twinkling lamps. They thus derive the full benefit of inspiration from DeepYagya.

Procedure of Deep Yagya
Deep Yagya Paddhati (Procedure) It has been composed in Sanskrit Satras rather than in shlokas. Therefore, being easy in comprehension, recitation and repetition, this Satra paddhati has proved very popular in India and abroad. In this paddhati, the underlying philosophy has been explained below under the caption "Introduction", while the emotions, feelings and actions have been given under the heading "Procedure". These can be easily comprehended by the assembled devotees, if explained properly and briefly. It is by discreetly explaining the instructions pertaining to rites and rituals as well as the spirit behind them that the masses can be associated with a life dedicated to Yagyaiya life style. Being simple and easy, any literate, enthusiastic and interested person can learn the procedure for conducting "DeepYagya" within 2-4 days. In this way, the movement of "Vichar Kranti" and spiritual uplift of the masses through the message of the Gayatri Mission can be spread rapidly.

Advance Arrangements of Deep Yagya
There is a need to exhort devout persons of all persuasions to participate in the DeepYagya. They should be made to understand that with a view to tiding over the catastrophic dangers inherent in the present-day world and in order to effectively and actively contribute towards the ushering in of the New Golden Era of Peace, Harmony and Understanding, humanity as a whole has to undergo soul-transformation and truly live a life of spiritual unity-in- diversity by gradually adopting forum of prayer and worship having universal acceptance- with common features.

All faiths recognise the far-reaching effects of mass worship. Divine powers in the invisible realm are determined to restore harmony in human affairs and bring forth a Bright Future. The collective spiritual efforts through these DeepYagyas make possible the bonding of noble human aspirations with divine powers. Therefore, all enlightened human beings of all faiths must consciously contribute their mite to achieve this noble goal.

Procedure
The significance or success of a “DeepYagya” can not be evaluated by the number of lamps lighted but by the numbers of persons participating in the it. Attempts should be made for motivation of people by personal contacts. Its aims should be explained to arouse sacred feelings and emotions in them. While in small gatherings in villages or mohallas, brief and concise expositions serve the purpose well, in larger gatherings, distribution of leaflets containing aims and objects of the Yagya is more effective. It is advisable to get a written resolution, Sankalp Patra, from the participants to ensure their future participation. Jap or writing of Gayatri Mantra, and reciting of Gayatri Calisa are important aids for the success of programmes. The benefits of self-elevation and self-purification are so evident that people themselves would feel grateful for the opportunity given to them to participate in the sanctifying ritual.

It can be performed within a family, with a few lamps and at regional level, on larger scale with thousands of lamps. If there

4 Deep Yagya is enthusiasm and zeal in the participants, they may bring with them all the essential items like Deepaka, incense sticks, stand, and match box etc. along with akshat (grains of rice), roli and flowers, in a plate. Deepakas, incense sticks etc. should be arranged on platforms or tables in such a manner that every one can have a clear view of the glittering lamps. Selected volunteers as per requirement for lighting the Lamps in large gatherings should be kept ready for various activities. They should be trained in advance, to perform the rituals at the proper time, in a proper manner as per instructions. The timely performance of all actions in a coordinated way enables the maintenance of continuity and makes the environment holy, solemn, delightful, pleasing and impressive. In order to make the occasion solemn and spiritually charged it would be advisable to begin the programme with a devotional song or Kirtana before formally starting the Yagya ceremonies. The explanation of songs, actions, instructions and rituals should be brief, well balanced, and well monitored. Care should be taken that divine flow of Yagyaiya inspirations is not interrupted due to long explanations.