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Agni - eternal Gift of Divine and Mystical Fire



 

"Who among you hath understood the hidden god? The calf has by itself given birth to its mothers."

Agni, symbolizing the divine gift of treasure to Spirit, bringing bliss and joy unto the Beholder of Truth and Enlightenment, in the divine Realm of Self.
 

Siddharta - Letting Go



 

In the ancient and ageless Vedic tradition, Agni is the twin-brother of Indra. Both intertwine within each other’s personality, with Indra serving as divine warrior and Agni taking on the role of divine priest. Agni is also known as the 'god of the sky and storm'. As he brings fire and hence Life, the  bountiful deity is widely named as the ‘quickener of seeds’.



 

Indra gave the gift of Life to men, whilst Agni symbolized the divine and vital spark, the principle of Oneness, the Universal Soul. Agni’s spirit is made manifest throughout Nature; lightning, air, Celestial sun flames, sacred blazes from the resplendent altar and homely hearths of Divinity.



 


O Agni, overcome our enemies and our calamities;
drive away all disease and the Rakshasas, send
down abundance of waters from the ocean of the sky

- Rigveda, x, 98. 12.
 


Within the sacred Vedic myths there is one hymn which refers to Agni as a child, whose birth was kept a secret; his mother, the queen, concealed him from his father and he was born in full vigour as a youth. He was witnessed sharpening his weapons whilst away from his home, which he had forsaken.

He is known to have devoured his parents at birth; this signifies that he consumed the fire sticks from which the divine and holy fire of the Gods was produced, bringing flow and motion by friction, which enables the wonderful expression of momentum.



 

Agni was given ten mothers who were “twice five sisters” with Dawn and starry Night as his sisters, who rejoice in celebration of his three births, one in the sea, one in the sky and one in the waters of the brilliant and eternal stream of the subconscious.

Serving as a messenger for the Gods, Agni travelled the path between heaven and earth, delivering the song of the Celestials;



 


Agni, accept this log, conqueror of horses,
thou who lovest songs and delightest in riches,
thou dost go wisely between these two creations
like a friendly messenger between two hamlets.

 


Agni interceded with the Gods on behalf of mankind and conducted the bright Celestials to the sacrifice, thus he is known as the 'accepter of sacrifices'.



 


Agni, the divine ministrant of the sacrifice, the greatest bestower of treasures; may one obtain through Agni wealth and welfare day by day, which may bring glory and high bliss of valiant off-spring.

Agni, whatever sacrifice and worship thou encompassest on every side, that indeed goes to the gods. Thou art king of all worship .... conduct the gods hither in an easy-moving chariot.
 



Heimdall (left) by Sophia Kelly Shultz

Agni bears great resemblance to Heimdall, the sentinel-god of the Norse, who has nine mothers, the daughters of sea-dwelling Rán, and hence is also known as ‘son of the waters’ who is clad in silver armour and wears a burnished helmet with ram’s horns.



 


“But here there is no light,
save what from heaven is with the breezes blown"

- Ode to the Nightingale (John Keats)
 


There is great satisfaction in holding the fire of Agni within oneself; The Spirit of our divinty shares in the breath of Universal Truth and Nobility. This is the grace and honour which Agni manifests through our Being. Hold the divine fire close to your Heart and walk the path of the adventurer, with passion, integrity and above all else, a warm inviting treasure in your deepest Soul.



 

Reference: Indian myth and Legend (Donald A. Mackenzie)
 

 

 

 

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