Eclipse Yagyas

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I’ve received a few people describing their experiences during and after the July 21 solar eclipse yagya.  Here are a few excerpts:

“I’m not sure what to say really, because the experience was rather subtle and very fill of light.  Usually eclipses are pretty dark for me and I have strange meditations and weird dreams.  But this time it was fun.  During the three hours of the yagyas in India, I spent the time in my room.  I did my meditation for 45 minutes, then I did some pujas for the Sun and the other planets.  That took about 45 minutes.  Then I spent the last 1 1/2 hours doing mantra japa for the Sun, Ketu, and then a Shiva mantra that I like a lot.  By the time the 3 hours were up, I was shocked.  It felt like 20 minutes.  I could easily have gone on for another 3 hours.  In the days since I have felt calm and energized, like something has happened, although it is tough to put my finger on it.  I suppose I would have to say that I feel like my karma burden has been lightened.”

And another:

“Hey Ben,

For me it was very powerful! I listened to a 1/2 hour of the Surya mantras to start. Then I meditated and did program & flying for 1 1/2 hours. Very deep and blissful. I felt better than I have for a long time. Then I listen to another 45 minutes of the Surya files. The two Aditya stotras seemed especially powerful. Then last night I had a hard time going to sleep, lots of awareness. Anyway, Thanks again for structuring such a wonderful program. Please tell Seetharam how much I enjoyed it and how deep my experiences were. I appreciated that you sent out the Solar Eclipse info email. I wouldn’t have thought to make sure to save that time for meditation and listening to the chanting had you not mentioned that this was the traditional & best way to experience the eclipse.