Yajna, literally meaning ‘to offer’, forms the backbone of the Vedic school of philosophy. The word Yajna is derived from the Sanskrit root “Yaj”- “Deva Puja”, that means “worshipping the God”. The word Yajna is also synonymous with Homa and Havana. Yajna refers to the ritual of making offerings to the Gods through the sacrificial fire. Everything that is offered into the divine fire is believed to reach God. The whole cosmos is created out of Agni tatva (the fire element), establishing the fact that fire or light is the quintessence of creation.
When a Yajna is performed, not to serve individual need or desire, but for the greater good, it becomes a true vehicle of divinity.The Yajnas have far-reaching effects that encompass physical, psychological, spiritual, social, ecological and cosmic levels, causing purification at all these levels.
Yajna is one of the greatest activities that can be performed.
Yajna is the abiding principle that sustains the entire creation, the unifying power that links the creature with the creator, the microcosm with the macrocosm.Yajna symbolizes the purpose of human life which is giving, benevolent actions and service to fellow beings.
Yajna is described in the Yajur Veda as the greatest benefactor of the human race, bestowing life, wealth, food, energy, prosperity and happiness.Yajnas, more than the ritual, they are spiritual in nature, that help the individuals in the process of transcending the material and mundane bondage.