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Another important devotional practice is Homa, the fire offering. Homa is more ancient than puja. It comes from Vedic times when fire was the main resource used in life. Each house was built around a central fire. Each community had its central or communal fire.

Fire is the Divine presence, the presence of light in the material world. No better symbol for the Divine can be found.

The spirit is hidden in all material things the way fire is latent in wood. Hence fire is our most convenient symbol of the Divine and our aspiration towards it.

In the homa ceremony we offer our thoughts and emotions to the Divine

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