Ram Gayatri Mantra ghee lamp fire ceremony

Ghee lamps, in which wicks sit in ghee rather than wax or oil, are ideal for spiritual practice because of the purity of the flame and the resulting purification of the area in which the ghee lamp is burning.

Anandi Ma taught us how to do a small fire ceremony at one’s altars, using a ghee lamp. Here is a quick video example of this, using the Ram Gayatri mantra. The ghee is dripped into the flame at the at the end of each mantra repetition, on “svāhā” which denotes an offering. Below the video is more information about ghee.

 

Ram Gayatri Mantra

The mantra used for this ghee lamp fire ceremony is the Ram Gayatri mantra, which invokes the name of Ram and his protection.

ॐ दाशरथये विद्महे सीतावल्लभाय धीमहि,
तन्नो राम प्रचोदयात्॥

Om Dasharathaye Vidmahe Sitavallabhaya Dhimahi,
Tanno Rama Prachodayat॥
 

Ghee: What is it, why use it and how to make it.

Ghee is clarified butter. In our spiritual tradition, ghee is used for cooking and eating because of its beneficial properties, per the ancient medical science of Ayurveda.

Ghee can be purchased at most organic groceries. Or, to make your own ghee, bring butter to a full boil then simmer until there is a bit of crust on the surface and the color of the butter is golden but not dark. Scrape the crust off of the top. Let the pot cool. Put a layer or two of cheesecloth into a strainer and pour the ghee through the strainer into a jar. Ghee does not need to be refrigerated.