Rishi Krishi

The Vedic Agriculture

Vedic agriculture is the one of the ancient treasures of India. In Bhagawad Gita Lord Vishnu has identified himself as the tree of Ashawatha (Pipal)

Ashwatha Sarva Vrukshanam, Devarshinam Cha Narada I
Gandharvanam Chitra Ratha, Sidhanam Kapilo Muni II

(Chapter 10, Shlok 26)

Pipal is a tree which releases Oxygen even during night time also, while other trees release Oxygen during day time (Phenomenon of Photosynthesis) and Carbon dioxide during night time (Phenomenon of Respiration). It means that processes of Photosynthesis and Respiration were known to our forefathers. Obviously, Agriculture was known to us since Vedic times.

From the beginning of civilization, man has been doing farming to cultivate their own food. The techniques that they used were fully natural and didn’t depend on any types of chemicals. Agriculture is as old as the Indian culture. Bhagavad-Gita, Rig Veda and Athrva Veda contains very specific details on agriculture like crop, cultivation, manuring, classification of herbs and different varieties of plants.

Bhagavad-Gita, the timeless Vedic wisdom revered throughout India, delineates the concepts of Vedic agriculture. Food grains and vegetables are the source of sustenance for human beings.

According to the principles of Vedic economics, one is considered to be a rich man by the strength of his store of grains and cows. With only these two things – cows and grain, the humanity can address the issues of food security. Indian indigenous cow was worshiped in India since ancient times, due to many scientific reasons.

There is a Suryaketu nerve on the back of desi cow, it is believed that Suryaketu nerve absorbs medicinal essences from atmosphere and makes milk, urine and cow dung more nourishing. So, when this urine and cow dung is used along with the seeds it can turn our soil into gold. As it contains micro -organisms which can balance the nutrients present in soil for the essential growth of seeds.

Agriculture was the major economic force of India and almost every major Indian festival was related to agriculture activity. Unlike the modern techniques that are being used today all over the world, in ancient times Indians used to perform yagnas or homas before farming which helped them to yield more crops. One of the best example of this is the farming using Agnihotra. The Agnihotra based farming can bring revolutionary changes to the modern farming techniques.

If a person goes through all the literature of ancient India then it can be easily found that the Rishis of India were the actual scientist who did immense amount of research and were able to decode various natural processes and develop theories. Spiritual and social life are two sides of the same coin. Inspired by these theories and techniques, Agnihotra based farming is being carried out even in today’s modern world.

In the Vedic times, for the timely occurrence of rains that nourish the crops, people would perform fire sacrifices mentioned in the scriptures and pleased the controlling deity of rains. And the main ingredients of such a sacrifice are ghee and firewood, which are provided by Mother Cow and Mother Nature respectively. Thus, a mutual cooperation between the man and the nature existed.

Sri Sri Institute of Agricultural, Sciences and Technology Trust under the aegis of Art of Living has organized different and innovative agricultural training programs which are based on the Vedic Agriculture. The bio-fertilizers and pesticides are made up of cow dung, urine and ghee of desi cows. This is more echo friendly and harmless to the mother earth. Hence no poison is served on the platter.