As per the Deshpande method the cultivator has to incorporate a minimum of 15 kilo of soil from the base of a banyan tree into each acre of farmland he wishes to cultivate. Since the quantity is minuscule, I call it Angara which is the name of the holy ash from our temples.
Use of Angara results in a gradual increase in the population of the living organisms in the soil. However, my objective was to bring about a very rapid increase in their numbers. I was confident that our ancestors must have found a way to do this. So I went back to the Vedic texts. I was not disappointed and found that Arya Chanakya has provided a very appropriate shloka which ended the quest.
Kand bijanam chhedlepo, madhudhruten |
Kandanam Asthibijanam shakudalepah ||
- Arya Chanakya Arthashastra 2.24.24
This means : If the seed is in stick form coat it with honey and ghee
If it is in bulb form or with a hard cover, coat it with wet cow dung.
If you are a farmer you will realise how difficult and impossible appears the procedure laid down in this shloka! No wonder the mantra was neglected by generations of cultivators. I, on the other hand , spent months trying to unlock the wisdom hidden in the mantra. This was followed by field trials involving untiring efforts, successes and failures. My persistence finally paid off. I was successful in implementing the mantra into practice and the word Amrutpani was born.
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