Incense burning is about the atmosphere, not about you. Because different spaces, indoors especially – in different spaces there are different kinds of – one thing is smells. There’s also different kinds of energy structures which will happen. The shape and size of the room will do this. This is why there is such a attention to the shape and size of the room. In Indian culture, there is a whole attention to the shape and size of the room, in which you live. So, different shapes and sizes kind of create different kinds of energy structures. These energy structures can – if they become very strong – can determine your psychological and emotional state. Which either can be conducive, or can become an impediment in who you want to be.
So certain substances like sandal in India. There is something called a sambrani, which is a very powerful thing. Which is used even when people are ill. First thing they do is this… and it is now been found it also kills certain types of bacteria in the air, and also on the surfaces. So especially if there is a sick person in the house, sambrani everywhere. If they want to do some auspicious event, sambrani all over the place. It’s a certain kind of resin, which a tree drips.
Incense has a certain impact but don’t overdo it
This has a powerful impact on the atmosphere. It is not necessarily a fragrance. It is a different kind of thing that it clarifies the air, it just makes the atmosphere feel more lively. Fundamentally it, whatever structures that they are there, it will make indoor like outdoor. If you burn a mild… you shouldn’t to put too much then you will sneeze and lose your brains. Just mild sambrani in the house will make it feel like, though you’re indoors, the feeling is of outdoors because it’s an unstructured space. Especially if death happens in the family, sambrani is burnt for up to 11 to 12 days, because they want to clear that air completely.
Incense has a certain impact but don’t overdo it. Don’t think it will determine your spiritual nature. It can change the atmosphere a little bit. It should not be over certified. It has certain impact.
These days incense is being made with chemical stuff. Best you don’t burn those things
These days incense is being made with chemical stuff. Best you don’t burn those things. It’s very, very important before… you have enough chemical thing happening on the street, in the industry, in the factory floor that you may be working, wherever. There’s enough chemicals floating around. At least within your house do not burn chemically made incense. Because, I think that is almost 70% or 80% of what’s available in the market today, is chemical. You must take it out before you burn it. It’s very, very important because within the closed enclosures if you burn chemicals, well the negative impact of that is very, very big. So it must be natural resin or certain other oils, essential oils and things which can make a difference.