What is The Significance of Burning Incense ?
Video Transcription: Sadhguru's words from the Video (unedited)
well uh the significance of this is there are certain substances when they burn one thing is there is the fragrance of course which is pleasant for the nostrils and 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 because the shape and size of the room in some way if it is not heavily ventilated when i say heavily ventilated from both sides two walls are open and it's happening then it feels almost like outdoor that's different most homes are not made this way because they have neighbors you can't open too many windows too many openings won't work there is weather there are many things all right and there is air conditioning worse 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 [Music] 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 some running everywhere if they want to do some auspicious even some running all over the place it's a certain kind of regime which as a tree drips well in this pursuit of sambrani you will see in the forest there are massive trees people would have carved into the tree because the trees look solid outside but inside there is a cavity in that cavity it will be dripping this dressing but people go and gather this it's a precious little material 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 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 incense has a certain impact but don't overdo it don't think it'll determine your spiritual nature it can change the atmosphere a little bit it should not be over certified it has certain impact.
One can use it in a sensible manner but 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 things 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 percent of what's available in the market today is chemical you must take it out before you burn it it's uh very very important because within the closed end closures 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 a mild difference if you need that kind of a difference it helps definitely