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A dhuni is (according to the Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism,
etc.) a sacred site represented as a cleft in the ground. This cleft is emblematic
of the yoni or female vulva and generative organ. A dhuni therefore represents a
site of worship dedicated to Shakti.

The dhuni (or dhunga) is also a term used in Indian cuisine to describe the process
of cooking food by placing smoking charcoal into the finished dish.

Contents
1 Etymology
2 Honoring the dhuni
3 Shirdi Sai Baba
4 Meher Baba
5 See also
6 References
7 External links
Etymology
The etymology of the word Dhuni is connected with the Sanskrit root dhvan, to din,
ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *d?wen-, whence English din. Sayana explains it
by bending or shaking, and Theodor Benfey, too, translates it by to shatter.

Honoring the dhuni


A dhuni is worshipped by spiritual intention and the kindling of a flame inside it.
Suitable materials are offered to the dhuni and consumed by the heat or flame. This
represents the eternal process of change and transformation on all levels of
existence.

"Like a river, a dhuni is always changing. Each dhuni also has its own personality
that is as much subject to moods as a person. The glow of the dhuni is both a
receiver and a transmitter, and like a screen on which Rorschach-like images are
projected, it delivers a code".[1]

As the yoni is the nexus from which all manifest beings come into this world, the
worship of the dhuni represents a sacred nexus for the path of return from the
physical to spiritual level. This is an intentional process of inversion or return
to our spiritual source. The dhuni is a sacred site and focal point for this form
of spiritual exertion or sadhana.

Aside from the offering of sacred fuel to a dhuni, mantras are also offered, as
well as the sounds of diverse musical instruments and ecstatic dance and gesture.

Although several cultures retain traditions of fire worship (out of which the
zorastrianism is perhaps the most famous), a unique feature of the dhuni tradition
is that it is the dhuni, the actual site itself which is considered sacred, not
exclusively the fire kindled within it.

Sitting by the dhuni is believed to "purify one's vibrations" and to have


beneficial impact on physical and mental health.[2]

Shirdi Sai Baba


Sai Baba of Shirdi is certainly the most influential modern "Supersoul" to tend to
the Dhuni which he kept lit at a place called Dwarkamayi, until 15 October 1918
when he moved on.

It is said that the same fire has been kept burning by Hindu devotees who were
familiar with the notion of agnihotri or worship by offering to fire. This dhuni
was used to create sacred ash also known as udi.[3] This sacred ash was (and is)
distributed among the devotees.[4]

Much of the popularity of Joss sticks from India is due to this ancient tradition
and this may have roots in the ceremonies referred to in the Mahabharata and also
in the Ramayana.

Many useful details about udi and dhuni can be found in the Shri Sai Satcharita
which has been translated into English language by Shri Nagesh Vasudev Gunaji.

Meher Baba

Dhuni at Meherabad
The Dhuni fire ritual was also observed by Meher Baba in a modified form. It was
among the very few, bona fide religious ritual that Meher Baba performed. It is
still performed on the 12th of each month, in accordance with conventions
established by Baba, near the Meher Pilgrim Center in Lower Meherabad, and is one
of the important focal points of the Amartithi celebration in January of each year.
[5]

Meher Baba's Dhuni was first lit on 10 November 1925, when some villagers
approached Meher Baba about a severe drought that threatened their crops.[6][7][8]

See also
Homa (ritual)
Dhupa
References
Autobiography of a Sadhu: A Journey Into Mystic India. Inner Traditions/Bear.
2010. p. 54. ISBN 9781594773303. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
A follower of Haidakhan Babaji, Hindu sage Shastriji, said for instance: "In
ancient India, the rishis guarded their sacred fire most carefully and kept it
clean, as it was believed to be the residence of divinity. Sitting by the dhuni
purifies one's vibrations. This you can find out for yourself. Whenever you have
any kind of trouble, go to the dhuni and let it give you solace and uplift your
spirit." The Teachings of Babaji, 2 August 1983.
"Story of Sai Baba's perpetually burning dhuni in Shirdi". Shirdi Saibaba.
Retrieved 10 June 2018.
https://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/new_eng
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In His Service, A Newsletter from Meherabad, December 1998
Baba Words; The Master's Glossary
Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, Bhau
Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 941
Historic Meherabad (p. 3, 7th paragraph)
2. Kapilnath, Shri. Awakening the Nath Dhuni: Tantric Guidelines for Perfect
Pyromania

External links
Shirdi Sai Baba Dhuni
https://goodkorma.com/2017/03/09/up-in-smoke/
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