By Sanjeeva Kumara Rangalla
Everyone likes fragrance. People like fragrance to linger on their skin as well as surroundings. Due to this reason we are in the habit of using perfumes and colognes that emit fragrance. In addition there is a habit of burning incense at business places and private houses for the soothing atmosphere created by the fragrant smoke. Through research we have found out that burning incense is a common practice in one out of every ten households.
The beginning of this practice runs back to many centuries to the era that gave rise to mystical practices. During those days substances made with resins such as Sambrani and other herbal extracts were used. Powders were made with such aromatic resins.
These powers of aromatic resins initially used during rituals were later used for fumigation of business places and houses.
By burning incense people believe that the emitted fragrance will make the place scented and create divine atmosphere, warding off evil spirits.
There are several natural ingredients used in making aromatic resins. Those are Sambrani, Suvanda Kottam, Agil, red sandal, white sandal, Cedar wood, Vishnukranti, Gugul, menthol and Lotus pollen. When those are mixed and burnt a sweet aroma permeates the environment. It is believed that the divine is attracted to this fragrance eliminating all evil. In the experiments we conducted for many years, 90% of these notions were proved.
In order to attract those powers, incense manufactured with the above resins should be used to provide fragrance to the air. Later Indian incense has been added to these products.
At a later date unscrupulous traders (belonging to other religions) who are unaware of the objective, with the intention of making excessive profits have used material that are not suitable for making incense such as sawdust and perfumes to make aromatic substances with attractive scents. Such incense has been popular among masses due to the strong scent emitted by them. They may even reject the natural and authentic perfume for a brand name of their choice.
If you want to meet your objective in fumigating with incense at least there should be Agil as one ingredient. The artificial perfumes may cause environmental pollution and give a scent that lasts only a few minutes. You will not derive results by merely burning substances that provide fragrance to the environment. Don't be misled by the perfume. It is not the artificial scent that you should think about but the aroma given by burning natural substances which mainly happen to be Agil and Sambrani.