Initiator and Leader of the Homa-Hof Heiligenberg
Shri Vasant V. Paranjpe and Horst Heigl 1989
In 1974 Horst Heigl was the first person in Germany to learn about Agnihotra. At that time, hardly anything was known about the manifold effects of Agnihotra. But Shri Vasant Paranjpe, the bearer of this knowledge, radiated such an extraordinary humility and sincerity that Horst immediately put into practice what he had heard. Shortly thereafter, he travelled to Shree, who had revived Agnihotra. This first encounter so deeply impressed and touched him that 32 more trips to Shree followed. In 1976, Shree instructed Horst to gather people around him and to tell them about the Fivefold Path. This was the beginning of Horst's lifelong task, to which he tirelessly and wholeheartedly has dedicated himself until today.
At that time, Horst already looked back on a dramatic and eventful life.
After Horst was born on 11.03.1936 in Berlin, he experienced a childhood scarred by war and post-war years with all their negative effects. They nurtured a great longing for love and peace in him, but above all he sought God. So it happened that he went through a total of 12 different religious denominations and communities though they did not really bring him closer to God.
His contact with yoga was the turning point, and some time later he travelled to India for the first time. Swami Hariharananda, disciple and successor of Paramahansa Yogananda, personally initiated him into meditation techniques. For the first time, he experienced a deep closeness to God and learned the exercises which help to reach this goal.
At that time he had built up a career as a technical draftsman, than as a technician. His job as a tool designer and later as a mechanical engineering designer did not satisfy him in any way. After a period of intensive practice, his yoga teacher instructed him to teach Hatha Yoga. Thereupon Horst risked to withdraw from a secure professional career and from 1971 on worked as Germany's first full-time yoga teacher. Soon after, he was empowered by Swami Hariharananda to pass on meditation techniques (Kriya yoga). For about 20 years Horst gave thousands of interested people access to Hatha yoga and meditation, in community colleges and privately in Southern Germany.
He has gone through almost all stages of meditation, has enjoyed fascinating experiences and visions, and finally realized that the highest state of consciousness that can be attained through meditation does not mean the end of human development. Only daily filing on one's own ego, the so-called "little self", will permanently bring us closer to the light.
This knowledge can also be found in the Fivefold Path. When the Homa-Hof Heiligenberg was founded on Horst's initiative in 1988, from the beginning he attached great importance to the practice of all five guidelines. His extensive experience and deep knowledge are of great help for all seekers. With love, patience and enormous commitment he is there for the people, giving again and again life-practical, mental and spiritual assistance and suggestions to apply in daily life.
In 1987, Horst founded the publishing house â€śVerlag Horst Heiglâ€ś with the aim to give as many interested people as possible access to this knowledge. In his books he passes on his own experienced knowledge and points out passable ways which may lead to the experience of the highest reality. Some of his books appeared under the name "Lozynski", his former surname, which he changed into â€śHeiglâ€ť by his marriage in 1990.
Finally, he also turned his love for music into reality. Originally the piano was his instrument, later he chose the keyboard to record interpretations or his own compositions. The aim was to bring the highest possible vibration into every piece of music, an energy that transmits itself to the listener and can considerably increase his well-being. Horst said:
"When music elevates the soul, temporarily freeing it from earthly burdens, it is like a healing balm."
Horst is still committed to helping all people in his environment. Charity and the practical Eucharist (change everything to the positive) are particularly close to his heart. He cares deeply about the unadulterated transmission of the Agnihotra and the simplicity of the Fivefold Path. Only then the path is an aid to all, regardless of faith, origin, financial and social status.
In 1976, Shree said about Horst: "He is Our man!"
Horst wrote about his extraordinary life and his many encounters with Shree in his book â€śErfĂĽllte VerheiĂźungenâ€ť (Fulfilled Promises), an autobiographical work in two volumes. Its release is planned in 2018 for the 100th anniversary of Shree.
Horst and Birgitt Heigl give an example of the Fivefold Path in their living and working together, with the daily routine and the love and care for the Homa Hof community. They are the connecting and consistent link of the nearly 30-years-old community. We owe them the reliable, responsible sharing of the knowledge given by Shree, a knowledge that can elevate the spiritual and practical lives of people to a joyful, happy level.
Since the beginning in 1987, Birgitt has been decisively involved in the development of the publishing house â€śVerlag Horst Heiglâ€ś. She primarily uses her talents for language and art in the editing and designing of texts and images. In 2008 she published her first book "Der kleine Fakir Namu und der FĂĽnffache Pfadâ€ť (The little Fakir Namu and the Fivefold Path).
Birgitt was born in 1965 in MĂĽhldorf am Inn (Upper Bavaria). She grew up in the AllgĂ¤u region (South Germany) where she finished an apprenticeship as a medical assistant. In 1985 she moved to Ăśberlingen on Lake Constance. Here she attended the Hatha yoga and meditation classes of Horst and was trained as a yoga teacher. In 1990, Horst and Birgitt got married and since then have the surname Heigl. At the end of 1990 they moved to the Homa-Hof in Heiligenberg where they live today.
From childhood on Birgitt was searching for God. Only with her husbandâ€™s help did she learn that it is not the religious affiliation, but the degree of love for the divine that determines how much one can approach God. Years of yoga and meditation exercises and intensive spiritual training by her husband finally brought her to experience the omnipresence of God. Almost every day, she can experience the truth of the Bible words, which read as follows: "Seek first for the Kingdom of God and all things will be given to you."
Following her inspirations, she began to write, to draw, to paint - without having learned any of it, neither professionally nor in courses. But since God is omnipresent and all-pervasive, it is enough to turn to him intensely. If you let him work through you, everything will become possible.
In two volumes titled â€śDer Schauspieler in Seinem Dienstâ€ś (The actor in His service) Birgitt describes her life in search of God. Above all, the unusual training methods of Horst become clear, who like an actor took on different roles to promote her own experience. Important life questions are answered and many examples are given how to practice the Fivefold Path in daily life.