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Enhancing soil fertility with bioelectric eggs

- by Priya Sundaravalli

How to harness living energies for Auroville Farms.

What strikes one about Rolf Brokmeier is his unusually luminous face, bright and intense eyes and a matching smile; perhaps a natural spill over from the energies that he deals with - cosmic cylinders with the charged quartz sunk into still water or the tall power-tower where one can get a cosmic ray shower. This morning I am at his home in Petite Ferme to cover his latest foray, this time it's into eggs - 'bioelectric' eggs to be precise. It is an exciting reporting assignment, and I immediately perceive that Rolf is a man of the future.

Rolf lowers a vertical array of 24 copper and zinc sheets in a terracotta pot.

"It all began four years ago when I got introduced to the work of the late Viktor Schauberger who spent his entire life experimenting with living energies," begins Rolf. He explains how Schauberger (1885-1958) studied natural shapes and forms and the generation of energy fields around them, in the process gleaning profound insights into energetic natural processes still unknown to science. "I am now in contact with Josef Just, a German researcher who worked with Schauberger's methods and who confirmed the improvement of soil fertility. Now Schauberger's entire life works are held at the Pythagoras Kepler School in his original home in Austria."

Rolf patiently explains how Schauberger viewed certain opposing forces, such as heat and cold, expansion and contraction, electricity and magnetism, centrifugal and centripetal forces, gravitation and levitation etc. as manifestations of similar energies, but separated by an octave scale. These opposites are believed to be endowed with specific vibrational powers which are considered to be 'self-organizing intermediate vibratory matrices of immaterial energies', that bridge gaps between the will-to-create and creation, spirit and matter, and an idea and its manifestation. This is the basis on which one can supposedly generate bio energies that can increase the soil fertility for several kilometres radius, using large egg-shaped containers buried in earth.
Whew! It seems to make sense yet is mind-blowing. How will AV Today readers react to all this.? The moment of doubt subsides as intuition kicks in asking me to shut-up and open myself. I feel a new respect for Rolf, and I am all ears to listen.

Rolf says that according to Schauberger, the deep red ferruginous (iron-rich) earth that is found in the Auroville bioregion is 'relaxing' in nature and thus growth-retarding. This may explain the poor fertility of the region. In such an environment, the use of energy-generating sources such as these egg-shaped pots can improve soil fertility and have a significant impact on yield and productivity of these farms.

With a small seed grant Rolf has begun testing in two fields at Siddhartha and Windarra farms. Both Herbert and Fredericke, who run these farms, have been open and encouraging. While Schauberger used metal eggs, Rolf patronizes indigenous technology using low-fired terracotta pots which are available in the bioregion. These large pots, traditionally used for grain-storage, are egg-shaped and 90 cm in length. The pots are buried in the ground partially or wholly and arranged in a triangular pattern, with the tips located 11 metres apart. The pots are filled with water into which is inserted a vertical array of 24 beaten copper and zinc sheets arranged alternately along a cylindrical stem. The sheets of copper represent the female elements while the zinc is the male counterpart, and together they generate the bio energies that affect soil fertility.

Rolf, like any true researcher, is well aware of averse factors - in this case the amount of rainfall, composting, local differences in the micro environment etc. - which can affect growth or yield. This has led him to maintain a meticulously detailed data log for each trial plot. He also believes that the human testers whose fields these pots are in should have an open attitude towards the experiment. Since there is no dearth of this in Auroville, one Sunday morning in early February a trial plot at Siddhartha Farm, which already contained 5 cm tall peanut plants, was seeded with three giant terracotta eggs. Observation and the recording of data is being carried out at regular intervals. The yardsticks of success or failure of this project will be the growth rate of the plants and the final peanut yield. Rolf's optimism and hope shines through and, as I leave, I cross my fingers sending up a prayer for a demonstrable success of this new experiment. For now, the giant eggs lie incubating in those two fields working their magic in Auroville's soil.

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