Some Vedic sacrifices of this century
kartik at ECE.UTEXAS.EDU
Tue Dec 21 10:12:35 CST 1999
On Mon, 20 Dec 1999, Sankaran Jayanarayanan wrote:
> On Sun, 19 Dec 1999, Anand Hudli wrote:
> > On Fri, 17 Dec 1999 10:15:18 -0600, Sankaran Jayanarayanan
> > <kartik at ECE.UTEXAS.EDU> wrote:
> > >
> > >AFAIK, none of the shAstras twist a man's arm into performing such yaGYas.
> > >Nowhere can you find an *injuction* that a yaGYa with an animal sacrifice
> > >_must_ be performed. When the tirukkuraL, a tamil book on ethics says,
> > >"Refraining from performing one animal sacrifice is better than the
> > >performance of a thousand such sacrifices," the ParamAchArya DOES NOT say
> > >the tirukkuraL is mistaken. Rather, he is careful to point out that the
> > >tirukkuraL does not say that performing such a sacrifice is wrong, and
> > >therefore one should not condemn animal sacrifices.
> > >
> > "vasante vasante jyotishhA yajeta" - as per this one must perform
> > the agnishhToma yajna every spring. In fact, even the ParamAchArya
> > of Kanchi mentions people called "prati-vasanta-somayAji" who used
> > to perform this soma yajna (agnishhToma-jyotishhToma) every spring.
> > Now, any soma yajna involves both the soma juice and animals. So one
> > could make an argument that there is an injunction to conduct such
> > yajnas.
I just heard from a reliable source that the Jaimini suutras have the
injunction relating to the above as "svargakAmo yajeta" -- one desirous of
heaven shall sacrifice. Therefore, if one does not crave for svarga, there
is absolutely no need to conduct the JyotishhToma or agnishhToma yaGYas,
as H.H points out:
> From: Anand V. Hudli (view other messages by this author)
> Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 15:16:38
> Subject: Last word on the Buddhism-advaita issue (Hopefully!)
> Further, as HH Shri Abhinava Vidyateertha points out, the Veda
> usually has a qualification attached to a sacrifice. "If you
> desire such and such a thing, then do such and such a sacrifice/rite."
> So the conclusion is: If you don't have the desire for the thing
> indicated, there is no need to undertake the prescribed sacrifice.
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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