[Advaita-l] Question on Vaastu suuktam
anandhudli at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 9 00:36:21 CST 2004
>One more question on suuktams while we are at it. This time it's the
>vaastu suuktam. This consists of 8 half verses. The first 4 verses are
>found in the samhitaa 3.4.10. How about the last 4 which begin
>vaastoshhpate prataraNo edhi and end sakhaa sushevah ...
The vAstoShpati sUkta of the Krishna Yajur Veda has identical wording as the
R^ig vedic one. Obviously, the accents differ. Both are used, for example,
in the puNyAhavAchana ceremony of the respective shAkhA before any
auspicious ceremony is to be performed. The context is that two kalashas are
worhsipped- one representing varuNa and the other vAstoShpati. The
vAstoShpati sUkta is recited as water from the two kalashas is poured as a
single stream into another vessel.
The R^ig vedic vAstoShpati sUkta consists of 7.54 (3 R^iks) and the first
R^ik of 7.55. Another detail is that in the yajur vedic version, the 2nd and
3rd mantras are swapped, with reference to the R^ig vedic version.
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