[Advaita-l] Re: Advaita-l Digest, Vol 32, Issue 22
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Re; Question from Shri Krunal Makwana re-yajna
Yajna (sacrifice) is a ritual laid down in the karma kANDa of the Vedas.
Various yajnas are prescribed for attaining wealth, progeny, heaven, etc.
The ritual is a very elaborate one, lasting over several days. 16 priests
belonging to the three Vedas officiate in a yajna. Oblations are poured into
the sacrificial fire with the chanting of mantras.
Soma is a plant. The juice obtained by crushing the leaves of this plant is
poured as an oblation into the fire. Yajnas are being conducted even now in
some places in South India as well as North India.
ASvamedha yAga can be conducted only by kshatriya kings. This is not
conducted anywhere now. This was done by a king for asserting his lordship
over other rulers. A horse would be sent round neighbouring
countries. Any ruler who captures the horse has to fight with the ruler who
sent the horse if he wants to retain his independence. This used to be
done in ancient times. King Dasaratha is said have performed this in Valmiki
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> Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 19:23:33 +0530
> From: Prasad Ramamurthy Kadambi <kaupeenavanta at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Advaita-l] What is Rashtreeya Maraga tradition?
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> I remember reading somewhere about Rashtreeya Marga, a tradition that was
> started by Madhava Vidyaranya of Vijayanagara fame and recently I noticed
> that Smt. Padma Subramaniam was instrumental in reviving that tradition,
> what is this tradition all about?
> Prasad Kadambi
> sada shiva samarambham Shankaracharya madhyamam !
> asmadacharya paryantham vande gru paramparam !!
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> Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 14:57:19 +0000
> From: "Krunal Makwana" <krunalmakwana at hotmail.com>
> Subject: [Advaita-l] MahA yajnas
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> || Namo Narayan ||
> Dear Jaldharji,
> I have been hearing various people 'talk' about yajnas but when they are
> asked what is the true meaning behind the yajnas, they change the subject
> they don't know.
> Can i ask yourself and the rest of the scholars on the advaita post to
> a brief on:
> Soma Yajna: What are the ingredients on this yajna? What is Soma, is it a
> plant, an animal? Who performs them? Why is a Soma Yajna performed? Is it
> performed to this day?
> Ashvamedha Yajna: What are the ingredients? Is a horse really used, and if
> it is used, what is it used for? Who performs the yajna? Why is is
> performed? Is it performed today?
> Krunal Makwana
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