[Advaita-l] Yajna and Homa
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Mon Aug 3 02:04:16 CDT 2009
On Sun, 2 Aug 2009, Krishna Subrahmanian wrote:
> Dear members, I have a question. What is the difference between a
> yajna and a homa? Is it the scale? Or is it the type of offering
> (ghee versus others) or the mantras or purpose (kaamya karma versus loka
According to katyAyanashrautasUtra (1.2.5-7) yajna is marked by the verb
yaj (yajati) and the oblation is given standing up with the exclamation
vaShaT. Homa or havan is marked by the verb hu (juhoti) and the oblation
is given sitting down with the exclamation svAhA.
But this is actually a rather academic distinction.
> Yajna seems to have a broader meaning than fire ritual, but
> homa is strictly a fire ritual.
For all practial purposes the two terms are synonyms. Even in the veda
they are sometimes mixed. (I'm thinking of the rk tasmAdyaGYat... in the
purushasukta for instance.) I guess you could say yajna is used more
often for non-agni related "sacrifices" but this is not a technical
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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