Some Vedic sacrifices of this century
kartik at ECE.UTEXAS.EDU
Mon Dec 20 10:26:30 CST 1999
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
I got this from your posting a while ago, as I assumed there had to be a
desire before performance every sacrifice/rite:
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.
Maybe the "vasante..." injunction is preceded by the desire for
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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