Some Vedic sacrifices of this century

Sankaran Jayanarayanan 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
>   yajnas.

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
such-and-such thing?


>  Anand


bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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