Importance of japa and homa

Anand Hudli anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 25 11:12:45 CDT 2001

The R^igvidhAna of Shaunaka is a practical manual that describes the
situations and the mantras of the R^igveda that are to be employed in

Shaunaka makes this point in 1.9:

xatriyo bAhuvIryeNa taredApadamAtmanaH |
dhanena vaishyashUdrau tu japahomairdvijottamaH ||

A KShatriya should cross over his calamity by valor (strength of
the arms), while a vaishya or shUdra by means of wealth. However,
the best of the dvijas (ie. a brAhmaNa) (should overcome any
calamity) by japa and homa.


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