[Advaita-l] Shrouta Group

Abhishek RK rkabhi at gmail.com
Tue May 9 22:20:26 CDT 2006

Dear Nattu,

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On 5/9/06, Neelakanta, Nataraja <nataraja.neelakanta at sap.com> wrote:
> Dear All,
> There is a practice of animal sacrifice in all the yagnas (by yagna, I
> mean only shrouta yagnas like somayaga, agnistoma, garudaschayana). I
> completely agree with the concept of the same, saying that, the
> animal(goat) will attain Suryaloka, which is very tough to attain even
> by us, being humans. First, a person can join vasu gana, then rudra gana
> and next is aditya gana or surya loka. Even when a person passes away,
> in the structure of paitrumedhika prayoga (last rites), this is what is
> followed.
> Now my question : Are there provisions for not doing animal sacrifice ?
> There are some references in Mahabharata, wherein, Lord Yama says 'I
> have made one person to perform yagna with pistapashu
> (purodaasha),(pistapashu means animal kind of doll made out of dough).
> And this is what is very auspicious'.
> But, the main problem lies here : Whenever there is conflict between the
> Shruti and Smruti, you should override Smruti to consider Shruti. So, in
> such a case, animal sacrifice will become a must while performing
> yagnas.
> Does anyone have any reference from Shruti, where in, it says there is a
> provision for not doing animal sacrifice ?
> Best Regards,
> nattu
> --
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