[Advaita-l] Agnihotra when travelling

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Wed Jul 28 12:41:33 CDT 2010


Thank you for the information.  Is the pair of 'svAhA' to be uttered by the
patni Vedic ones?  Is she allowed to utter them?

What is the meaning of the term 'svAhA'?  Is it split as 'su + AhA'?


On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 3:08 PM, subhanu saxena <subhanu at hotmail.com> wrote:

> V. Subramaniam wrote
> "I have heard that an
> agnihotri, i mean the yajamana, when away, that is out of station, the
> yajnapatni, his wife, remaining at home, is to do the minimum ritual
> required to maintain the agni and the agnihotra that has been commenced by
> them upon vivaha.  Will anyone specify what exact actions are involved in
> this 'maintenance' ritual by the wife?"
> Namaste
> The Srauta sutras tell us  that when a yajamana is out of station, then
> first, ideally, the wife should accompany him as she is his half (vijnāyate
> chārdho va eṣa ātmano yatpatneeti: Bodhāyana 29.9) and that the adhvaryu
> makes offerings in his absence (tad vāstoṣpateeyagum hutvādhvaryuḥ
> samāropayet "ayam te yonir rtviya iti, Bodhāyana 29.9). The yajamana should
> follow certain codes of conduct when away. There is also the tradition
> followed today that a son or a pupil may offer in one’s place, though the
> ṣaḍvimsa Brahmanam states that this is less preferable to offering oneself:
> “One oblation performed by a pupil is better than a hundred oblations
> performed by others. One oblation performed by a son is better than a
> hundred oblations performed by pupils. One oblation performed by oneself is
> better than a hundred oblations performed by a son. For he (the sacrifice)
> should offer himself, he should milk himself, he should attend on the
> agnihotra himself” (Sadvimsa B 4, I, 12-14 as quoted in Agnihotra p119 by
> H.W Bodewitz)
> With regards Upasānā agni the tradition is that the wife can offer the 2
> pradhāna āhutis for the husband (agnaye svaha, agnaye sviṣṭakrite svaha)
> Regards
> Subhanu
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