[Advaita-l] vedic yajna

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 23 14:34:09 CST 2011

In the Mahabharata Bhishma says that killing of animal in a yajna was introduced by Dhoorta only. That means it is not proper to offer meat in a yajna. However Smriti tells us that meat is offered to the manes. The  meat eating by a pregnant lady (as mentioned in the Brihadaranyaka upanishad) is an exception for a very exceptional  reason for a particular purpose.


Sunilk KB

 From: Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com>
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] vedic yajna
Without expertise in rituals, one cannot interpret these passages as
that will be superficial.

Hare Krishna

AFAIK, wherever the meat is suggested in shrauta yAga vidhi-s, without 
interpreting these injunctions in a peculiar way the Acharya would follow 
as it is..I myself have seen this ritual in sOma yAga held at Mattur some 
year back...Interestingly,  it is the part of the ritual in these shrauta 
yagna-s that adhvaryu will have to taste the meat..Though he is not taking 
it in quantity (just as we do in pongal, rasAyana, panchAmruta etc. :-)) 
he will just touch the meat with the index finger and taste it at the tip 
of the tongue to complete the formality.

Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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