[Advaita-l] vedic yajna

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 23:12:31 CST 2011


In Yajur Veda first mantra 'Ishe Tvorje' the 'Aghniyaha Devabhagam
Apyayadhvam' is praying Cows to supply share of Devas for Yajna. Cows
supply milk, curds ghee for Yajna. They are Aghniya not fit to be

On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 9:16 PM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan
<svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> This is a question for those who are experts in the procedures of vedic
>> yajna. In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad verses leading up to 6.4.18, there is a
>> reference to eating rice mixed with milk, curd etc. to get a son
>> well-versed in one, two, three and four vedas. I would like to know the
>> references to corresponding yajna procedures. I am keen to understand if
>> these procedures involve killing a cow or only partaking ghee. The text can
>> be more appropriately translated as taking ghee given that the previous
>> verses talk about curd, milk etc.
> Ghee is a common element in all these cases - sarpishmantam aSnIyAtAm...
> The specific additions to the odanam (cooked rice) are kshIra (milk), dadhi
> (curd), udaka (water), tila (sesame seeds) and mAMsa (meat) of ukshA or
> Rshabha.
> SAnkarabhAshya says, "mAMsa-miSram odanaM mAMsaudanam. ... auksheNa
> vA mAMsena, ukshA secanasamarthaH pungavaH, tadIyaM mAMsam. RshabhAs
> tato'py adhika-vayAH, tadIyam ArshabhaM mAMsam".
> Please note that Sankara bhagavatpAda lived very much in the kaliyuga and he
> does not talk of any substitutions for ukshA and Rshabha here.
> Vidyasankar
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