[Advaita-l] agnimukha prayOga - a query

Anand Hudli anandhudli at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 25 00:17:00 CDT 2013

For an example of actions done without mantras, please also see Apastamba
Grihya sUtra 1.1.19 (paTala 1, khaNDa 1, sUtra 19):
pavitrayoH saMskAraH AyAmataH parImANaM prokShaNii saMskAraH
pAtraprokShaNam iti darshapUrNamAsavat tUShNiim||

the saMskAra of two pavitras, measuring of length, prokShaNii saMskAra,
pAtrprokShaNam have to be done silently (without mantras) as in the case of
the darsha-pUrNamAsa sacrifice. I have heard Ritviks actually saying the
kriyA vAkyas themselves while doing the actions. I am not exactly sure if
this is correct, but such verbalization could just serve as a reminder of
the immediate action to be performed.

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On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM, Anand Hudli <anandhudli at hotmail.com>wrote:

> Bhaskar YR wrote:
> >Kindly let me know when we can follow 'chatushpAtra prayOga' and when we
> >have to follow 'shatpAtra prayOga'...
> The Nrisimha prayoga pArijAta of Rigvedins only mentions ShaTpAtraprayoga,
> AshTapAtraprayoga, and dvAdashapAtraprayoga. Kevala-Ajya-home (in a homa
> where the offering is only ghee) prokShaNIM sruvaM chamasamAjyapAtram
> idhmaM barhiH iti AsAdayet. AshTapAtraprayoga is for siddhAnna home (when
> offering is also charu, modaka, and other prepared items). Here we have
> charusthAlii, prokShaNI, darvI, sruva, praNitApAtra, AjyapAtra, idhma, and
> barhi. dvAdashapAtraprayoga is for a homa where charu is actually prepared
> as part of the homa. Here, shUrpa, kRShNAjina, ulUkhala, and musala are
> included.
> There are many actions indicated in the prayoga texts where there is no
> accompanying mantra. For example, prokShaNImuttAnI kRtvA, darbhe
> prAdeshamAtre sAgre pavitre kRtvA tatpAtropari nidhAya, akShataiH saha
> shuddhAbhiradbhiH pUrayitvA, etc.
> Anand

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