Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l
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Mon Aug 25 01:19:19 CDT 2014
Animesh, here is a question for you. As you know one of the principal
upanishads, the munDakopaniShad belongs to the Atharvaveda.
Shankaracharya explains (bhashya on 3.2.10) that this was was taught and
learned by the shrotriyas who made agnihotra into ekAR^iShi agni and
followed the shirovrata. He describes this as yathA AtharvaNAnA vedavrata
prasiddham "the well known veda vrata of the followers of Atharvaveda."
Apparently this shirovrata involved "carrying a fire on one head" and
presumably shaving ones head. (The literal meaning of Mundaka is one
whose head is shaved.) What else can you tell us about this shirovrata?
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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