[Advaita-l] ***UNCHECKED*** Re: savayajna

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 28 09:38:05 CST 2015


Kindly see the statistics below -

Human population in 1800 - 1 Billion
In 2012         - 7 Billion
In 2030         - 8.4 Billion
In 2050         - 9.6 Billion

But animal population has reduced greatly. Say Tigers.
India has half of Tiger population - 1706 in 2011

Lion Population

In 1950 - 400,000
In 2004 - 16,500 to 40,000
Asian Lion in 2010 - 411

You can see Human Population is Growing very fast and Animal Population is
shrinking very fast.

Many Wild animal species are becoming Extinct. There are many endangered
animal species like Swamp Deer and Himalayan Musk Deer.

This bad Scene was not there in ancient times. There was robust population
of animals and MINIMUM population of people.

In this situation Yajnas with animal sacrifice was done. Killing animals
was not causing Imbalance in Nature.

Now change the Scene to Modern Day. Now we should not kill animals but
protect them. Every animal life saved is a Punya Karma.

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 8:23 PM, Animesh via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste ,
> Of course use of पिष्ट पशु  instead  प्रत्यक्ष पशु  is a shistAchara. But
> wasn't it later practice developed by SrI madhavAcharya.
> Has Sri Madhwacharya cited any such authority for the piShTa-pashu
> practice introduced by him?( I mean sruti vAkya ).
>  In an old tread Sri  Subrahmanian.V  wrote
> " Once he went against the practice of killing animals during Vedic
> sacrifices. He recommended that offering Pishta pashu or a figure made out
> of flour should be practiced instead in this kaliyuga. *He claimed that
> this
> is truly Vedic. He prevailed over the scholars and made his brother
> successfully perform a sacrifice using the pishta pashu."
> I came to know another argument by SrI Sriram Nagaraj in a older tread of
> advaita group.
> "
> I believe the great Advaitic scholar Sri Appaya Dikshitar once performed
> the Vajapeya Yajnya and when the sacrificial goat entered the homa, Sri
> Dikshitar was able to see the jiva attain heaven."
> Do any authority is there on pashu pishtha ? When sruti mentions "
> अग्नीषोमीयं पशुमालभेत" .
> Please read following article from nambothiri website.
> "
> Resentment and opposition to animal sacrifice through Paswaalambhanam in
> Yaagams were prevalent even long ago. It gained strength with the spread of
> Jainism and Budhism, with even great emperors like Asokan on their side.
> Even strong believers in Vedic culture were intimidated and were afraid of
> performing Yaagams. In those days, in some parts of the country, certain
> Sroutha-Karmams called Havir-Yajnams, without Paswaalambhanam, were
> apparently practiced, though unknown in Kerala. This state of affairs
> continued for over a thousand years, until Mezhathol Agnihothri (Click
> here) boldly revived the ancient culture (Yajna Samskaaram), in these
> parts, at least.
> Late Erkara Raman Namboodiri (Senior) says in his book "Ekaahaaheena
> Sathrangal", "...There are numerous explanations in Vedams and related
> Granthhams as to why Paswaalambhanam in Yaagams do not have the stigma of
> killing. The Jains and the Budhists believe in absolute "Ahimsa". But what
> is surprising is that the others who decry Yaagams do not desist from nor
> oppose animal slaughter for food or for commerce. Is it not far better for
> animals, not blessed with knowledge faculty to die in five minutes as in
> Yaagam with the blessings of the gods, than to die a miserable, long and
> painful death of old age, as occurs to most of them? Objectors do not seem
> to do anything about such miseries. Ninety five percent of the Vedams deal
> with Yajnam in some way. The remaining five percent exhorts humankind to
> perform such Karmams and cleanse the mind. And yet, there are the objectors
> to such Yajnams which are ordered by Lord Vishnu and are the prescribed
> rituals enunciated by all the Vedams, Smruthis, Ithihaasams, Puranams,
> Aachaarams and Anushthhaanams..."
> According to modern doctors, the Vapa cannot be collected when the animal
> dies a natural death, nor when it is killed in any other manner other than
> by suffocation. Then, at least some portion of the Vapa concentrates in a
> specific part of the anatomy. But this was known to the ancient seers and
> sages !
> The number of lambs sacrificed varies with ritual as well as Yaagam. Two
> lambs are needed for Somayaagam and fourteen, for Athiraathram. For
> "Aagneyam Pasu" and "Agnishomeeyam Pasu" on the 5th day of Somayaagam, one
> lamb each is sacrificed to Agni.
> In Athiraathram, for "Ekaadasam Pasu", "Agnishomeeyam Pasu" and
> "Maithraavaruneeya Pasu", one lamb each is sacrificed while for "Ekaadasa
> Pasu", a ritual on the 10th day of Athiraathram, ten male and one female
> lambs are sacrificed to eleven different gods.
> Before the animal sacrifice, the Yajamaanan's wife cleans the lamb. The
> servants (Adiyaar, the elite Nayar community) kills the lamb by suffocation
> and stretching the lamb's tongue outside the mouth.
> The Adhwaryu, with the help of other Namboothiris, collects the Vapa on a
> stick (Vapaasrapani) of Kumizhu tree. Each lamb (and thus each Vapa) is
> numbered. Here, no Rithwik should help Adhwaryu. Vapa, thus collected, is
> covered with Darbha grass and fried in the fire. This follows the
> extraction and boiling of eleven other organs of the lamb.
> Due to strong protest from the animal lovers, the lambs have been replaced
> by a special vegetarian preparation called "Pishta Pasu". Animals were not
> sacrificed (instead, Pishta Pasu was used) in the Athiraathrams conducted
> at Paanjaal . "
> Regards
> Animesh
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