[Advaita-l] On yajna
sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 17 06:03:22 CST 2017
Here are some points related to yajna in general, based on
- om, tat and sat expand respectively into
brAhmaNa-s/ brahma vAdi-s, veda-s and yajna-s.
- Shri Jnaneshavara has clarified in his commentary
on gitA, that these three respectively relate to
states before karma is performed (om), while karma
is performed (tat), and after karma has been performed (sat).
- So yajna is the act of contemplating on karmas performed
using 'sat' (auspiciousness) as the guiding principle.
- So yajna can involve:
- offering noble karmas to gods,
- prayaschitta for not so noble karmas,
- retuning citta vritti-s that are predominant when we perform
karma-s if we find that they are out of alignment with our
desired ('sat') goals.
- So what may be purpose of an animal or any offering
in a yajna?
- any offering must be related to some aspect of karma-s
- animals likely relate of specific strong citta vritti-s
- if retuning of citta vritti-s can be achieved without
actually killing any animal, that would be by far the
most recommended approach.
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