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Famous hymn Rudram, 11th Anuvaka has the following mantra

Mantra 16

ये ते सहस्रमयुतं पाशा मृत्यो मर्त्याय हन्तवे ।

तान् यज्ञस्य मायया सर्वानवयजामहे ॥

Mantra 17

मृत्यवे स्वाहा- मृत्यवे स्वाहा ॥

So what is the maayaa of the yajna ? how is it related to immortality?

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  • Actions out of lust anger greed attachment and ego is called sin. These 5 are called Maya. Feb 20, 2018 at 0:04
  • You should format your question. Feb 20, 2018 at 3:31
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    Also which AnuvAka? Feb 20, 2018 at 3:36
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    Here "Yajnasya Mayayaa" means with measure or strength of good actions. Not illusion. मायया not माया.
    – The Destroyer
    Feb 20, 2018 at 5:05
  • @TheDestroyer I feel that this translation is not correct because mAyayA is the 3rd vibhakti of mAyA which means the mAyA i.e. shakti OF yajna. Further How come yajnasya mean good actions? Feb 24, 2018 at 15:14

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According to the Aurobindo-KApaly ShAstry school, the following is the translation:

Ye te sahsramayutam pAshA mrityo martyAya hantave |

O Death who kills mortals by hundreds of knots.

TAn yajnasya mAyayA sarvAnava yajAmahe |

I worship him with this subtle (MAyaya) yajnas for protection (ava).

So, it's not MAyA but MAya... and it is meaning subtle..

Another translation provided by the KAmakoti.org is as follows:

ये ते सहस्रमयुतं पाशा मृत्यो मर्त्याय हन्तवे ।
तान् यज्ञस्य मायया सर्वानवयजामहे ॥

Meaning:

मृत्यो- O Parameswara, the form of Death, मर्त्याय- all dying creatures, हन्तवे- for catching, ते- your, सहस्रं- in thousands, अयुतं- in tens of thousands, ये- which, पाशाः- ropes (and similar instruments of torture are there), तान् सर्वान्- all of them, यज्ञस्य मायया- with the strength of our good actions, अवयजामहे- put aside.

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    I feel that this translation is not correct because mAyayA is the 3rd vibhakti of mAyA which means the mAyA i.e. shakti OF yajna. Further How come yajnasya mean good actions? Feb 24, 2018 at 15:14
  • You mean the 2nd one? I am more ok with first one.. @RakeshJoshi
    – Rickross
    Feb 24, 2018 at 16:19
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    i am more interested in knowing meaning of maayayaa from Sanskrit point of view. I feel its third vibhakti of maayaa. Which means that shakti of yajna is said as maayaa here Feb 24, 2018 at 18:26
  • MAya means "subtle".. so it is saying "with these inner (subtle) Yajnas" ... that's the way the first quote translates.. the 2nd quote falls into Bhavartha kind of translation.. it does not seem word to word to me.. @RakeshJoshi
    – Rickross
    Feb 25, 2018 at 5:20
  • Kamakoti wrong meaning May 24, 2020 at 19:52

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