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I personally believe that a mother would never ask someone to kill her own children moreover she would ask to kill the wrong and the negative things within each individual. What you feel is absolutely correct.Goddess Kali does not need the sacrifice, the necessity arises only from the side of those who eat meat.Because the Shastras unanimously agree ...


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Śrīla Prabhupāda has mentioned this as vedic sacrifice bali-dāna (kālī-pūjā or durgā-pūjā), in which a goat or other prescribed animal is slaughtered in a ritual performed for the demigoddess Kālī (Durgā) and its flesh consumed afterwards. This sacrifice, he says, is recommended in the tāmasika Purāṇas, Vedic literatures aimed at the gradual ...


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It's not mandatory to sacrifice animals in Devi or Kaali worship. But goat or animal sacrifice is considered as non-killing. The animals which are sacrificed to the Divine Mother will go to heaven. This is mentioned in Chapter 26, 3rd book of Srimad Devi Bhagavatam. This chapter describes procedure to celebrate Navaratri in detail. मांसाशनं ये कुर्वन्ति तैः ...


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No, you can not use both yajna and dana for any donation. For any kind of donation where you give something completely to someone else, you can use the word dana but not yajna. Dana and Yajna are two different things. That's why they are mentioned in separate verses. The basic difference is as below: Dana is generally the activity of giving something away ...


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Yajna, the fire sacrifice, is the central ritual of the Vedic sacrificial cult. The basic idea of Yajna according to the Vedic ritualists was that man can have a happy and prosperous life only if he lived in harmony with his environment, consisting of Nature and the Devas who control the forces of Nature. Man gets his progeny and his sustenance as ...


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It is strangled to death, as a sacrificial animal in the yaga ritual. The Shatapatha Brahmana describes in great detail the Vedic rituals regarding; the preparation of altars, ceremonial objects, ritual recitations, and the Soma libation, along with the symbolic attributes of every aspect of the rituals. Following are the excerpts of the ritual of the '...


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The answer of your question is given by Shree-Krishna in Shreemad Bhagvat Maha Purana. ( Canto 11 ,Chapter 21 , Shlokas 29-30) SB 11.21: Lord Kṛṣṇa’s Explanation of the Vedic Path. Here ते मे मतमविज्ञाय परोक्षं विषयात्मका:। हिंसायां यदि राग: स्याद् यज्ञ एव न चोदना॥29॥ हिंसाविहारा ह्यालब्धै: पशुभि: स्वसुखेच्छया । यजन्ते देवता यज्ञे: पितृभूतपतीन खला:॥30 ...


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The idea of a secular sphere is of western origin. I must point out that the Jesus teaching about rendering to Caesar is an anachronism and was certainly not spoken by Jesus. The reason to disbelieve is that there was no church while Jesus was alive (assuming he was a historical figure). Depending on which gospel you read, the public life of Jesus of ...


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This chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes the animals sacrificed in an Ashwamedha Yagna: For this (day) there are those sacrificial animals--'A horse, a hornless he-goat, and a Gomriga,' fifteen 'paryaṅgyas': the mystic import of these has been explained. Then these wild ones--for spring he seizes (three) kapiñgalas, for ...


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The detail list of all animals, birds and marine creatures which were tied in Yajna-Shala is present in Ashwamedha Prakarana of Vajaseniya samhita of Shukla Yajurveda. The 24 adhyay of Shukla yajurveda samhita is only dedicated for description of those animals and the respected gods for whome they were tied to pole. The creatures mentioned are as follows....


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The Manu Smriti verse quoted in the question talks about situations where killing animals is sanctioned. One of them is Madhuparka. There are several meanings to Madhuparka. Madhuparka is a rite during a marriage. The bride's family welcomes the bridegroom's family by giving a drink made of honey, curd or clarified butter. After this drink is offered, a ...


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The Purushamedha Yagna does not involve human sacrifice. The Purushamedha Yagna is a mock-human sacrifice where a bunch of humans are tied up, but then released at the end. Here is what this chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda says: And as to why it is called Purushamedha: The stronghold (pur) doubtless is these worlds, and the Purusha (...


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I am herewith providing more details of the story of King Bhavya or King Swanaya mentioned in Rig-Veda mandala 1- Sukta 126. The story is present in both this as well as in previous sukta i.e. RV. 1.125. King Bhava or Bhavayavya was a king who lived on the banks of the Indus,whose son was King Swanya Or Bhavya. The Rishi of the Sukta 1.125 is ...


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I am answering only the question that is in the body. Madhuparka is not a sacrifice as you think. Madhuparka is a mixture of honey, milk - a sweet offering prescribed to be done to guests in a Hindu tradition. See the meaning of Madhuparka from a dictionary. मधुपर्क m. madhuparka offering of honey and milk मधुपर्क m. madhuparka ...


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Like any verses such as "He who desires prosperity should offer a goat to Vishnu"? Yes definitely we have such Mantras for Vishnu in the Krishna Yajurveda. One I have already used in this answer: DevAsurA eshu lokesh vaspardanta sa etam vishnurvAmanapashyattam swAyei devatAyA Ahalabhata tato vai sa imA .....|| Once there was a conflict ...


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Yagna produces rain(by satisfying gods) which is a necessity for life on earth, so yagna helps ecosystem/environment to sustain itself. You should look at context, Sri Krishna is showing importance of doing vedic karma/karma-yoga to arjuna(and the whole world). In BG 3.12(context for BG 3.14)Bhagwan Sri Krishna is talking about benefits/good-consequences ...


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Yes, it does violate the principle of ahimsa. This is not for those who are interested in self realization. Below are couple of verses from Srimad Bhagavatam spoken by Narada Muni: 7.15.10 Upon seeing the person engaged in performing the sacrifice, animals meant to be sacrificed are extremely afraid, thinking, “This merciless performer of sacrifices, ...


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That the Pitris love eating meat is clear from the following Manu Smriti verses. They remain heavily satisfied specially when they are offered different kinds of meat. 3.267. The ancestors of men are satisfied for one month with sesamum grains, rice, barley, masha beans, water, roots, and fruits, which have been given according to the prescribed rule,...


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The following are Mantras from the Krishna Yajurveda's Book 2 and Book 5. The Mantras are describing which animals are fit to be sacrificed to what Vedic deities. They also give the list of animals which are to be offered to Vishnu. The gods and Yama were at strife over this world; Yama appropriated (ayuvata) the power and strength of the gods; ...


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The translation quoted by me here is based on Sriram Sharma's Hindi translation of AV. I translated it myself to English. Atharveda: Part-1 काण्ड-७ सूक्त-८ १७५४. मुग्धा देवा उत शुनायजन्तोत गोरङ्गैः पुरुधायजन्त | य इमं यज्ञं मनसा चिकेत प्रणो वोचस्तमिहेह ब्रवः ||५|| विवेकरहित यजमान, श्वान और गौ आदि पशुओं के अवयवों के द्वारा यजन करता है, तो यह अकर्म मूर्खता...


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Animal sacrifice is spoken of in the vedas. It belongs to another era. People that do animal sacrifices are, like people that do other types of sacrifice, trying to gain some worldly or heavenly (not brahmaloka) merit. Animal sacrifice is animal sacrifice - no matter what the actual number of animals that are involved. Goat sacrifices are still done by ...


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Here are my thoughts: Any good act without selfish advantage, done for the welfare of others may be coined as equivalent to yajna. Wiki on this article is here where as daana can be anything like like food, money, ornaments or animals given to underprivileged for their well being or for the spiritual progress of donor or to remove the sins of donor. In ...


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This is a partial answer. I would like to point out that animal sacrifice is both recommended and criticized in Hindu scriptures. Animal sacrifice is allowed in Hindu scripture for people with clean minds. Otherwise vegetable sacrifice is to be done as can be seen by the following quote: One who is of such a cleansed soul may slaughter a cow (as an ...


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In The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism, A. L. Basham talks about the symbolism behind this practice. Ch. 2. Early Speculations and the Later Sacrificial Cults ... A feature of the aśvamedha which has aroused considerable comment is the sexual character of one of the concluding ceremonies. The chief queen lay down beside the ...


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Do scriptures specify how animals should be killed during the sacrifice? Yes, the horse in the Ashwamedha is suffocated with a cloth. Taittiriya Brahmana 3.9.20: tArpyeNAshvam samjnapayanti | yajno vai tArpyam | yajnenaivainam samardhayanti | yAmena samnA prastotA'nUpatiSThate | yamalokam evainam gamayati They (the Samitars, the slaughterers) kill the ...


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It is Aryasamaj they clearly reject the animal sacrifice. Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati (Founder of Aryasamaj) wrote in Satyarth Prakash chapter 11 page 339 Now look at the trickery of these stupid popes that whatever is considered to be highly sinful and opposed to the Veda is regarded as virtuous by the Vaama Margis. The use of meat, wine, fish, ...


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Is there any scriptural refrence regarding this point that sacrificed animal can come back to life if mantras are chanted rightly? This can't be possible because there are actually mantras from the veda samhitas uttered in the animal sacrifice and addressed to the sacrificial animal that explicitly wish the animal a speedy journey to swarga after it's ...


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