The same question has been asked by Yudhishthira to Bhishma in Mahabharata, Anushashana Parva, SECTION XCI.
"Yudhishthira said, 'By whom was the Sraddha first conceived and at what time? What also is its essence? During the time when the world was peopled by only the descendants of Bhrigu and Angiras; who was the muni that established the Sraddha? What ...
In ancient times, most women would have no education in the Vedas, and they would just become housewives. But in contrast to these women, known as Sadyovadinis, there was a very small number of women, known as Brahmavadini, who would abandon the material lifestyle that was the norm for women and instead went to a Ashram and learn the Vedas just as men did. ...
Valmiki Ramayana: Ayodhya Kanda - Sarga 20 answers your questions:
सा क्षौम वसना ह्ऱ्ष्टा नित्यम् व्रत परायणा |
अग्निम् जुहोति स्म तदा मन्त्रवत् क्ऱ्त मन्गला || २-२०-१५
Kausalya, who was interested to practise religious vows regularly was appearing auspiciously by wearing a white silk sari and gladly performing sacrificial ceremony in a sacred ...
Because every Brahmin does aachman in the name of Vishnu
That is obviously not true.
First of all, the Smarta achamana, which is prescribed in Manu Smriti and several other Smritis, does not require any mantras to be chanted. Simply sipping the water is sufficient.
And, since Smritis talk only about Vedic rituals, so we can conclude in Vedic rituals this ...
The Manu Smriti simply says to change the thread when its damaged.
Manu Smriti 2.64. His girdle, the skin (which serves as his upper
garment), his staff, his sacrificial thread, (and) his water-pot he
must throw into water, when they have been damaged, and take others,
reciting sacred formulas.
Some further conditions when the sacred thread ...
Aswamedha yajna was a royal rite. It was done only by the Kings to spread their glory throughout the world and for the benefit of their kingdom (rāṣṭram vā aśvamedhaḥ). Regarding its origin and usage of horses the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says:
सोऽकामयत: मेध्यं म इदं स्याद् , आत्मन्व्यनेन स्यामिति ततोऽश्वः समभवद्
यदश्वत् , तन्मेध्यमभूदिति तदेवा...
Soma is indeed an important section of vedas as rightly pointed by you. Soma is also a name of herb/hervs, drink, deity etc. The importance of soma is so much that even the Devas are desperate to drink it. In many vedic sections we see stories and mantras which invite/tempt the celestial gods to come to earth for drinking this divine drink.
Over the time ...
AtharvaVeda Parishistam contains a separate chapter for the rituals consisting of Pashupat Vrata.
In the AtharvaVeda Parishistam chapter 31 it is stated:
शुभं मोक्षकरं पुण्यं प्रियम् पाशुपतेर् व्रतम् ।। (AVPari 31.10)
The auspicious fruitful Pashupat Vrata which bestows Moksha.
AtharvaVeda Parishistam chapter 40 fully describes Pashupat Vrata in ...
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 '...
Sri Chandrasekhara Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham says in Hindu Dharma The Universal Way of Life says
Daytime, we have seen, is divided into eight parts. But it can also be
divided into five, each of six nadikas. If the sun rises at 6, 6 to 8.
24 is morning or "pratah-kala"; 8. 24 to 10. 48 is "sangava-kala"; and
10. 48 to
1. 12 is "...
Vedas do not have any gender based discrimination. When it comes to vaidika dharma and practices both men and women enjoy same freedom. However, after the advent of sanyasa, the society slowly turned towards more male dominated and male chauvinistic in nature. Slowly women were deprived from their basic religious and social rights which were sanctioned by ...
The book Nitya Karma Puja Prakash quotes the following verse from the Devi Bhagavatam, according to which, the evening Sandhya should be done facing the west.
Pratah sandhyam sanakshtram madhyanhe madhya bhaskaram | Sasuryam pashcimam sandhyam tistrah sandhya upasate ||
In evening as long as the stars don't rise in the sky one should
Is sannyasa a Vedic way of life? Is it recommended by the Vedas?
I am answering only this question.
Since it is not possible to answer the question without going through all the 4 Vedas, and since I have not done so either, I am quoting the opinion of a scholar who has done so.
Let me first introduce the author from whose book I'll be quoting.
He is ...
You are right in surmising that the Putrakaameshthi Yagya may not have been required after the Ashwamedha as mentioned in this verse:
चिन्तयानस्य तस्य एवम् बुद्धिः आसीन् महात्मनः |
सुतार्थम् वाजिमेधेन किम् अर्थम् न यजामि अहम् || १-८-२
To that anguished great-soul, a thought occurred this way, "To beget sons, why should not I perform Horse ritual...[...
I would like to write a detailed post with extensive references from Vedas, Vedangas and extra vedic literature. Also, along with this one can also refer to my another post on menstruation (which most of people believe is the reason for banishment of shastras for women).
Position of women in Vedic era
AcaryANAM shatam pita
As you may be knowing that during Anga/Kara Nyasas Mantras like Om, Swaha, Vashat, Vaushat, Bhurbhuvasuvar (which has portions of the Gayatri Mantra) etc should be recited.
But, according to scriptures, uninitiated persons (in your case without Upanayana) should not chant any of those Mantras. Actually, the only Mantra he is allowed to chant is Swadha which ...
I think it's Taittirīya Saṃhitā (TS 126.96.36.199) not the Brāhmaṇa you are referring to.
Translation of the verse from here:
i. 5. 2.
He who removes the fire casts away the sacrifice and cattle. The sacrificial cake is offered on five potsherds; the sacrifice is fivefold, cattle are fivefold; verily he wins the sacrifice and cattle. Now he who removes ...
Note that scriptures like Manu Smriti do not specify whether we have to form a Mudra in the right hand while sipping water during Achamana.
But some other scriptures do. The Mudra is called the Go Karna Mudra (Go=cow, Karna=ear).
From Devi Bhagavatam 11.16:
25-50. While sipping the Âchaman water on the right hand, touch the
right hand with your ...
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.
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 ...
Many contemporary Acharyas say that Yajnas don't yield fruits overseas, or they say that Yajnas only yield fruits for the first generation of Indians living overseas, but that it's recommended to do Vedic yajnas in India.
The Manusmriti supports this notion:
But the region where the spotted deer roams by nature is to be known
as the ‘land fit for ...
I am referring to Rig Vedic mantras alone, which are the oldest and considered to be apaurushEya.
The definition of Sannyasa was already elaborated by the OP. Hence, I am not reproducing similar content here.
The Rig Vedic mantras were composed by the Sages. They prayed, apart from wealth, for children also.
Let us examine a few of them.
Rig Veda II.2....
According to Gobhila Grihya Sutra: 1.4.4, first oblation is sacred to Prajapati.
1 He then should silently offer the Balis.
Let him speak only what refers to the due preparation of the food. With guests he may converse, if he likes.
He then should take some portion of food which is fit for sacrifice, should pour over it some liquid fit for sacrifice (such ...
It is talking about householders and the necessity of doing the Pancha Mahayajnas daily. For a householder it's stated that there are five slaughter houses in their home itself.
Manu 3.68. A householder has five slaughter-houses (as it were, viz.)
the hearth, the grinding-stone, the broom, the pestle and mortar, the
water-vessel, by using which he is bound (...
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 (...
No the injunctions are not just for the Brahmins. The Grihya Sutras in fact prescribe rules for the first three Varna even though the Parashar Smriti actually mentions the roles and responsibilities of all the four castes.
As mentioned in the ÂPASTAMBA'S YAGÑA-PARIBHÂSHÂ-SÛTRAS:
Again the SANKHAYAN GRIHYA SUTRA Khanda 28 states:
After one year the ...
Ramayana was composed in the post-Vedic period, which predates Puranic period.
The wedding of Sita and Sri Rama was mentioned in Bala Kanda.
इयं सीता मम सुता सहधर्मचरी तव || १-७३-२६ प्रतीच्छ चैनां भद्रं ते
पाणिं गृह्णीष्व पाणिना |
"This is Seetha, my daughter, she acquits herself in whatever duty
you undertake. Take her wishfully, let safeness ...
Havana means the act of offering oblations in fire. Homa has exactly the same meaning.
From Sanskrit Dictionary, few meanings of Havana are as follows:
हवन n. havana invocation हवन m. havana god of fire हवन m.
havana fire-receptacle हवन n. havana summons हवन n.
Is sannyasa a Vedic way of life? Is it recommended by the Vedas, the ten authentic Upanishads or Grhyasutras?
The idea that sannyasashrama is not sanctioned by the Vedas is an old idea held even by famous Rishis like Gautama and Bodhayana:
Gautama dharma sutras 3.36:
There is, however, only one order of life [Ashrama] according to the venerable teacher, ...
In Bhavishya Purana a lot is found on Surya worship as the text considers Surya as the supreme deity.
In it, we find Shri Krishna advising son Samba on how to correctly worship Surya Narayana.
As per that, the mantra to be used while pouring the Arghya is a mantra called as the Shakshatkara mantra of sun.
Quoting from the book "Essence of Bhavishya ...