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Animal sacrifice, when performed properly according to Vedas, is an exception to the general rule about not harming living beings. Here is what Adi Shankaracharya says in his commentary on the Brahma Sutras: We proceed to refute the remark made by the pûrvapakshin that sacrificial works are unholy because involving harm done to animals ... Now from ...


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The Havirdhanas are the two carts used to carry the Soma offerings in Soma Sacrifice from outside to main Place of Yajna . These two carts Havirdhanas are considered as gods. One is Heaven and another is Earth like twins. As described in Satapatha Brahmana . 6 Moreover, the cart represents an abundance; for the cart does indeed represent an abundance:...


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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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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...


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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 ...


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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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Chapter 106, 107 and 108 - Part 2 of Vayu Purana describes the story of Gaya in detail. Gayasura was Asura (demon) who did a severe penance. Devas with Shiva went to Vishnu and at suggestion of Lord Vishnu they went to Gayasura to grant him boon. Gayasura requested Devas to make him holiest of all things. ऊचुस्तं वासुदेवाद्याः किमर्थ तप्यते त्वया। संतुष्टाः ...


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The key point here is that it is not possible to (meaningfully) perform the Nachiketa agni ritual without the Bhakti Yoga aspect. The Nachiketa yajna is not like other common yajnas; it's very definition requires the knowledge, contemplation and realization of the indwelling nature of the parabrahman in chit and achit. In other words, this is a bhakti-yoga-...


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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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Your confusion is well warranted since the purpose of both the Yagnyas seems to be the establishment of overlordship over other kingdoms and make them accept the sovereignty of the king performing the ceremony. However there are two major differences in the two rituals: FIRST is that while Rajasuya gives access to heaven as a member of Indra's court, a 100 ...


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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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Who is Shudra (or Sudra) A Sudra is not a Sudra by birth alone--nor a Brahmana is Brahmana by birth alone. He, it is said by the wise, in whom are seen those virtues is a Brahmana. And people term him a Sudra in whom those qualities do not exist, even though he be a Brahmana by birth. (Source: Vana Parva: Tirtha-yatra Parva of Mahabharata) A man, may be ...


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I would like to preface my answer by addressing some misconceptions here. These misconceptions arise from inaccurate or inauthentic understanding of the role of yajna. The concept and practice of yajna has been a central part of the rishi culture since the beginning. The mantras of the Rig Veda samhita are filled with actions of offering raw and cooked food. ...


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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...[...


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I'm adding a PDF that teaches you the details of how to perform a Chandi Homam.This document also tells you about its importance which i have quoted below. I'm sure that you are just curious to know.If your intent is doing the homam on your own by following this document then that is strongly not recommended.Although this Acharya is genuinely learned in ...


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The remaining portion of the meat, which is offered into the sacrificial fire, is of course to be partaken by the family people. Not sure to whom else it can be distributed. For the time being, i could gather only an indirect proof: [Taking meat] when life is in danger, at a Sraddha, [as well as] "prokshita" (meat of an animal offered in a fire for a ...


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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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Can a Sudra perform a Vedic sacrifice? Usually no. Given below are the duties of the 4 Varnas. 1.88. To Brahmanas he assigned teaching and studying (the Veda), sacrificing for their own benefit and for others, giving and accepting (of alms). 1.89. The Kshatriya he commanded to protect the people, to bestow gifts, to offer sacrifices, to ...


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The story of Blue-Eyed Mongoose at Yudhisthira's Ashwamedha Sacrifice is told in detail in Mahabharata - Book 14-Anugita Parva -Chapter 90 . Here the Mongoose is telling us the story of how half of his body turned Golden , just by eating a tiny bit of grain which was given in charity by a kurukshetra Brahmin , but this does not happen in this sacrifice. Thus ...


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According to Vayu Purana, Chapter 71, Shamyu was the son of Brihaspati who has inquired about Pitris and Shraddha to his father. सूत उवाच एतद्वोऽहं प्रवक्ष्यामि पितृसर्गमनुत्तमम्। शंयुः पप्रच्छ यत्पूर्वं पितरं वै बृहस्पतिम्॥ ३७॥ Sūte spoke-I shall talk of the most excellent creation of Pitaras. What Samyu enquired earlier to his father ...


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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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Vedic yajnas are not banished or banned per se. We still have vedic yagas going on in India. The scriptures for these yagas are usually shrauta sutras which come under vedAnga. For example, kerala is famous for most ancient vedic ritual alive (agniSToma). Similarly other types of soma yagas are done in maharashtra and Andhra pradesh. In one of my answers I ...


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Your are probably looking for Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa 1.2.3.5 (... paśur ha vā eṣa ālabhyate yat puroḍāśaḥ). Kanda I, adhyaya 2, brahmana 3 THE PREPARATION OF THE ALTAR 5. Thereupon the gods ordained this to be the dakṣiṇā at the new- and full-moon sacrifices, to wit, the Anvāhārya mess of rice [3], 'lest the oblation should be without a dakṣiṇā.' That (rinsing ...


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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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Let me add the quote from the Vachanamrut (lessons given by Bhagavan Swaminarayan) A similar type of question has been asked to Bhagavan Swaminarayan by the Saints and Munis, while Maharaj (Bhagavan Swaminarayan) was answering question about the Dharma and then the discussion goes on and after that Saints have asked this question: “Mahãrãj, we would like ...


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It is not talking about the Panchamahayajnas because not all of them involve offering oblation in fire. It's about the normal Agnihotra or the offering to the Gods that is made through fire. This is also known as the Vaishwadeva-offering. See similar verses from the Manu Smriti: 3.75. Let (every man) in this (second order, at least) daily apply himself ...


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Yajna can be of many different types. The fourth chapter of Bhagavad Gita lists many of them. But the ones you are referring to are commonly known as fire sacrifices. While yajna generally is the activity of fire sacrifice, the purpose and reason behind doing it can be different. The primary purpose of yajna is to offer oblations to the gods. Now, the ...


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I found the answer in this excerpt from Adinatha's Khechari Vidya, an early Hatha Yoga text dated to the 15th century: [The yogin] should use equal amounts of the pollen of nirgundi, amala and mundi, anointed with sugar, ghee and honey; after a year he destroys grey hair and wrinkles. Nirgundi is the Chinese chastetree, Amala is the Indian gooseberry, ...


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