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Date: Fri Aug 25 1995 - 07:59:44 PDT
SUndar said: >>Let us do remember what the purusha sookta says : >>" yagnyena yagnyam ayajanta deva - taani dharmaani prathamaani aasa" >>By sacrifice, the Gods sacrificed, TO sacrifice - these were the First >>Dharmas. >>This is the importance of sacrifice to ANY system based on the Vedas. This >>is the glory , the path of " poorve saadhyaah:" - those who went before us, >>the great achievers. >>Denigrating their ways as " beastly " doesn't quite seem right to me. I truely apologize for my mistake in expressing my thoughts. What I meant to say is the BEAST RELATED THINGS have been replaced with spiritual things such as Shraddha. I wrongly used the word BEASTLY to indicate BEAST RELATED THINGS. My apologies are to Saadhyaahs as well as Mareechi. I personally consider "Yagnena Yagnam......" of Purusha Suktam as one of the greatest products of the Hindu mind. No wonder, this mantra is part of all ceremonies. It reminds us that DHARMA is not some blind-sentiment, but truely is the basis of life itself. I can write pages on that. Suffice to say the popular lines of Purandara Dasaru, which is the sense translation of the Yagnena Yagna of P.Suktam into Kannada: Kereya neeranu kerege chelli varava padedavarante kaniro Hariya karuneyolada bhagyava Hari samarpane madi badukiro Offer the water of the pond(river) back to the pond and feel blessed Lead your life by submitting to Hari all the wealth which we have obtained out of Hari's grace.