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From: KRAZYKAT (V1S_at_eclx.psu.edu)
Date: Wed Mar 01 1995 - 07:49:41 PST
tasmAdh yagnyAt sarvahuta: | sambhrtam prSHadAjyam | pashoomstAmshcakre vAyavyAn | AraNyAn grAmyAscaye || (tasmAt) From that (yagnyAt) rite (sarvahuta:) called "Sarvahut" (sambhrtam) was gathered (prshad-Ajyam) ghee mixed with yogurt. From this (cakre) were created (pashoon) beasts, (vAyavyAn) denizens of the air, (AraNyAn) denizens of the woods, (grAmyAn) and denizens of the villages. There is no holding back in the srSHTi yagnya, it is "sarva-hut" - the offering of all. At yagnyas, what is called by sources like Renou, and LeMee "the clotted fat" or "the oil of the sacrifice" - curds mixed with ghee (clarified butter) was collected. Ranganathamuni is of the opinion that for this yagnya, the prSHadAjyam was 'potency' of wondrous hue (prANijanana hetu-bhootam vicitravarNam jagatkAraNa hetu bhootam veeryam prSHadAjyam bhavati) - appearing as a means by which animals might be born, of wondrous hue, a 'potency' that appeared as a means of the cause of the world - this was the prSHadAjyam, the seed of all creation. The exact synonym of semen, retas, is not mentioned, but I think that in this case we may safely assume this is what is meant. With this did Bramha create the birds, and wild and tame animals. >From that offering Of all was drawn The wondrous seed Of all creation With that did he Give forms to all, birds and beasts Of field and forest. *** tasmAdyagnyAt sarvahuta: | Rca: sAmAni jagnyire | chandAmsi jignyire tasmAt| yajustasmA-dajAyanta || (tasmAt yagnyAt sarvahuta:) From that Sarvahut rite (Rca:) the Rg veda mantras and (sAmAni) sAma veda mantras (jagnyire) were got. FRom that did (chandAmsi) did the metres too (jagnyire) come forth. (tasmAt) From that were (yaju:) the yajur veda mantras (ajayata) born. sAyaNa gives this derivation for sarvahut : " sarvAtmaka puruSHo yasmin yagnye hooyate so ayam sarvahuta: " - that yagnya in which purusha , the soul of all, is offered as sacrifice, that rite is sarvahut. Of the vedas, the Rg concerns itself with recited hymns, in praise of nature and its dieties, such as Agni, Indra, the Aditya-s,the Maruts, and so on. The sAma chants are those of song, the basis of music. Yajus, the veda of the adhvaryu priests, is that of the methods, and formulas for the rite. Along with these comes forth chandas, the metre or rhythm of hymning. >From that rite Of the giving of All, Did the recited hymns And the sung come forth And from that came The poetic metre And from that arose The ritual hymns.