etc. at Sri Perumbudur and Tenkasi.
Due to done grace. he had the opportunity. right from
a young age. to come into direct contact with great Mahatmas
and have their blessings in various forms. like personal
conversations Rule panels Era participation in Ratha Yatras honorary service as Administrative Manager Touch Sight
The Paramaearya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Sathya Sat
Baba, Ramana Maharshi. Chinmayananda, SivAnanda Sarasvatt,
Yet Ram Surat Kumar are notable among them. The writings of
J. Krishnamurtt, Rajneesh. Sri. Ramakrshna Paramahamsa, and
Vivekananda, Subramanian Bharata' had their die in
molding the writer.
Cita says that by pleasing Devas through yatras, they
in turn nourish the mankind through rain, food etc.
Mankind is advised not to break this cycle.
In Hinduism, there are 40 samaskaram-as (purificatory
rites). They are divided into three groups:
Ahnika Kannas (Daily rites) like Sandhya and
Crahya Karmas beginning from conception right
upto funeral rites like GarbhOdhi1na., Upanayana.,
Vivaha and Antyeshai.
c) Srauta Karmas i.e. Hariyali as and Somayakriti as.
Ahnika Karmas and Grahya Karmas have been dealt
with by the present author in Vol. I published by the
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1997 under the title "Under-
standing Veda Karma Kanda Vol. I Grihya Karma".
The present volume by the same author, Shri G.K.
Kannan, deals with Srauta Yajnas. The book is divided into
four sections a) Basics of Srauta Karmas, b) Havir Yajnas,
c) Soma Yajnas and d) Agni Cayanas.
Thus out of the 40 obligatory purificatory rites
Samskaras --, 26 are Grhya Karmas dealt with in Vol. I and
SrautaKarmas dealing with 7 Havi Yajnas and 7 Soma Yajnas
are dealt with in this volume.
Prajapati, the first progenitor, created mankind
along with Yajna. He told them to prosper through
Yajna which will be the desire fulfilling cow (Kamadhenu). By pleasing Devas through Yajnas, they in turn
will nourish mankind. Thus cooperating with one
another, let the highest good be achieved. He, who
enjoys the bounties of Devas, without reciprocating, is
a thief. From the imperishable Brahman, the successive
order of creation is Vedas, Yajnas. rain. food. and
mankind. So the all-pervading Veda is always
established in Yajna only. Those who break this cycle
(i.e. ~tm) live in sin. They live in vain.
1) The following subjects relating to Hinduism.
(Ahnika-Karmas, Smarta-Karmas), have been dealt in some
detail in an earlier publication of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
under the heading 'Understanding Veda - Karma-
KaJ!4a' - (Path of rituals), Volume 1. Grihya-Kannas.
a) (Santana-Dharma. - 18 Pramana (authorities) - 4
Vedas. 6 Veda-Angas , 4 Upa-Angas, 4 Upa-Vedas, 40
Purificatory acts (Samskaras)
b) Ahnika-Karmas like Sandhya-Upasana, Homa,
c) Grhya-Karmas covering conception to marriage, -
Prerna Medha (Funeral rites).
d) Srauta-Yajnas (Havir & Soma) were touched upon.
2) Those interested sections of Hindus who have
gone through the above book, may feel. a sense of
inadequacy and like to have more knowledge on Srauta-
Yqjnas, since these constitute nearly 95% of Vedic text
SRUTI, and from which' the Smarta-'Kannas evolved.
In that sense, this is a companion volume to Understanding
Veda - Karma-Kanda, Volume one.
3) Srauta-Karmas especially of Ekaha-Soma-Yajnas
are performed without much fanfare even now in the
country side. During the period (April 1996 to July 1997),
9 Soma-Yqjnas were conducted in Tamil-Nadu alone, that
too by a particular group. The writer has attended a few of
them like Agnishtoma, Ukthya, Athyagnishtoma, Ati Yatra, Ashta-Yajna with Agni-Cayana, Yqjnas. The writer
is also 'aware that Yqjnas are conducted in rural areas of
Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, etc. as gathered from
kavyas (priests), who participated in them.
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