Ashvamedham (was Re: [Advaita-l] A lost Vedic ritual is brought alive)

Raghavendra N Kalyan kalyan7429 at
Thu Nov 3 14:07:21 CST 2005

>Of course, this does not mean one can neglect obligatory karma and
>claim study of them will bring the same benefit :-).

>The general rule is that the knowledge of the deeper
>meaning of the karma (see for example what the horse is described as
>in the ashvamedha braahmaNa) and recitation of the mantras are
>sufficient to get the same benefit as performing the karma. But the
>particular rule is that it is not so for the obligatory karmas.
Rama-ji, my question may not sound wise, but why cant one just study or meditate on the obligatory karmas and get the same benefits when one can get it in the case of rites like ashwamedha? You have stated it as a rule but is there any particular reason for that rule?

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