[Advaita-l] meaning for certain mantras

Siva Senani Nori sivasenani at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 15 09:19:59 CDT 2008

subhaanave mahodayaaya namah!


It is very interesting that you point out that the maarjana mantra starting with "dadhikraavuNNo akaarisham.." refers to a horse, as it no doubt does (the mantra continues as .. jishnOh aSvasya vaajinah...). I am sure that this mantra, followed by "aapo hishThaa mayo bhuvah..." (which is a prayer to the waters to be good for the saadhaka) is a part of the sandhyaa vidhi followed by many. There, the purpose is only purification, and no curds are involved as in abhishechanam. I wonder, then, how the use of the mantra starting with "dadhikraavuNNo..." for maarjana with water is explained.


----- Original Message ----
> From: Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
> To: Advaita-L <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
> Cc: subhanu saxena <subhanu at hotmail.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 5:58:05 AM
> Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] meaning for certain mantras
> Thankyou Subhanuji for answering this question.
> -- 
> Jaldhar H. Vyas 
> So, some mantra's are used in
> abhishekam ceremonies simply because they have a key word in them, eg
> dadhikrAvanno akAriSam... used for curd bath in the panchamrita snAna,
> simply because "dadhi" is there in the mantra (dadhikrAvan was a sacred
> horse!). So, if this tradition has been past down in your family or taught
> from a sampradAyavid, then I am sure it is fine. The RK books will capure a
> variety of mantras used by different people for completeness, but this does
> not make it mandatory. In the tradition I learned in Mattur village, the
> aarati mantra used is sometimes "aashaaste'yam yajamAno'sau. Ayuraashaaste
> ..." etc from TB
> I hope the above is helpful for you
> Regards
> Subhanu


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