[Advaita-l] vedic yajna

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 11 09:20:06 CST 2011


There is one Katyayana Srauta Sutra saying Dhenvanaduhayornashniyat
the cow and bull must not be eaten by anyone. It is supporting the
Sathapatha Brahmana para you have referred.

The two are from same Sukla Yajur Veda of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
with Sankara Bhashya. We have to take Sankara Bhashya 6-4-18 with
Sathapatha Brahmana and Katyayana Srauta Sutra and then give its
meaning. It cannot be a man desiring a learned son must eat bull meat
for it like the English translation is saying. Then there will be no
meaning in Sathapatha Brahmana and Katyayana Srauta Sutra. Bull meat
in 6-4-18 is not Bull meat but something like Bull meat. This can be
vegetarian material for Brahmins and goat meat for others allowed to
eat meat.

On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM, Kalyan K <kalyankc.81 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Namaste,
> I really wanted not to post on this topic, but looking at other posts, I am
> being forced to respond.
> People in this forum are talking frequently of cow-sacrifice. I genuinely
> tried to search where such a sacrifice is described in the vedas. I could
> not find any references to any cow-sacrifice in the vedas. I have already
> posted references from Rig Veda which say that cows should not be killed. I
> do not want to post the details but even in the very special case where
> Yagnavalkya says he eats beef, that very same verse in Sathapatha brahmana
> explicitly prohibits eating of cow and ox. Yagnavalkya was an exception
> rather than a rule as anyone can verify by reading verse # 21 in the
> following link -
> http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/sbr/sbe26/sbe2604.htm
> So please answer my simple question - Where do vedas ask that cows be
> sacrificed? Please provide the references from the vedas only.
> Thanks
> Kalyan
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