Author: Sannyasi GyanshrutiSannyasi Srividyananda/Publisher: Yoga Publications TrustYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 370ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186336478
Yajna is the most ancient ritual connecting human beings with the divine essence. It is not merely a fire sacrifice, but a combination of esoteric and exoteric elements to propitiate the cosmic energies. The spirit inherent in yajna is service and sacrifice as a way of life. In ancient Vedic society yajna was an integral part of daily life, and played a vital role in providing communal prosperity social peace and harmony with nature.This book offers a comprehensive survey of yajna as embodied in the Vedic tradition, looking at the structure, source and significance of the rituals and their relevance in this century. Rediscovery of the classical methodology and purpose of yajna can be a powerful tool for the transformation of human consciousness.
Preface1. Yajna - A Celebration of Life2. Introduction to the Yajna Tradition3. Vedic foundations of Yajna4. Devata - the Luminary in a Yajna 5. Tripolar Interpretations of Yajna6. Classification of Yajna7. Mechanics of Yajna8. Ingredients and Implements of Yajna9. External Yajna - Procedures and Performance10. Internal Yajna11. The Environment and Yajna12. Yajna for the Enhancement of LifeANNEXURE 1:Vedic Literature: Structure and ContentANNEXURE 2:Impressions of Vedic Society APPENDIX -Popular Smarta YajnasGlossaryBibliography