Long Vedic sacrifices?
shrao at NYX.NET
Sat Jun 17 21:28:36 EDT 2000
On Fri, 16 Jun 2000, Michael Witzel wrote:
> Found at the end of Pancavimsa Brahmana: long Sattras, of a 1000 years
> (VizvasRj?) , and a longer one by Prajapati....
> Engl. transl. by W. Caland, PB, Calcutta 1931
Thanks much; I'm aware of a reference in the Brhadaranyaka U., III.8.10
which however could be taken as a rhetorical statement; will need to check
out yours for something that's not presented as a counterfactual.
yo vA etadaxaraM gArgyaviditvA asmi.Nlloke juhoti yajate
tapastapyate bahUni varshhasahasrANyantavadevAsya tadbhavati |
yo vA etadaxaraM gArgyaviditvAsmAllokAtpraiti sa kR^ipaNaH |
atha ya etadaxaraM gArgi viditvAsmAllokAtpraiti sa
Translation by S.C. Vasu (AMS Press, NY, 1974):
Whosoever not seeing (knowing) this Aksara, O Gargi performs
sacrifices, offers prayers to gods, or practices austerities for
thousands of years, all that work of his is sure to come to an
end. An object of pity is surely he, who departs from this world,
O Gargi, having no knowledge of this Aksara. But he, O Gargi,
who departs from this world having seen (known) this Aksara,
becomes indeed a Mukta (Brahmana).
> >The vArttika on the ashhTAdhyAyI of Panini, and its commentary by
> >Patanjali, contain a puzzling reference to certain Vedic rites that took
> >hundreds or thousands of years to perform:
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