Krishna Yajurveda Taittiriya Aranyaka


Pages : xxvii + 326

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Cover : Hardbound

ISBN : 81-7994-123-x

TA in all has ten Prashna-s (or Prapathaka-a), of which last four, constitute the Upanishads, Taittiriya and Mahanarayana (or Yajniki). Thus the Aranyaka proper has 6 Prashna-s.

If we made one book of all these six Prashna-s, the book would have more than 650 pages and thus would be unwiedly. Thus the translation would be in 2 volumes.

The topics in the Prashna-s four and five are close to one another; thus the translation of these two Prashna-s would be in one volume, which will be labelled as volume 2 by us. It will have about 250 pages.

The first Prashna usually called as Aruna (or Sun) has 32 anuvaka-s. It has mostly mantra-s, with occasional Brahmana (or prose) passages. It ha several anuvaka-s adoring the waters o the dynamical energies; It has the well-known anuvaka 22 eniled Mantra Pushpa. Anuvaka 25 specifically mentions the golden icon of Purusha placed on lotus leaves, indicating the worship of the deities though icond even in the vedic times.

The second Prashna with its 20 anuvaka-s has Brahmana or prose passages and some Rik mantra-s. It is very useful because it gives details of many topics which we only hear during the rituals, such as the five yajna-s, ways of wearing sacred thread, importance of self-study (svadhyaya), unpaid debts and others.

The third Prashna with its 21 anuvaka-s has mostly mantra-s. It has the Purusha sukta and details of inner yajna.

The sixth Prashna is called as Pitr-Medha, understanding the role of ancient fathers. It has 12 anuvaka-s. It is regarded as dealing with the funeral rites. But this is not correct. It has at least 50 mantra-s from Rig Veda. It offers a philosophical view of the journey undertaken by the departed one after shedding the physical body. There is no mention of hells or punishment. The anuvaka 19 of Prashna one mentions the 4  naraka-s ( or hells). The anuvaka 15 pf Prashna 3 deals with mrthyu or death. Thus these 4 Prashna-s are interrelated.

Table of Contents

Overview of the Taittiriya Aranyaka / ix

Detailed contents of the 4 Prashna-s / xx

The Symbolism and actions of the comic powers (deva-s) / xxiv

common words as symbols / xxvi

Abbreviations / xxvi

I.   Text and Translation

Prashna   No. of  Anuvaka-s  No. of Verses        Page

1                           32                         361                 1

2                           20                        132              132

3                           21                         108             184

6                           12                         144             245

II.  Appendices

  1. Astronomical concepts in Taittiriya Aranyaka and Celestial Sphere representation / 300
  2. Seven Worlds, Light and Panchajana / 315
  3. Spiritual meanings of some words / 319
  4. Index / 321
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