Yajur Veda Taittiriya Samhita Kanda – 1 (Vol. – 1)

500.00

Pages : xxxx + 416

Cover : Hardbound

ISBN : 81-7994-004-7

Here is the text and translation of Yajur Veda, Taittiriya Samhita, Kanda one. The other 6 Kanda-s are available in the other volumes, two, three and four.

Our aim is to bring out the spiritual and psychological wisdom contained in the 1346 mantra-s of this Kanda.

The four volumes in this translation are unique in several ways. First of all, it is the first time that the Devanagari text, transliteration and the English translation are printed side by side. The format is arranged so that the meaning of each word can be figured out with relative ease.

More importantly, all the mantra-s of the Krishna Yajur Veda (KYV) are viewed as describing the inner yajna or contemplation occuring in our subtle bodies without involving external offerings like ghee etc. This view offers a great contrast to the view held by most indologists, traditional Samskrt pundits and lay persons who identify KYV and the Taittiriya Samhita exclusively with the outer yajna or elaborate external rites invloving sometimes the sacrifice of animals.

The third unique feature o this book is that it treats both the Rig Veda Samhita and the Yajur Veda Samhita from a comprehensive spiritual/psychological viewpoint. Not many pandits or professors know that roughly one third of the mantra-s of Taittiriya Samhita are rks.


Table of Contents

i) Preface and Acknowledgements / vii

ii) Ashirvachana / viii

H.H. Sri Rangapriya Sripada Sri Srih

iii) Foreword (1), (2) / xii

Prof. S.K. Ramachandra Rao

iv) Benediction / xxx

Sri Sri Siddeshwar Swamiji

v) Prologue : Veda to Vedanta / xxxi

Rand Hicks

vi) Overview / xxxiii

vii) Specific Contributions / xxxv

viii) Abbreviations / xxxviii

ix) Note on Transliteration / xxxix

Part I : Introductory Essays

1. Outer Structure of KYTS / 2

2. Yajna: Outward Rite or Inward Act? / 6

3. Elements of Inner Yajna / 9

4. The Deities and Other Symbols / 12

5. Well-known Mantra-s / 18

6. Benefits of Outer Yajna / 23

7. Legends and their Deeper Meaning / 25

8. The Place of KYTS among Veda Books / 29

9. Refutation of Some Popular Misconceptions of KYTS / 33

10. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) / 37

Advanced Topics

11. Inner and Outer Yajna: Concordance / 41

12. Inner Yajna in Brahmana Books / 44

13. Inner yajna in Upanishads / 47

14. Chhandas and Stoma-s / 51

15. Veda Mantra and Brahmana: The Connection / 53

16. Krishna Yajur Veda Taittiriya Mantra-s (Arsheyapatha) / 57

17. Prana or Life-energy / 60

18. Co-requisites in Veda Study: Shiksha, Kalpa etc. / 61

19. Error-free and Meaningful Chanting / 63

20. Annoted References / 64

Part II: Text, Transliteration & Translation 

A. How to read the text and translation/ 72

B. Classes of readers / 74

c. Kanda 1: Overview / 75

D. The 8 Prapathaka-s

1.1: A Simple Inner Yajna / 77

1.2: Inner Soma Yaga – I (Invoking the Divine Powers) / 117

1.3: Inner Soma Yaga – II (offering the Life and Organs) / 150

1.4: Inner Soma Yaga – III (Distribution of Soma & Conclusion) / 180

1.5: Rekindling the Fire / 213

1.6: Details of Inner Yajna / 251

1.7: Vajapeya Yajna (Plenitude of the Life-Force) / 290

1.8: Royal Consecration (Rajasuya) / 329

Part III: Indices

1. Comprehensive Index – All 7 Kanda-s / 369

2. Concordance from RV to TS / 400

3. Concordance from TS to RV / 404

4. Glossary / 409

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