Yajur Veda Vajasaneyi Samhita (Part – 1)


Pages : xxxii + 368

Size : 1/8 Demy

Cover : Hardbound

ISBN : 81-7994-024-1

As is well-known the Yajur Veda Samhita has two well-known rcensions or versions namely Krishna and Shukla. This book is the first part of one recension of Shukla Yajur Veda, known as Vajasaneya Madhyandina, denoted as VS. VS has in all 40 chapters or adhyaya-s with 1975 verses, having both metrical (riks) and non-metrical (prose yajus). This book gives the text of the first eighteen chapters along with the translation and notes, having 1026 verses. It may be recalled that SAKSHI has already published the text and translation of one version of Krishna Yajur Veda, the so called Taittiriya Samhita having seven Kanda-s.

The focus here is on the inner yajna which takes place in our subtle body. Of course there is close correspondence between the inner yajna and the outer yajna involving the offerings to the fire in the altar of ghee, fuel, Soma juice along with the recitation of the Rik and Saman mantra-s.

The highlights of this book are the two well known litanies to Rudra namely the namaka in chap. 16 and the chamaka in chap. 18. These two litanies are almost identical to the corresponding litanies occurring in the Krishna Yajur Veda Taittiriya Samhita in its Kanda 4, Prapathaka-s 5 and 7. This feature is one of the commonalities in the two Yajur Veda versions.

Table of Contents

(i) Acknowledgements / vi

(ii) Note to the Readers / vii

(iii) Overview of Yajur Veda / xi

(iv) The all-pervading spirit and the Supreme person / xii

(v) Yajur Veda and Rites / xiii

(vi) Elements of Inner Yajna / xiv

(vii) Vedic Yoga / xvii

(viii) Mantra-s and their Power / xx

(ix) Rishi-s / xxii

(x) Overview of the Powerd of Gods / xxiii

(xi) Gods: Their Symbolism and Power / xxv

(xii) Common Words as Symbols / xxvii

(xiii) Related Veda Books / xxvii

(xiv) Information in Appendices / xxviii

(xv) Abbreviations / xxx

I. The Text, Translation and Notes on 1026 mantra-s

(i) VS (1), …….,VS (10) (430 Verses) / 1

(ii) VS (11),………VS (18) (596 Verses) / 137

II. Appendices

  1. Inner and Outer Yajna: Concordance / 342
  2. Inner Yajna in the Upanishads / 345
  3. Prana or Life-energy / 349
  4. Refutation of some popular misconceptions of Yajur Veda / 350
  5. Spiritual Meanings of Some Words / 354
  6. References / 356
  7. Subject Index / 360
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