Religious Thought And Life In India

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byMonier Monier-williams, Sir Monier Monier-williams

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...made to lie down on the funeral pile north of the body, along with the bow of her deceased husband, but was not allowed to remain there long. Soon the leader of the funeral called upon her to rise, repeating Rig-veda X. 18. 8, already quoted (see p. 280). Next, he took back the bow, repeating Rig-veda X. 18.9 (quoted at p, 280). Then he placed the various sacrificial implements and portions of the sacrificial animal in the two hands and on different parts of the body of the corpse. This being done, he kindled the three sacred fires. While the body was burning, portions of hymns of the Rig-veda (such as X. 14. 7, 8, 10, 11; 16. 1-4; 17.3-6; 18. 11; 154. 1-5) were repeated. 1 The sacrifice of a cow (called Anustaranl) at ancient funeral ceremonies proves, according to Dr. Rajendra-lala Mitra, that in early times there was no law against the eating of flesh, and even of beef. A cow was killed, that the dead might have a supply of the essence of beef for their journey; and when the spirits of the departed had feasted on the aroma of the immolated animal, the actual flesh was left for the living. The following are free translations of some of the verses:--Soul of the dead! depart; take thou the path--The ancient path--by which our ancestors Have gone before thee; thou shalt look upon The two kings, mighty Varuna and Yama, Delighting in oblations; thou shalt meet The Fathers and receive the recompense Of all thy stored-up offerings above. Leave thou thy sin and imperfection here; Return unto thy home once more; assume A glorious form. By an auspicious path Hasten to pass the four-eyed brindled dogs--The two road-guarding sons of Sarama; Advance lo meel the Fathers who, with hearts Kindly disposed lowards thee, dwell in bliss With Yama; and do...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...made to lie down on the funeral pile north of the body, along with the bow of her deceased husband, but was not...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.42 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217749550

ISBN - 13:9780217749558

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