Austerity, almsgiving, uprightness, non-violence and truthfulness-these are the gifts (dakshina) for the priests.
Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad III, XVII - Man as a Sacrifice (II), 4
Because the life of a man is a sacrifice therefore they say that his mother will give birth (soshyati) to him, or his mother has given birth (asoshta) to him. The same words are used in the Soma-sacrifice and mean: He will pour out the Soma-juice and He has poured out the Soma-juice. This is his birth. His death is the Avabhritha.
Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad III, XVII - Man as a Sacrifice (II), 5
Ghora, of the line of Angirasa, communicated this teaching to Krishna, the son of Devaki-and it quenched Krishna's thirst for any other knowledge-and said: When a man approaches death he should take refuge in these three thoughts: 'Thou art indestructible (akshata),' 'Thou art unchanging (aprachyuta),' and 'Thou art the subtle prana.' On this subject there are two Rik-verses:
Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad III, XVII - Man as a Sacrifice (II), 6
They (i.e. the knowers of Brahman) see everywhere the Supreme Light, which shines in Brahman, which is all-pervading like the light of day and which belongs to the primeval Seed. 'Perceiving the higher light in the sun-which is above the darkness of ignorance-as the higher light in the heart, perceiving the Supreme Light which is higher than all lights, we have reached the Highest Light, the Sun, the most luminous among the gods, yea, we have reached the Highest Light, the Sun, the most luminous among the gods.
Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad III, XVII - Man as a Sacrifice (II), 7
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These daily verses are drawn from the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas, Hinduism's revealed scriptures, which are 6,000 to 8,000 years old. Many of the verses are from the book The Vedic Experience, by Raimundo Panikkar, available at our Minimela online store.