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Vedic Verses for 3/1/15

Prajapati brooded on the worlds. From them, thus brooded upon, there was revealed in his heart the threefold knowledge. He brooded on it and from it, thus brooded upon, there issued forth these syllables: Bhuh, Bhuvah and Svah.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad II, XXIII - Praise of Om Unassociated with any Ritual, 2

He brooded on them (the three syllables) and from them, thus brooded upon, there issued forth Om. As all leaves are held together by a midrib, so is all speech held together by Om (brahman). Om is all thus, yea, On is all this.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad II, XXIII - Praise of Om Unassociated with any Ritual, 3

The expounders of Brahman (i.e. the Vedas) ask: Since the morning oblation belongs to the Vasus, the midday oblation to the Rudras and the third (i.e. evening) oblation to the Adityas and the Visve-devas, Where, then, is the world of the sacrificer?He who does not know this, how can he perform the sacrifice? Only he who knows should perform it.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad II, XXIV - The Different Planes attained by the Sacrificer, 1-2

Before beginning the morning chant, the sacrificer, sitting behind the Garhapatya Fire and facing the north, sings the Saman addressed to the Vasus: O Fire! Open the door of the earth-world. Let us see thee, that we may rule this earth.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad II, XXIV - The Different Planes attained by the Sacrificer, 3-4

Then the sacrificer offers an oblation, reciting thus: Adoration to Agni, who dwells in the earth-world! Secure this world for me, the sacrificer. That is the world for the sacrificer. I, the sacrificer, will go thither when this life is over. Svaha! Afterwards the sacrificer chants: Cast away the bolt of the earth-world. Having said this, he rises. To him the Vasus offer the world connected with the morning oblation.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad II, XXIV - The Different Planes attained by the Sacrificer, 5-6

    



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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.


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