Agnihotra Part-7: The sattvic fruit of non-violent sacrifices is what the man needs

by Ana Lopez

Almanac of Panchagavya – Prafulkumar Katelia

Violence was at its peak at the time of Siddhartha Gautama’s birth. The castes were dominated by religious contractors. An atmosphere of religious persecution (strict rules) on common people was a feature of this era. Lord Gautama Buddha arrived in the same period in 533 BC. The advent of Gautama Buddha and his original intention was to stop the violent avidya yajnas and start the Vedic non-violent yajnas. Initially, he prohibited violence (animal sacrifice) in sacrifices. On hearing the news that King Prasannajit had sacrificed thousands of cattle in a yajna for the attainment of Indrapada, he himself appeared before the king. And he addressed the king and appealed to the Bhalisabha, “If by sacrificing dumb animals for this yajna you will get Indrapad, then I am ready to sacrifice myself instead, I am better than this dumb animal.” You will surely get Mahendrapad.
And after giving the knowledge of sattvic true, pure Yajna ritual to King Prashanjit and making him give up animal sacrifice, he said that “the sattvic fruit of non-violent sacrifices gives the man what he needs.” While violent sacrifices only give the believer fruit. Therefore, O Rajan, religious sacrifice without violence is the best.
Lord Buddha giving peculiar importance of Nitya Agnihotra states that….
“As the ocean is among rivers, the king among men, Savitri is the chief verse among verses. According to that, Agnihotra is the main thing in Yajna. Gautama Buddha tried hard to remove the bad practice in Satyadharma, but the bad practice of violence in the Yajna ritual had so much influence on the public mind that it became impossible to stop this violence. Hence it was decided to stop these yajnas. And finally Lord Buddha adopted the path of only purity, compassion, love, benevolence and non-violence without any kind of ritual to attain salvation. And thus the simple and virtuous behavior according to Buddhism was accepted by the common people who fell victim to the pomp of karma created by the Brahmins, Tantrics at that time. followed up.
Lord Vardhaman was also a contemporary of Gautama Buddha. Both these Maha Vibhutis had the same values ​​and objectives. Even Lord Mahavira strongly opposed the violence propagated by selfish elements in Yajnas. Due to the tireless efforts of these two vibhutis, the violence in Yajnavedi was stopped to some extent. Or instead of animal sacrifice, the practice of offering “pishti pashu” i.e. animals (replicas) made of grain flour started, which continues to a large extent even today. Thus the spirit of violence in Yajnavedi changed its rule.
The arrival of two great men with the same purpose at the same time proves how necessary opposition to the practice of violence must have been in those times. In this way, we can assume that the efforts of these two ghosts to survive were incomplete. Mission completion not achieved. And why did this happen?? Thinking about it, one can think about an incident in the life of Lord Mahavir.
“Asawad was the day of Amas. Lord Mahavir had already known his nirvana period. At that time, the Sravaka-Sravika Sangh were listening intently to hear his last lecture. Maha Kumbh Mela of Jan Medani was gathered to hear his speech. Gods from heaven were also present. His last lecture was very long. Knowing that the Lord’s discourse was getting so much benefit, Devraj Indra made a statement to Lord Mahavira that “If you take Nirvana at this time, it will be detrimental to the Jain rule. And the success of your life work will extend for 2500 years. Therefore, O Lord, you have avoided your Nirvana for now.
Then Lord Mahavir said in clear words that…
“Though the motion of Karma is irreversible, the Siddhapurusha can avoid it, but this is not right.!!
Therefore, despite knowing that his life’s work will be incomplete, he decided to take Nirvana.
Today it has been 2500 years. The unfinished works of Lord Buddha and Mahavir.
Akkalkot became Somayajna in Maharashtra after thousands of years with complete classical, pure, sattvic and vedic rituals. “The sutras of this yajna were taken up by the Satyadharma Pravartaka who vowed the resurrection of Shruti. And due to his tireless efforts, Nitya Agnihotra started from 1963. And today it has spread as universal religion. Certified and accepted by the scientific eye. Thus, according to the story of Indra, this initiation work by Shri Gautama Buddha and Lord Mahavir is getting this result after 2500 years.
Lord Zarathustra, a contemporary of Lord Buddha-Mahavira in Iran, also opposed the violence of life in sacrifices. He popularized fire worship universally. whose followers were called Parsis. Even today they are performing fire worship in a different way. A

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