Marieta Maglas

Rookie - 747 Points (19-05-1964 / Radauti, Judet Suceava, Romania)

***Human Sacrfices (Rituals) \\\\\\\^^^^^^^

Mentioned in Rigveda, more exactly Soma Mandala
Means praising with some energizing qualities,
And a ritual of drink, also treatment of asthma,
We find it also in later Vedic and Persian cultures.

Ephedra Sinica containing ephedrine is a Soma plant
Used as a drink in both Vedic and Zoroastrian tradition,
'The building up of the fireplace performed over-night'
Is Atiratra Agnicayana as a Srauta ritual of Vedic religion.

Attested in the Yajurveda Samhitas, its mantras are in Brahmana
With a bird-shaped altar as a building of bricks, which a hard work requires
With various shapes like mahavedi, uttaravedi, dhishnya and drona
This 'sacrificial altar' in the Vedic religion has a sacrificial fire.

As adhvaradhishnya is an altar at Soma, where something is sacrificed
Yajña is a ritual of sacrifice derived from the Vedic times
They think that offering something into the fire, God can be reached
Temple rites are a combination of both Vedic and Agamic rituals.

The sacrificial division of Hindu scripture is the Karma-Kanda
The most famous Shrauta Brahmins maintain these ancient rituals.
A few thousand of them perform the Agnihotra or basic Aupasana
And the fire sacrifice is always twice daily, at dawn and dusk.

Shakti means cosmic existence, liberation and divine feminine power
Shakti most actively manifests through fertility and female embodiment
Also presented in males, Shakti also means 'The Great Divine Mother'
Human sacrifices are carried out with Shakti, who is there present.

A Sati is a widow, self-immolating on her husband's pyre, after his death,
To guarantee the couple's reunion in the afterlife and Indians say
That Sati releases herself from the 'painful cycle of birth and rebirth'
And all these human sacrifices for religious reasons exist today.

Genesis has Abraham preparing to sacrifice his son to our Lord
Abraham takes his own son up on a mountain and an altar he builds
Tying his son to the altar, he puts a knife to his throat, without a word
But God tells him this is just a test of his faith, we are all His kids.

Jephthah makes a vow to the LORD, over the Ammonites the victory asking
He promises to give to the LORD the first thing coming out without his demand
To greet him when he returns in triumph, sacrifice for it, as a burnt offering.
''You shall be fuel for the fire, your blood shall flow throughout the land.
You shall not be remembered, for I, the LORD, have spoken.''-this is His command.

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Submitted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Edited: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Topic of this poem: sacrifice


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  • Veteran Poet - 4,618 Points Bri Edwards (11/20/2012 5:11:00 PM)

    i read some of the comments below. the poem is a bit over my head maybe, in part, because of all the foreign names and other things unfamiliar to me. (i'm an american by birth and choice and of anglo lineage...but NOT royal) . i DID wonder about the use of the word sacrifice in poem. i see t; hat one long comment deals somewhat with sacrifice vs. suicide or self-sacrifice. thanks for sharing anyway...both the poet and the readers. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Eric Cockrell (7/22/2011 8:08:00 PM)

    well written, well studied... sometimes i think that those of us who feel the most are sacrifices on the very fires of humanity, as are the countless children lost to our apathetic wars... love the Shakti imagery! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Denise Bekker ~* The Sound *~ (7/6/2010 12:05:00 PM)

    Wow! What insight and knowledge. This is so enlightening, some of the rituals continue today! I would like to print this and go over it again. Excellent; D (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 62 Points Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (5/24/2010 11:10:00 AM)

    Just a few words I feel to say, detail discussion will consume many bytes.

    [1] Hon’ble has made extensive search and research on Vedic wisdom

    [2] Regarding Sati Cult it is self-sacrificial… well it is a kind of suicide…well there is no approval of suicide in Vedic scripture…but on one condition one can shed of this mortal body [not suicide] when one has dissected out body from Atman [Awakened or Enlightened who are]

    I doubt very much on this point whether is Sati Awakened to the said limit…so Sati cult to many others seems like a sacrificial consecration factually what is not.

    [3] Regarding Shakti [The Power House of Force nay Energy ~ Omnipresent Omnipervading which runs and rules the Universe. It’s the evoluted state of Brahman and when Pralaya [Cataclysm] will come Shakti will involute into Absolute state.

    [4] Sri Aravindo has nicely expressed as Static Brahman [Functionless] and Dynamic Brahman [Full Functioning]

    Thanks for patience reading and I congrats Poet for this profound poetry
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,843 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (5/21/2010 2:50:00 AM)

    Shakti means cosmic existence, liberation and divine feminine power
    Shakti most actively manifests through fertility and female embodiment
    Also presented in males, Shakti also means 'The Great Divine Mother'

    ''You shall be fuel for the fire, your blood shall flow throughout the land.
    You shall not be remembered, for I, the LORD, have spoken.''

    A writing inspires to touch the expanded life of mysterious past.
    Implementing such rituals perhaps the ancient intellectuals wanted to give us message of sacrificing ourselves from body to soul. From outer reality to an inner one where there is no differences of colours and creeds, havs and have nots, Even no difference between life and death also. Perhaps now I become very mysterious also to me. But it is truth, you have written about sacrifices which the earth cryingly longing to save our civilization.
    Thank You Poet Your study is brilliant. You have also written well.

    Apoet Bangla (Report) Reply

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