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The final fire sacrifice

 


fire sacrifice

 

In Vedic Hindu system, a person who renounces the world to become a sanyasi performs the Viraja Homa, or 'Universal Sacrifice'. It is the final fire sacrifice and the mantras of this sacrifice are deeply significant. These mantras are found in the Maha-Narayana Upanishad of the Krishna Yajur Veda.

 

In this blog I metion the Viraja Homa mantras with English tranlations to illustrate the deep spiritual significance of the sanyasa ritual.

 

om pranapana-vyanodana-samana me
suddhyantam jyotiraham viraja vipapma bhuyasam - svaha || 1||

 

By this oblation may my in-breath, out-breath, diffused breath, up-breath and middle breath become purified. I pray that I become effulgent and bereft of all obstructing sins and their cause, the pasions in me. For this end may this oblation be appropriately offered into the consecrated fire. Svaha!

 

om vanmanas-chaksuh srotra-jihvaghran areto buddhyakutih sankalpa me
suddhyantam jyotiraham viraja vipapma bhuyasam - svaha || 2||

 

By this oblation may my speech, mind, sight, hearing, taste, smell, seed, intellect, intention and aim become purified. I pray that I become effulgent and bereft of all obstructing sins and their cause, the pasions in me. For this end may this oblation be appropriately offered into the consecrated fire. Svaha!


om tvak-carma-mamsa-rudhira-medo majjasnayavo'sthîni me
suddhyantam jyotiraham viraja vipapma bhuyasm - svaha || 3||

 

By this oblation may my seven bodily ingredients - outer and inner skin, flesh, blood, fat, marrow, sinew and bone - become purified. I pray that I become effulgent and bereft of all obstructing sins and their cause, the pasions in me. For this end may this oblation be appropriately offered into the consecrated fire. Svaha!

 

om sirah pani pada parsvapasthorudhara-jangha-sisnopastha-payavo me
suddhyantam jyotiraham viraja vipapma bhuyasam - svaha || 4||

 

By this oblation may the limbs and the parts of my body comprised by the head, hands, feet, sides, back, thighs, belly, shanks, the generative organ, the middle part of the body and the anus become purified. I pray that I become effulgent, bereft of all obstructing sins and their cause, the pasions in me. For this end may this oblation be appropriately offered into the consecrated fire. Svaha!

 

uttistha purusa harita pingala lohitaksi dehi dehi dadapayita me
suddhyantam jyotiraham viraja vipapma bhuyasam - svaha || 5||

 

O thou Divine Person, who is dark blue and who is red in eyes make haste to favour me. Grant me more and more purity. Be a grantor of knowledge and purity to me through the medium of my preceptor. May my thoughts become purified. I pray that I become effulgent, bereft of all obstructing sins and their cause, the pasions in me. For this end may this oblation be appropriately offered into the consecrated fire. Svaha!

 

English translation source


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