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Vedic Yajna in Kerala – The World’s Oldest Surviving Ritual – Athirathram from April 4, 2011

Vedic Yajna (Yajgya or sacrifice or ritual) is performed for the prosperity of human race through peaceful co-existence with nature by energizing the various forces in nature – especially sun. Agni, fire, that represents Sun, the Prathyaksha Brahman or Visible God, in Sanatana Dharma, is worshipped during the Yajna. This vedic ritual is known as Athirathram and is one of the world’s oldest surviving ritual. The 12-day ritual begins on April 4, 2011 and ends on April 15, 2011 at at Panjal in Thrissur District in Kerala. The saddest part during a Vedic Yajna today is that often the spiritual meaning and traditional values associated with it are buried beneath superficial things associated with the yajna. Vedic Yajna is not performed for miracles neither are they meant to invoke any deity and achieve materialistic gains. All Vedic yajnas are aimed at propitiating various elements in nature – a deep understanding that the existence of human race depends on the elements in nature. The v

Veda Vyasa Teachings

A small collection of teachings of Veda Vyasa. What is the enemy difficult to conquer? – Anger What is the best of riches? – Knowledge. What is the best happiness? – Contentment. What is courage or bravery? – Being able to control the five senses. By destroying ego and arrogance one become lovable. The unawakened person regards animate and inanimate objects as part of his own self, and rejoices at their acquisition, considering one is being enriched by them, and bemoans at their loss, considering something of one is lost.