Glossary – Teachings of Great Sages and Gurus of India

  • ~Sacrifice

    Homa is a Sanskrit word that refers to a ritual, wherein an oblation or any religious offering is made into fire. A Homa is sometimes called a "sacrifice ritual" because the fire destroys the offering, but a Homa is more accurately a "votive ritual". The fire is the agent, and the offerings include those that are material and symbolic such as grains, clarified butter, milk, incense and seeds.  In present times, it may be equated to different forms of worship including homa's, mental surrender, meditation and self-enquiry. Being fully absorbed in the Self as the doer, instruments, actions and results.


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