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Sacrifice and Cosmos

Yajna and the Eucharist in Dialogue

In Hinduism, yajna has been at the centre of Vedic thought and practice, epic and Puranic literature. The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita add new dimensions to it through their spiritualization and interiorizatio below

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In Hinduism, yajna has been at the centre of Vedic thought and practice, epic and Puranic literature. The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita add new dimensions to it through their spiritualization and interiorization and raising tapas and bhakti into sacrifice. The concept of sacrifice has been transformed into an ethical, spiritual and political value by Tilak and Gandhi in modern Hinduism. Christianity's interpretation of the mission of Jesus as a true, non-ritual sacrifice resulted in the gift of salvation to the world. The volume presents a deep understanding of the concept of sacrifice which is a central thought in Hinduism and Christianity. It studies the way the two traditions have related sacrifice to the reality of the whole cosmos including the material universe. The Vedic view is seen as the best example of creation through divine sacrifice, and the Christian Cross as that of redemption through divine sacrifice. The cosmic dynamism of the Eucharistic sacrifice is revealed through a study of four theologians. In this painstaking work sacrifice is examined as a complex universal phenomenon which has many-sided and multifaceted religious connotations. Thus it discovers the complementarity and interconnection between Vedism and Christianity.

The book presents a new approach to study of religions and religious concepts. It would prove useful for scholars of religious studies.

  • Foreword By : George Gispert - sauch, S.J.
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921487
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921486
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2009
  • Pages : xxiii, 413p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 800
  • Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index


Part I
Sacrifice and Cosmos in the Vedas

1. Status Quaestionis on Sacrifice 

Sacrifice as Gift  
Sacrifice as Communion  
Sacrifice as Communication Between the Sacred and the Profane
Sacrifice as Ritual Repetition of the Creation of the World  
Sacrifice as Ritual Action that Maintains the World  

2. The Vedic Sacrifice and its Vision of the Cosmos 

Creation as the Self-Sacrifice of Purusha  
Sacrifice as Condition for the Existence of the World  
Ashvamedha for the Renewal of the Cosmos  
Agnicayana: Reconstruction of the Cosmos (Space and Time) through Sacrifice  
Sacrifice as Atmayajna and the Substitute as the Counterpart of the Sacrificer  
Sacrifice Gives Order and Form to the Formless Creation  
Fidelity to the Rules and the Validity of Sacrifice  

3. The Interiorisation of the Vedic Sacrifice and its Effect in the Emergence of the Notion of Bhakti 

The Subordination of Sacrifice to the Knowledge of the Atman-Brahman in the Upanisads  
The Ongoing Cosmic Sacrifice and the Background of Natural Mythology
Reflections on Resemblance Between Cosmos and Human Body
Sacrifice as Cosmic Harmony and Welfare (Lokasamgraha) in the Bhagavad-Gita
The Symbolic Interpretation of Sacrifice in the Bhagavad-Gita  

Part II
The Eucharistic Sacrifice and its Cosmic Dynamism

4. The Descending and Ascending Dimensions of the Eucharistic Sacrifice 

The Sacrificial Character of the Last Supper and Jesus' Sacrificial Self-Giving to the Father on the Cross   
Jesus' Command "do this in Memory of me" and the Eucharist as the Memorial of the "once and for all" Sacrificial Self-giving Death of Jesus  
The Eucharist and the Offering of Bread, Wine, Praise and Thanksgiving by the Church for herself and for the Cosmos

5. The Cosmic Dynamism of the Eucharist 

Maximus the Confessor and the Cosmic Liturgy  
The Deification of Humans and the Cosmos in the Eucharist in V. Lossky  
The Eucharist and the Survival of the World in J.D. Zizioulas  
The Eucharist and the Cosmos in Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 

Part III
Yajna and the Eucharist in Dialogue

6. Yajna and the Eucharist: Sacrificial Creation and Sacrificial Redemption 

Purusha and Christ as the Origin, Sustainer and the Meeting Point of History
Agnicayana as the Ritual Reconstruction of the Dismembered Body of Prajapati
The Vedic Sacrifice as the Means for the Existence of the Cosmos and the Survival of the World in the Eucharist  
Differences between Yajna and the Eucharist

7. A Comparison of the Panca-mahayajnas with the Eucharist  

Devayajna and the Eucharist as Sacrifice to God the Father 
Pitriyajna and the Offering of the Eucharist for the Dead   
Bhutayajna and the Intercession for the Well-being of All in the Eucharist  
Nriyajna and the Eucharist as the Agapic Meal  
Brahmayajna and the Liturgy of the Word


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