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Satapatha Brahmana Part V (SBE44), Julius Eggeling tr. [1900], at

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11:2:2:11. He recites a gâyatrî invitatory formula 1: the gâyatrî consisting of three feet, these worlds being three in number 2, it is these worlds the gods thereby established.

11:2:2:22. He offers with a trishtubh (verse): the trishtubh consisting of four feet, and cattle being four-footed, it is cattle the gods thereby established in these established worlds.

11:2:2:33. The Vashat-call consists of two syllables (vaushat): man being two-footed; it is two-footed man they thereby established among the established cattle.

11:2:2:44. Two-footed man, then, is established here among cattle. In like manner this (Sacrificer) establishes thereby the worlds; and in the established worlds he establishes cattle, and among the established cattle he establishes himself: thus, indeed, is that man established among cattle, who, knowing this, offers sacrifice.

11:2:2:55. And when he offers, after the Vashat has been uttered,--that Vashat-call being yonder shining (sun), and he being the same as Death 3--he thereby consecrates him (the Sacrificer) after death, and causes him to be born from out of it, and he is

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delivered from that death. And the sacrifice, indeed, becomes his body: thus, having become the sacrifice, he is delivered from that death, and all his chief offerings are thereby delivered from that death 1.

11:2:2:66. And, verily, whatever offering he there performs, that offering becomes his body in yonder world; and when he who knows this departs this world then that offering, being behind him, calls out to him, 'Come hither, here I am, thy body;' and inasmuch as it calls out (invokes, âhvayati), it is called 'âhuti' (offering or invocation).


26:1 The anuvâkyâs recited prior to the principal oblations (pradhâna-havis) are in the gâyatrî metre; whilst the yâgyâs (referred to in the next paragraph), at the end of which the Vaushat! is uttered and the oblation poured into the fire, consist of trishtubh verses; cf. 1, 7, 2, 15.

26:2 These inserted clauses with 'vai' supply the reason for what follows, not for what precedes, them.

26:3 See X, 5, 1, 4.

27:1 Viz. inasmuch as the oblation is made with the Vashat.

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