Vedas are considered the “sacred knowledge” of the Aryans, a set of people from the Middle East, who invaded India during the 1600 B.C.
Yajurveda is the book of sacrificial prayers. The texts provide guidance to perform the manual work in the preparation of a sacrifice.
2 parts (branches) of Yajurveda
- Black (Krishna): Implies “the un-arranged, motley collection” of verses in Yajurveda
- White (Shukla): In contrast to the “white” (well arranged) Yajurveda
Important facts related to Yajurveda
- Yajur Veda mainly talks about how the religious rituals are performed. It is a step-by-step guide explaining the right way of performing religious ceremonies and sacred rituals.
- Yajur Veda helps in creating a deeper level of consciousness among people. It attributes to a yogic practice that purifies the mind, body and the soul. It helps in awakening the consciousness within, thus opening new avenues of learning and understanding of life in a better manner.
- It contains both prose and poetry
- It contains rituals for yajnas and is ascribed to Advaryus who prepared ground for Yajnas. It is world’s oldest prose literature.
- Adhvaryu was the experts of the knowledge of Yajurveda.
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