This book deals with post-Vedic developments in understanding the concept of sacrifice (yajna) and the response of the Bhagavad Gita to it. concepts such as Karma, Brahman and Tapas originated in the context of Vedic ritual and were the generators of autonomous power in the performance of sacrifice. The book aruges that the Upanishads are not simply sources of the Vedantic categories of Brahman, Atman and Moksa. They also present Vedic ritual notions together with the new teachings of the wandering renouncers (sramanas) who posed a formidable challenge to the ritual tradition and its social hierarchy.
About the Author:
DR. ISRAEL SELVANAYAGAM is a Christian Minister and theological educator. He is currently at TAmilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai. He has made advanced studies in the field of Tamil Saivism and historical development of the Indian religious traditions.