Yajur Veda (June 2013)

Dear kids,
I hope you have already prepared the article on the Yajur Veda, the topic for this month’s hawan. Here is some supplemental information for the topic.
The Yajur Veda is one of the four Vedas that captures the spiritual sciences including purushartha, duties, deads, civil & military sciences.
A key concept in the Veda is yajna. It is the collaboration between the omnipresent & omniscient power, also called Gods, and humans. Yajna is a means to rise in life. By performing inner yajna, a person rises to higher level of perfection. The outer yajna, on the other hand, is for everybody’s benefit – it helps society and environment. The Yajur Veda captures the mantras to be chanted at various occasions.
While the Rig Veda provided the knowledge of the physical matter, the Yajur Veda covers its proper usage. For instance, Rig Veda covers the role and importance of Agni (Fire), the Yajur Veda prescribed why and how to use it. In the Dainik Yajna, the three Samidha Dhaan mantras, where the Yajman places three wooden sticks in the Fire, are taken from the Yajur Veda. The second mantra tells that fire has power to unleash the energy trapped in wooden sticks. It says that fire has innate ability to cut and remove impurities. Understanding its power and function, humans can benefit and uplift their lives in different ways.
A number of mantras we chant in the regular hawan are taken from the Yajur Veda. In addition to your thoughts on the Yajur Veda, please also share at least one mantra from the Yajur Veda along with its meaning.
Harsh Mendiratta