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Namastey sir,
         Yajna is sacrifice as ghee is poured into the fire. Lord Krishna says he is Adhiyajna in the body.Is our karma,here, is compared to ghee and Lord as fire who consumes all? Please explain which is compared to what in the total process.So that one can live with divine lifestyle.

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Dear Jagat,

Thank you for your question.

The idea is to offer one's whole self into the fire of Bhagavan. In Tantra this is done through the rituals called bhuta-shuddhi and nyasa in which the jivatma is destroyed and replaced by the Paramatma. In the devotional system one meditates on the form of the ishta and strives to merge in that form as a moth in a flame in a supreme act of loving sacrifice. In Yoga one meditates by replacing all thoughts with the one thought of God/dess.

The "ghee" in the metaphor, therefore, is the body, mind, and senses, what we normally experience as the "self." The fire is Bhagavan. Everything we think we are gets merged in Bhagavan, and we realize our essential Oneness with That.

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Brother William  

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William Schindler, a.k.a. Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

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I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

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I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

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I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

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I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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