In Indian philosophy, this process of internalization becomes important in the third stage of life known as vanaprashtha or aranyaka
This new edition in the Harvard Oriental Series makes more accessible to the scholarly public the text and translation into German of the Katha Aranyaka
, Michael Witzel's "Inauguraldissertation" of 1972 first published in 1974.
It is in the late Vedic text, the Taittiriya Aranyaka
BODEWITZ, HENK, Kausitaki Upanisad: Translation and Commentary with an Appendix, Sankhayana Aranyaka
The one that has been discussed more widely is found in Brhad Aranyaka
Upanisad (1) (BAU) 6.
van Buitenen, The Pravargya: An Ancient Indian Iconic Ritual Described and Annotated (Poona: Deccan College, 1968); Stella Kramrisch, "The Mahavira Vessel and the Plant Putika," JAOS 95 (1975): 222- 35; Jan Houben, The Pravargya Brahmana of the Taittiriya Aranyaka
(Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1991), 21-25 (esp.
46), its place in aranyaka
sections (so with the Kathas and Taittiriyakas and in the SB), the reference to an unidentified doctrine called madhu in relation with the Pravargya (KathA 3.
Other fashions in which the vedic texts explain the inner agnihotra as a continuous, uninterrupted sacrifice are found in the Aitareya Aranyaka
(Keith 1909: 257) and Kausitaki Upanisad 2.
In what follows, I will mention cosmogonies in the Sathapatha Brahmana and the Taittiriya Brahmana and Aranyaka
that interpret or reconfigure this hymn, but references to it are not limited to Vedic literature.
Although in the BU description the ejection (ejaculation) of the food/people by the gods in the form of rain is mediated by their passage through the sky and the wind, the Aitareya Aranyaka
version makes a direct connection between the gods' seed and rain.
This work, which is based on the author's dissertation at the University of Utrecht, is an extensively annotated translation of Taittiriya Aranyaka
5 (Andhra) with an introduction principally on the Pravargya rite, an optional, introductory rite for the soma sacrifice.
AA Aitareya Aranyaka
ApDh Apastamba Dharmasutra AU Aitareya Upanisad AV Atharva Veda BDh Baudhayana Dharmasutra BhG Bhagavad Gita BU Brhadaranyaka Upanisad CU Chandogya Upanisad IU Isa Upanisad JB Jaiminiya Brahmana JU Jaiminiya Upanisad KaU Katha Upanisad KeU Kena Upanisad KsU Kausitaki Upanisad MaU Mandukya Upanisad MtU Maitrayaniya (Maitri) Upanisad MuU Mundaka Upanisad PU Prasna Upanisad RV Rg Veda SA Sankhayana Aranyaka