Yajur Veda seen by the outer vision is the Veda of ritual. On an inner level, it sets
forth a yogic practice for purifying the mind and awakening the inner consciousness.
Several versions of the Yajur Veda exist, which differ in a number of respects. It
was the main Veda used by the priests in ancient India and has much in common with the
Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Its deities are the same as the Rig Veda. The purpose of the ritual is to put together and
recreate within ourselves the Cosmic Man or Indra. The ritual is to recreate the universe
within our own psyche and thereby unite the individual with the universal. Its series of
sacrifices culminate in the Atmayajna or the self-sacrifice wherein the ego is offered up
to the Divine. While the lesser sacrifices win the lesser worlds, the Self-sacrifice
wins all the worlds and gains the greatest gift of immortality.
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