Pose in yoga on Keith puts it, when commenting on the role of the priest in the earlier period, Great as the position of the priest was in the Vedic community he does not claim as yet to be powerful enough to constrain the gods to his will.10 This started to change when the idea developed that the sacrifice could be used to persuade the gods to deliver specific benefits to individuals and the community. Eventually, the sacrifice came to be regarded, at least by the priests, as the most important of all human activities. Their reasoning seems to have developed along the following lines: if the sacrifice generates enough power to coerce the gods it could do an awful lot of damage if it got out of control; on the other hand, if a misperformed sacrifice could have so much destructive power, then surely a perfectly performed one could have the opposite effect, could help to sustain the natural order; so sacrifices need to be performed regularly in order to preserve the structure of the cosmos, which, by the late Vedic period, was beginning to be understood as the result of an initial sacrifice that was performed by the gods (see RV 10.90, the Purusa Sukta, for the fullest expression of this view). The principal idea underlying all forms of sacrificial ritual seems to be that it creates a link between sacred and profane modes of existence that can be exploited in some way for the benefit of the sacrificer and those represented by him (performers at sacrificial rituals have tended to be mainly male, and in India this was often justified on grounds of purity: females are inherently less pure than males, primarily because of menstruation).11 Various theories about the nature of sacrifice have been offered by scholars of various persuasions, and I shall not discuss them here. Pose in yoga 2016.
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