The direct yet contradictory relationship between the Holy Bible of Christianity and the Vedas of Hinduism, part forty-four.
“The second reference or passage of the Yajur Veda that contains the phrase, ‘milks the fire’,” said Dr. D. James, President and teacher of The Lay School in Clinton, Tennessee, as he continued his presentation before The Lay School faculty on the direct yet contradictory relationship between the Holy Bible of Christianity and the Vedas of Hinduism, “appears in Kanda V, Prapathaka 6, Section 9. (The explanation of how the following references may be found in Sterling Ministries’ Yajur Veda Color-coded (or any other copy of the Yajur Veda, for the referencing system is the same and part of the original translation) may be found in Evangelical Examiner Knoxville’s earlier article in this series entitled, ‘The direct yet contradictory relationship between the Holy Bible of Christianity and the Vedas of Hinduism, part twenty-six.’) That passage reads:
v. 6. 9.
c The fire is Prajapati, [REFERENCE: A god becomes a god.] his breasts are the pan and the mortar; his offspring live on them; in that he puts down the pan and the mortar, with them the sacrificer milks the fire in yonder world. [REFERENCE: How can you milk a fire?] (p 587 edit mode)
In analyzing the ratio of words color-coded as ‘other gods’ in Sterling Ministries’ Yajur Veda Color-coded, we find 17 of 37 or 45% of the words in this passage identify either gods or a god’s attributes, according to the principle of substitution. The picture above left illustrates this fact.
To further complicate the issue of trying to understand the phrase, ‘milks the fire’, the very next verse (d) begins with “The fire is the year…”. The first thing to notice here, before we even deal with the current issue of the phrase, ‘milks the fire’, is that verse c opens with ‘The fire is Prajapati’ and verse d opens with ‘The fire is the year’, THEREFORE, by the principle of simple substitution, or deductive reasoning:
The fire is Prajapati
The fire is the year
Prajapati is the year.
This principle of substitution permeates both the Vedas and the Upanishads. It is not something that has been projected onto these writings by modern scholars, but rather, a principle whose precedent was established by the very poets who wrote the Vedas and Upanishads centuries ago. Therefore, this principle of substitution as used by the poets of the Vedas and Upanishads is something that anyone who is seriously involved in a study of those writings MUST come to grips with.
As to the phrase, ‘milks the fire’, this passage provides little more understanding of the phrase than we already have gleaned, except that ‘milking’ the fire is not something that is limited to ‘this world’ as the Vedas and Upanishads refer to existence in this life on earth, but is also a part of existence in ‘yonder world’ referring to the hereafter. It might be profitable to point out, if you have not already noticed, that both the words ‘milks’ and ‘fire’ are color-coded with the color-code ‘other gods’ which means that elsewhere in the Vedas or Upanishads both words are identified as gods or attributes of gods; a fact that further compounds and complicates our attempt at understanding the phrase!”
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