Section-2. ( Rituals )
Mantram-2. [ Description of the 'Agnihotra' sacrifice ( Homam ) ].
Discussion-1. About "Agnihotra".......
Of the various sacrifices ( Homam ), an explanation is given of the 'Agnihotra' because of its importance as a daily sacrifice to be practiced.
There are two readings of this mantram; 1. with the last two words ( with faith ) and 2. without these two words.
Swami Sri Adi Sankaracharya takes takes the reading without them ( i.e, the second ).
When the flames of the sacred fire ( Homakundam ) are smoky and dim, the oblations are not to be offered.
The oblations are offered only when the flames are brightly dancing in energetic cheer.
Again, the oblations are to be offered at the space between the two points, on the right and the left, 'where the ghee ( clarified butter ) is poured.
This point is called 'Avapasthana' in the ritualistic terminology.
Next : Discussion-2. 'Karmam' ........
To be continued ....