...in Indian society , Yajna meaning, “ worship ”, “ devotion ”, “ prayer ”, “ offering ”, “ oblation ”, “ sacrifice ”, is the most ancient ritual of Hinduism that continues in modern day.
As ‘Ashva‘ is the symbol of mobility , valour and strength and the ‘medha’ is the symbol of supreme wisdom and intelligence , the natural meaning of ‘ Ashvamedha ‘ can be taken as "the combination of the valour and strength and illumined power of intellect ". By assuming ‘Ashva‘ as the symbol of muscle power and 'medha' as the symbol of mental power, their combination makes a sacred and great deed of yajna.
The Sama Veda focuses on the musical chanting patterns of the [[w:Mantra|Mantras and the subtle form of yajna by defining the latter as the process of mental oblation on the surface of internal emotions through the cosmic radiation of the omnipresent subtle energy of sound .
The chief liturgy of the Zorashtrians is the Yasna , a term that literally means “ sacrifice ” (corresponding to the Sanskrit term yajna ), and includes confession , invocation , prayer , exhortation , praise , worship , adoration, and offerings .
The four Vedas signify the philosophy of the eternity and absolute complementary role of Gayatri and yajna in the divine creation .
The term yajna can be interpreted in a number of ways but there is only one meaning acceptable to men of all faiths, and that is, to be ready to even lay down one’s life for true welfare.
... the yajna of the swaraj movement requires the services of virtuous, fearless, simple, brave honest, and resolute men and women.
We accept a broad definition of yajna. yajna means any activity for the good of others...The word yajna comes from the root yaj , which means ‘to worship ’, and we please God by worshipping Him through physical labour...there is no harm in enlarging the meaning of the word yajna, even if the new meaning we attach to the term was never in Veda Vyasa’s mind.
The man who does not do yajna can win nothing in this world .
Detailed description of the following experiments of yajna is found in ancient scriptures:the Bajpeya yajna for increasing the good tendencies in the society; Rajsuya yajna for establishing the political order; Ashvamedha yajna for making the entire nation united, powerful and progressive; etc. Ashvamedha [horse sacrifice] has been called best among these yajnas- the king of yajnas.
Truly nation is Ashvamedha, hence perform yajna to integrate , to unite the nation through the medium of Ashvamedha. This usage has a hidden meaning - perform yajna with valour and intellect .
Vajpeya yajna literally means ‘to drink water’ – vajam is ‘water’; peya is ‘to drink’. Metaphorically , Vajapeya yajna signifies to bring inner purity and love into everyday life . The goal of such practices is to acquire knowledge of Brahman .
Vajpeya is annapeya , the yajna where cereals are distributed to deserving people. Some herb , cereals, and divines are also meant by Vajpeya.
Gayatri and yajna are described as the pillars of Indian philosophy and culture . The external source of universal knowledge , comprised in the Gayatri mantra is deciphered and the cosmic energy of sound contained in Mantra is activated and expanded with the help of yajna
In the later vedic age, the King performed the rites of Rajasuya yajna with a desire to obtain divine power, Ashwamedha yajna to expand the empire and the Vajpeya yajna for chariot racing with friends and relatives of his gotra .
...work done in the spirit of yajna, done without egotism for our higher good and for the service of others.