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"Sir, Gautama, ask a boon of such things as men possess." He replied: "Such things as men possess may remain with you. Tell me the speech which you addressed to the boy."

7. The king was perplexed, and commanded him, saying: "Stay with me some time." Then he said: "As (to what) you have said to me, Gautama, this knowledge did not go to any Brâhmana before you, and therefore this teaching belonged in all the worlds to the Kshatra class alone. Then he began:

FOURTH Khanda[1]

1. "The altar (on which the sacrifice is supposed to be offered) is that world (heaven), O Gautama; its fuel is the sun itself, the smoke his rays, the light the day, the coals the moon, the sparks the stars.

2. On that altar the Devas (or prânas, represented by Agni, &c.) offer the sraddhâ libation (consisting of water). From that oblation rises Soma, the king[2] (the moon).

FIFTH Khanda

1. The altar is Parganya (the god of rain), O Gautama; its fuel is the air itself, the smoke the cloud, the light the lightning, the coals the thunderbolt, the sparks the thunderings[3].

  1. He answers the last question, why water in the fifth libation is called Man, first.
  2. The sacrificers themselves rise through their oblations to heaven, and attain as their reward a Soma-like nature.
  3. Hrâduni, generally explained by hail, but here by stanayitnusabdâh, rumblings.