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Mystic Mantra: Sweet, sacred sacrifice

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You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it,” says Lionel Messi, who has mesmerised millions with his dribbling and scoring skills during football matches, worldwide. Many miss Messi magic during this final stage of FIFA World Cup football. Messi’s phenomenal success has been fruit of innumerable sacrifices.

Ritual sacrifices are prescribed by many religious traditions: Vedic Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity and the tribal religions. The Sanskrit word for ritual sacrifice is yagna, from the root yaj, meaning, to worship or offer. Yagna consists in offering God gifts of the plant and animal worlds or products of human labour like butter, ghee and soma. The aim is to unite with God or seek........

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