1-61-8, Sanskrit verse
Praayaha cittam mahat hi
eetat naram vaa purusharshabha
aanayasva pas`um siighram
yaavat karma pravarttatee.
Aanayasva = Bring.
Naram va = Or a man
CONTEXTAmbarisha, the great grand father of Rama started a sacrifice. Indra, the God of Heavens stole the sacrificial animal. The Priests advise the king to get a human being as a sacrificial animal.
"O Great among men! You have to make amendments for your omission (of not properly guarding the sacrificial animal) Either you bring the sacrificial animal or a man in lieu thereof."
*According to Mahabhagavata, Ambarisha was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.
*In Ramayana, Ambarisha ends upto a human-sacrificer.
*What type of priest/sage was Vasisht`ha who presided over the sacrifice?
In this sacrifice, the man Shunashepa did not lose his life, because sage Visvamitra saved him by teaching two hymns to please the Gods. Here Visvamitra acted as a gentleman and savior.
*But in Bhagavata, the sacrificial man, same Shunashepa lost his life. There sage Visvamitra worked as hoota (person who drops sacrificial flesh in the pyre). Click. Harischandra was the King who sacrificed him.
This Harischandra was a lier. But he was depicted as a great adherent of truth in Markand`eya Purana.