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Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 02 Jul 2011 10:03 and updated at 02 Jul 2011 10:06

ATHARVA VEDA

BOOK III (3)

HYMN XX (20)

A prayer for riches and general prosperity

[0302001] This is thine ordered place of birth whence sprung to life thou shinest forth. [p. a90] Knowing this, Agni, mount on high and cause our riches to increase.

[0302002] Turn hither, Agni, speak to us, come to us with a friendly mind.
Enrich us, Sovran of the Tribes! Thou art the giver of our wealth.

[0302003] Let Aryaman vouchsafe us, wealth, and Bhaga, and Brihaspati, The Goddesses grant wealth to us, Sunrita, Goddess, give me wealth!

[0302004] We call King Soma to our aid, and Agni with our songs and hymn; the Adityas, Vishnu, Surya, and the Brahman priest Brihaspati.

[0302005] Do thou, O Agni, with thy fires strengthen our prayer and.
sacrifice.
Incite thou us, O God, to give, and send us riches to bestow.

[0302006] Both Indra here and Vayu we invoke with an auspicious call, That in assembly all the folk may be benevolent to us, and be inclined to give us gifts.

[0302007] Urge Aryaman to send us gifts, and Indra, and Brihaspati, Vata, Vishnu, Sarasvati, and the strong courser Savitar.

[0302008] Now have we reached the ordering of power, and all these worlds of life are held within it.
Let him who knows urge even the churl to bounty Give wealth.
to us with all good men about us.

[0302009] May heaven s five spacious regions pour their milk for me with all their might.
May I obtain each wish and hope formed by my spirit and my heart.

[0302010] May speech that winneth cows be mine.
With splendour mount thou over me.
May Vayu hedge me round about May Pushan make me pros perous.

[p. a91]

HYMN XXI (21)

In honour of fire in all shapes, to appease Agni of the funeral pile and to quench the flames of cremation

[0302101] All Fires that are in water and in Vritra, all those that man and stones contain within them, That which hath entered herbs and trees and bushes to all these Fires be this oblation offered.

[0302102] That which abides in Soma and in cattle, that which lies deep in birds and sylvan creatures, That which hath entered quadrupeds and bipeds to all these Fires be this oblation offered.

[0302103] The Fire that rideth by the side of Indra, the God Vaisvanara,.
yea all consuming, Whom, as the victor, I invoke in battles to all these Fires be this oblation offered.

[0302104] The all devouring God whom men call Kama, he whom they call the Giver and Receiver, Invincible, pervading, wise, and mighty to all these Fires be this oblation offered.

[0302105] To thee, strength giver, glorious, rich in pleasant strains, whom.
in their minds the thirteen creatures of the world, And the five sons of man regard as Hotar priest to all these Fires be this oblation offered. [p. a92]

[0302106] To him who feeds on ox and cow, sage, bearing Soma on his back, To all Vaisvanara s followers to these be this oblation paid.

[0302107] All fiery flames that follow after lightning, flashing over earth, through firmament and heaven, All that are in the wind and skyey regions to all these Fires be this oblation offered.

[0302108] The golden handed Savitar and Indra, Brihaspati, Varuna, Mitra, and Agni, The Angirases we call, the Visve Devas: let them appease this Agni, Flesh devourer.

[0302109] Flesh eating Agni is appeased, appeased is he who hurteth men.
Now him who burneth every thing, the Flesh consumer, have I stilled.

[0302110] The mountains where the Soma grows, the waters lying calm and still, Vata, Parjanya, Agni s self have made the Flesh consumer rest.

[p. a93]

HYMN XXII (22)

The taming and training of an elephant for a king to ride on

[0302201] Famed be the Elephant s strength, the lofty glory, which out of Aditi s body took existence! They all have given me this for my possession, even all the Gods and Aditi accordant.

[0302202] On this have Mitra, Varuna, Indra, and Rudra fixed their thought.
May those all fostering deities anoint and balm me with his strength.

[0302203] The strength wherewith the Elephant was dowered, that decks a King among the men, in waters, O Agni, even with that strength make thou me vigorous to day.

[0302204] The lofty strength which sacrifice brings, Jatavedas! unto thee, What strength the Sun possesses, all strength of the royal Elephant such strength vouchsafe to me the pair of Asvins lotus garlanded!

[0302205] Far as the heaven s four regions spread, far as the eye s most distant ken.
So wide, so vast let power be mine, this vigour of the Elephant.

[0302206] Now hath the Elephant become chief of all pleasant beasts to ride.
With his high fortune and his strength I grace and conscorate myself.

[p. a94]

HYMN XXIII (23)

A charm to remove a woman s sterility, and to assure the birth of boys

[0302301] From thee we banish and expel the cause of thy sterility.
This in another place we lay apart from thee and far removed.

[0302302] As arrow to the quiver, so let a male embryo enter thee.
Then from thy side be born a babe, a ten month child, thy hero son.

[0302303] Bring forth a male, bring forth a son.
Another male shall follow him.
The mother shalt thou be of sons born and hereafter to be born.

[0302304] With that auspicious general flow wherewith steers propagate their kind, Do thou obtain thyself a son: be thou a fruitfu! mother cow.

[0302305] I give thee power to bear a child: within, thee pass the germ of life! Obtain a son, O woman, who shall be a blessing unto thee.
Be thou a blessing unto him.

[0302306] May those celestial herbs whose sire was Heaven, the Earth their mother, and their root the ocean.
May those celestial healing Plants assist thee to obtain a son.

[p. a95]

HYMN XXIV (24)

A song of harvest

[0302401] The plants of earth are rich in milk, and rich in milk is this my word, So from the rich in milk I bring thousandfold profit hitherward.

[0302402] Him who is rich in milk I know.
Abundant hath he made our corn.
The God whose name is Gatherer, him we invoke who dwelleth in his house who sacrifices not.

[0302403] All the five regions of the heavens, all the five races of man kind, As after rain the stream brings drift, let them bring increase hitherward.

[0302404] Open the well with hundred streams, exhaustless, with a thousand streams.
So cause this corn of ours to be exhaustless, with a thousand streams.

[0302405] O Hundred handed, gather up.
O Thousand handed, pour thou forth.
Bring hither increase of the corn prepared and yet to be pre pared.

[0302406] Three sheaves are the Gandharvas claim, the lady of the house hath four.
We touch thee with the sheaf that is the most abundant of them all.

[0302407] Adding and Gathering are thy two attendants, O Prajapati.
May they bring hither increase, wealth abundant, inexhaustible.

[p. a96]

HYMN XXV (25)

A man s love charm

[0302501] Let the Impeller goad thee on.
Rest not in peace upon thy bed.
Terrible is the shaft of Love: therewith I pierce thee to the heart.

[0302502] That arrow winged with longing thought, its stem Desire, its neck, Resolve, Let Kama, having truly aimed, shoot forth and pierce thee in the heart.

[0302503] The shaft of Kama, pointed well, that withers and consumes the spleen.
With hasty feathers, all aglow, therewith I pierce thee to the heart.

[0302504] Pierced through with fiercely burning heat, steal to me with thy parching lips, Gentle and humble, all mine own, devoted, with sweet words of love.

[0302505] Away from mother and from sire I drive thee hither with a whip, That thou mayst be at my command and yield to every wish of mine. [p. a97]

[0302506] Mitra and Varuna, expel all thought and purpose from her heart.
Deprive her of her own free will and make her subject unto me.

HYMN XXVI (26)

A charm to win the favour of all serpents

[0302601] Ye Gods who dwell within this eastward region, entitled Weapons, Agni forms your arrows.
Be kind and gracious unto us and bless us.
To you be reverence, to you be welcome!

[0302602] Ye Gods who dwell within this southward region, entitled Eager, Kama forms your arrows.
Be kind, etc.

[0302603] Ye Gods who dwell within this westward region, whose name is Radiant, Water forms your arrows.
Be kind, etc.

[0302604] Ye Gods who dwell within this northward region, whose name is Piercers, Vata forms your arrows.
Be kind, etc.

[0302605] Ye Gods whose home is in this firm set region Nilimpas is your name Plants are your arrow.
Be kind, etc.

[0302606] Ye Gods whose home is in this upmost region, Yearners by name, Brihaspati forms your arrows.
Be kind and gracious unto us and bless us.
To you be reverence, to you be welcome!

[p. a98]

HYMN XXVII (27)

A charm consigning an enemy to the serpents for punishment

[0302701] Agni is regent of the East, its warder is Asita, the Adityas are the arrows.
Worship to these the regents, these the warders, and to the arrows, yea, to these be worship! Within your jaws we lay the man who hateth us and whom we hate.

[0302702] Indra is regent of the South, its warder Tiraschiraji, and the shafts the Fathers.
Worship to these the regents, these the warders, and to the arrows, yea, to these be worship! Within your jaws we lay the man who hateth us and whom we hate.

[0302703] Of the West region Varuna is ruler, Pridaku warder, Nourish ment the arrows.
Worship, etc.

[0302704] Soma is ruler of the Northern region, Svaja the warder, lightn ing s flash the arrows.
Worship, etc.

[0302705] Vishnu is ruler of the firm set region, Kalmashagriva warder, Plants the arrows.
Worship, etc.

[0302706] Brihaspati controls the topmost region, Svitra is warder, and the Rain the arrows.
Worship to these the regents, these the warders, and to the arrows, yea, to these be worship,! Within your jaws we lay the man who hateth us and whom we hate.

[p. a99]

HYMN XXVIII (28)

A charm to change the ill omened birth of twin calves into a blessing

[0302701] This cow was born to bring forth offspring singly, though they created kine of every colour.
When she produces twins in spite of Order, sullen, with groan and grudge she harms the cattle.

[0302702] She brings destruction on the beasts, turned to a flesh devouring worm.
Yes, give her to the Brahman that she may bring luck and happiness.

[0302703] Be thou auspicious to our folk, bring luck to horses and to kine.
Auspicious unto all this farm, bring luck and happiness to us.

[0302704] Let there be rain and increase here, here be thou most munifi cient.
Mother of twins, prosper our herd.

[0302705] Where, having left all sickness of their bodies, the pious lead, as friends, their lives of gladness Nigh to that world approached the twin calves mother.
Let her not harm our people and our cattle.

[0302706] Where lies the world of those dear friends, the pious, those who have brought due sacrifice to Agni Nigh to that world approached the twins calves mother.
Let her not harm our people and our cattle.

[p. a100]

HYMN XXIX (29)

On the means to obtain immunity from taxation in the next world

[0302901] When yonder kings who sit beside Yama divide among them selves the sixteenth part of hopes fulfilled, A ram bestowed as sacrifice, white footed, frees us from the tax.

[0302902] He satisfies each hope and want, prevailing, present and pre pared.
The wish fulfilling ram, bestowed, white footed is exhaustless still.

[0302903] He who bestows a white hooved ram, adequate to the place he holds.
Ascends to the celestial height, the heaven where tribute is not paid to one more mighty by the weak.

[0302904] He who bestows a white hooved ram, adequate to the place he holds.
Offered with five cakes, lives on that, unwasting, in the Fathers world.

[0302905] He who bestows a white hooved ram, adequate to the place he holds, Offered with five cakes, lives on that, wasteless, while Sun and.
Moon endure.

[0302906] Like a refreshing draught, like sea, the mighty flood, he faileth not.
Like the two Gods whose home is one, the ram white footed, faileth not.

[0302907] Whose gift was this, and given to whom? Kama to Kama gave the gift.
Kama is giver, Kama is receiver.
Kama has passed into the sea.
Through Kama do I take thee to myself. O Kama, this is thine. [p. a101]

[0302708] May Earth receive thee as her own, and this great interspace of air.
Neither in breath and body nor in progeny may this acceptance do me harm.

Atharva Veda Books:-

Book 1

av01-h1
av01-h10
av01-h20
av01-h30

Book 2

av02-h1
av02-h10
av02-h20
av02-h30

Book 3

av03-h1
av03-h10
av03-h20
av03-h30

Book 4

av04-h1
av04-h10
av04-h20
av04-h30
av04-h40

Book5

av05-h1
av05-h10
av05-h20
av05-h30

Book6

av06-h1
av06-h10
av06-h20
av06-h30
av06-h40
av06-h50
av06-h60
av06-h70
av06-h80
av06-h90
av06-h100
av06-h110
av06-h120
av06-h130
av06-h140

Book 7

av07-h1
av07-h10
av07-h20
av07-h30
av07-h40
av07-h50
av07-h60
av07-h70
av07-h80
av07-h90
av07-h100
av07-h110

Book 8

av08-h1
av08-h10

Book 9

av09-h1
av09-h10

Book 10

av10-h1
av10-h10

Book 11

av11-h1
av11-h10

Book 12

av12-h1

Book 13

av13-h1

Book 14

av14-h1

Book 15

av15-h1
av15-h10

Book 16

av16-h1

Book 17

av17-h1

Book 18

av18-h1

Book 19

av19-h1
av19-h10
av19-h20
av19-h30
av19-h40
av19-h50
av19-h60
av19-h70

Book 20

av20-h1
av20-h10
av20-h20
av20-h30
av20-h40
av20-h50
av20-h60
av20-h70
av20-h80
av20-h90
av20-h100
av20-h110
av20-h120
av20-h130
av20-h140

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