BOOK VI (6)
HYMN C (100)
A charm against poison
 The Gods and Surya gave the gift, the Earth and Heaven best owed the boon.
The three Sarasvatis in full accord bestowed the antidote.
 That water, Upajikas! which Gods poured for you on thirsty land, With that same water sent by Gods, drive ye away this poison here. [p. a247]
 The daughter of the Asuras art thou, and sister of the Gods.
Thou who hast sprung from heaven and earth hast robbed the poison of its power.
HYMN CI (101)
A charm to promote virile vigour
 Taurum age, palpita, incresce et teipsum extende: per totum membrum increscat penis: hoc tu caede feminam.
 Quo debilem stimulant, quo aegrum excitant (homines), hoc, O Brahmanaspatis Brahmanaspati(), hujus penem in arcus modum extende.
 Velut nervum in arcu ego tuum fascinum extendo.
Aggredere (mulierem) semper indefessus velut cervus damam.
HYMN CII (102)
A man s love charm
 Even as this ox, O Asvins, steps and turns together with his mate, So let thy fancy turn itself, come nearer, and unite with me.
 I, as the shaft horse draws the mare beside him, draw thee to myself.
Like grass that storm and wind have rent, so be thy mind at tached to me!
 Swiftly from Bhaga s hands I bear away a love compelling charm Of ointment and of sugar cane, of Spikenard and the Kushtha plant.
HYMN CIII (103)
A charm to check the approach of a hostile army
 Brihaspati and Savitar prepare a rope to bind you fast! Let Bhaga, Mitra, Aryaman, and both the Asvins make the bond.
 I bind together all of them, the first, the last, the middlemost.
Indra hath girded these with cord: bind them together, Agni, thou!
 Those yonder who approach to fight, with banners raised along their ranks, Indra hath girded these with cord: bind them together, Agni, thou!
HYMN CIV (104)
 We bind our foemen with a bond that binds them close and holds them fast.
Their breath and respiration I dissever, and their lives from life.
 This bond, made keen by Indra, I have formed with heat of holy zeal.
Securely bind our enemies, O Agni, who are standing here.
 Indra and Agni bind them fast, Soma the King, and both the Friends! May Indra, girt by Maruts, make a bond to bind our enemies.
HYMN CV (105)
A charm to cure cough
 Rapidly as the fancy flies forth with conceptions of the mind.
So following the fancy s flight, O Cough, flee rapidly away.
 Rapidly as an arrow flies away with keenly sharpened point, So swiftly flee away, O Cough, over the region of the earth!
 Rapidly as the beams of light, the rays of Surya, fly away, So, Cough! fly rapidly away over the current of the sea!
HYMN CVI (106)
A charm to protect a house from fire
 Let flowery Durva grass grow up about thine exit and approach.
There let a spring of water rise, or lake with blooming lotuses.
 This is the place where waters meet, here is the gathering of the flood.
Our home is set amid the lake: turn thou thy jaws away from it.
 O House, we compass thee about with coolness to envelop thee.
Cool as a lake be thou to us.
Let Agni bring us healing balm!
HYMN CVII (107)
A charm to protect men and cattle
 Entrust me, Visvajit, to Trayamana.
Guard, Trayamana, all our men, guard all our wealth of quadrupeds.
 To Visvajit entrust me, Trayamana.
O Visvajit, guard all our men, etc.
 To Visvajit entrust me, O Kalyani.
Guard, O Kalyani, all our men, etc. [p. a250]
 To Sarvavid entrust me, O Kalyani.
O Sarvavid, guard all our men, guard all our wealth of quadrupeds.
HYMN CVIII (108)
A prayer for wisdom
 Intelligence, come first to us with store of horses and of kine! Thou with the rays of Surya art our worshipful and holy one.
 The first, devout Intelligence, lauded by sages, sped by prayer, Drunk by Brahmacharis, for the favour of the Gods I call.
 That excellent Intelligence which Ribhus know, and Asuras, Intelligence which sages know, we cause to enter into me.
 Do thou, O Agni, make me wise this day with that Intelligence.
Which the creative ishis, which the men endowed with wisdom knew.
 Intelligence at eve, at morn, Intelligence at noon of day, With the Sun s beams, and by our speech we plant in us Intelligence.
HYMN CIX (109)
A charm to heal punctured wounds
 The Berry heals the missile s rent, it heals the deeply piercing wound.
The Gods prepared and fashioned it.
This hath sufficient power for life.
 When from their origin they came, the Berries spake among themselves: The man whom we shall find alive shall never suffer injury. [p. a251]
 Asuras buried thee in earth: the Gods again uplifted thee.
Healer of sickness caused by wounds and healer of the missile s rent.