BOOK VI (6)
HYMN XXX (30)
A charm to promote the growth of hair
 Over a magic stone, beside Sarasvati, the Gods Ploughed in this barley that was blent with mead.
Lord of the plough was Indra, strong with hundred powers: the ploughers were the Maruts they who give rich gifts.
 Thy joy in hair that falleth or is scattered, wherewith thou sub jectest a man to laughter To other trees, far from thee will I drive it.
Grow up, thou Sami, with a hundred branches.
 Auspicious, bearing mighty leaves, holy one, nurtured by the rain, Even as a mother to her sons, be gracious, Sami to our hair.
HYMN XXXI (31)
To Surya the Sun God
 This spotted Bull hath come and sat before his mother in the east.
Advancing to his father Heaven. [p. a214]
 As expiration from his breath his radiance penetrates within.
The Bull shines out through all the sky.
 He rules supreme through thirty realms One winged with song hath made him mount Throughout the days at break of morn.
HYMN XXXII (32)
A charm against fiends and goblins
 With butter, in his hall v4here fire is burning, perform that sacri fice which quells the goblins.
Burn from afar against the demons Agni! Afflict not in thy fury us who praise thee.
 Let Rudra break your necks, O ye Pisachas, and split your ribs asunder, Yatudhanas! Your herb of universal power with Yama hath allied itself.
 Here, Mitra Varuna! may we dwell safely: with splendour drive the greedy demons backward, Let them not find a surety or a refuge, but torn away go down to Death together.
HYMN XXXIII (33)
A prayer to Indra for riches
 He who controls this air and men who aid his strength, and wood, and heaven, the lofty seat which Indra loves.
 The bold whose overpowering might the boldest never hath defied, [p. a215] As erst still, unassailable is Indra s wrath, and fame, and force.
 May he bestow on us that wealth, far spreading, bright with yellow hue.
Indra is mightiest Lord among the folk.
HYMN XXXIV (34)
To Agni for protection from enemies
 Send forth thy voice to Agni, to the manly hero of our homes, So may he bear us past our foes.
 That Agni who with sharpened flame of fire consumes the Rakshasas, So may he bear us past our foes.
 He who from distance far remote shineth across the tracts of land, May he transport us past our foes.
 He who beholds all creatures, who observes them with a careful eye, May he transport us past our foes.
 That brilliant Agni who was born beyond this region of the air, May he transport us past our foes!
HYMN XXXV (35)
To Agni Vaisvanara
 Forth from the distance far away Vaisvanara come to succour us! Agni approach our eulogies!
 Vaisvanara with friendly thoughts hath come to this our sacrifice, Agni who saves from woe, to lauds.
 Vaisvanara hath formed the hymn and laud of the Angirases.
To these may he bring glorious right.
HYMN XXXVI (36)
In praise of Agni Vaisvanara
 Holy Vaisvanara we seek, the Lord of light and endless life, the burning One who fadeth not.
 He hath directed all things; he sends forth the Seasons in his might, furthering sacrifice s power.
 Agni Kama in other homes shines forth the sole imperial Lord of all that is and is to be.
HYMN XXXVII (37)
A charm to divert Imprecation personified
 Hitherward, having yoked his steeds, came Imprecation, thousand eyed, Seeking my curser, as a wolf the home of one who owneth sheep.
 Avoid us, Imprecation! as consuming fire avoids the lake.
Smite thou the man who curses us, as the sky s lightning strikes the tree.
 Who curses us, himself uncursed, or, cursed, who curses us again, Him cast I as a sop to Death, as to a dog one throws a bone.
HYMN XXXVIII (38)
A prayer for surpassing strength and energy
 What energy the lion hath, the tiger, adder, and burning fire, Brahman, or Surya, And the blest Goddess who gave birth to Indra, come unto us conjoined with strength and vigour!
 All energy of elephant and panther, all energy of gold, men, kine, and waters, [p. a217] And the blest Goddess who gave birth to Indra come unto us conjoined with strength and vigour.
 Might in car, axles, in the strong bull s courage, in Varuna s breath, in Vata, in Parjanya, In Warrior, in the war drum stretched for battle, in the man s roar and in the horse s mettle, May the blest Goddess who gave birth to Indra come unto us conjoined with strength and vigour.
HYMN XXXIX (39)
A priest s prayer for power and glory
 Let sacrifice, like fame, thrive sped by Indra, inspired, well ordered, with a thousand powers.
To highest rank raise me who bring oblation, me who move forth to far extended vision.
 We will pay sacrifice and serve with worship our glorious Indra, famous for his glories.
Give thou us sway which Indra hath promoted, and in this boon of thine may we be famous.
 Indra was glorious at his birth; Agni, Soma were born renowned.
And glorious am I, the most illustrious of all that is.