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ATHARVA VEDA

BOOK VIII (8)

Table of Contents

HYMN X (10)

A glorification of the mystical abstraction Viraj

[0801001] Viraj at first was This.
At birth all feared her; the thought, She will become this All, struck terror.

[0801002] She rose, the Garhapatya fire she entered.
He who knows this becomes lord of a household, performer of domestic sacri fices.

[0801003] She mounted up, the Eastward fire she entered.
He who knows this becomes the Gods beloved, and to his call they come when she invokes them.

[0801004] She mounted up, the Southward fire she entered.
He who knows this becomes a fit performer of sacrifice, meet for honour, shelter giver.

[0801005] She mounted up, she entered the Assembly.
He who knows this becomes polite and courtly, and people come as guests to his assembly.

[0801006] She mounted up, she passed within the meeting.
He who knows this becomes fit for the meeting, and to his hall of meeting come the people. [p. a351]

[0801007] She mounted up, she entered Consultation.
Whoso knows this is fit to be consulted, and to his consultation come the people.

[0801008] She mounted up, and, into four divided, she took her station in the air s mid region.

[0801009] Of her the Gods and men said, This she knoweth.
That we may both have life let us invoke her.

[0801010] Thus did they cry to her:

[0801011] Come, Strength! come, Food! come, Charmer! come, Free giver!

[0801012] Her calf, her well beloved calf, was Indra: Gayatri was her rope, the cloud her udder.

[0801013] Two teats she had, Rathantara and Brihat, two, Yajnayajniya and Vamadevya.

[0801014] With the Rathantara the Gods milked from her the Plants, and all the wide expanse with Brihat.

[0801015] They drew the Waters forth with Vamadevya, with Yajnayajniya they milked out worship.

[0801016] For him who knoweth this, Rathantara poureth out Plants, and Brihat yieldeth wide expansion.

[0801017] Waters from Vamadevya come, from Yajnayajniya sacrifice.

[0801018] She rose, she came unto the tress: they killed her.
A year went by and she again existed.
Hence in a year the wounds of trees heal over.
He who knows this sees his loathed rival wounded.

[0801019] She mounted up, she came unto the Fathers: they killed her: in a month she re existed.
Hence men give monthly offerings to the Fathers: who knows this, knows the path which they have trodden.

[0801020] She rose, she came unto the Gods: they killed her: but in a fortnight she again was living.
Fortnightly, hence, men serve the Gods with Vasat! Who knows this knows the way which Gods pass over.

[0801021] She mounted up, she came to men: they killed her Presently she regained her life and being.
Hence on both days to men they bring and offer who knows this near seated in the dwelling.

[0801022] She rose, approached the Asuras: they called her: their cry was, Come, O Maya, come thou hither. [p. a352] Her dear calf was Virochana Prahradi: her milking vessel was a.
pan of iron.
Dvimurdha Artvya milked her, yea, this Maya, The Asuras depend for life on Maya.
He who knows this becomes a fit supporter.

[0801023] She mounted up, she came unto the Fathers.
The Fathers called.
to her, O Food, come hither.
King Yama was her calf, her pail was silvern.
Antaka, Mrityu s.
son, milked her, this Svadha.
This Food the Fathers make their lives sustainer.
He who* knows this becomes a meet supporter.

[0801024] She mounted up, she came to men.
They called her, Come unto us, come hither thou Free giver! Earth was her milking pail, the calf beside her Manu Vaivasvata, Vivasvan s offspring.
Prithi the son of Vena was her milker: he milked forth hus bandry and grain for sowing.
These men depend for life on corn and tillage.
He who knows this becomes a meet supporter, successful in the culture of his_ corn land.

[0801025] She rose, she came unto the Seven Rishis.
They called her,.
Come, Rich in Devotion! hither.
King Soma was her calf.
the Moon her milk pail.
Brihaspati.
Angirasa, her milker, Drew from her udder Prayer and Holy Fervour.
Fervour and Prayer maintain the Seven Rishis.
He who knows this becomes a meet supporter, a priest illustri ous for his sacred knowledge.

[0801026] She rose, she came unto the Gods.
They called her, crying, O Vigour, come to us, come hither! God Savitar milked her, he milked forth Vigour.
The Gods depend for life upon that Vigour.
He who knows this becomes a meet supporter.

[0801027] She rose approached the Apsarases and Gandharvas.
They called her, Come to us, O Fragrant scented! The son of Suryavarchas, Chitraratha, was her dear calf, her pail.
a lotus petal.
The son of Suryavarchas, Vasuruchi, milked and drew from her most delightful fragrance.
That scent supports Apsarases and Gandharvas. He who knows [p. a353] this becomes a meet supporter, and round him ever breathes delicious odour.

[0801028] She mounted up, she came to Other People.
They called her, crying, Come, Concealment! hither.
Her dear calf was Vaisravana Kubera, a vessel never tempered was her milk pail.
Rajatanabhi, offspring of Kubera, milked her, and from her udder drew concealment.
By that concealment live the Other People.
He who knows this becomes a meet supporter, and makes all evil disappear and vanish.

[0801029] She mounted up, she came unto the Serpents.
The Serpents called her, Venomous! come hither.
Her calf was Takshaka, Visala s offspring: a bottlegourd suppli ed a milking vessel.
Iravan s offspring, Dhritarashtra milked her, and from her udder drew forth only poison.
That poison quickens and supports the Serpents: He who knows this becomes a meet supporter.

[0801030] One would ward off, for him who hath this knowledge, if with a bottle gourd he sprinkled water.

[0801031] And did he not repel, if in his spirit he said, I drive thee back, he would repel it.

[0801032] The poison that it drives away, that poison verily repels.

[0801033] The man who hath this knowledge pours its venom on his hated foe.

[p. a354] [p. a355]

[p. a356]

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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