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ATHARVA VEDA

BOOK X (10)

Table of Contents

HYMN X (10)

A glorification of the sacred Cow as representing the radiant heavens

[1001001] Worship to thee springing to life, and worship unto thee when born! Worship, O Cow, to thy tail hair, and to thy hooves, and to thy form!

[1001002] The man who knows the Seven Floods, who knows the seven distances, Who knows the head of sacrifice, he may receive the holy Cow.

[1001003] I know the Seven Water floods, I know the seven distances, I know the head of sacrifice, and Soma shining bright in her.

[1001004] Hitherward we invite with prayer the Cow who pours a thou sand streams, By whom the heaven, by whom the earth, by whom these waters are preserved.

[1001005] Upon her back there are a hundred keepers, a hundred metal bowls, a hundred milkers.
The Deities who breathe in her all separately know the Cow. [p. 37]

[1001006] Her foot is sacrifice, her milk libation, Svadha her breath, Mahiluka the mighty: To the God goes with prayer the Cow who hath Parjanya for her lord.

[1001007] Agni hath entered into thee; Soma, O Cow, hath entered thee.
Thine udder is Parjanya, O blest Cow; the lightnings are thy teats.

[1001008] Thou pourest out the Waters first, and corn lands afterward, O Cow.
Thirdly thou pourest princely sway.
O Cow, thou pourest food and milk.

[1001009] When, Holy One, thou camest nigh invited by the Adityas call, Indra gave thee to drink, O cow, a thousand bowls of Soma juice.

[1001010] The Bull, what time thou followedst the way of Indra, summon ed thee: Thence the Fiend slayer, angered, took thy water and thy milk away.

[1001011] O Cow, the milk which in his wrath the Lord of Riches took from thee, That same the vault of heaven now preserveth in three reser voirs.

[1001012] The Cow Celestial received that Soma in three vessels, where.
Atharvan, consecrated, sate upon the Sacred Grass of gold.

[1001013] Come hither with the Soma, come with every footed thing; the Cow With Kalis and Gandharvas by her side hath stepped upon the sea.

[1001014] Come hither with the Wind, yea, come with every creature borne on wings.
Laden with holy verse and song the Cow hath leapt into the sea.

[1001015] Come with the Sun, come hitherward with every creature that hath eyes, Bearing auspicious lights with her the Cow hath looked across the sea.

[1001016] When, covered round about with gold, thou stoodest there, O Holy One, The ocean turned into a horse and mounted on thy back, O Cow, [p. 38]

[1001017] Then came and met the Blessed Ones, Deshtri, the Cow, and Svadha, where Atharvan, consecrated.
sate upon the Sacred Grass of gold.

[1001018] The Kshatriya s mother is the Cow, thy mother, Svadha! is the Cow.
Sacrifice is the weapon of the Cow: the thought arose from, her.

[1001019] From Brahma s summit there went forth a drop that mounted up on high: From that wast thou produced, O Cow, from that the Hotar sprang to life.

[1001020] Forth from thy mouth the Gathas came, from thy neck s nape sprang strength, O Cow.
Sacrifice from thy flanks was born, and rays of sunlight from.
thy teats,

[1001021] From thy fore quarters and thy thighs motion was generated, Cow! Food from thine entrails was produced, and from thy belly came the plants.

[1001022] When into Varuna s belly thou hadst found a passage for thy self, The Brahman called thee thence, for he knew how to guide and lead thee forth.

[1001023] All trembled at the babe that came from him who brings not to the birth.
He hath produced her thus they cried He is a cow, and formed by spells, he hath become skin to her.

[1001024] He only joineth battle, yea, he who alone controlleth her.
Now sacrifices have become victories, and the Cow their eye.

[1001025] The Cow hath welcomed sacrifice: the Cow hath held the Sun in place.
Together with the prayer the mess of rice hath passed into the Cow.

[1001026] They call the Cow immortal life, pay homage to the Cow as Death.
She hath become this universe, Fathers, and Rishis, hath become the Gods, and men, and Asuras.

[1001027] The man who hath this knowledge may receive the Cow with.
welcoming. [p. 39] So for the giver willingly doth perfect sacrifice pour milk.

[1001028] Within the mouth of Varuna three tongues are glittering with light.
That which shines midmost of them is this Cow most difficult to hold.

[1001029] Four parted was the Cow s prolific humour.
One fourth is Water, one fourth life eternal, one fourth is sacri fice, one fourth are cattle.

[1001030] The Cow is Heaven, the Cow is Earth, the Cow is Vishnu, Lord of Life.
e The Sadhyas and the Vasus have drunk the out pourings of the Cow.

[1001031] When these, Sadhyas and Vasus, have drunk the out pourings of the Cow, They in the Bright One s dwelling place pay adoration to her milk.

[1001032] For Soma some have milked her: some worship the fatness she hath poured.
They who have given a cow to him who hath this knowledge have gone up to the third region of the sky.

[1001033] He who hath given a Cow unto the Brahmans winneth all the worlds.
For Right is firmly set in her devotion, and religious zeal.

[1001034] Both Gods and mortal men depend for life and being on the Cow.
She hath become this universe: all that the Sun surveys is she.

[p. 40]

[p. 41]

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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