BOOK XX (20)
HYMN XXX (30)
 In the great synod will I laud thy two bay steeds: I prize the sweet strong drink of thee the Warrior God, His who pours lovely oil asit were with yellow drops.
Let my songs enter thee whose form hath golden tints.
 Ye who in concert sing unto the gold hued place, like bay steeds driving onward to the heavenly seat, For Indra laud ye strength allied with tawny steeds, laud him whom cows content asit were with yellow drops.
 His is that thunderbolt, of iron, golden hued, gold coloured, very dear, and yellow in his arms; Bright with strong teeth, destroying with its tawny rage.
In Indra are set fast all forms of golden hue.
 As if a lovely ray were laid upon the sky, the golden thunder bolt spread out as in a race.
That iron bolt with yellow jaw smote Ahi down.
A thousand flames had he who bore the tawny hued. [p. 288]
 Thou, thou, when praised by men who sacrificed of old, hadst pleasure in their lauds, O Indra golden haired.
All that befits thy song of praise thou welcomest, the perfect: pleasant gift, O golden hued from birth.
HYMN XXXI (31)
 These two dear Bays bring hither Indra on his car, thunder armed, joyous, meet for laud, to drink his fill.
Many libations flow for him who loveth them: to Indra have: the gold hued Soma juices run.
 The gold hued drops have flowed to gratify his wish: the yellow.
drops have urged the swift Bays to the Strong.
He who speeds on with bay steeds even as he lists hath satisfied his longing for the golden drops.
 At the swift draught the Soma drinker waxed in might, the iron.
One with yellow beard and golden hair, He, Lord of tawny coursers.
Lord of fleet foot mares, will bear his bay steeds safely over all distress.
 His yellow coloured jaws, like ladles, move apart, what time,.
for strength, he makes the yellow tinted stir, When.
while the bowl stands there, he grooms his tawny steeds, when he hath drunk strong drink, the sweet juice that he: loves.
 Yea, to the dear one s seat in homes of heaven and earth the bay steeds Lord hath whinnied like a horse for food.
Then the great wish hath seized upon him mightily, and the beloved One hath gained high power of life.
HYMN XXXII (32)
 Thou, comprehending with thy might the earth and heaven, acceptest the dear hymn for ever new and new.
O Asura, disclose thou and make visible the Cow s beloved home to the bright golden Sun.
 O Indra, let the eager wishes of the folk bring thee the golden jawed, delightful, on thy car.
That, pleased with sacrifice wherein ten fingers toil, thou mayest at the feast drink of our offered mead.
 Juices aforetime, Lord of Bays, thou drankest, and thine, and only thine, is this libation.
Gladden thee, Indra, with the mead rich Soma: pour it down ever, Mighty One, within thee.
HYMN XXXIII (33)
 Drink of the juice which men have washed in waters and fill the full, O Lord of tawny horses.
O Indra, hearer of the laud, with Soma which stones have mix ed for thee enhance thy rapture.
 To make thee start, a strong true draught I offer to thee the Bull, O thou whom bay steeds carry.
Here take delight, O Indra, in our voices while thou art hymned with power and all our spirit. [p. 290]
 O mighty Indra, through thine aid, thy prowess, obtaining life, zealous, and skilled in worship.
Men in the house who share the sacred banquet stand singing praise that brings them store of children.
HYMN XXXIV (34)
 He who just born, chief God of lofty spirit, by power and might became the God s protector, Before whose breath, through greatness of his valour, the two worlds trembled, He, O men, is Indra.
 He who fixed fast and firm the earth that staggered, and set at rest the agitated mountains, Who measured out air s wider middle region and gave the heaven support, He, O men, is Indra.
 Who slew the Dragon, freed the Seven Rivers, and draye the kine forth from the cave of Vala, Begat the fire between both stones, the spoiler in warrior s battle, He, O men, is Indra.
 By whom this universe was made to tremble, who chased away the humbled brood of demon, Who, like a gambler gathering his winnings, seized the foe s riches, He, O men, is Indra.
 Of whom, the terrible, they ask, Where is He? or verily they say of him, He is not.
He wastes the foeman s wealth like stakes of gamblers.
Have faith in him for He, O men, is Indra.
 Stirrer to action of the poor and lowly, of priest, of suppliant who sings his praises Who, fair faced, favours him who presseth Soma with stones adjusted, He, O men, is Indra.
 He under whose supreme control are horses, all chariots, and the hamlets, and the cattle: He who begat the Sun, begat the Morning, leader of waters.
He, O men, is Indra.
 To whom both armies cry in close encounter, foe against foe, the stronger and the weaker; [p. 291] Whom two invoke upon one chariot mounted, each for himself, He, O ye men, is Indra.
 He, without whom men conquer not in battle, whom, warring, they invoke for help and succour; He, all this universe s type and image, who shakes what never shook, He, men, is Indra.
 He who hath smitten, ere they know their danger, with his hurl ed weapon many grievous sinners: Who pardons not his boldness who provokes him, who slays the Dasyu, He, O men, is Indra.
 He who discovered in the fortieth autumn Sambara dwelling in the midst of mountains: Who slew the Dragon putting forth his vigour, the demon lying there, He, men, is Indra.
 Who drank the juice poured at the seas of Order, subduing Sambara by superior prowess, Who hoarded food within the mountain s hollow wherein he grew in strength, He, men, is Indra.
 Who, with seven guiding reins, the Bull, the mighty, set the Seven Rivers free to flow at pleasure; Who, thunder armed, rent Rauhina in pieces when scaling heaven, He, O ye men, is Indra.
 Heaven, even, and the earth bow down before him, before his very breath the mountains tremble.
Known as the Soma drinker, armed with thunder, the wielder of the bolt, He, men, is Indra.
 Who aids with favour him who pours the Soma, and him who brews it, sacrificer, singer; Whose strength our prayer and offered Soma heighten, and this our gift, He, O ye men, is Indra.
 Born, manifested in his Parents bosom, He knoweth as a son the Highest Father.
He who with vigorous energy assisted the companies of Gods, He, men, is Indra
 Lord of Bay steeds, who loves the flowing Soma, He before whom all living creatures tremble.
He who smote Sambara and slaughtered Sushna, He the Sole Hero, He, O men, is Indra.
 Thou verily art true strong God who sendest wealth to the man who brews and pours libation. [p. 292] So may we evermore, thy friends, O Indra, address the synod with brave sons about us.
HYMN XXXV (35)
 To him, to him swift, strong, and high exalted, I bring my song of praise as dainty viands; My thought to him resistless, meet for praises, prayers offered most devotedly to Indra. [p. 293]
 To him I offer praise as choice refreshment, bring forth my song, with seemly laud besiege him.
For Indra, Lord of olden time, the singers shall deck their hymns with heart and mind and spirit.
 To him then with my lips my song of praises, excellent, winning heavenly light, I offer, To magnify with hymns of invocation and eulogies the Lord, most bounteous Giver.
 Even for him I frame a laud so fashions the wright a chariot for the man who needs it Songs for wise Indra hymned with invocation, a song composed with care and all impelling.
 So with my tongue I deck, to please that Indra, my hymn as it were a horse, through love of glory, To reverence the Hero, bounteous Giver, famed far and wide, destroyer of the castles.
 Even for him hath Tvashtar forged the thunder, most deftly wrought, celestial, for the battle.
Wherewith he reached the vital parts of Vritra, striking the vast, the mighty with the striker,
 As soon as, at libations of his mother, great Vishnu had drunk up the draught, he plundered.
The dainty cates, the cooked mess; but One stronger transfixed the wild boar, shooting through the mountain.
 To him, to Indra when he slew the Dragon, the Dames too, Consorts of the Gods, wove praises.
The mighty heaven and earth hath he encompassed: thy great ness heaven and earth, combined, exceed not.
 Yea, of a truth, his magnitude surpasseth the magnitude of earth, mid air and heaven.
Indra whom all men praise, the Sovran Ruler, waxed in his home loud voiced and strong for battle.
 Through his own strength with bolt of thunder Indra smote piece meal Vritra, drier up of waters.
He let the floods go free, like cows imprisoned, for glory, with a heart inclined to bounty.
 Through his resplendent power still stood the rivers when with his bolt on every side he stayed them. [p. 294] With lordly might favouring him who worshipped, he made a ford, victorious, for Turviti.
 Vast, with thine ample power, with eager movement against this Vritra cast thy bolt of thunder.
Rend thou his joints, as of an ox dissevered, with bolt oblique that floods of rain may follow.
 Sing with new lauds his exploits wrought aforetime, the deeds of him, yea, him who moveth swiftly, When, hurling forth his weapons in the battle, he with impetuous wrath lays low the foemen.
 When he, yea, he is born the firm set mountains and the whole heaven and earth tremble in terror.
May Nodhas ever lauding the protection of this dear Friend win straightway strength heroic.
 Now unto him of these things hath been given what he, who rules alone over much, electeth.
Indra helped Etasa, the Soma presser, contending in the chariot race with Surya.
 Thus to thee, Indra, yoker of bay coursers, the Gotamas have brought their prayers and praises.
Bestow upon them thought, decked with all beauty.
May he, enriched with prayer, come soon and early.
HYMN XXXVI (36)
 With these my hymns I glorify that Indra who is alone to be invoked by mortals. [p. 296] The Lord, the Mighty One, of manly vigour, victorious, Hero, true, and full of wisdom.
 Our ancient sires, Navagvas, sages seven, while urging him to show his might, extolled him, Dweller on heights, swift smiting down opponents, guileless in word, and in his thoughts most mighty.
 We seek that Indra to obtain his riches that yield much food, and men, and store of heroes.
O Lord of Bay Steeds, bring to make us joyful, celestial wealth abundant, undecaying.
 Declare to us if at thy hand aforetime the earlier singers have obtained good fortune What is thy share and portion, strong Subduer, Asura slayer, rich, invoked of many?
 He who for car borne, thunder wielding Indra, hath a hymn, craving deeply piercing, fluent, Who sends a song effectual, firmly grasping, and strength bestowing, he comes near the mighty.
 Strong of thyself! thou with this art hast shattered with thought swift Parvata, him who waxed against thee; And, Mightiest! rager! boldly rent in pieces things that were firmly fixed and never shaken.
 Him will we fit for you with new devotion, the strongest, Ancient One, in ancient manner.
So way that Indra, boundless, faithful leader, conduct us over all places hard to traverse.
 Thou for the people who oppress hast kindled the earthly firma ment and that of heaven.
With heat, O Bull, on every side consume them heat earth and flood for him who hates devotion:
 Of all the heavenly folk, of earthly creatures, thou art the King, O God of splendid aspect.
In thy right hand, O Indra, grasp the thunder: Eternal! thou destroyest all enchantments.
 Give us confirmed prosperity, O Indra, vast and exhaustless for the foes subduing.
Strengthen therewith the Arya s hate and Dasa s; and let the arms of Nahushas be mighty.
 Come with thy teams which bring all blessings, hither, disposer, much invoked, exceeding holy! [p. 297] Come to me swiftly with these teams of coursers, these which no fiend, no God may stay or hinder.
HYMN XXXVII (37)
 He, like a bull with sharpened horns, terrific, singly excites and agitates all the people.
Then givest him who largely pours libation his wealth who pours not, for his own possession.
 Thou verily, Indra, gavest help to Kutsa, willingly lending ear to him in battle.
When, aiding Arjunneya, thou subduedst to him both Kuyava and the Dasa Sushna.
 O Bold One, thou with all thine aids hast boldly helped Sudas whose offerings were accepted, Puru in winning land and slaying foemen, and Trasadasyu son of Purukutsa.
 At the Gods banquet, Hero souled! with heroes, Lord of Bay Steeds, thou slewest many Vritras.
Thou sentest in swift death to sleep the Dasyu, both Chumuri and Dhuni, for Dabhiti,
 These were thy mighty powers that, Thunder wielder! then swiftly crushedst nine and ninety castles. [p. 298] Thou capturedst the hundredth in thine onslaught; thou slewest Namuchi, thou slewest Vritra.
 Old are the blessings, Indra, which thou gavest Sudas the wor shipperwho brought oblations.
For thee, the strong I yoke thy strong bay horses: let them, approach our prayers and wealth, Most Mighty!
 Give us not up, Lord of Bay Horses, victor, in this our time of trouble, to the wicked.
Deliver us with true and faithful succour: dear may we be to thee among the princes.
 May we men, Bounteous Lord, the friends thou lovest, near i thee be joyful under thy protection.
Fain to fulfil the wish of Atithigva, bow Turvasa, bow down,.
the son of Yadu.
 Swiftly, in truth, O Bounteous Lord, about thee men skilled im hymning sing their songs and praises.
Elect us shares of their love and friendship who by their calls on, thee despoiled the niggards.
 Thine are these Lauds, O manliest of heroes, Lauds which revert to us and give us riches.
Favour these, Indra, when they strike the foemen, as Friend and Hero and the heroes helper.
 Now, lauded for thine aid, heroic Indra, sped by our prayer,, wax mighty in thy body.
To us apportion wealth and habitations.
Ye Gods, protect us evermore with blessings.
HYMN XXXVIII (38)
 Come, we have pressed the juice for thee.
O Indra, drink the Soma here.
Sit thou on this my sacred grass.
 O Indra, let thy long maned Bays, yoked by prayer, bring thee hitherward.
Give ear and listen to our prayers.
 We, Soma bearing Brahmans, call thee, Soma drinker, with thy friend, We, Indra, bringing juice expressed.
 Indra the singers with high praise, Indra reciters with their lauds, Indra the choirs have glorified.
 Indra hath ever close to him his two bay steeds and word yoked: car, Indra, the golden, Thunder armed.
 Indra hath raised the Sun aloft in heaven that he may see afar.
He burst the mountain for the kine.
HYMN XXXIX (39)
 For you, from every side, we call Indra away from other men: Ours, and none others, let him be.
 In Soma s ecstasy Indra spread the firmament and realms of light.
When he cleft Vala limb from limb.
 Showing the hidden cows he draye them forth for the Angirases, And Vala he cast headlong down.
 By Indra were the luminous realms of heaven established and secured, Firm and immovable from their place.
Indra, thy laud moves quickly like a joyous wave of waters: bright.
Have shone the drops that gladden thee.