SUKLA YAJUR VEDA
BY impulse of God Savitar I take thee with arms of Asvins, with the hands of Pushan.
Thou art a woman.
Here I cut the necks of Rakshasas away.
Barley art thou.
Bar off from us our haters, bar our enemies.
Thee for heaven, thee for earth, thee for the welkin.
Pure be the worlds, the Fathers’ dwelling places.
Thou art the habitation of the Fathers.
Thou art a leader, easy, to Unnetars, of access.
It will stand upon thee.
Savitar, God, anoint thee with sweet butter.
Thee for the plants laden with goodly fruitage! Thou with thy top hast touched the sky, hast with thy middle filled the air, and steadied with thy base the earth.
Those seats of thine which we desire to visit, where there are many horned and nimble.
oxen, There, of a truth, was mightily imprinted the loftiest step of widely striding Vishnu.
I close thee in, the winner of the Brahmans, winner of Nobles and abundant riches.
Strengthen the Brahmans, strengthen thou the Nobles, strengthen our vital power, strengthen our offspring.
Look ye on Vishnu s works, whereby the Friend of Indra, close allied, Hath let his holy ways be seen.
The princes evermore behold that loftiest place where Vishnu is, Laid as it were an eye in heaven.
Thou art invested.
Heavenly hosts invest thee! Riches of men invest this Sacrificer! Heaven s son art thou.
This is thine earthly station.
Thine is the beast whose home is in the forest.
Encourager art thou.
The hosts of heaven have come to yearning Gods, the best conductors.
God Tvashtar, make the wealth of cattle quiet.
Delightful to the taste be thine oblations.
Joy, wealthy ones! Brihaspati, save our riches.
I bind thee with the noose of holy Order, thou offering to the Gods.
Bold be the Slayer.
By impulse of God Savitar I bind thee, with arms of Asvins and with hands of Pushan, thee welcome unto Agni and to Soma.
Thee for the waters, thee for plants.
Thy mother grant thee permission, and thy father, brother born of one dam, thy friend, thy herd companion.
I sprinkle thee welcome to Agni Soma.
Drinker art thou of water.
May the Waters, the Goddesses, add sweetness to the oblation prepared for Gods, even though already sweetened.
Thy breath join wind, thy limbs those meet for worship, the sacrifice s lord the boon he prays for.
Balmed, both of you, with butter, guard the cattle.
Grant, Rich! the Sacrificer s prayer.
Meeting with heavenly Wind, from air s mid region.
Be thou united with this offering s body.
O Great One, lead the sacrifice s master on to a sacrifice of loftier order.
All hail to Gods! To Gods All hail! 12 Become no serpent, thou, become no viper.
To thee, O widely spread, be adoration.
Advance, unhindered, on thy way.
To rivers of butter move along the paths of Order.
Bear the oblation to the Gods, ye Waters celestial and pure and well provided.
May we become providers well provided.
I cleanse thy voice, thy breath, thine eye, thine ear, thy navel, and thy feet, thy sexual organ, and thy rump. 15 Let thy mind, voice, and breath increase in fulness, thine eye be fuller, and thine ear grow stronger.
Whatever there is in thee sore or wounded, may that be filled for thee, cleansed and united.
Blest be the days.
Plant, guard! Axe, do not harm him.
Thou art the demons’ share.
Expelled are demons.
Here I tread down; here I repel the demons; here lead the demons into lowest darkness.
Invest, ye two, the heaven and earth with fatness.
O Vayu, eagerly enjoy the droppings.
Let Agni eagerly enjoy the butter.
All hail! Go, both of you, by Svaha consecrated, to urdhvanabhas, offspring of the Maruts.
Ye Waters, wash away this stain and whatsoever taint be here, Each sinful act that I have done, and every harmless curse of mine.
May Waters rid me of that guilt, and Pavamana set me free.
Be they united, with the Mind thy mind, and with the Breath thy breath.
Let Agni make thee ready.
Waters have washed together all thy juices.
Thee for the Wind s rush, for the speed of Pushan.
From heated vapour may it reel and totter, the disconcerted hatred of our foemen.
Ye drinkers up of fatness, drink the fatness; drink up the gravy, drinkers of the gravy! Thou art the oblation of the air s mid region.
All hail! The regions, the fore regions, the by regions, the intermediate and the upper regions, to all the regions Hail! 20 In every limb is Indra s out breath seated, in every limb is Indra s in breath settled.
God Tvashtar, let thine ample forms be blended, that what wears different shapes may be one fashioned.
To please thee let thy friends, mother and father, joy over thee as to the Gods thou goest.
Go to the sea.
All hail! Go to the air.
All hail! Go to God Savitar.
All hail! Go thou to Mitra Varuna.
All hail! Go thou to Day and Night.
All hail! Go to the Metres.
till hail! Go to Heaven and Earth.
All hail! Go to the sacrifice.
All hail! Go to Soma.
All hail! Go to the heavenly ether.
All hail! Go to Vaisvanara Agni.
All hail! Bestow upon me mind and heart.
Thy smoke mount to the sky, to heaven thy lustre.
Fill thou the spacious earth full with thine ashes.
Harm not the Waters, do the Plants no damage.
From every place, King Varuna, thence save us.
Their saying that we swear our oath by sacred cows, by Varuna, O Varuna, save us therefrom.
To us let Waters and let Plants be friendly; to him who hates us, whom we hate, unfriendly.
These waters teem with sacred food: rich in that food, one longs for them.
Rich be the holy rite therein.
In sacred food be Surya rich.
I set you down in Agni s seat whose home is indestructible.
Indra and Agni s share are ye, Mitra and Varuna s share are ye.
The share of all the Gods are ye.
May waters gathered near the Sun, and those wherewith the Sun is joined, Speed on this sacred rite of ours.
Thee for the heart, thee for the mind, thee for the heaven, thee for the Sun.
Bear up erect to heaven, to Gods, this rite these sacrificial calls.
Descend, O Soma, King, to all thy people.
Down, unto thee, go, one and all, thy people! May Agni with his fuel hear my calling.
Hear it the Waters and the Bowls, Divine Ones! Hear, Stones, as knowing sacrifice, my calling.
May the God Savitar hear mine invocation.
All hail! 27 Waters Divine, your wave, the Waters’ offspring, fit for oblation, potent, most delightful Upon those Gods among the Gods bestow it, who drink the pure, of whom ye are the portion.
All hail! 28 Drawing art thou: I draw thee up that Ocean never may waste or wane.
Let waters with the waters, and the plants commingle with the plants.
That man is lord of endless strength whom thou protectest in the fight, Agni, or urgest to the fray.
By impulse of God Savitar I take thee with arms of Asvins, with the hands of Pushan.
Free with thy gifts art thou.
Perform for Indra this deep, most excellently ordered worship. With the most noble bolt I pay the worship enriched with strengthening food and milk and sweetness.
Ye are Nigrabhya waters.
heard by Deities: make me content.
Content my mind, content my speech, content my breath, content mine eye, content mine ear, content my soul, content my progeny, content my herds, content the troops of men about me: never may the bands of men about me suffer thirst.
For Indra girt by Vasus and accompanied by Rudras, thee.
For Indra with adityas, thee.
For Indra foe destroyer, thee.
Thee for the Soma bringing Hawk.
For plenty giving Agni, thee.
Soma, what light there is of thine in heaven, what on the earth, what in mid air s wide region, Therewith give broad space to the Sacrificer for his enrichment: Comfort thou the giver.
Auspicious are ye, conquerors of Vritra, formed for bestowing wealth, the Immortal s Consorts.
Lead to the Gods this sacrifice, Divine Ones! and at our invitation drink of Soma.
Be not afraid; shake not with terror.
Take thou strength.
Ye two Bowls, being firm, stay firm, and take ye strength.
Mishap not Soma hath been killed.
East, west, north, south, from every side to meet thee let the regions run.
Fill him, O Mother, let the noble meet together.
Thou, verily, O Mightiest, as God shalt gladden mortal man.
O Bounteous Lord, there is no comforter but thou.
Indra, I speak my words to thee.