SUKLA YAJUR VEDA
DECKING the treasure house of prayers, O Agni, enkindled, pouring forth sweet tasted butter, Swift moving, bearing curd, O Jatavedas, bear what they love to the Gods’ habitation.
Balming the paths that lead to heaven with fatness, let the Steed go unto the Gods well knowing.
Courser, the Quarters of the sky attend thee! Bestow thou food upon this Sacrificer.
Thou, Steed, art meet for laud and veneration; swift, fit for sacrifice art thou, O Courser.
In concert with the Gods and Vasus Agni Omniscient waft thee a contented bearer! 4 Pleased with much Sacred Grass which we have scattered wide spread upon the earth, a pleasant carpet, Joined with the Gods may Aditi, accordant, bestowing bliss award it happy fortune.
May these your Doors divine that wear all colours, auspicious, with uplifted leaves unfolding, Lofty and closely fitted and sonorous, rich in adornment, offer easy passage.
Your two Dawns rich in gold and varied colour, travelling on between Varuna and Mitra, Acquainted with the face of sacrifices, I settle here within the home of Order.
Your two chief Hotars have I pleased, bright coloured, borne on one car, Gods who behold all creatures, Those who prepare your rules and ordinances and make you see the light by their direction.
Bharati with adityas love our worship! Sarasvati with Rudras be our helper, And Ida in accord, invoked with Vasus! Goddesses, place our rite among the Immortals.
The God devoted son Tvashtar produces: from Tvashtar springs to life your fleet foot Courser.
Tvashtar gave being to this All about us.
Priest, worship here the mighty work s achiever.
Let the Steed seek his home, and balmed with butter go of himself unto the Gods in season.
To the Gods’ world Vanaspati, well knowing, bear our oblations which the fire has tasted! 11 Thou, waxing by Prajapati s strong fervour, born quickly, guardest sacrifice, O Agni.
With consecrated offering go, preceding, and let the Sadhyas, Gods, eat our oblation.
What time, first springing into life, thou neighedst, proceeding from the sea or cloudy vapour, Limbs of the deer hadst thou, and eagle pinions.
O Steed, thy birth is high and must be lauded.
This Steed, bestowed by Yama, Trita harnessed, and Indra was the first to mount and ride him.
His bridle the Gandharva grasped.
O Vasus, from out the Sun ye fashioned forth the Courser.
Yama art thou, O Horse; thou art aditya; Trita art thou by secret operation.
From Soma thou art thoroughly divided.
They say there are three bonds in heaven that hold thee.
Three bonds, they say, thou hast in heaven to bind thee, three in the waters, three within the ocean.
To me thou seemest Varuna, O Courser, there where they say is thy sublimest birthplace.
Here, Courser, are the places where they groomed thee; here are the traces of thy hooves as winner.
Here have I seen the auspicious reins that guide thee, which those who guard the holy Law keep safely.
Thyself from far I recognized in spirit, a Bird that from below flew through the heaven.
I saw thy head still soaring, striving upward by paths unsoiled by dust, pleasant to travel.
Here I beheld thy form matchless in beauty, eager to win thee food at the Cow s station.
Whenever a man brings thee to thine enjoyment, thou swallowest the herbs, most greedy eater.
After thee, Courser, come the car, the bridegroom, the kine come after, and the charm of maidens.
Full companies have followed for thy friendship: the pattern of thy vigour Gods have followed.
His horns are golden and his feet are iron.
Less fleet than he, though swift as thought, was Indra.
The Gods came only to the oblation banquet of him who mounted first of all the Courser.
Symmetrical in flank, with rounded haunches, mettled like heroes, the celestial Coursers Put forth their strength like swans in lengthened order when they, the Steeds, have reached the heavenly causeway.
A body formed for flight hast thou, O Charger; swift as the wind in motion is thy spirit.
Thy horns are spread abroad in all directions; they move with restless beat in wildernesses.
The strong Steed hath come forward to the slaughter, pondering with a mind directed God ward.
The goat who is his kin is led before him: the sages and the singers follow after.
The Steed is come unto the noblest mansion, is come unto his Father and his Mother.
This day shall he approach the Gods, most welcome: then he declares good gifts to him who worships.
Thou in the house of man this day enkindled worshippest Gods, a God, O Jatavedas.
Wealthy in friends! observant, bring them hither.
Thou art a sapient envoy, full of wisdom.
Tanunapat, fair tongued, with sweet mead balming the paths and ways of Order, make them pleasant.
Convey our sacrifice to heaven, exalting with holy thoughts our hymns of praise and worship. 27 With sacrifice to these we with laudations will honour holy Narasamsa s greatness To these the pure, most wise, the thought inspirers, Gods who enjoy both sorts of our oblations.
Invoked, deserving laud and adoration, O Agni, come accordant with the Vasus.
Thou art, O vigorous One, the Gods’ Invoker, so, best of Sacrificers, bring them quickly.
By rule the Sacred Grass is scattered eastward, a robe to clothe the earth when dawns are breaking.
Widely it spreads around and far extended, fair for the Gods and bringing peace and freedom.
Let the expansive Doors be widely opened, like wives who deck their beauty for their husbands.
Lofty, celestial, all impelling Portals, admit the Gods and give them easy access.
Pouring sweet dews, let holy Night and Morning, each close to each, be seated at their station Lofty, celestial Dames, with gold to deck them, assuming all their fair and radiant beauty.
Come the two chief celestial sweet voiced Hotars, arranging sacrifice for man to worship, As singers who inspire us in assemblies, showing the eastward light with their direction! 33 Let Bharati come quickly to our worship, and Ida showing like a human being.
So let Sarasvati and both her fellows, deft Goddesses, on this fair grass be seated.
Hotar more skilled in sacrifice, bring hither with speed today God Tvashtar, thou who knowest, Even him who framed these two, the Earth and Heaven, the Parents, with their forms, and every creature.
Send to our offerings which thyself thou balmest the Companies of Gods in ordered season.
Agni, Vanaspati, the Immolator sweeten our offered gift with mead and butter.
Agni as soon as he was born made ready the sacrifice and was the Gods’ preceder.
May the Gods eat our offering consecrated according to the true Priest s voice and guidance.
Thou, making light where no light was, and form, O men! where form was not, Wast born together with the Dawns.
The warrior s look is like a thunderous rain cloud s when, armed with mail, he seeks the lap of battle.
Be thou victorious with unwounded body: so let the thickness of thine armour save thee.
With Bow let us win kine, with Bow the battle, with Bow be victors in our hot encounters.
The Bow brings grief and sorrow to the foeman: armed with the Bow may we subdue all regions.
Close to his ear, as fain to speak, She presses, holding her well loved Friend in her embraces.
Strained on the Bow, She whispers like a woman this Bow string that preserves us in the combat.
These, meeting like a woman and her lover, bear, mother like, their child upon their bosom.
May the two Bow ends, starting swift asunder scatter, in unison, the foes who hate us.
With many a son, father of many daughters, He clangs and clashes as he goes to battle.
Slung on the back, pouring his brood, the Quiver vanquishes all opposing bauds and armies.
Upstanding in the Car the skilful Charioteer guides his strong Horses on whithersover he will.
See and admire the strength of those controlling Reins which from behind declare the will of him who drives 44 Horses whose hoofs rain dust are neighing loudly, yoked to the Chariots, showing forth their vigour.
With their forefeet descending on the foemen, they, never flinching, trample and destroy them.
Car bearer is the name of his oblation, whereon are laid his Weapons and his Armour.
So let us here, each day that passes, honour the helpful Car with hearts exceeding joyful.
In sweet association lived the fathers who gave us life, profound and strong in trouble, Unwearied, armed with shafts and wondrous weapons, free, real heroes, conquerors of armies.
The Brahmans, and the Fathers meet for Soma draughts, and, graciously inclined, unequalled Heaven and Earth.
Guard us from evil, Pushan! guard us strengtheners of Law! let not the evil wisher master us.
Her tooth a deer, dressed in an eagle s feathers, bound with cow hide, launched forth, She flieth onward.
There where the heroes speed hither and thither, there may the arrows shelter and protect us.
Avoid as thou whose flight is straight, and let our bodies be as stone.
May Soma kindly speak to us, and Aditi protect us well.
He lays his blows upon their backs, He deals his strokes upon their thighs.
Thou Whip who urgest horses, drive sagacious chargers in the fray.
It compasses the arm with serpent windings, fending away the friction of the bowstring: So may the Brace, well skilled in all its duties, guard manfully the man from every quarter.
Lord of the Wood, be firm and strong in body: be, bearing us, a brave victorious hero.
Show forth thy strength, compact with straps of leather, and let thy rider win all spoils of battle.
Its mighty strength was borrowed from the heaven and earth its conquering force was brought from sovrans of the wood.
Honour with holy gifts the Car like Indra s bolt, the Car bound round with straps, the vigour of the floods.
Thou bolt of Indra, Vanguard of the Maruts, close knit to Varuna and Child of Mitra, As such, accepting gifts which here we offer, receive, O Godlike Chariot, these oblations.
Send forth thy voice aloud through earth and heaven, and let the world in all its breadth regard thee; O Drum, accordant with the Gods and Indra, drive thou afar, yea, very far, our foemen.
Thunder out strength and fill us fall of vigour: yea, thunder forth and drive away all dangers.
Drive hence, O War drum, drive away misfortune: thou art the Fist of Indra: show thy firmness.
Drive hither those, and these again bring hither: the War drum speaks aloud as battle s signal.
Our heroes, winged with horses, come together.
Let our car warriors, Indra, be triumphant.
The black necked victim belongs to Agni; the ewe to Sarasvati; the brown victim is Soma s; the dusky Pushan s; the white backed is Brihaspati s; the dappled belongs to the All Gods; the red to Indra; the spotted to the Maruts; the strong bodied to Indra Agni; one with white marks below to Savitar; to Varuna a black ram with one white foot 59 To Agni Anikavan is sacrificed a red marked ox; two with white spots below are for Savitar; two with silvery navels for Pushan; two yellow hornless he goats for the All Gods; a spotted one for the Maruts; the black faced he goat is Agni s; the ewe is Sarasvati s; the ram is Varuna s.
To Agni of the Gayatri, of the Trivrit hymn and of the Rathantara Saman is to be offered a rice cake on eight potsherds; to Indra of the Trishtup, the Panchadasa hymn and the Brihat Saman one on eleven potsherds; to the All Gods of the Jagati, the Seventeenfold hymn and the Vairupa Saman, one on twelve potsherds; to Mitra Varuna of the Anushtup, the Ekavimsa hymn, and the Vairaja Saman, a mess of curdled milk; to Brihaspati of the Pankti metre, the Trinava hymn, and the Sakvara Saman, an oblation of rice boded in milk; to Savitar of the Ushnih, the Thirty threefold hymn, and the Raivata Saman, a rice cake on eight potsherds; a mess of boiled rice is to be made for Prajapati; the same for Vishnu s Consort Aditi; to Agni Vaisvanara is to be offered a rice cake on twelve potsherds, and to Anumati one on eight.