SUKLA YAJUR VEDA
THAT which, divine, mounts far when man is waking, that which returns to him when he is sleeping, The lights’ one light that goeth to a distance, may that, my mind, be moved by right intention.
Whereby the wise and thoughtful in assemblies, active in sacrifice, perform their duties, The peerless spirit stored in living creatures, may that, my mind, be moved by right intention.
That which is wisdom, intellect, and firmness, immortal light which creatures have within them, That without which men do no single action, may that, my mind, be moved by right intention.
Whereby, immortal, all is comprehended, the world which is, and what shall be hereafter, Whereby spreads sacrifice with seven Hotars, may that, my mind, be moved by right intention.
Wherein the Richas, Samans, Yajur verses, like spokes within a car s nave, are included, And all the thought of creatures is inwoven, may that, my mind, be moved by right intention.
Controlling men, as, with the reins that guide them, a skilful charioteer drives fleet foot horses, Which dwells within the heart, agile, most rapid, may that, my mind, be moved by right intention.
Now will I glorify great strength s upholder, Food, By whose invigorating might Trita rent Vritra limb from limb.
Do thou, in truth, Anumati, assent and grant us happiness.
Urge us to strength and energy: prolong the days we have to live.
Anumati this day approve our sacrifice among the Gods! Oblation bearing Agni be, and thou, bliss to the worshipper! 10 O broad tressed Sinivali, thou who art the sister of the Gods, Accept the offered sacrifice, and, Goddess, grant us progeny.
Five rivers flowing on their way speed onward to Sarasvati, But then became Sarasvati a fivefold river in the land.
O Agni, thou the earliest Angiras, the Seer, hast, God thyself, become the Gods’ auspicious Friend.
After thy holy ordinance the Maruts, sage, active through wisdom, with their glittering spears, were born.
Worthy to be revered, O Agni, God, preserve our wealthy patrons with thy succours, and ourselves.
Guard art thou of our seed and progeny and cows, incessantly protecting in thy holy law.
Lay this with care on her who lies extended: straight, when impregned, hath she brought forth the Hero.
With his bright pillar radiant is his lustre in our skilled task is born the Son of Ida.
In Ida s place, the centre of the earth, will we deposit thee, That, Agni Jatavedas, thou mayst bear our offerings to the Gods.
Like Angiras a gladdening laud we ponder to him who loveth song, exceeding mighty.
Let us sing glory to the far famed Hero who must be praised with fair hymns by the singer.
Unto the Great One bring great adoration, a chant of praise to him the very potent, Through whom our sires, Angirases, singing praises, and knowing well the places, found the cattle.
The friends who offer Soma long to find thee: they pour forth Soma and present their viands.
They bear, Unmoved, the cursing of the people, for all our wisdom comes from thee, O Indra.
Not far for thee are mid air s loftiest regions: start hither, Lord of Bays, with both Bay Horses.
Pressed for the Firm and Strong are these libations.
The pressing stones are set, the fire is kindled.
Invincible in fight, saviour in battles, guard of our camp, winner of light and water, Born amid hymns, well housed, exceeding famous, victor, in thee may we rejoice, O Soma.
To him who worships Soma gives a milch cow, a fleet steed, and a man of active knowledge, Skilled in home duties, competent in council, meet for the court, the glory of his father.
These herbs, these milch kine, and these running waters, all these, O Soma, thou hast generated.
The spacious firmament hast thou expanded, and with the light thou hast dispelled the darkness.
Do thou, God Soma, with thy God like spirit, victorious, win for us a share of riches.
Let none prevent thee: thou art Lord of valour.
Provide for these and those in fight for cattle.
The earth s eight points his brightness hath illumined, three desert regions, and the Seven Rivers.
God Savitar the gold eyed hath come hither, giving choice treasures to the man who worships.
Savitar, golden handed, swiftly moving, goes on his way between the earth and heaven, Drives away sickness, bids the Sun approach us, and spreads the bright sky through the darksome region.
May, he, gold handed Asura, kind leader, come hitherward to us with help and favour.
Driving off Rakshasas and Yatudhanas, the God is present, praised in hymns at evening.
O Savitar, thine ancient dustless pathways are well established in the air s mid region.
O God, come by those paths so fair to travel: preserve thou us from harm this day and bless us.
Drink our libations, Asvins twain, grant us protection, both of you, With aids which none may interrupt.
Make ye our speech effectual, O Asvins, and this our hymn, ye mighty Wonder workers.
In luckless game I call on you for succour: strengthen us also on the field of battle.
With undiminished blessings, O ye Asvins, through days and nights on every side protect us.
This prayer of ours may Varuna grant, and Mitra, and Aditi and Sindhu, Earth and Heaven.
Throughout the dusky firmament, etc.
as in XXXIII.
Night! the terrestrial realm hath been filled with the Father s power and might.
Thou spreadest thee on high unto the seats of heaven: terrific darkness cometh nigh.
O Dawn enriched with ample wealth, bestow on us that wondrous gift Wherewith we may support children and children s sons.
Agni at dawn, and Indra we invoke at dawn, and Varuna and Mitra and the Asvins twain, Bhaga at dawn, Pushan and Brahmanaspati, Soma at dawn, Rudra may we invoke at dawn.
May we invoke strong early conquering Bhaga, the Son of Aditi, the great Arranger, Thinking of whom the poor, yea, even the mighty, even the King says, Let me share in Bhaga.
Bhaga our guide, Bhaga whose gifts are faithful, favour this prayer and give us wealth, O Bhaga.
Bhaga, increase our store of kine and horses: Bhaga, may we be rich in men and heroes.
So may felicity be ours at present, and when the day approaches, and at noontide; And may we still, O Bounteous One, at sunset be happy in the Deities’ loving kindness.
May Bhaga verily he Bliss bestower, and through him, Gods! may happiness attend us.
As such, O Bhaga, all with might invoke thee: as such be thou our Champion here, O Bhaga.
To this our worship may the Dawns incline them, and come to the pure place like Dadhikravan.
As strong steeds draw a chariot shay they bring us hitherward Bhaga who discovers treasure.
May friendly Mornings dawn on us for ever, with wealth of kine, of horses, and of heroes, Streaming with all abundance, pouring fatness.
Preserve us evermore, ye Gods, with blessings.
Secure in thy protecting care, O Pushan, never may we fail: We here are singers of thy praise.
I praise with eloquence hire who guards all pathways.
He, when his love impelled him, went to Arka.
May he vouchsafe us gear with gold to grace it: may Pushan make each prayer of ours effective.
Vishnu the undeceivable Protector strode three steps, thenceforth Establishing his high decrees.
This, Vishnu s station most sublime, the singers ever vigilant.
Lovers of holy song, light up. 45 Filled full of fatness, compassing all things that be, wide, spacious, dropping meath, beautiful in their form, The Heaven and the Earth by Varuna s decree, unwasting, rich in seed, stand parted each from each.
Let those who are our foemen stand afar from us: with Indra and with Agni we will drive them off.
Vasus, adityas, Rudras have exalted me, made me preëminent, mighty, thinker, sovran lord.
Come, O Nasatyas, with the thrice eleven Gods: come, O ye Asvins, to the drinking of the meath.
Prolong our days of life, and wipe out all our sins: ward off our enemies; be with us evermore.
May this your praise, may this your song, O Maruts, sung by the poet, Mana s son, Mandarya,
Bring offspring for ourselves with food to feed us.
May we find strengthening food in full abundance.
They who were versed in ritual and metre, in hymns and rules, were the Seven godlike Rishis.
Viewing the path of those of old, the sages have taken up the reins like chariot drivers.
Bestowing splendour, length of life, increase of wealth, and conquering power, This brightly shining gold shall be attached to me for victory.
This gold no demons injure, no Pisachas; for this is might of Gods, their primal offspring.
Whoever wears the gold of Daksha s children lives a long life among the Gods, lives a long life among mankind.
This ornament of gold which Daksha s children bound, with benevolent thoughts, on Satanika, I bind on me for life through hundred autumns, that I may live till ripe old age overtakes me.
Let Ahibudhnya also hear our calling, and Aja Ekapad and Earth and Ocean.
All Gods Law strengtheners, invoked and lauded, and Texts recited by the sages, help us! 54 These hymns that drop down fatness, with the ladle I ever offer to the Kings adityas.
May Mitra, Aryaman, and Bhaga hear us, the mighty Varuna, Daksha, and Amsa.
Seven Rishis are established in the body: seven guard it evermore with care unceasing.
Seven waters seek the world of him who lies asleep: two sleepless Gods are feast fellows of him who wakes.
O Brahmanaspati, arise.
God fearing men, we pray to thee.
May they who give good gifts, the Maruts, come to us.
Indra, be thou most swift with them.
Now Brahmanaspati speaks forth aloud the solemn hymn of praise.
Wherein Indra and Varuna, Mitra, Aryaman, the Gods have made their dwelling place.
O Brahmanaspati, be thou controller of this our hymn, and prosper thou our children.
All that the Gods regard with love is blessed.
Loud may we speak, with brave sons, in assembly.
He who sate down.
Mighty in mind.
Father who made us.
A share of good, O Lord of Food.