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Book Ii

"The Texts of the White Yajurveda", tr. Ralph T.H. Griffith, [1899],

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Book The Second.

art a black-buck dwelling in the covert. I sprinkle

thee agreeable to Agni.

Thou art the altar. Thee welcome to the sacred grass I


Thou art the sacred covering-grass. I sprinkle thee grateful

to the sacrificial ladles.

2 Thou art what giveth Aditi her moisture. Thou art the

hair-tuft on the head of Vishnu. I spread thee, wool-soft,

good for Gods to sit on.

Hail to the Earth's Lord! To the World's Lord Hail! Hail

to the Lord of Beings!

3 For safety of this all let the Gandharva Visvvasu lay thee

round as a protection. Thou art the Sacrificer's guard,

thou, Agni, lauded and worthy to receive laudation.

Indra's right arm art thou. For safety...... laudation.

For safety of This Ail, with firm law, northward let Mitra.

Varuna lay thee round as keeper. Thou art the Sacrificer's

guard...... laudation.

4 Thee, Sage, who offerest to Gods their banquet, we will

enkindle till thou shinest brightly, thee mighty in the

sacrifice, O Agni.

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Thou art a kindler. From the east let Srya keep thee

secure from every imprecation.

You are the arms of Savitar. I spread thee as soft as wool,

good for the Gods to sit on. On thee sit Vasus, Rudras,

and dityas!

6 Thou who art called Juh art rich in fatness. On this dear

seat, with the dear home, be seated.

Thou, Upabhrit by name, art rich in fatness. On this........

be seated.

Thou who art called Dhruv, art rich in fatness. On this, etc.

In the Law's lap they have sat down in safety

Guard these. Guard thou the Sacrifice, O Vishnu. Keep

thou the Sacrifice's Lord in safety.

7 O Agni, Winner of the Spoil, I cleanse thee, thee who wilt

hasten to the spoil, Spoil-winner.

Obeisance to the Gods! Svadh to Fathers! Be both of you

easy for me to handle.

8 May I to-day offer Gods unspilt butter. Let me not with

my foot offend thee, Vishnu.

Agni, may I approach thy shade abounding in store of riches.

Thou art Vishnu's mansion,

Hence Indra wrought his deed of manly vigour. The sacrifice

stood firmly elevated.

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9 O
Agni, undertake the Hotar's office, take on thyself the

duty of an envoy.

Heaven and Earth guard thee! Guard thou Earth and Heaven.

May Indra be, by this presented butter, maker to Gods of

fair oblation. Svh! Let light combine with light.

10 Indra bestow on me that Indra-power! May wealth in full

abundance gather round us. Let blessings wait on us,

yea, real blessings.

Our Mother, Earth, hath been invited hither. May Earth,

our Mother, in return invite us. I, through my Kindlership,

am Agni. Svh!

11 The Father Heaven hath been invited hither. May Heaven

the Father in return invite us.

By impulse of God Savitar I receive thee with arms of

Asvins, with the hands of Pshan. I feed upon thee

with the mouth of Agni.

12 God Savitar, this sacrifice of thine have they proclaimed

unto Brihaspati the Brahman Priest.

Therefore protect the sacrifice, protect the sacrifice's lord,

protect thou me.

13 The butter's rapid flow delight his spirit! Brihaspati extend

this act of worship. May he restore the sacrifice uninjured.

Here let all Gods rejoice. OM! Step thou forward.

14 This is the stick for kindling thee, O Agni. By means of

this grow strong and swell to greatness. May we too grow

in strength and swell to greatness.

O Agni, thou who winnest food, I cleanse thee, thee who

hast hastened to the food, Food-winner.

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After the victory of Agni Soma may I obtain the victory.

By impulse of sacrificial food I speed me onward.

May Agni-Soma drive off him who hates us, drive off the

man whom we detest. By impulse of sacrificial food away

I drive him.

After the victory of Indra-Agni may I obtain the victory.

By impulse of sacrificial food I speed me forward.

May Indra-Agni...... I drive him.

16 For Vasus thee. For Rudras thee. Thee for dityas.

Be, Heaven and Earth, accordant with each other. With

rain may Mitra-Varuna assist thee.

May the birds go, licking what is anointed.

Go to the Maruts speckled mares. Go, having become a

speckled cow thyself, to heaven, and from that place bring

the rain for us hither.

Thou art the eye's guard: guard mine eye, O Agni.

I7 The stick which thou, God Agni, laidest round thee, what

time thou wast kept hidden by the Panis, this do I bring

to thee for thine enjoyment. May it remain with thee

and neer be fruitless.

Approach, ye two, the place which Agni loveth.

18 The residue ye have to be your portion, mighty by food, ye

Gods, ye who are stationed on the grass-bunch, and to be

laid as fences.

All ye, applauding this my speech, be seated on this grass-bunch

and there be joyful. Svh! Vt!

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Rich in oil are ye. Guard the two yoke-fellows. Ye two

are full of grace, to grace conduct me.

Glory to thee, O Sacrifice, and increase! Stand firm in my

auspicious, righteous worship.

20 O
Agni of unweakened strength, far-reaching, protect me

from the lightning-flash, protect me from bondage. from

defect in sacrificing, from food injurious to health protect


Make thou the food that feeds us free from poison in the

home good to sit in. Svh! Vt!

Hail to the Lord of close embracements, Agni! Hail to Sarasvat

enriched with glory!

21 Veda art thou, whereby, O godlike Veda, thou hast become

for Deities their Veda: thereby mayst thou become for

me a Veda.

O Deities, ye knowers of the Pathway, walk on the pathway

having known the Pathway.

God, Lord of Spirit, hail! bestow upon the Wind this sacrifice.

22 Blest be the Grass with sacred food and butter. Let Indra

be united with the dityas, the Vasus, Maruts, and the

Visvedevas. Let Svh-offerings rise to heavenly ether.

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Who liberates thee from the yoke? He frees thee. For whom?

For him he looses thee. For plenty.

Thou art the Rkshasas allotted portion.

24 We have combined with lustre, vigour, bodies; we have

united with the blessd spirit. May Tvashtar, bounteous

giver, grant us riches, and clear each fault and blemish

from the body.

25 By Jagat metre in the sky strode Vishnu. Therefrom excluded

is the man who hates us and whom we detest.

By Trishtup metre in the air strode Vishnu. Therefrom, etc.

By Gyatr upon the earth strode Vishnu. Therefrom, etc.

From this food From this resting-place excluded.

We have reached heaven. We have combined with lustre.

26 Thou, noblest ray of light, art Self-existent. Giver art thou

of splendour. Give me splendour.

I move along the path that Srya travels.

27 Agni, may I become a good householder, through thee,

Home-master, O Householder Agni. Mayst thou become

an excellent Householder through me the master of the

house, O Agni.

Through hundred winters may our household matters--not

like a one-ox car--be smoothly managed.

I move along the path that Srya travels.

28 I
have performed the vow, Lord of Vows, Agni! Full power

was mine, and it has proved successful.

Now am I he I truly am, no other.

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To Agni Hail! who bears gifts due to Sages. To Soma Hail!

accompanied by Fathers.

Expelled are Asuras and fiends who sate upon the covering


30 The Asuras, attracted by oblation, who roam at will assuming

varied figures, from this our world may Agni drive

them, whether they clothe themselves in large or little


31 O
Fathers, here enjoy yourselves. Come hither, like bulls,

come each to his allotted portion.

The Fathers have enjoyed themselves, and hither, like bulls,

come each to his allotted portion.

32 Obeisance to your genial sap, O Fathers! Fathers, obeisance

unto you for Ardour! Fathers, obeisance Onto you for

Svadh! Obeisance unto you for Life, O Fathers!

Fathers, to you obeisance for the Awful! Fathers, obeisance

unto you for Passion! O Fathers, unto you be adoration.

Bestow upon us houses, O ye Fathers, what is ours, O

Fathers, will we give you. With this your raiment clothe

yourselves, O Fathers.

33 Fathers, bestow on me a babe, a boy enwreathed with

lotuses, so that there may be here a man.

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Bearers of vigour and immortal fatness, milk and sweet beverage

and foaming liquor, ye are a freshening draught.

Delight my Fathers.
rig veda hymn 129| the hymn of rig veda
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