of the Atharva Veda (continued..)
Part 2 Part 3
CHARMS PFRTAINING TO WOMEN
II, 36. Charm to obtain a
1. May, O Agni, a suitor after our
own heart come to us, may he come to this maiden with our fortune! May she,
agreeable to suitors, charming at festivals, promptly obtain happiness through a
2. Agreeable to Soma, agreeable to Brahma, arranged by Aryaman, with the
unfailing certainty of god Dhātar, do I bestow upon thee good fortune, the
acquisition of a husband.
3. This woman shall obtain a hnsband, since king Soma makes her lovely! May she,
begetting sons, become a queen; may she, going to her husband, shine in
4. As this comfortable cave, O Maghavan (Indra), furnishing a safe abode, hath
become pleasing to animals, thus may this woman be a favourite of fortune (Bhaga),
beloved, not at odds with her husband!
5. Do thou ascend the full, inexhaustible ship of Bhaga (fortune); upon this
bring, hither the suitor who shall be agreeable (to thee)!
6. Bring hither by thy shouts, O lord of wealth, the suitor, bend his mind
towards her; turn thou the right side of every agreeable suitor towards (her)!
7. This gold and bdellium, this balsam, and Bhaga (fortune), too; these have
prepared thee for husbands, that thou mayest obtain the one that is agreeable.
8. Hither to thee Savitar shall lead the husband that is agreeable! Do thou, O
herb, bestow (him) upon her!
VI, 60. Charm for obtaining a
1. This Aryaman (wooer) with
loosened crest of hair comes hither in front (of the procession), seeking a
husband for this spinster, and a wife for this wifeless man.
2. This maid, O Aryaman, has wearied of going to the wedding-feasts of other
women. Now shall, without fail, O Aryaman, other women go to her wedding-feast!
3. Dhātar (the creator) supports (didhhra) this earth, Dhātar supports the
heavens, and the sun. May Dhatar furnish this spinster with a husband after her
VI, 82. Charm for obtaining a
1. I call the name of him that
comes here, that hath come here, and is arriving; I crave (the name) of Indra,
Vritra's slayer, the Visava, of hundredfold strength.
2. The road by which the Asvins carried away as a bride Sūryā, Savitar's
daughter,'by that road,' Bhaga (fortune) told me, 'thou shalt bring here a
With thy wealth-procuring, great, golden hook, O Indra, husband of Sakī,
procure a wife for me that desireth a wife!
VI, 78. Blessing for a married
1. Through this oblation, that
causes prosperity, may this man flourish anew; may he excel the wife that they
have brought to him with his sap!
2. May he excel in strength, excel in royalty! May this couple be inexhaustible
in wealth that bestows thousandfold lustre!
3. Tvashtar begot (for thee) a wife, Tvashtar for her begot thee as a husband.
May Tvashtar bestow upon you two a thousand lives, may he bestow upon you long
VII, 36. Love-charm spoken by a
1. The eyes of us two shine like
honey, our foreheads gleam like ointment. Place me within thy heart; may one
mind be in common to us both!
VII, 37. Charm pronounced by the
bride over the bridegroom.
1. I envelope thee in my garment
that was produced by Manu (the first man), that thou shalt be mine alone, shalt
not even discourse of other women!
VI, 81. A bracelet as an amulet
to ensure conception.
1. A holder art thou, holdest both
hands, drivest off the Rakshas. An acquirer of offspring and wealth this
bracelet hath become!
2. O bracelet, open up the womb, that the embryo be put (into it)! Do thou, O
limit (-setting bracelet), furnish a son, bring him here (A gamaya), thou that
comest here (Agame)!
3. The bracelet that Aditi wore, when she desired a son.Tvashtar shall fasten
upon this woman, intending that she shall beget a son.
III, 23. Charm for obtaining a
1. That which has caused thee to
miscarry do we drive away from thee, that very thing do we deposit outside of
thee, away in a far place.
2. Into thy womb shall enter a male germ, as an arrow into a quiver! May a man
be born there, a son ten months old!
3. A male son do thou produce, and after him a male shall be born! Thou shalt be
the mother of sons, of those who are born, and those whom thou shalt bear!
4. By the effective seed which bulls put forth do thou obtain a son; be a
5. Pragāpati's (the lord of creatures) work do I perform for thee: may the germ
enter into thy womb! Obtain thou, woman, a son who shall bring prosperity to
thee, and bring thou pi-osperity to him!
6. The plants whose father was the sky, whose mother the earth, Whose root the
(heavenly) ocean--may those divine herbs aid thee in obtaining a son!
VI, 11. Charm for obtaining a son
1. The asvattha (ficus religiosa)
has mounted the samī (mimosa suma): then a male child was produced. That,
forsooth, is the way to obtain a son; that do we bring to (our) wives.
2. In the male, forsooth, seed doth grow, that is poured into the female. That,
forsooth, is the way to obtain a son; that has been told by Pragāpati.
3. Pragāpati, Anumati, and Sinīvālī have fashioned him. May he (Pragāpati)
elsewhere afford the birth of a female, but here he shall bestow a man!
VII, 35. An incantation to make a
1. The other enemies conquer with
might; beat back, O Gātavedas, those that are not yet born! Enrich this kingdom
unto happiness, may all the gods acclaim this man!
2. Of these hundred entrails of thine, as well as of the thousand canals, of all
these have I closed the openings with a stone.
3. The upper part of the womb do I place below, there shall come to thee neither
offspring nor birth! I render thee sterile and devoid of offspring; a stone do I
make into a cover for thee.
VI, 17. Charm to prevent
1. As this great-earth conceives
the germs of the beings, thus shalt thy embryo be-beld fast, to produce a child
2. As this great earth holds these trees, thus shall thy embryo be held fast, to
produce a child after pregnancy!
3. As this great earth holds the mountains and the peaks, thus shall thy embryo
be held fast, to produce a child after pregnancy!
4. As this great earth holds the animals scattered far, thus shall thy embryo be
held fast, to produce a child after pregnancy!
I, 11. Charm for easy
1. Aryaman as active hotar-priest
shall utter for thee the vashat-call at this (soma-) pressing, O Pūshan! May
(this) woman, (herself) begotten in
the proper way, be delivered, may her joints relax, that she shall bring forth!
2. Four directions has the heaven, and also four the earth: (from these) the
gods created the embryo. May they open her, that she shall bring forth!
3. May Sūshan open: her womb do we cause to gape. Do thou, O Sūshan, loosen
the womb, do thou, O Bishkalā, let go (the ernbryo)!
4. Attached not at all to the flesh, nor to the fat, not at all to the marrow,
may the splotched, moist, placenta come down to be eaten by a dog! May the
placenta fall down!
5. I split open thy vagina, thy womb, thy canals; I separate the mother and the
son, the child along with the placenta. May the placenta fall down!
6. As flies the wind, as flies the mind, as fly the winged birds, so do thou, O
embryo,. ten months old, fall along with the placenta! May the placenta fall
I, 34. Charm with licorice, to
secure the love of a woman.
1. This plant is born of honey,
with honey do we dig for thee. Of honey thou art begotten, do thou make us full
2. At the tip of my tongue may I have honey, at my tongue's root the sweetness
of honey! In my power alone shalt thou then be, thou shalt come up to my wish!
3. Sweet as honey is my entrance, sweet as honey my departure. With my voice do
I speak sweet as honey, may I become like honey!
4. I am sweeter than honey, fuller of sweetness than licorice. Mayest thou,
without fail, long for me alone, (as a bee) for a branch full of honey!
5. I have surrounded thee with a clinging sugarcane, to remove aversion, so that
thou shalt not be averse to me!
II, 30. Charm to secure the love
of a woman.
1. As the wind tears this grass
from the surface of the earth, thus do I tear thy soul, so that thou, woman,
shalt love, shalt not be averse to me!
2. If ye, O two Asvins, shall unite and bring together the loving pair-united
are the fortunes of,both of you (lovers), united the thoughts, united the
3. When birds desire to chirp, lustily desire to chirp, may my call go there, as
an arrow-point upon the shaft!
4. What is within shall be without, what is without shall be within! Take
captive, O herb, the, soul of the maidens endowed with every chai-m!
5. Longing for a husband this woman hath come, I have come longing for a wife,
As a loudly neighing horFe I have attained to my good fortune!
VI, 8. Charm to secure the love
of a woman.
1. As the creeper embraces the
tree on all sides, thus do thou embrace me, so that thou, woman, shalt love me,
so that thou shalt not be averse to me!
2. As the eagle when he flies forth presses his wings against the earth, thus do
I fasten down thy mind, so that thou, woman, shalt love me, so that thou shalt
not be averse to me.
3. As the sun day by day goes about this heaven and earth, thus do I go about
thy mind, so that thou, woman, shalt love me, so that thou shalt not be: averse
VI, 9. Charm to secure the love
of a woman.
1. Hanker thou after my body, my
feet, hanker after my eyes, my thighs! The eyes of thee, as thou lustest after
me, and thy hair shall be parched with love?
2. I make thee cling to my arm, cling to my heart, so that thou shalt be in my
power, shalt come up to my wish!
3. The cows, the mothers of the ghee, who lick their young, in whose heart love
is planted, shall make yonder woman bestow love upon:me!
VI, 102. Charm to secure the love
of a woman.
1. As this draught animal, O ye
Asvins, comes on, and proceeds, thus may thy soul come on, and proceed to me!
2. 1 draw to myself thy mind, as the leading stallion the female side-horse. As
the stalk of grass torn by the wind, thus shall thy mind fasten itself upon me!
3. A coaxing mixtLire of salve, of sweet wood, of kushtha, and of spikenard, do
I deftly pick out with the hands of Bhaga (good fortune).
III, 25. Charm to arouse the
passionate love of a woman.
1. May (love), the disquieter,
disquiet thee; do not hold out upon thy bed! With the terrible arrow of Kāma
(love) do I pierce thee in the heart.
2. The arrow, winged with longing, barbed with love, whose shaft is undeviating
desire, with that, well-aimed, Kāma shall pierce thee in the heart!
3. With that well-aimed arrow of Kāma which parches the spleen, whose plume
flies forward, which burns up, do I pierce thee in the heart.
4. Consumed by burning ardour, with parched mouth, do thou (woman) come to me,
pliant, (thy) pride laid aside, mine alone, speaking sweetly and to me devoted!
5. I drive thee with a goad from thy mother and thy father, so that thou shalt
be in my power, shalt come up to my wish.
6. All her thoughts do ye, O Mitra and Varuna, drive out of her! Then, having
deprived her of her will,.put her into my power alone!
VII, 139. Charm to arouse the
passionate love of a woman.
1. Clinging to the ground thou
didst grow, (O plant), that producest bliss for me; a hundred branches extend
from thee, three and thirty grow down from thee: with this plant of a thousand
leaves thy heart do I parch.
2. Thy heart shall parch (with love) for me, and thy mouth shall parch (with
love for me)! Languish, moreover, with love for me, with parched mouth pass thy
3. Thou that causest affection, kindlest (love), brown, lovely (plant), draw
(us) together; draw together yonder woman and myself, our hearts make the same!
4. As the mouth of him that hath not drunk dries tip, thus languish thou with
love for me, with parched mouth pass thy days!
5. As the Ichneumon tears the serpent, and joins him together again, thus, O
potent (plant), join together what hath been torn by love!
VII, 38. Charm to secure the love
of a man.
1. This potent herb do I dig out:
it draws toward me the eve, causes (love's) tears. It brings back him who has
gone to a distance, rejoices him that approaches me.
2. By (the plant) with which the Āsurī allured Indra away from the gods, by
that do I subject thee, that I may be well-beloved of thee!
3. Thy face is turned towards Soma (the nioon), thy face is turned towards Sūrya
(the sun), thy face is turned towards all the gods: 't is tliee here that we do
4. My speech, not thine, (in this matter) hath weight: in the assembly,
forsooth, do thou speak! To me alone shalt thou belong, shalt not even discourse
of other women!
5. Whether thou art beyond the haunts of men, or whether across the river, this
very herb, as if a captive bound, shall bring, thee back to me!
VI, 130. Charm to arouse the
passionate love of a man.
1. This yearning love comes from
the Apsaras, the victorious, imbued with victory. Ye gods, send forth the
yearning love: may yonder man burn after me!
2. My wish is, he shall long for me, devoted he shall long for me! Ye gods, send
forth the yearning love: may yonder man burn after me!
3. That yonder man shall long for me, (but) I for him nevermore, ye gods, send
forth the yearning love: may yonder man burn after me!
4. Do ye, O Maruts, intoxicate him (With love); do thou, O mid-air, intoxicate
him; do thou, O Agni, intoxicate him! May yonder man burn after me!
VI, 131. Charm to arouse the
passionate love of a man.
1. From thy head unto thy feet do
I implant (love's) longing into thee. Ye gods, send forth the yearning love: may
yonder man burn after me!
2. Favour this (plan), Anumati; fit it tooether, Ākūti! Ye gods, send forth
the yearning love may yonder man burn after me!
3. If thou dost run three leagues away, (or even) five leagues, the distance
coursed by a horseman, from there thou shalt again return, shalt be the father
of our sons!
VI, 132. Charm to arouse the
passionate love of a man.
1. Love's consuming longing,
together with yearning, which the gods have poured into the waters, that do I
kindle for thee by the law of Varuna!
2. Love's consuming longing, together with yearning, which the all-gods (visve
devāh) have poured into the waters, that do I kindle for thee by the law of
3. Love's consuming longing, together with yearning, which Indrāni has poured
into the waters, that do I kindle for thee by the law of Varuna!
4. Love's consuming longing, together with yearning, which Indra and Agni have
poured into the waters, that do I kindle for thee by the law of Varuna!
5. Love's consuming longing, together with yearning, which Mitra and Varuna have
poured into the waters, that do I kindle for thee by the law of Varuna!
IV, 5. Charm at an assignation.
1. The bull with a thousand horns
who rose out of the sea, with the aid of him, the mighty one, do we put the
folks to sleep.
2. The wind blows not over the earth. No one looks on. Do thou then, befriended
of Indra, put all women and dogs to sleep!
3. The women that lie upon couches and upon beds, and they that rest in litters,
the women all that exhale sweet fragrance, do we put to sleep.
4. Every moving thing I have held fast. Eye and breath I have held fast. I have
held fast all limbs in the deep gloom of the night.
5. Of him that sits, and him that walks, of him that stands and looks about, of
these the eyes we do shut, just as these premises (are shut).
6. The mother shall sleep, the father shall sleep, the dog shall sleep, the lord
of the house shall sleep! All her relations shall sleep, and these people round
about shall sleep!
7. O sleep, put thou to sleep all people with the magic that induces sleep! Put
the others to sleep until the sun rises; may I be awake until the dawn appears,
like Indra, unharmed, uninjured!
VI, 77. Charm to cause the return
of a truant woman.
1. The heavens have stood, the
earth has stood, all creatures have stood. The mountains have stood upon their
foundation, the horses in the stable I have caused to stand.
2. Him that has control of departure, that has control of coming home, return,
and turning in, that shepherd do I also call.
3. O Gātavedas (Agni), cause thou to turn ill; a hundred way's hither shall be
thine, a thousand modes of return shall be thine: with these do thou restore us
VI, 18. Charm to allay jealousy.
1. The first impulse of jealousy,
moreover the one that comes after the first, the fire, the heart-burning, that
do wc waft away from thee.
2. As the earth is dead in spirit, in spirit more dead than the dead, and as the
spirit of him that has died, thus shall the spirit of the jealous (man) be dead!
3. Yon fluttering little spirit that has been fixed into thy heart, from it the
jealousy do I remove, as air from a water-skin.
VII, 45. Charm to allay jealousy.
1. From folk belonging to all.
kinds of people, from the Sindhu (Indus) thou hast been brought hither: from a
distance, I ween, has been fetched the very remedy for jealousy.
2. As if a fire is burning him, as if the forest-fire burns in various
directions, this jealousy of his do thou quench, as a fire (is quenched) with
I, 14. A woman's incantation
against her rival.
1. I have taken unto myself her
fortune and her glory, as a wreath off a tree. Like a mountain with broad
foundation may she sit a long time with her parents!
2. This woman shall be subjected to thee as thy wife, O king Yama; (till then)
let her be fixed to the house of her mother, or her brother, or her father!
3. This woman shall be the keeper of thy house, O king (Yama), and her do we
make over to thee! May she long sit with her relatives, until (her hair) drops
from her head!
4. With the incantation of Asita, of Kasyapa, and of Gaya do I cover up thy
fortune, as women cover (something) within a chest.
III, 18. Charm of a woman against
a rival or co-wife.
1. I dig up this plant, of herbs
the most potent, by whose power rival women are overcome, and husbands are
2. O thou (plant) with erect leaves, lovely, do thou, urged on by the gods, full
of might, drive away my rival, make my h usband mine alone!
3. He did not, forsooth, call thy name, and thou shalt not delight in this'
husband! To the very farthest distance do we drive our rival.
4. Superior am I, O superior (plant), superior, truly, to superior (women). Now
shall my rival be inferior to those that are inferior!
5. I am overpowering, and thou, (O plant), art completely overpowering. Having
both grown full of power, let us overpower my rival!
6. About thee (my husband) I have placed the overpowering (plant), upon thee
placed the very overpowering one. May thy mind run after me as a calf after the
cow, as water along its course!
VI, 138. Charm for depriving a
man of his virility.
1. As the best of the plants thou
art reputed, O herb: turn this man for me to-day into a eunuch that wears his
2. Turn him into a eunuch that wears his hair dressed, and into one that wears a
hood! Then Indra with a pair of stones shall break his testicles both!
3. O eunuch, into a eunuch thee I have turned;O castrate, into a castrate thee I
have turned; O weakling, into a weakling thee I have turned! A hood upon his
head, and a hair-net do we place.
4. The two canals, fashioned by the gods, in which man's power rests, in thy
testicles . . . . . . . . . . . . I break them with a club.
5. As women break reeds for a mattress with a stone, thus do I break thy member
I, 18. Charm to remove evil
bodily characteristics from a woman.
1. The (foul) mark, the lalāmī
(with spot on the forehead), the Arāti (grudging demon), do we drive out. Then
the (signs) that are auspicious (shall remain) with us; (yet) to beget offspring
do we bring the Arāti!
2. May Savitar drive out uncouthness from her feet, may Varuna, Mitra, and
Aryaman (drive it) out from her hands; may Anumati kindly drive it out for us!
For happiness the gods have created this woman.
3. The fierceness that is in thyself, in thy body, or in thy look, all that do
we strike away with our charm. May god Savitar prosper thee!
4. The goat-footed, the bull-toothed, her who scares the cattle, the snorting
one, the vilīdhī (the driveling one), the lalāmī (with spot on the
forehead), these do we drive from us.
VI, 110. Expiatory charm for a
child born under an unlucky star.
1. Of yore, (O Agni), thou wast
worthy of supplication at the sacrifice; thou wast the priest in olden times,
and now anew shalt sit (at our sacrifice)! Delight, O Agni, thy own body, and,
sacrificing, bring good fortune here to us!
2. Him that hath been born under the (constellation) gyeshihaghnī ('she that
slays the oldest'), or under the vikritāu ('they that uproot'), save thou from
being torn up by the root by Yama (death)! May be (Agni) guide him across all
misfortunes to long life, to a life of a hundred autumns!
3. On a tiger (-like) day the hero was born; born under a (good) constellation
he becometh a mighty hero. Let him not slay, when he grows up, his father, let
him not injure the mother that hath begotten him!
VI, 140. Expiation for the
irregular appearance of the first pair of teeth.
1. Those two teeth, the tigers,
that have broken forth, eager to devour father and mother, do thou, O
Brahmanaspati Gātavedas, render auspicious!
2. Do ye eat rice, eat barley, and eat, too, beans, as well as sesamum! That, O
teeth.. is the share deposited for your enrichment. Do not injure father and
3. Since ye have been invoked, O teeth, be ye in unison kind and propitious!
Elsewhere, O teeth, shall pass away the fierce (qualities) of your body! Do not
injure father and mother!
CHARMS PERTAINING TO ROYALTY (RĀGAKARMĀNI).
IV, 8. Prayer at the consecration
of a king.
1. Himself prosperous (bhūto), he
does put strength into the beings (bhūteshu); he became the chief lord of the
beings (bhūtānām). To his consecration death does come: may he, the king,
favour this kingdom!
2. Come forth hither-do not glance away-as a mighty guardian, slayer of enemies!
Step hither, thou who prosperest thy friends: the gods shall bless thee!
3. As he did step hither all (men) did attend him. Clothed in grace, he moves,
shining by his own lustre. This is the great name of the manly Asura; endowed
with every form (quality) he entered upon immortal (deeds).
4. Thyself a tiger, do thou upon this tiger-skin stride (victorious) through the
great regionst All the clans shall wish for thee, and the heavenly waters, rich
5. The heavenly waters, rich in sap, flow joyously, (and too) those in the sky
and upon the earth: with the lustre of all of these do I sprinkle thee.
6. They have sprinkled thee with their lustre., the heavenly waters rich in sap.
May Savitar thus fashion thee, that thou shalt prosper thy friends!
7. (The waters) thus embracing him, the tiger, promote him, the lion, to great
good fortune. Him, the leopard in the midst of the waters, as though standing in
the ocean, the beneficent (floods, or the vigorous priests) cleanse thoroughly!
III, 3. Charm for the restoration
of an exiled king.
1. (Agni) has shouted loud: may he
here well perform his work! Spread thyself out, O Agni, over the far-reaching
hemispheres of the world! The all-possessing Maruts shall engage thee: bring
hither that (king) who devoutly spends the offering!
2. However far he be, the red (steeds) shall urge hither Indra, the seer, to
friendship, since the gods, (chanting) for him the gāyatri, the brihatī, and
the arka (songs), infused courage into him with the sautrāmanī-sacrifice!
3. From the waters king Varuna shall call thee, Soma shall call thee from the
mountains, Indra shall cite thee to these clans! Turn into an eagle and fly to
4. An eagle shall bring hither from a distance him that is fit to be called,
(yet) wanders exiled in a strange land! The Asvins shall prepare for thee a
path, easy to travel! Do ye, his kinfolk, gather close about him!
5. Thy opponents shall call thee; thy friends have chosen. thee! Indra, Agni,
and all the gods have kept prosperity with this people.
6. The kinsman or the stranger that opposes thy call, him, O Indra, drive away;
then render this (king) accepted here!
III, 4. Prayer at the election of
1. (Thy) kingdom hath come to
thee: arise, endowed with lustre! Go forth as the lord of the people, rule
(shine) thou, a universal ruler! All the regions of the compass shall call thee,
O king; attended and revered be thou here!
2. Thee the clans, thee these regions, goddesses five, shall choose for empire!
Root thyself upon the height, the pinnacle of royalty: then do thou, mighty,
distribute goods among us!
3. Thy kinsmen with calls shall come to thee; agile Agni shall go with them as
messenger! Thy wives, thy sons shall be devoted to thee; being a mighty (ruler)
thou shalt behold rich tribute!
4. The Asvins first, Mitra and Varuna both, all the gods, and the Maruts, shall
call thee! Then fix thy mind upon the bestowal of wealth, then do thou, mighty,
distribute wealth among us!
5. Hither hasten forth from the farthest distance heaven and earth, both, shall
be propitious to thee! Thus did this king Varuna (as if, 'the chooser') decree
that; he himself did call thee: 'come thou hither'!
6. O Indra, Indra, come thou to the tribes of men, for thou hast agreed,
concordant with the Varunas (as if,'the electors'), He did call thee to thy own
domain (thinking): 'let him revere the gods, and manage, too, the people'!
7. The rich divinities of the roads, of manifold diverse forms, all coming
together have given thee a broad domain. They shall all concordantly call thee;
rule here, a mighty, benevolent (king), to up the tenth decade (of thy life)!
III, 5. Praise of an amulet
derived from the parna-tree, designed to strengthen royal power.
1. Hither hath come this amulet of
parna-wood, with its might mightily crushing the enemy. (It is) the strength of
the gods, the sap of the waters: may it assiduously enliven me with energy!
2. The power to rule thou shalt hold fast in me, O amulet of parna-wood; wealth
(thou shalt hold fast) in me! May I, rooted in the domain of royalty, become the
3. Their very own amulet which the gods deposited secretly in the tree, that the
gods shall give us to wear, together with life!
4. The parna has come hither as the mighty strength of the soma, given by Indra,
instructed by Varuna. May I, shining brilliantly, wear it, unto long life,
during a hundred autumns!
5. The amulet of parna-wood has ascended upon me unto complete exemption from
injury, that I may rise superior (even) to friends and alliances!
6. The skilful builders of chariots, and the ingenious workers of metal, the
folk about me all, do thou, O parna, make my aids!
7. The kings who (themselves) make kings, the charioteers, and leaders of hosts,
the folk about me all, do thou, O parna, make my aids!
8. Thou art the body-protecting parna, a 'liero, brother of me, the hero. Along
with the brilliancy of the year do I fasten thee on, O amulet!
IV, 22. Charm to secure the
superiority of a king.
1. This warrior, O Indra, do thou
strengthen for me, do thou install this one as sole ruler (bull) of the Vis (the
people); emasculate all his enemies, subject them to him in (their) contests!
2. To him apportion his share of villages, horses, and cattle; deprive of his
share the one that is his enemy! May this king be the pinnacle of royalty;
subject to him, O Indra, every enemy!
3. May this one be the treasure-lord of riches, may this king be the tribal lord
of the Vis (the people)! Upon this one, O Indra, bestow great lustre, devoid of
lustre render his enemy!
4. For him shall ye, O heaven and earth, milk ample good, as two milch-cows
yielding warm milk! May this king be favoured of Indra, favoured of cows, of
plants, and cattle!
5. I unite with thee Indra who has supremacy, through whom one conquers and is
not (himself) conquered, who shall install thee as sole ruler of the people, and
as chief of the human kings.
6. Superior art thou, inferior are thy rivals, and whatsoever adversaries are
thine, O king! Sole ruler, befriended of Indra, victorious, bring thou hither
the supplies of those who act as thy enemies!
7. Presenting the front of a lion do thou devour all (their) people, presenting
the front of a tiger do thou strike down the enemies! Sole ruler, befriended of
Indra, victorious, seize upon the supplies of those who act as thy enemies!
I, 9. Prayer for earthly and
1. Upon this (person) the Vasus,
Indra, Pūshan, Varuna, Mitra, and Agni, shall bestow goods (vasu)! The Ādityas,
and, further, all the gods shall hold him in the higher light!
2. Light, ye gods, shall be at his bidding: Sūrya (the sun), Agni (fire), or
even gold! Inferior to us shall be our rivals! Cause him to ascend to the
3. With that most potent charm with which, O Gātavedas (Agni), thou didst bring
to Indra the (soma-) drink, with that, O Agni, do thou here strengthen this one;
grant him supremacy over his kinsmen!
4. Their sacrifice and their glory, their increase of wealth and their
thoughtful plans, I have usurped, O Agni. Inferior to us shall be our rivals!
Cause him to ascend to the highest heaven!
VI, 38. Prayer for lustre and
1. The brilliancy that is in the
lion, the tiger, and the serpent; in Agni, the Brāhmana, and Surya (shall be
ours)! May the lovely goddess that bore Indra come to us, endowed with lustre!
2. (The brilliancy) that is in the elephant, panther, and in gold; in the
waters, cattle, and men (shall be ours)! May the lovely goddess that bore Indra
come to us, endowed with lustre!
3. (The brilliancy) that is in the chariot, the dice, in the strenath of the
bull; in the wind, Parganya, and in the fire of Varuna (shall be ours)! May the
lovely goddess that bore Indra come to us, endowed with lustre!
4. (The brilliancy) that is in the man of royal caste, in the stretched drum, in
the strength of the horge, in the shout of men (shall be ours)! May the lovely
goddess that bore Indra come to us, endowed with lustre!
VI, 39. Prayer for glory (yasas).
1. The oblation that yields glory,
sped on by Indra, of thousandfold strength, well offered, prepared with might,
shall prosper! Cause me, that offers the oblation, to continue long beholding
(light), and to rise to supremacy!
2. (That he may come) to us, let us honour with obeisance glory-owning Indra,
the glorious one with glory-yielding (oblations)! Do thou (the oblation) grant
us sovereignty sped on by Indra; may we in thy favour be glorious!
3. Glorious was Indra born, glorious Agni, glorious Soma. Glorious, of all
beings the most glorious, am I.
VIII, 8. Battle-charm.
1. May Indra churn (the enemy),
he, the churner, Sakra (mighty), the hero, that pierces the forts, so that we
shall slay the armies of the enemies a thousandfold!
2. May the rotten rope, wafting itself against yonder army, turn it into a
stench. When the enemies see from afar our smoke and fire, fear shall they lay
into their hearts!
3. Tear asunder those (enemies), O asvattha (ficus religiosa), devour (khāda)
them, O! khadira (acacia catechu) in lively style! Like the tāgadbhanga (ricinus
communis) they shall be broken (bhagyantām), may the vadhaka (a certain kind of
tree) slay them with his weapons (vadhaih)!
4. May the knotty āhva-plant put knots upon yonder (enemies), may the vadhaka
slay them with his weapons! Bound up in (our) great trap-net, they shall quickly
be broken as an arrow-reed!
5. The atmosphere was the net, the great regions (of space) the (supporting)
poles of the net: with these Sakra (mighty Indra) did surround and scatter the
army of the Dasyus.
6. Great, forsooth, is the net of great Sakra, who is rich in steeds: with it
infold thou all the enemies, so that not one of them shall be released!
7. Great is the net of thee, great Indra, hero, that art equal to a thousand,
and hast hundredfold might. With that (net) Sakra slew a hundred, thousand, ten
thousand, a hundred million foes, having surrounded them with (his) army.
8. This great world was the net of great Sakra: with this net of Indra I infold
all those (enemies) yonder in darkness,
9. With great dejection, failure, and irrefragable misfortune; with fatigue,
lassitude, and confusion, do I surround all those (enemies) yonder.
10. To death do I hand them over, with the fetters of death they have been
bound. To the evil messengers of death do I lead them captive.
11. Guide ye those (foes), ye messengers of death; ye messengers of Yama, infold
them! Let more than thousands be slain; may the club of Bhava crush them!
12. The Sādhyas (blessed) go holding up with might one support of the net, the
Rudras another, the Vasus another, (Still) another is upheld by the Ādityas.
13. All the gods shall go pressing from above with might; the Angiras shall go
on the middle (of the net), slaying the mighty army!
14. The trees, and (growths) that are like trees, the plants and the herbs as
well; two-footed and four-footed creatures do I impel, that they shall slay
15. The Gandharvas and Apsaras, the serpents and the gods, holy men and
(deceased) Fathers, the visible and invisible (beings), do I impel, that they
shall slay yonder army!
16. Scattered here are the fetters of death; when thou steppest upon them thou
shalt not escape! May this hammer slay (the men) of yonder army by the thousand!
17. The gharma (sacrificial hot drink) that has been heated by the fire, this
sacrifice (shall) slay thousands! Do ye, Bhava and Sarva, whose arms are
mottled, slay yonder army!
18. Into the (snare of) death they shall fall, into hunger, exhaustion,
slaughter, and fear! O Indra and Sarva, do ye with trap and net slay yonder
19. Conquered, O foes, do ye flee away; repelled by (our) charm, do ye run! Of
yonder host, repulsed by Brihaspati, not one shall be saved!
20. May their weapons fall from their (hands), may they be unable to lay the
arrow on (the bow)! And then (our) arrows shall smite them, badly frightened, in
their vital members!
21. Heaven and earth shall shriek at them, and the atmosphere, along with the
divine powers! Neither aider, nor support did they find; smiting one another
they shall go to death!
22. The four regions are the she-mules of the god's chariot, the purodāsas
(sacrificial rice-cakes) the hoofs, the atmosphere the seat (of the wagon).
Heaven and earth are its two sides, the seasons the reins, the intermediate
regions the attendants, Vāk (speech) the road.
23. The year is the chariot, the full year is the body of the chariot, Virāg,
the pole, Agni the front part of the chariot. Indra is the (combatant) standing
on the left of the chariot, Kandramas (the moon) the charioteer.
24. Do thou win here, do thou conquer here, overcome, win, hail! These here
shall conquer, those yonder be conquered! Hail to these here, perdition to those
yonder! Those yonder do I envelop in blue and red!
I, 19. Battle-charm against
1. The piercing (arrows) shall not
hit us, nor shall the striking arrows hit us! Far away fron, us O Indra, to
either side, cause the arrow-shower to fall!
2. To either side of us the arrows shall fall, those that have been shot and
shall be shot! Ye divine and ye human arrows, pierce ye mine enemies!
3. Be he our own, or be he strange, the kinsman, or the foreianer, who bear
enmity towards us, those enemies of mine Rudra shall pierce with a shower of
4. Him that rivals us, or does not rival us, him that curses us with hate, may
all the gods injure my charm protects me from within!
III, 1. Battle-charm for
confusing the enemy.
1. Agni shall skilfully march
against our opponents, burning against their schemes and hostile plans; Gātavedas
shall confuse the army of our opponents and deprive them (of the use) of their
2. Ye Maruts are mighty in such matters: advance ye, crush ye, conquer ye (the
enerny)! These Vasus when implored did crush (them). Agni, vily, as their
vanauard shall skilfully attack!
3. O Maghavan, the hostile army which contends against us--do ye, O Indra,
Vritra's slayer, and Agni, burn against them!
4. Thy thunderbolt, O Indra, who hast been driven forward swiftly by thy two bay
steeds, shall advance, crushing the enemies. Slay them that resist, pursue, or
flee, deprive their schemes of fulfilment!
5. O Indra, confuse the army of the enemy; with the impact of the fire and the
wind scatter them to either side!
6. Indra shall confuse the army, the Miaruts shall slay it with might! Agni
shall rob it of its sight; vanquished it shall turn about!
III, 2. Battle-charm for
confusing the enemy.
1. Agni, our skilful vanguard,
shall attack, burning, against their schemes and hostile plans! Gātavedas shall
bewilder the plans of the enemy, and deprive them (of the use) of their hands!
2. This fire has confused the schemes that are in your mind; it shall blow you
from your home, blow you away from everywhere!
3. O Indra, bewildering their schemes, come hither with thy (own) plan: with the
impact of the fire and the wind scatter them to either side!
4. O ye plans of theirs, fly ye away; O ye schemes, be ye confused! Moreover,
what now is in their mind, do thou drive that out of them!
5. Do thou, O (goddess) Apvi, confusing their plans, go forth (to them), and
seize their limbs! Attack them, burn with flames into their hearts; strike the
enemy with fits, (strike our) opponents with darkness!
6. That army yonder o( the enemy, that comes against us fighting with might, do
ye, O Maruts, strike with planless darkness, that one of them shall not know the
VI, 97. Battle-charm of a king
upon the eve of battle.
1. Superior is the sacrifice,
superior Agni, superior Soma, superior Indra. To the end that I shall be
superior to all hostile armies do we thus, offering the agnihotra, reverently
present this oblation!
2. Hail be, ye wise Mitra and Varuna: with honey swell ye our kingdom here, (so
that it shall) abound in offspring! Drive far to a distance misfortune, strip
off from us sin, even after it has been committed!
3. With inspiration follow ye this strong hero; cling close, ye friends, to
Indra (the king), who conquers villages, conquers cattle, has the thunderbolt in
his arm, overcomes the host arrayed (against him), crushing it with might!
VI, 99. Battle-charm of a king on
the eve of battle.
1. I call -upon thee, O Indra,
from afar, upon thee for protection against tribulation. I call the strong
avenger that has many names, and is of unequalled birth.
2. Where the hostile weapon now rises against us,threatening to slay, there do
we place the two arms of Indra round about.
3. The two arms of Indra, the protector, do we place round about us: let him
protect us! O god Savitar, and king Soma, render me of confident mind, that I
XI, 9. Prayer to Arbudi and
Nyarbudi for help in battle.
1. The arms, the arrows, and the
might of the bows; the swords, the axes, the weapons, and the artful scheme that
is in our mind; all that, O Arbudi, do thou make the enemies see, and spectres
also make them see!
2. Arise, and arm yourselves; friends are ye, O divine folk! May our friends be
perceived and protected by you, O Arbudi (and Nyarbudi)!
3. Arise (ye two), and take hold I With fetters and shackles surround ye the
armies of the enemy, O Arbudi (and Nyarbudi)!
4. The god whose name is Arbudi, and the lord Nyarbudi, by whom the atmosphere
and this great earth has been infolded, with these two companions of Indra do I
pursue the conquered (king) with my army.
5. Arise, thou divine person, O Arbudi, together with thy army! Crushing the
army of tlie enemy, encompass them with thy embraces!
6. Thou, Arbudi, makest appear the sevenfold spectral brood. Do thou, when the
oblation has been poured, rise up with all. these, together with the army!
7. (The female mourner), beating herself, with tear-stained face, with short
(mutilated?) ears, with dishevelled hair, shall lament, when a man has been
slain, pierced by thee, O Arbudi!
8. She curves her spine while longing in her heart for her son, her husband, and
her kin, when (a man) has been pierced by thee, O Arbudi!
9. The aliklavas and the gāshkamadas, the vultures, the strong-winged hawks,
the crows, and the birds (of prey) shall obtain their fill! Let them make
evident to the enemy, when (a man) has been pierced by thee, O Arbudi!
10. Then, too, every wild beast, insect, and worm shall obtain his fill on the
human carcass, when (a man) has been pierced by thee, O Arbudi!
11. Seize ye, and tear out in-breathing and outbreathing, O Nyarbudi (and Arbudi):
deep-sounding groans shall arise! Let them make it evident to the enemy, when (a
man) has been pierced by thee, O Arbudi!
12. Scare them forth, let them tremble; bewilder the enemies with fright! With
thy broad embrace, with the clasp of thy arms crush the enemies, O Nyarbudi!
13. May their arms, and the artful scheme that is in their mind be confused! Not
a thing shall remain of them, pierced by thee, O Arbudi!
14. May (the mourning women) beating them selves, run together, smiting their
breasts and their thighs, not anointed, with dishevelled hair, howling, when a
man has been slain, has been pierced by thee, O Arbudi!
15. The dog-like Apsaras, and also the Rūpakās (phantoms), the plucking
sprite, that eacerly licks within the vessel, and her that seeks out what has
been carelessly hidden, all those do thou, O Arbudi, make the enemies see, and
spectres also make them see!
16. (And also make them see) her that strides upon the mist, the mutilated one,
who dwells with the mutilated; the vapoury spooks that are hidden, and the
Gandharvas and Apsaras, the serpents, and other brood, and the Rakshas!
17. (And also) the spooks with fourfold teeth, black teeth, testicles like a
pot, bloody faces, who are inherently frightful, and terrifying!
18. Frighten thou, O Arbudi, yonder lines of the enemy; the conquering and the
victorious (Arbudi and Nyarbudi), the two comrades of Indra, shall conquer the
19. Dissolved, crushed, slain the enemy shall lie, O Nyarbudi! May victorious
sprites, with fiery tongues and smoky crests, go with (our) army!
20. Of the enemies repulsed by this (army), O Arbudi, Indra, the spouse of Saki,
shall slay each picked man: not a single one of those yonder shall escape!
21. May their hearts burst, may their life's breath escape upward! May dryness
of the mouth overtake (our) enemies, but not (our) allies!
22. Those who are bold and those who are cowardly, those who turn (in flight)
and those who are deaf (to danger?), those who are (like) dark goats, and those,
too, who bleat like goats, all those, do thou, O Arbudi, make the enemies see,
and spectres also make them see!
23. Arbudi and Trishamdhi shall pierce our enemies, so that, O Indra, slayer of
Vritra, spouse of Sakī, we may slay the enemy by thousands!
24. The trees, and (growths) that are like trees, the plants and the herbs as
well, the Gandharvas and the Apsaras, the serpents, gods, pious men, and
(departed) Fathers, all those, O Arbudi, do thou make the enemies see, and
spectres also make them see!
25. The Maruts, god Āditya, Brahmanaspati did rule over you; Indra, and Agni,
Dhātar, Mitra, and Pragāpati did rule over you; the seers did rule over you.
Let them make evident to the enemies when (a man) has been pierced by thee, O
26. Ruling over all these, rise ye and arm yourselves! Ye divine folk are (our)
friends: win ye the battle, and disperse to your various abodes!
XI, 10. Prayer to Trishamdhi for
help in battle.
1. Arise and arm yourselves, ye
nebulous spectres together with fiery portents; ye serpents, other brood, and
Rakshas, run ye after the enemy!
2. He knows bow to rule your kingdom together with the red portents (of the
heavens). The evil brood that is in the air and the heaven, and the human
(powers) upon the earth, shall be obedient to the plans of Trishamdhi!
3. The brazen-beaked (birds of prey), those with beaks pointed as a needle, and
those, too, with thorny beaks, flesh-devouring, swift as the wind, shall fasten
themselves upon the enemies, together with the Trishamdhi-bolt (the bolt with
4. Make away with, O Gātavedas Āditya, many carcasses! This army of Trishamdhi
shall be devoted to my bidding!
5. Arise thou divine person, O Arbudi, together with thy army! This tribute has
been offered to you (Arbudi and Trishamdhi), an offerinor pleasing to Trishamdhi.
6. This white-footed, four-footed arrow shall fetter (?). Do thou, O magic
spell, operate, together with the army of Trishamdhi, against the enemies!
7. May (the mourning woman) with suffused eyes hurry on, may she that hath short
(mutilated?) ears shout when (a man) has been overcome by the army of Trishamdhi!
Red portents shall be (visible)!
8. May the winged birds that move in the air and in the sky descend; beasts of
prey and insects shall seize upon them; the vultures that feed upon raw flesh
shall hack into (their) carcasses!
9. By virtue of the compact which thou, O Brihaspati, didst close with Indra and
Brahman, by virtue of that agreement with Indra, do I call hither all the gods:
on this side conquer, not over yonder!
10. Brihaspati, the descendant of Angiras, and the seers, inspired by (our)
song, did fix the three-jointed (Trishamdhi) weapon upon the sky for the
destruction of the Asuras.
11. Trishamdhi, by whom both yonder Āditya (the sun) and Indra, are protected,
the gods did destine for (our) might and strencth.
12. All the worlds the gods did conquer through this oblation, (and) by the bolt
which Brihaspati, the descendant of Angiras, did mould into a weapon for the
destruction of the Asuras.
13. With the bolt which Brihaspati, the descendant of Angiras, did, mould into a
weapon for the destruction of the Asuras do I, O Brihaspati, annihilate yonder
army: I smite the enemies with force.
14. All the gods that eat the oblation offered with the call vashat are coming
over. Receive this oblation graciously; conquer on this side, not over yonder!
15. May all the gods come over: the oblation is pleasing to Trishamdhi. Adhere
to the great compact under which of yore the Asuras were conquered!
16. Vāyu (the wind) shall bend the points of the enemies' bows, Indra shall
break their arms, so that they shall be unable to lay on their arrows, Āditya
(the sun) shall send their missiles astray, and Kandramas (the moon) shall bar
the way of (the enemy) that has not (as yet) started!
17. If they have come on as citadels of the gods, if they have constituted an
inspired charm as their armour, if they have gathered courage through the
protections for the body and the bulwarks which they have made, render all that
devoid of force!
18. Placing (our) purohita (chaplain), together with the flesh-devourer (Agni)
and death, in thy train, do thoti, O Trishamdhi, go forth with thy army, conquer
the enemies, advance!
19. O Trishamdhi, envelop thou the enemies in darkness; may not a single one of
those, driven forth by the speckled ghee, be saved!
20. May the white-footed (arrow?) fly to yonder lines of the enemy, may yonder
armies of the enemies be to-day put to confusion, O Nyarbudi!
21. The enemies have been confused, O Nyarbudi: slay each picked man among them,
slay them with this army!
22. The enemy with coat-of-mail, he that has no coat-of-mail, and he that stands
in the battle-throng, throttled by the strings of their bows, by the fastenings
of their coats-of-mail, by the battle-throng, they shall lie!
23. Those w ith armour and those without armour, the enemies that are shielded
by armour, all those, O Arbudi, after they have been slain, dogs shall devour
upon the ground!
24. Those that ride on chariots, and those that have no chariots, those that are
mounted, and those that are not mounted, all those, after they have been slain,
vultures and strong-winged hawks shall devour!
25. Counting its dead by thousands, the hostile army, pierced and shattered in
the clash of arms, shall lie!
26. Pierced in a vital spot, shrieking in concert with the birds of prey,
wretched, crushed, prostrate, (the birds of prey) shall devour the enemy who
attempts to hinder this oblation of ours directed against (him)!
27. With (the oblation) to which the gods flock, which is free from
failure,-with it Indra, the slayer of Vritra, shall slay, and with the
Trishamdhi-bolt (the bolt with three joints)!
V, 20. Hymn to the battle-drum.
1. High sounds the voice of the
drum, that acts the warrior, the wooden (drum), equipped with the skin of the
cow. Whetting thy voice, subduing the enemy, like a lion sure of victory, do
thou loudly thunder against them!
2. The wooden (instrument) with fastened (covering) has thundered as a lion, as
a bull roars to the cow that longs to mate. Thou art a bull, thy enemies are
eunuchs; thou ownest Indra's foesubduing fire!
3. Like a bull in the herd, full of might, lusty, do thou, O snatcher of booty,
roar against them! Pierce with fire the heart of the enemy; with -broken ranks
the foe shall run and scatter!
4. In victorious battles raise thy roar! What may be captured, capture; sound in
many places! Favour, O drum, (our deeds) with thy divine voice; bring to (us)
with strength the property of the enemy!
5. When the wife of the enemy hears the voice of the drum, that speaks to a far
distance, may she, aroused by the sound, distressed, snatch her son to her arms,
and run, frightened at the clash of arms!
6. Do thou, O drum, sound the first sound, ring brilliantly over the back of the
earth! Open wide thy maw at the enemies host; resound brightly, joyously, O
7. Between this heaven and earth thy noise shall spread, thy sounds shall
quickly part to every side! Shout thou and thunder with swelling sound; make
music at thy friend's victory, having, (chosen) the good side!
8. Manipulated with care, its voice shall resound! Make bristle forth the
weapons of the warriors! Allied to Indra do thou call hither the warriors; with
thy friends beat vigorously down the enemies!
9. A shouting herald, followed by a bold army, spreading news in many places,
sounding through the village, eager for success, knowing the way, do thou
distribute glory to many in the battle!
10. Desiring advantage, gaining booty, full mighty, thou hast been made keen by
(my) song, and winnest battles. As the press-stone on the gathering skin dances
upon the soma-sboots, thus do thou, O drum, lustily dance upon the booty!
11. A conqueror of enemies, overwhelming, foe-subduing, eager for the fray,
victoriously crushing, as a speaker his speech do thou carry forth thy sound;
sound forth here strength for victory in battle!
12. Shaking those that are unshaken, hurrying to the strife, a conqueror of
enemies, an unconquerable leader, protected by Indra, attending to the hosts, do
thou that crusheth the hearts of the enemies, quickly go!
V, 21 Hymn to the battle-drum,
the terror of the enemy.
1. Carry with thy voice, O drum,
lack of heart, and failure of courage among the enemies! Disagreement, dismay,
and fright, do we place into the enemies: beat them down, O drum!
2. Agitated in their minds, their sight, their hearts, the enemies shall run,
frightened with terror, when our oblation has been offered!
3. Made of wood, equipped with the skin of the cow, at home with every clan, put
thou with thy voice terror into the enemies, when thou hast been anointed with
4. As the wild animals of the forest start in fear from man, thus do thou, O
drum, shout against the enemies, frighten them away, and bewilder their minds!
5. As goats and sheep run from the wolf, badly frightened, thus do thou, O drum,
shout against the enemies, frighten them away, and bewilder their minds!
6. As birds start in fear from the eagle, as by day and by night (they start) at
the roar of the lion, thus do thou, O drum, shout against the enemies, frighten
them away, and bewilder their minds!
7. With the drum and the skin of the antelope all the gods, that sway the
battle, have scared away the enemies.
8. At the noise of the beat of the feet when Indra disports himself, and at his
shadow, our enemies yonder, that come in successive ranks, shall tremble!
9. The whirring of the bowstring and the drums shall shout at the directions
where the conquered armies of the enemies go in successive ranks!
10. O sun, take away their sight; O rays, run after them; clinging to their
feet, fasten yourselves upon them, when the strength of their arms is gone!
11. Ye strong Maruts, Prisni's children, with Indra as an ally, crush ye the
enemies; Soma the king (shall crush them), Varuna the king, Mahādeva, and
also Mrityu (death), and Indra!
12. These wise armies of the gods, having the sun as their ensign, shall conquer
our enemies! Hail!
CHARMS TO SECURE HARMONY,
INFLUENCE IN THE ASSE-NIBLY, AND THE LIKE (SĀMMANASYĀNI, ETC.).
III, 30. Charm to secure harmony.
1. Unity of heart, and unity of
mind, freedom from hatred, do I procure for you. Do ye take delight in one
another, as a cow in her (new-) born calf!
2. The son shall be devoted to his father, be of the same mind with his mother;
the wife shall speak honied, sweet, words to her husband!
3. The brother shall not hate the brother, and the sister not the sister!
Harmonious, devoted to the same purpose, speak ye words in kindly spirit!
4. That charm which causes the gods not to disagree, and not to hate one
another, that do we prepare in your house, as a means of agreement for your
5. Following your leader, of (the same) mind, do ye not hold yourselves apart!
Do ye come here, co-operating, going along the same wagon-pole, speaking
agreeably to one another! I render you of the same aim, of the same mind.
6. Identical shall be your drink, in common shall be your share of food! I yoke
you together in the same traces: do ye worship Agni, joining together, as spokes
around about the hub!
7. I render you of the same aim, of the same mind, all paying deference to one
(person) through my harmonising charm. Like the gods that are guarding the
ambrosia, may he (the leader) be welldisposed towards you, night and day!
VI, 73. Charm to allay discord.
1. Hither shall come Varuna, Soma,
Agni; Brihaspati with the Vasus shall come hither! Come together, O ye kinsmen
all, of one mind, to the glory of this mighty guardian!
2. The fire that is within your souls, the scheme that hath entered your minds,
do I frustrate with my oblation, with my ghee: delight in me shall ye take, O
3. Remain right here, go not away from us; (the roads) at a distance Pūshan
shall make impassable for you! Vistoshpati shall urgently call you back: delight
in me shall ye take, O kinsmen!
VI, 74. Charm to allay discord.
1. May your bodies be united, may
your mindg and your purposes (be united)! Brahmanaspati here has brought you
together, Bhaga has brought you together.
2. Harmony of mind (I procure) for you, and also harmony of heart. Moreover with
the aid of Bhaga's exertions do I cause you to agree.
3. As the Ādityas are united with the Vasus, as the fierce (Rudras), free from
grudge, with the Maruts, thus, O three-named (Agni), without grudge, do thou
render these people here of the same mind!
VII, 52. Charm against strife and
1. May we be in harmony with our
kinfolk, in harmony with strangers; do ye, O Asvins, establish here agreement
2. May we agree in mind and thought, may we not struggle with one another, in a
spirit displeasing to the gods! Ma not the din of frequent battle-carnage arise,
may the arrow not fly when the day of Indra has arrived!
VI, 64. Charm to allay discord.
1. Do ye agree, unite yourselves,
may your minds be in harmony, just as the gods of old in harmony-. sat down to
2. Same be their counsel, same their assembly, same their aim, in common their
thought! The 'same' oblation do I sacrifice for you: do ye enter upon the same
Same be your intention, same your hearts! Same be your mind, so that it may be
perfectly in common to you!
VI, 42. Charm to appease anger.
1. As the bowstring from the bow,
thus do I take off thy anger from thy heart, so that, having become of the same
mind, we shall associate like friends!
2. Like friends we shall associate-I take off thy anger. Under a stone that is
heavy do we cast thy anger.
3. I step upon thy anger with my heel and my fore-foot, so that, bereft of will,
thou shalt not speak, shalt come up to my wish!
VI, 43. Charm to appease anger.
1. This darbha-grass removes the
anger of both kinsman and of stranger. And this remover of wrath, 'appeaser of
wrath' it is called.
2. This darbha-grass of many roots, that reaches down into the ocean, having
risen from the earth, 'appeaser of wrath' it is called.
3. Away we take the offensiveness that is in thy jaw, away (the offensiveness)
in thy mouth, so that, bereft of will, thou shalt not speak, shalt come up to my
II, 27. Charm against opponents
in debate, undertaken with the pātā-plant.
1. May the enemy not win the
debate! Thou art mighty and overpowering. Overcome the debate of those that
debate against us, render them devoid of force, O plant!
2. An eagle found thee out, a boar dug thee out with his snout. Overcome the
debate of those that debate against us, render them devoid of force, O plant!
3. Indra placed thee upon his arm in order to overthrow the Asuras. Overcome the
debate of those that debate against us, render them devoid of force, O plant!
4. Indra did eat the pātā-plant, in order to overthrow the Asuras. Overcome
the debate of those that debate against us, render them devoid of force, O
5. By means of thee I shall conquer the enemy, as Indra (conquered) the Sālāvrikas.
Overcome the debate of those that debate against us, render them devoid of
force, O plant!
6. O Rudra, whose remedy is the urine, with black crest of hair, performer of
(strong) deeds,overcome thou the debate of those that debate against us, render
them devoid of force, O plant!
7. Overcome thou the debate of him that is hostile to us, O Indra! Encourage us
with thy might! Render me superior in debate!
VII, 12. Charm to procure
influence in the assembly.
1. May assembly and meeting, the
two daughters of Pragāpati, concurrently aid me! May he with whom I shall meet
co-operate with me, may I, O ye Fathers, speak agreeably to those assembled!
2. We know thy name, O assembly: 'mirth,' verily, is thy name; may all those
that sit assembled in thee utter speech in harmony with me!
3. Of them that are sitting together I take to myself the power and the
understanding: in this entire vathering render, O Indra, me successful!
4. If your mind has wandered to a distance, or has been enchained here or there,
then do we turn it hither: may your mind take delight in me!
VI, 94. Charm to bring about
submission to one's will.
1. Your minds, your purposes, your
plans, do we cause to bend. Ye persons yonder, that are devoted to other
purposes, we cause you to comply!
2. With my mind do I seize your minds: do ye with your thoughts follow my
thought! I place your hearts in my control: come ye, directing your way after my
3. I have called upon heaven and earth, I have called upon the goddess Sarasvatī,
I have called upon both Indra and Agni: may we succeed in this. O Sarasvatī!
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