Mandala 7 – Hymn 60 [Rig Veda]

1. WHEN thou, O Sun, this day, arising sinless, shalt speak the truth to Varuna and Mitra, O Aditi, may all the Deities love us, and thou, O Aryaman, while we are singing. 2. Looking on man, O Varuna and Mitra, this Sun ascendeth up by both the pathways, Guardian of all things fixt, of all that moveth, beholding good and evil acts of mortals. 3. He from their home hath yoked the Seven gold Coursers who, dropping oil and fatness, carry Surya. Yours, Varuna and Mitra, he surveyeth the worlds and living creatures like a herdsman. 4. Your coursers rich in store of sweets have mounted: to the bright ocean Surya hath ascended, For whom the Adityas make his pathway ready, Aryaman, Mitra, Varuna, accordant. 5. For these, even Aryaman, Varuna and Mitra, are the chastisers of all guile and falsehood. These, Aditi’s Sons, infallible and mighty, have waxen in the home of law Eternal. 6. These, Mitra, Varuna whom none deceiveth, with great power quicken even the fool to wisdom, And, wakening, moreover, thoughtful insight, lead it by easy paths o’er grief and trouble. 7. They ever vigilant, with eyes that close not, caring for heaven and earth, lead on the thoughtless. Even in the river’s bed there is a shallow. across this broad expanse may they conduct us. 8. When Aditi and Varuna and Mitra, like guardians, give Sudas their friendly shelter, Granting him sons and lineal succession, let us not, bold ones! move the Gods to anger. 9. May he with ofierings purify the altar from any stains of Varuna’s reviler. Aryaman save us us all those who hate us: give room and freedom to Sudas, ye Mighty. 10. Hid from our eyes is their resplendent meeting: by their mysterious might they hold dominion. Heroes! we cry trembling in fear before you, even in the greatness of your power have mercy. 11. He who wins favour for his prayer by worship, that he may gain him strength and highest riches, That good man’s mind the Mighty Ones will follow: they have brought comfort to his spacious dwelling. 12. This priestly task, Gods! Varuna and Mitra! hath been performed for you at sacrifices. Convey us safely over every peril. Preserve us evermore, ye Gods, with blessings.



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