Mandala 8 – Hymn 9 [Rig Veda]

1. To help and favour Vatsa now, O Asvins, come ye hitherward. Bestow on him a dwelling spacious and secure, and keep malignities away. 2. All manliness that is in heaven, with the Five Tribes, or in mid-air, Bestow, ye Asvins, upon us. 3. Remember Kanva first of all among the singers, Asvins, who Have thought upon your wondrous deeds. 4. Asvins, for you with song of praise this hot oblation is effused, This your sweet Soma juice, ye Lords of ample wealth, through which ye think upon the foe. 5. Whatever ye have done in floods, in the tree, Wonder-Workers, and in growing plants, Therewith, O Asvins, succour me. 6. What force, Nasatyas, ye exert, whatever, Gods, ye tend and heal, This your own Vatsa gains not by his hymns alone: ye visit him who offers gifts. 7. Now hath the Rsi splendidly thought out the Asvins’ hymn of praise. Let the Atharvan pour the warm oblation forth, and Soma very rich in sweets. 8. Ye Asvins, now ascend your car that lightly rolls upon its way. May these my praises make you speed hitherward like a cloud of heaven. 9. When, O Nasatyas, we this day make you speed hither with our hymns, Or, Asvins, with our songs of praise, remember Kanya specially. 10. As erst Kaksivan and the Rsi Vyasva, as erst Dirghatamas invoked your presence, Or, in the sacrificial chambers, Vainya Prthi, so be ye mindful of us here, O Asvins. 11. Come as home-guardians, saving us from foemen, guarding our living creatures and our bodies, Come to the house to give us seed and offspring, 12. Whether with Indra ye be faring, Asvins, or resting in one dwelling-place with Vayu, In concord with the Rbhus or Adityas, or standing still in Visnu’s striding-places. 13. When I, O Asvins, call on you to-day that I may gather strength, Or as all-conquering might in war, be that the Asvins’ noblest grace. 14. Now come, ye Asvins, hitherward: here are oblations set for you; These Soma-draughts to aid Yadu and Turvasa, these offered you mid Kaniva’s Sons. 15. Whatever healing balm is yours, Nisatyas, near or far away, Therewith, great Sages, grant a home to Vatsa and to Vimada. 16. Together with the Goddess, with the Asvins’ Speech have I awoke. Thou, Goddess, hast disclosed the hymn, and holy gift from mortal men. 17. Awake the Asvins, Goddess Dawn! Up Mighty Lady of sweet strains! Rise, straightway, priest of sacrifice! High glory to the gladdening draught! 18. Thou, Dawn, approaching with thy light shinest together with the Sun, And to this man-protecting home the chariot ofthe Asvins comes. 19. When yellow stalks give forth the juice, as cows from udders pour their milk, And voices sound the song of praise, the Asvins’ worshippers show first. 20. Forward for glory and for strength, protection that shall conquer men, And power and skill, most sapient Ones! 21. When Asvins, worthy of our lauds, ye seat you in the father’s house. With wisdom or the bliss ye bring.



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