Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



A prayer to Vāchaspati for divine illumination and help.

1          Now may Vāchaspati assign to me the strength and powers of  Those
            Who, wearing every shape and form, the triple seven, are wandering round.

2          Come thou again, Vāchaspati, come with divine intelligence.
            Vasoshpati, repose thou here. In me be Knowledge, yea, in me.

3          Here, even here, spread sheltering arms like the two bow-ends strained with cord.
            This let Vāchaspati confirm. In me be Knowledge, yea, in me.

4          Vāchaspati hath been invoked: may he invite us in reply.
            May we adhere to Sacred Lore. Never may I be reft thereof.


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