Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



Absolution of a sinner after intercession with Varuna

1          This Lord is the Gods' ruler; for the wishes of Varuna the King
            must be accomplished.
            Therefore, triumphant with the prayer I utter, I rescue this man
            from the Fierce One's anger.

2          Homage be paid, King Varuna, to thine anger; for thou, dread
            God, detectest every falsehood.
            I send a thousand others forth together: let this thy servant live a hundred autumns.

3          Whatever falsehood thou hast told, much evil spoken with the tongue,
             I liberate thee from the noose of Varuna the righteous King.

4          I free thee from Vaisvānara, from the great surging flood of sin.
            Call thou thy brothers, Awful One! and pay attention to our prayer.


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