Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



A prayer to Lightning, for happiness

1          Homage to thee, the Lightning's flash, homage to thee, the
            Thunder's roar!
            Homage to thee, the Stone which thou hurlest against the

2          Homage to thee, Child of the Flood whence thou collectest fer-vent heat!
            Be gracious to our bodies, give our children happiness and  joy.

3          Yea, homage be to thee, O Offspring of the Flood! Homage we
             pay to thee, the dart and fiery flame:
            For well we know thy secret and sublimest home, where thou as
            central point art buried in the sea.

4          Thou, Arrow, which the host of Gods created, making it strong
            and mighty for the shooting,
            Be gracious, lauded thus, to our assembly. To thee, that Arrow,.
            be our homage, Goddess!


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