Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



In praise of Heaven and Earth

1          Ye people, hear and mark this well: he will pronounce a mighty prayer:
            That which gives breathing to the Plants is not on earth nor in, the heaven.

2          Their station, as of those who rest when weary, is in midmost air:
            The base whereon this world is built, the sages know or know  it not.

3          What the two trembling hemispheres and ground produced and fashioned forth.
            This All, is ever fresh to-day, even as the currents of the sea.

4          This All hath compassed round the one, and on the other lies at rest.
            To Earth and all-possessing Heaven mine adoration have I paid.


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