Rig-Veda-Sanhitá: The second asht́aka

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Edward Byles Cowell, William Frederick Webster
W. H. Allen and Company, 1854

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Page xiv - Aswamedha is to be celebrated by a monarch desirous of universal dominion, is not supported by these Hymns, any more than it is in the Ramayana, where it is nothing more than the means of obtaining a son by the childless DASARATHA...
Page 206 - I deposit the poison in the solar orb, like a leather bottle in the house of a vender of spirits...
Page 126 - ... 12. The swift horse approaches the place of immolation, meditating with mind intent upon the gods ; the goat bound to him is led before him ; after him follow the priests and the singers.
Page 34 - Soma juice, that has been expressed by the stones, and sprinkled with the sacred grass, as a thirsty ox or a thirsty man hastens to a well." (Drink) for thy exhilaration, for thy invigoration, for thy exceedingly great augmentation : let thy horses bring thee hither, as his steeds convey the sun; as they carry him (through heaven) day by day.
Page 129 - Who has seen the primeval (being) at the time of his being born : what is that endowed with substance which the unsubstantial sustains : from earth are the breath and blood, but where is the soul : who may repair to the sage to ask this ? 5.
Page 140 - He who has made (this state of things) does not comprehend it : he who has beheld it, has it also verily hidden (from him) : he, whilst yet enveloped in his mother's womb, is subject to many births, and has entered upon evil.
Page 237 - He who as soon as born is the first of the deities, who has done honor to the gods by his deeds; he at whose might heaven and earth are alarmed and who is known by the greatness of his strength; he, men, is Indra. " He who fixed firm the moving earth, who spread the spacious firmament; he, men, is Indra.
Page 127 - Although more mystical than the preceding hymn, especially in regard to the intimations of the identity of the horse with the sun, there is nothing in it incompatible with the more explicit description in the former Sukta of the actual sacrifice of a horse.
Page 118 - May the halter and the heel -ropes of the fleet courser, and the head-ropes., the girths, and any other (part of the harness) ; and the grass that has been put into his mouth ; may all these be with thee, (horse), amongst the gods. 9. Whatever the flies may eat of the raw flesh of the horse ; whatever (grease) is smeared upon the brush or upon the axe ; (what is smeared) upon the hands or the nails of the immolator, may all this be with thee, (horse), among the gods. 10. Whatever undigested grass...
Page 220 - ... 6. In regard of our good deeds, Day and Night, perpetually reverenced, are interweaving in concert, like two famous female weavers,* the extended thread, (to complete) the web of the sacrifice, liberal yielders (of rewards), containers of water.

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