THE TWENTY-SECOND HYMN TO AGNI
A HYMN OF THE JOURNEY TO THE PERFECT JOY
[Man, the eater of things, seeks a fulfilment of his desires in a
final equality of delight. To this end he has to be purified by the divine
Flame, the Seer-Will who holds in himself the conscious vision and the utter rapture. By increasing him in us we
shall journey forward with our progressing sacrifice and the gods
will utterly manifest themselves. We must entertain this divine
Force as the master of our house, our physical and mental body,
and give it all the objects of our enjoyment as its food.]
Man who seekest thy equal fulfilment in all, sing as the
enjoyer of things the word of illumination to him of the
bright purifying flame, to the object of our adoration in the
march of our sacrifices, to the priest of the offering most
rapturous in the creature.
Set within thee Will that knows all the
births, the divine sacrificer in the seasons; today let thy sacrifice march forward
unceasingly, thy sacrifice shall open to thee the whole epiphany of the godheads.
Mortals, we have set our mind on thee the divine, for thou
hast the mind of conscious vision; we meditate on thee as
we journey, that we may increase and for the increase too of
thee, the supremely desirable.
Awake then, O Will, to the vision of this within us; this is
our word to thee, O Lord of Force. Strong-jawed enjoyer,
master of our house, the eaters of things increase thee by
their affirmations and by their words they make thee a thing
of bright gladness.
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