1. O Fire, thou art
born with thy lights, flaming out on us in thy effulgence; thou art born from
the waters and around the stone, thou art born from the forests and born from
the plants of the earth. Pure art thou in thy birth, O Master of man and his
2. O Fire, thine are
the call and the offering, thine the purification and the order of the
sacrifice, thine the lustration; thou art the fire-bringer for the seeker of the
Truth. The annunciation is thine, thou becomest the pilgrim-rite:¹ thou art the
priest of the Word and the master of the house in our home.
3. O Fire, thou art
Indra the Bull of all that are and thou art wide-moving² Vishnu, one to be
worshipped with obeisance. O Master of the Word, thou art Brahma, the finder of
the Riches: O Fire, who sustainest each and all, closely thou companionest the
Goddess of the many thoughts.³
4. O Fire, thou art
Varuna the king who holds in his hands the
¹Or,thou art the priest of the pilgrim-rite: ²Or,wide-sung
³Or,the Goddess tenant of the city.
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law of all workings and thou art Mitra
the potent and desirable Godhead. Thou art Aryaman, master of beings, with whom
is complete enjoying; O Godhead, thou art Ansha who gives us our portion in the
winning of the knowledge.
5. O Fire, thou art
Twashtri and fashionest fullness of force for thy worshipper; thine, O friendly
Light, are the goddess-Energies and all oneness of natural kind. Thou art the
swift galloper and lavishest good power of the Horse; thou art the host of the
gods and great is the multitude of thy riches.
6. O Fire, thou art
Rudra, the mighty one of the great Heaven and thou art the army of the Life-Gods
and hast power over all that fills desire. Thou joumeyest with dawn-red winds to
bear thee and thine is the house of bliss; thou art Pushan and thou guardest
with thyself thy worshippers.
7. O Fire, to one
who makes ready and sufficient his works thou art the giver of the treasure;
thou art divine Savitri and a founder of the ecstasy. O Master of man, thou art
Bhaga and hast power for the riches; thou art the guardian in the house for one
who worships thee with his works.
8. O Fire, men turn
to thee the master of the human being in his house; thee they crown, the king
perfect in knowledge. O strong force of Fire, thou masterest all things; thou
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movest to the thousands and the hundreds
and the tens.
9. O Fire, men
worship thee with their sacrifices as a father and thee that thou mayst be their
brother by their achievement of works when thou illuminest the body with thy
light. Thou becomest a son to the man who worships thee; thou art his blissful
friend and guardest him from the violence of the adversary.
10. O Fire, thou art
the craftsman Ribhu, near to us and to be worshipped with obeisance of
surrender; thou hast mastery over the store of the plenitude and the riches. All
thy wide shining of light and onward burning is for the gift of the treasure;
thou art our instructor in wisdom and our builder of sacrifice.
11. O Divine Fire,
thou art Aditi, the indivisible Mother to the giver of the sacrifice; thou art
Bharati, voice of the offering, and thou growest by the word. Thou art Ila of
the hundred winters wise to discern; O Master of the Treasure, thou art
Saraswati who slays the python adversary.
12. O Fire, when
thou art well borne by us thou becomest the supreme growth and expansion of our
being, all glory and beauty are in thy desirable hue and thy perfect vision. O
Vastness, thou art the plenitude that carries us to the end of
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our way; thou art a multitude of riches
spread out on every side.
13. O Fire, the sons
of the indivisible Mother made thee their mouth, the pure Gods made thee their
tongue; O Seer, they who are ever close to our giving are constant to thee in
the rites of the Path; the Gods eat in thee the offering cast before them.
14. O Fire, all the
Gods, the Immortals unhurtful to man, eat in thee and by thy mouth the offering
cast before them; by thee mortal men taste of the libation. Pure art thou born,
a child of the growths of the earth.
15. O Fire that hast
come to perfect birth, thou art with the Gods and thou frontest them in thy
might and thou exceedest them too, O God, when here the satisfying fullness of
thee becomes all-pervading in its greatness along both the continents. Earth and
16. When to those
who chant thee, the luminous Wise Ones set free thy gift, O Fire, the wealth in
whose front the Ray-Cow walks and its form is the Horse, thou leadest us on and
leadest them to a world of greater riches. Strong with the strength of the
heroes, may we voice the Vast in the coming of knowledge.
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1. Make the Fire
that knows all things born to grow by your sacrifice; worship him with thy
offering and thy body and thy speech. Worship in his kindling Fire with whom are
his strong delights, the male of the sun-world, the Priest of the Call, the
inhabitant of Heaven¹ who sits at the chariot yoke in our battles.
2. The Nights and
the Dawns have lowed to thee as the milch-cows low towards a calf in their lairs
of rest. O Fire of many blessings, thou art the traveller of Heaven through the
ages of man and thou shinest self-gathered through his nights.²
3. The Gods have
sent into the foundation of the middle world this great worker and pilgrim of
earth and of heaven, whom we must know, like our chariot of white-flaming light,
Fire whom we must voice with our lauds like a friend in the peoples.
4. They have set in
the crookedness, set pouring his rain like gold in the beauty of his light,³ in
the middle world and in his own home, the guardian of the dappled mother who
¹Or, who dwells in the Light ²Or,
self-gathered thou illuminest his nights. ³Or, like a thing of delight in his
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awakens us to knowledge with his eyes of
vision, the protector of our path along either birth.
5. Let Fire be the
priest of your call, let his presence be around every pilgrim-rite; this is he
whom men crown with the word and the offering. He shall play in his growing
fires wearing his tiara of golden light; like heaven with its stars he shall
give us knowledge of our steps along both the continent-worlds.
6. O Fire, opulently
kindling for our peace, let thy light arise in us and bring its gift of riches.
Make Earth and Heaven ways for our happy journeying and the offerings of man a
means for the coming of the Gods.
7. O Fire, give us
the vast possessions, the thousandfold riches; open to inspiration like gates
the plenitude; make Earth and Heaven turned to the Beyond by the Word. The Dawns
have broken into splendour as if there shone the brilliant world of the Sun.
8. Kindled in the
procession of the beautiful Dawns, he shall break into roseate splendour like
the world of the Sun. O Fire, making effective the pilgrim-rite by man's voices
of offering, thou art the King of the peoples and the Guest delightful to the
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9. O pristine Fire,
even thus the Thought has nourished our human things in the immortals, in the
great Heavens. The Thought is our milch-cow, of herself she milks for the doer
of works in his ,battles and in his speed to the journey the many forms and the
hundreds of the Treasure.
10. O Fire, let us
conquer a hero-strength by the War-Horse, or let us awake to knowledge beyond
men by the Word;¹ let our light shine out in the Five Nations high and
inviolable like the world of the Sun.
11. Awake, O
forceful Fire, one to be voiced by our lauds; for thou art he in whom the
luminous seers come to perfect birth and speed on their way. O Fire, thou art
the sacrifice and to thee the Horses of swiftness come there where thou shinest
with light in the eternal son and in thy own home.
12. O Fire, O God
who knowest all things born, may we both abide in thy peace, those who hymn thee
and the luminous seers. Be forceful for the opulence of the Treasure with the
multitude of its riches and its many delights and its issue and the offspring of
¹Or, wake in ourselves a strength of heroes beyond men's scope
by the power of the War-Horse or by the Word;
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13. When to those
who hymn thee the luminous Wise set free, O Fire, the gift in whose front the
Ray-Cow walks and whose form the Horse, thou leadest us on and leadest them to
a world of greater riches. Strong with the strength of the Heroes, may we voice
the Vast in the coming of the knowledge.
1. The Fire that was
set inward in the earth is kindled and has arisen fronting all the worlds. He
has arisen, the purifying Flame, the priest of the call, the wise of
understanding, the Ancient of Days. Today let the Fire in the fullness of his
powers, a god to the gods, do sacrifice.
2. Fire who voices
the godhead, shines revealing the planes, each and each; high of ray he reveals,
each and each, the triple heavens by his greatness. Let him flood the oblation
with a mind that diffuses the light and manifest the gods on the head of the
3. O Fire, aspired
to by our mind, putting forth today thy power do sacrifice to the gods, O thou
who wast of old before aught that is human. Bring to us the unfallen host of the
Life-Gods; and you. O Powers, sacrifice to Indra where he sits on the seat of
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4. O Godhead,
strewn is the seat on this altar, the hero-guarded seat that ever grows, the
seat well-packed for the riches,¹ anointed with the Light. O all Gods, sit on
this altar-seat, sons of the indivisible Mother, princes of the treasure, kings
5. May the divine
Doors swing open, wide to our call, easy of approach with our prostrations of
surrender; may they stretch wide opening into vastnesses, the imperishable Doors
purifying the glorious and heroic kind.
6. Milch-cows, good milkers, pouring out
on us may Night and Dawn, the eternal and equal sisters, come like weaving women
full of gladness, weaving out the weft that is spun, the weft of our perfected
works into a shape of sacrifice.
7. The two divine
Priests of the call, the first, the full in wisdom and stature, offer by the
illumining Word the straight things in us; sacrificing to the Gods in season,
they reveal them in light in the navel of the Earth and on the three peaks of
8. May Saraswati
effecting our thought and goddess Ila and
¹Or, made strong to bear for the riches,
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Bharati who carries all to their goal,
the three goddesses, sit on our altar-seat and guard by the self-law of things
our gapless house of refuge.
9. Soon there is
born a Hero of golden-red form, an aspirant to the Godheads, a mighty bringer of
riches and founder of our growth to wideness. Let the Maker of forms loosen the
knot of the navel in us, let him set free the issue of our works; then let him
walk on the way of the Gods.¹
10. The Plant is
with us streaming out the Wine. Fire speeds the oblation by our thoughts. Let
the divine Achiever of works, understanding, lead the offering triply revealed²
in his light on its way to the Godheads.
11. I pour on him
the running light; for the light is his native lair, he is lodged in the light,
the light is his plane. According to thy self-nature, bring the Gods and fill
them with rapture. O Male of the herd, carry to them our offering blessed with
¹Or, let the way of the Gods come to us.
²Or, triply anointed
³Or,made into svāhā
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1. I call to you the
Fire with his strong delights and his splendours of light. Fire who strips all
sin from us, the guest of the peoples. He becomes like a supporting friend, he
becomes the God who knows all things born in the man with whom are the Gods.¹
2. The Bhrigus
worshipping in the session of the Waters set him a twofold Light in the peoples
of Man. May he master all planes prevailing vastly. Fire the traveller of the
Gods with his rapid horses.
3. As men who would
settle in a home bring into it a beloved friend, the Gods have set the Fire in
these human peoples. Let him illumine the desire of the billowing nights, let
him be one full of discerning mind in the house for the giver of sacrifice.
4. Delightful is his
growth as if one's own increase, rapturous is his vision as he gallops burning
on his way. He darts about his tongue mid the growths of the forest and tosses
his mane like a chariot courser.
5. When my thoughts
enjoying him chant his mightiness, he shapes hue of kind as if to our desire. He
awakes to knowledge in men that have the ecstasy by the rich diversity of his
¹Or, in all from men to the Gods.
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light; old and outworn he grows young
again and again.
6. Like one who
thirsts he lifts his light on the forests; his roar is like the cry of waters on
their path, he neighs like a chariot war-horse. Black is his trail, burning his
heat; he is full of rapture and awakes to knowledge: he is like Father Heaven
smiling with his starry spaces.
7. He starts
on his journey to bum through all wide earth and moves like a beast that wanders
at will and has no keeper; Fire with his blazing light and his black
affliction assails the dry trunks with his heat as if he tasted the vastness.
8. Now in our mind's
return on thy former safe-guarding, our thought has been spoken in the third
session of the knowledge. O Fire, give us the treasure with its children; give
us a vast and opulent plenitude where the heroes assemble.
9. To the luminous
Wise Ones and to him who voices thee, O Fire, be the founder of their growth and
expansion, that the Gritsamadas strong with the strength of the Heroes and
overcoming the hostile forces may conquer the higher worlds by thy force and
take delight of¹ the secret inner spaces.
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1. A conscious
Priest of the call is born to us; a father is born to his fathers for their
safeguard. May we avail to achieve by sacrifice the wealth that is for the
victor,¹ and to rein the Horse of swiftness.
2. The seven rays
are extended in this leader of sacrifice; there is a divine eighth that carries
with it the human. The Priest of the purification takes possession of² That All.
3. When a man has
firmly established this Fire, he echoes the Words of knowledge and comes to³
That: for he embraces all seer-wisdoms as the rim surrounds a wheel.
4. Pure, the Priest
of the annunciation is born along with the pure will. The man who knows the laws
of his workings that are steadfast for ever, climbs them one by one like
5. The milch-cows
come to and cleave to the hue of Light4 of this Priest of the lustration, the Sisters
who have gone once
¹Or, the wealth that has to be conquered,
²Or, travels to (reaches)
³Or, and comes to know 4Or, the
hue of kind
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and again to that Supreme over the
6. When the sister
of the Mother comes to him bringing the yield of the Light, the Priest of the
pilgrim-sacrifice rejoices in her advent as a field of barley revels in the
7. Himself for his
own confirming let the Priest of the rite create the Priest; let us take joy of
the laud and the sacrifice, for then it is complete,² what we have given.³
8. Even as one who
has the knowledge let him work out the rite for all the lords of the sacrifice.
On thee, O Fire, is this sacrifice that we have made.
1. O Fire, mayst
thou rejoice in the fuel I bring thee, rejoice in my session of sacrifice.
Deeply lend ear to my words.
2. O Fire, who art
brought to perfect birth. Child of Energy, for then it is complete, we have
moved (on the way),
¹The fourth world, Turiyam
above the three, so called in the Rig-veda, turīyam svid.
²Or, for then it is
complete, we have moved (on the way),
³Or, let us take full joy
of the laud and the sacrifice; for we have given.
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Impeller of the
Horse, we would worship thee with this oblation, we would worship thee with this
3. We would wait
with our Words on thy joy in the Word; O Treasure-giver, we would wait on the
seeker of the Treasure. Let us serve thee, all whose desire is thy service.
4. O Wealth-Lord,
Wealth-giver, awake, a seer and a Master of Treasures; put away from us the
things that are hostile.
5. For us, O Fire,
the Rain of Heaven around us; for us, O Fire, the wealth immovable ;¹ for us, O
Fire, the impulsions that bring their thousands!
6. O Messenger, O
youngest Power, come at our word for him who aspires to thee and craves for thy
safeguard; arrive, O Priest of the call, strong for sacrifice.
7. O Fire, O seer,
thou movest within having knowledge of both the Births ;² thou art like a
messenger from a friendly people.³
¹Or, free from all littleness; ²Or,
as one who has knowledge between both Births; ³Or, like a friendly universal messenger.
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8. Come with thy
knowledge, O Conscious Fire, and fill us; perform the unbroken order of the
sacrifice. Take thy seat on the sacred grass of our altar.
1. O Fire, O
Youngest Power! Fire of the Bringers, Prince of the Treasure, bring to us a
wealth, the best, made all of light and packed with our many desires.
2. Let not the Force
that wars against us master the God and the mortal;¹ carry us beyond that
3. And so by thee
may we plunge and pass beyond all hostile forces as through streams of rushing
4. O cleansing Fire,
thou art pure and adorable; vast is the beauty of thy light fed with the
¹Or, against us, God and mortal, overmaster us;
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5. O Fire of the
Bringers, thou art called by¹ our bulls and our heifers and by our eight-footed
6. This is the eater
of the Tree for whom is poured the running butter of the Light; this is the
Desirable, the ancient, the Priest of the call, the Wonderful, the son of Force.
1. As if to
replenish³ him chant now the chariots of Fire and his yokings. Fire the lavish
and glorious Godhead.
2. He brings his
perfect leading to the man who has given; he is invulnerable and wears out with
wounds the foe. Fair is the front of him fed with the offerings.
3. He is voiced in
his glory and beauty at dusk and dawn in our homes. Never impaired is the law of
¹Or, fed with
² Or, by our bulls and by
our barren and pregnant kine. Aṣtāpadī
³Or, as one seeking for
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4. He shines rich
with diverse lustres like the heavens of the Sun1 in his illumining splendour,
shines wide with his ray, putting forth on us a revealing light with his ageless
5. Our words have
made the Fire to grow, made the Traveller to grow in the way of self-empire; he
holds in himself all glory and beauty.
6. May we cleave to
the safeguardings of the Fire and Soma and Indra and of the Gods, meeting with
no hurt overcome those that are embattled against us.
1. The Priest of the
call has taken his seat in the house of his priesthood; he is ablaze with light
and vivid in radiance, he is full of knowledge and perfect in judgment. He has a
mind of wisdom whose workings are invincible and is most rich in treasures: Fire
with his tongue of purity is a bringer of the thousand.
2. Thou art the
Messenger, thou art our protector who takest us to the other side; O Bull of the
herds, thou art our leader on the way to a world of greater riches. For the
shaping of like the Sun
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the Son and the building of the
bodies¹awake in thy light, a guardian, and turn not from thy work, O Fire.
3. May we worship
thee in thy supreme Birth, O Fire; may we worship thee with our chants in the
world of thy lower session: I adore with sacrifice thy native lair from which
thou hast arisen. The offerings have been cast into thee when thou wert kindled
4. O Fire, be strong
for sacrifice, do worship with my oblation; swiftly voice my thought towards the
gift of the Treasure. For thou art the wealth-master who hast power over the
riches, thou art the thinker of the brilliant Word.
5. Both kinds of
wealth are thine, O potent Godhead and because thou art born from day to day,
neither can waste and perish. O Fire, make thy adorer one full of possessions;
make him a master of the Treasure and of wealth rich in progeny.
6. O Fire, shine
forth with this force² of thine in us, one perfect in knowledge, one who
worships the Gods and is strong for sacrifice. Be our indomitable guardian and
our protector to take us to the other side; flame in us with thy light, flame in
us with thy opulence.
Or, in the offspring of the son of our bodies
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1. Fire is to us as
our first father and to him must rise our call when he is kindled by man in the
seat of his aspiration. He puts on glory and beauty like a robe; he is our Horse
of swiftness full of inspiration to be groomed by us, he is the immortal wide in
2. May Fire in the
rich diversity of his lights, the immortal wide in knowledge, hearken to my cry
in all its words. Two tawny horses bear him or two that are red or ruddy in
glow: one widely borne has been created.
3. They have given
him birth in one laid supine who with happy delivery bore him; the Fire became a
child in mothers of many forms. This thinker and knower by the greatness of his
lights dwells¹even in the destroying Night unenveloped by the darkness.
4. I anoint the Fire
with my oblation of light, where he dwells fronting all the worlds; wide in his
horizontal expansion and vast, he is most open and manifest by all he has fed
on, seen in the impetuosity of his force.²
Or, shines ²Or, in the violence of his rapture.
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5. I anoint him
where he moves fronting all things on every side; let him rejoice in That with a
mind that withholds not the riches.¹ None can touch the body of the Fire where
he plays in his desire of the hues of light,² in his strong and glorious beauty.
6. Mayst thou take
knowledge of thy portion putting forth thy force with thy supreme flame; may we
speak as the thinking human being with thee for Messenger. I am one who would
conquer the Treasure and I call to the Fire with my power .of speech and my
flame of offering. Fire in whom is no insufficiency, and he brings to us the
touch of the sweetness.³
¹Or, with a mind without the will to injure.
²Or, with his
desire-waking hue, ³Or, he fills us with the wine of sweetness.
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