Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 3

Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 3

HYMN III
A charm against constipation and suppression of urine

1 We know the father of the shaft, Parjanya strong with hundred
powers:
By this may I bring health unto thy body: let the channels pour
their burthen freely as of old.

2 We know the father of the shaft, Mitra, the Lord of hundred
powers:
By this, etc.

3 We know the father of the shaft, Varuna, strong with hundred
powers: p. a4
By this, etc.

4 We know the father of the shaft, the Moon endowed with
hundred powers:
By this, etc.

5 We know the father of the shaft, the Sun endowed with hundred
powers:
By this may I bring health unto thy body: let the channels pour
their burthen freely as of old.

6 Whate’er hath gathered, as it flowed, in bowels, bladder, or in
groins,
Thus let the conduit, free from check, pour all its burthen as of
old.

7 I lay the passage open as one cleaves the dam that bars the
lake:
Thus let, etc.

8 Now hath the portal been unclosed as, of the sea that holds the
flood:
Thus let, etc.

9 Even as the arrow flies away when loosened from the archer’s
bow,
Thus let the burthen be discharged from channels that are checked
no more.