HYMN LXX. Agni – Rig Veda – Book 1

HYMN LXX. Agni: Rig Veda – Book 1 – Ralph T.H. Griffith, Translator

वनेम पूर्वीरर्यो मनीषा अग्निः सुशोको विश्वान्यश्याः |
आ दैव्यानि वरता चिकित्वाना मानुषस्य जनस्य जन्म ||

गर्भो यो अपां गर्भो वनानां गर्भश्च सथातां गर्भश्चरथाम |
अद्रौ चिदस्मा अन्तर्दुरोणे विशां न विश्वो अम्र्तः सवाधीः ||

स हि कषपावानग्नी रयीणां दाशद यो अस्मा अरं सूक्तैः |
एता चिकित्वो भूमा नि पाहि देवानां जन्म मर्तांश्च विद्वान ||

वर्धान यं पूर्वीः कषपो विरूपा सथातुश्च रथं रतप्रवीतम |
अराधि होता सवर्निषत्तः कर्ण्वन विश्वान्यपांसि सत्या ||

गोषु परशस्तिं वनेषु धिषे भरन्त विश्वे बलिं सवर्णः |
वि तवा नरः पुरुत्रा सपर्यन पितुर्न जिव्रेर्वि वेदोभरन्त ||
साधुर्न गर्ध्नुरस्तेव शूरो यातेव भीमस्त्वेषः समत्सु ||

vanema pūrvīraryo manīṣā aghniḥ suśoko viśvānyaśyāḥ |
ā daivyāni vratā cikitvānā mānuṣasya janasya janma ||

gharbho yo apāṃ gharbho vanānāṃ gharbhaśca sthātāṃ gharbhaścarathām |
adrau cidasmā antarduroṇe viśāṃ na viśvo amṛtaḥ svādhīḥ ||

sa hi kṣapāvānaghnī rayīṇāṃ dāśad yo asmā araṃ sūktaiḥ |
etā cikitvo bhūmā ni pāhi devānāṃ janma martāṃśca vidvān ||

vardhān yaṃ pūrvīḥ kṣapo virūpā sthātuśca rathaṃ ṛtapravītam |
arādhi hotā svarniṣattaḥ kṛṇvan viśvānyapāṃsi satyā ||

ghoṣu praśastiṃ vaneṣu dhiṣe bharanta viśve baliṃ svarṇaḥ |
vi tvā naraḥ purutrā saparyan piturna jivrervi vedobharanta ||
sādhurna ghṛdhnurasteva śūro yāteva bhīmastveṣaḥ samatsu ||

English Translation

Translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith

1. MAY we, the pious, win much food by prayer, may Agni with fair light pervade each act,—
He the observer of the heavenly laws of Gods, and of the race of mortal man.

2 He who is germ of waters, germ of woods, germ of all things that move not and that move,—
To him even in the rock and in the house: Immortal One, he cares for all mankind.

3 Agni is Lord of riches for the man who serves him readily with sacred songs.
Protect these beings thou with careful thought, knowing the races both of Gods and men.

4 Whom many dawns and nights, unlike, make strong, whom, born in Law, all things that move and stand,—
He hath been won, Herald who sits in light, making effectual all our holy works.

5 Thou settest value on our cows and woods: all shall bring tribute to us to the light.
Men have served thee in many and sundry spots, parting, as ’twere, an aged father’s wealth.

6 Like a brave archer, like one skilled and bold, a fierce avenger, so he shines in fight.