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T he person who is always involved in good deeds experiences incessant Divine happiness











O ne should perform karma for the benefit of humanity with an unbiased approach because bias gives birth to evil, which creates thousands of obstacles in our path.











O ne should strongly resent miserliness And indulge in charity Because one can acquire the never- ending wealth Of immortality by doing so.











O ne should, perform karma with nonchalance Without expecting the benefits because Sooner of later one shall definitely get the fruits.











L ord of creation! no one other than thee
pervades all these that have come into being.
May that be ours for which our prayers rise,
may we be masters of many treasures!





4369 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.121.10  







O ne not knowing a land asks of one who knows it,
he goes forward instructed by the knowing one.
Such, indeed, is the blessing of instruction,
one finds a path that leads him straight onward.





4356 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.32.7  







F aith is composed of the heart's intention.
Light comes through faith.
Through faith men come to prayer,
Faith in the morning, faith at noon and at the setting of the sun.
O Faith, give us faith!





4329 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.151.4-5  







L oose us from the yoke of the sins of our fathers
and also of those which we ourselves have committed.





4321 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 7.86.5  







F or [the ancestors] Soma is purified,
some accept the molten butter;
to the company of those, for
whom the honey flows, let him go!

To the company of those who
are invincible by spiritual discipline (tapas),
and through spiritual discipline have gone to heaven,
to men of great spiritual fire, let him go!

To the company of those who
fight contested battles, heroes
who cast away their lives, to those who
made a thousand gifts, let him go!

To those ancient followers
of the Law, steadfast in the Law,
who furthered the Law, to the Fathers, Yama,
great in their spiritual fire, let him go!

To the sage-poets, the leaders
of thousands, those who protect the sun,
to the Rishis of great spiritual discipline,
born of spiritual discipline, Yama! let him go!





4250 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.154.1-5  







M ake me immortal in the realm
where the son of Vivasvat [Yama] reigns,
where lies heaven's secret shrine, where
are those waters that are ever young.
For Indra, flow thou on, Indu!

Make me immortal in that realm
where movement is accordant to wish,
in the third region, the third heaven of heavens,
where the worlds are resplendent.
For Indra, flow thou on, Indu!

Make me immortal in that realm
where all wishes and longings go,
where spreads the Radiant One's region,
where holy bliss is, and happiness.
For Indra, flow thou on, Indu!

Make me immortal in that realm
where beatitude and joy and cheer
and transports of delight abound,
where the highest desires have been filled.
For Indra, flow thou on, Indu!





4248 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 9.113.8-11  







Y ama was the first to find us our abode,
a place that can never be taken away,
where our ancient Fathers have departed; all
who are born go there by that path, treading their own.

Meet the Fathers, meet Yama, and meet with the
fulfillment of wishes in the highest heaven;
casting off imperfections, find anew thy dwelling,
and be united with a lustrous body.





4232 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.14.2,8  







W hich of these two came earlier, which came later?
How did they come to birth? Who, O Seers, can discern it?
They contain within them all that has a name,
while days and nights revolve as on a wheel.

You two, though motionless and footless, nurture
a varied offspring having feet and movement.
Like parents clasping children to their bosoms,
O Heaven and Earth, deliver us from evil!

These twin maidens (day and night), like two friendly sisters
nestled close together, rest in their parents' bosom
and kiss together the center of the world.
O Heaven and Earth, deliver us from evil!





4157 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 1.185.1,2,5  







U niversal Order and Truth
were born of blazing spiritual fire,
and thence night was born, and thence
the billowy ocean of space.

From the billowy ocean of space
was born Time--the year
ordaining days and nights,
the ruler of every moment.

In the beginning, as before,
the Creator made the sun,
the moon, the heaven and the earth,
the firmament and the realm of light.





4150 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.190.1-3  







S uch is His magnificence, but
the Supreme Being is even greater than this;
all beings are a fourth of Him,
three-fourths--His immortality--lie in heaven.

Three-fourths of the Supreme Being ascended;
the fourth part came here again and again,
and, diversified in form, it moved
to the animate and the inanimate world.





4120 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.90.1-4  







T hen (1) even nothingness was not, nor existence. (2)
There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it.
What covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping?
Was there then cosmic water, in depths unfathomed?

Then there were neither death nor immortality,
nor was there then the torch of night and day.
The One (3) breathed mindlessly and self-sustaining. (4)
There was that One then, and there was no other.

At first there was only darkness wrapped in darkness.
All this was only unillumined water. (5)
That One which came to bc, enclosed in nothing,
arose at last, born of the power of heat. (6)

In the beginning desire descended on it-
that was the primal seed, born of the mind.
The sages who have searched their hearts with wisdom
know that which is, is kin (7) to that which is not.

And they have stretched their cord across the void,
and know what was above, and what below.
Seminal powers made fertile mighty forces.
Below was strength, and over it was impulse. (8)

But, after all, who knows, and who can say
whence it all came, and how creation happened?
The gods themselves are later than creation,
so who knows truly whence it has arisen?

Whence all creation had its origin,
he, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not,
he, who surveys it all from highest heaven,
he knows or maybe even he does not know.





3931 |  Hinduism
X, 129, Translation by A. L. Basham, The Wonder That Was India (London, 1954), pp. 247-8  
1 In the beginning. 2 Asat nor sat. 3 Tad ekam, 'That One,' who 'breathes without air.' 4 Svadha, energy, intrinsic power which makes self-generation possible. 5 Fluid (salila) and indistinguishable (apraketa) 6 Tapas, an archaic word which also defines those human austerities br techniques which, like this cosmic heat, generate power. 7 From 'bond' (bandhu). 8 This stanza is obscure. A. A. Macdonell suggests that the 'cord' (rashmi) implies the bond of the preceding stanza; thought measures out the distance between the non-existent and the existent and separates the male and female cosmogonic principles: impulse (prayati) above and energy (svadha) below. (A Vedic Reader for Students, London: Oxford University. 1917, P. 210.)







A ll this is He-what has been and what shall be. He is the Lord of immortality. Though He has become all this, in reality He is not all this. For truly, He is beyond the world. The whole series of universes-past, present, and future-express His glory and power; but He transcends His own glory. All beings of the universe form, as it were, only a portion of His being; the greater part is invisible and unchangeable. He who is beyond all predicates appears as the relative universe; He appears as all sentient and insentient beings.




3585 |  Hinduism
x.90.1-5  







B ut, after all, who knows, and who can say whence it all came, or how this creation came about?
The gods, themselves, came later than this world's creation, so who truly knows whence it has arisen?
Whence all creation had its origin, only He, whether He fashioned it or not
He, who surveys it all from highest heaven-He knows.
Or perhaps even He does not!





3584 |  Hinduism
x.129.2-7  







T hey (the wise) have stretched the cord (rashmi) of their vision [to encompass the Truth],
And they have perceived what is higher and lower:
The mighty powers [of Nature] are made fertile
By that ONE who is their Source.
Below [i.e., secondary] is the creative Energy (svadha),
And above [i.e., primary] is the Divine Will (prayati).





3583 |  Hinduism
x.129.2-7  







T he wise, having searched deep within their own hearts, Have perceived the bond (bandha) between the Real (sat) and the unreal (asat).




3582 |  Hinduism
x.129.2-7  







I n the beginning, darkness lay wrapped in darkness; All was one undifferentiated (apraketa) sea (salila). Then, within that one undifferentiated Existence, [Something] arose by the heat of concentrated energy (tapas).

What arose in That in the beginning was Desire (kama), [Which is] the primal seed of mind (manas).





3581 |  Hinduism
x.129.2-7  







T hen, neither the non-Real (asat) nor the Real (sat) existed.
There was no sky then, nor the heavens beyond it.
What was contained by what, and where, and who sheltered it?
What unfathomed depths, what cosmic ocean, existed then?

Then, neither death nor deathlessness existed;
Between day and night there was as yet no distinction.
That ONE (tad ekam), by its own power (svadha) breathlessly breathed.





3580 |  Hinduism
x.114  







W ith words, priests and poets make into many the hidden Reality which is but One.




3579 |  Hinduism
x.114  







T hey call Him Indra, Mitra, Varuna, or Agni, or Garutmat, the heavenly bird.
Reality (Sat) is one; learned men call It by various names, such as Agni, Yama, or Matarisvan.





3578 |  Hinduism
I.164.46  







O Visvakarma, Thou art our Father, our Creator, Maker;
Thou knowest every place and every creature.
To Thee, by whom the names of the gods were given,
All creatures turn in prayer.





3577 |  Hinduism
x.82  







I n the beginning
There was neither existence nor nonexistence,
Neither sky nor heaven beyond …

That One breathed, without breath,
By his own breathless power.

The first born was the Creative Will,
The primordial seed of the mind.
All else followed.
The sages, searching for the truth within themselves,
Discovered the eternal bond between the seen and unseen.
This bond was an endless line stretched across the heavens.
What was above?
What was below?
Primal seeds were sprouting, mighty forces were moving;
Pulsation from below, pure energy above.

Who here knows? Who can say for sure? …
When it began and from where it came-this creation?
The gods came afterwards
So who really knows?

From where this creation came,
By what means it was formed,
Only He who watches from the highest heaven knows
or perhaps even He does not know!





3007 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda, Book X, 129  







S uch is the measure of his might,
and greater still than this is Man.
All beings are a fourth of him,
three fourths are the immortal in heaven.

Three-fourths of Man ascended high,
one-fourth took birth again down here.
From this he spread in all directions
into animate and inanimate things.





2628 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.90, from The Vedic Experience: Mantramanjari by Raimundo Pannikar (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, 1977).  







I mpart to us those vitalizing forces
that come, 0 Earth, from deep within your body,
your central point, your navel; purify us wholly.
The Earth is mother; I am son of Earth.
The Rain-giver is my father; may he shower on us
blessings! …





2627 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 5.84, from The Vedic Experience: Mantramanjari by Raimundo Pannikar (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, 1977).  







A T FIRST was neither Being nor Nonbeing.
There was not air nor yet sky beyond.
What was its wrapping? Where? In whose protection?
Was Water there, unfathomable and deep?

There was no death then, nor yet deathlessness;
of night or day there was not any sign.
The One breathed without breath, by its own impulse.
Other than that was nothing else at all.

Darkness was there, all wrapped around by darkness,
and all was Water indiscriminate.
Then that which was hidden by the Void, that One, emerging,
stirring, through power of Ardor, came to be.

In the beginning Love arose,
which was the primal germ cell of the mind.
The Seers, searching in their hearts with wisdom,
discovered the connection of Being in Nonbeing.

A crosswise line cut Being from Nonbeing.
What was described above it, what below?
Bearers of seed there were and mighty forces,
thrust from below and forward move above.

Who really knows? Who can presume to tell it?
Whence was it born? Whence issued this creation?

Even the Gods came after its emergence.
Then who can tell from whence it came to be?

That out of which creation has arisen,
whether it held it firm or it did not,
He who surveys it in the highest heaven,
He surely knows-or maybe He does not!





2626 |  Hinduism
Rig Veda 10.129, from The Vedic Experience: Mantramanjari by Raimundo Pannikar (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, 1977).  





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