Glimpses of Vedic Literature

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Rigveda (Contd.)

WE are giving below four important verses from the Rigveda, Mandala-I. Sukta 89. These have been chosen with a special purpose. They bring out the emphasis that is laid in the Veda on: (a) universality, (b) goodwill, (c) well-being, (d) selflessness and (e) all-round good health.

ॐ आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतो।
ऽ दब्धासो अपरीतास उद्भिदः।
देवा नो यथा सदमिद् वृधे असन्नप्रायुवो रक्षितारो दिवेदिवे ।।1।।

"May thoughts of goodwill come to us from all directions, without any obstruction or restraint, leading us to higher ideals, so that we may be recipients of divine protection without any hindrance from day to day for our well deserved growth."

स्वस्ति न इन्द्रो वृद्वश्रवाः स्वस्ति नः पूषा विश्ववेदाः।
स्वस्ति नस्ताक्ष्यों अरिष्टनेमिः स्वस्ति नो बृहस्पतिर्दधातु ।।6।।

"May Indra, with the opulent power of the divine hearing,

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