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HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA−VEDA

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   HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA−VEDA TRANSLATED BY MAURICE BLOOMFIELD  Table of Contents HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA−VEDA.............................................................................................................1 TRANSLATED BY MAURICE BLOOMFIELD...................................................................................1I. CHARMS TO CURE DISEASES AND POSSESSION BY DEMONS OF DISEASE (BHAISHAGYKNI).............................................................................................................................................5V, 22. Charm against takman (fever) and related diseases.....................................................................6VI, 20. Charm against takman (fever).....................................................................................................6I, 25. Charm against takman (fever)........................................................................................................6VII, 116. Charm against takman (fever).................................................................................................7V, 4. Prayer to the kushtha−plant to destroy takman (fever)..................................................................7XIX, 39. Prayer to the kushtha−plant to destroy takman (fever), and other ailments............................7I, 12. Prayer to lightning, conceived as the cause of fever, headache, and cough..................................8I, 22. Charm against jaundice and related diseases.................................................................................8VI, 14. Charm against the disease balâsa................................................................................................8VI, 105. Charm against cough.................................................................................................................8I, 2. Charm against excessive discharges from the body........................................................................9II, 3. Charm against excessive discharges from the body, undertaken with spring−water.....................9VI, 44. Charm against excessive discharges from the body...................................................................9I, 3. Charm against constipation and retention of urine..........................................................................9VI, 90. Charm against internal pain (colic), due to the missiles of Rudra............................................10I, 10. Charm against dropsy...................................................................................................................10VII, 83. Charm against dropsy...............................................................................................................10VI, 24. Dropsy, heart−disease, and kindred maladies cured by flowing water....................................10VI, 80. An oblation to the sun, conceived as one of the two heavenly dogs, as a cure for paralysis.................................................................................................................................................11II, 8. Charm against kshetriya, hereditary disease................................................................................11II, 10. Charm against kshetriya, hereditary disease..............................................................................11III, 7. Charm against kshetriya, hereditary disease...............................................................................11I, 23. Leprosy cured by a dark plant.....................................................................................................12I, 24. Leprosy cured by a dark plant.....................................................................................................12VI, 83. Charm for curing scrofulous sores called apakit......................................................................12VII, 76. A. Charm for curing scrofulous sores called apakit................................................................12B. Charm for curing tumours called gâyânya.......................................................................................13C. Stanza sung at the mid−day pressure of the soma............................................................................13VII, 74. A. Charm for curing scrofulous sores called apakit................................................................13B. Charm to appease jealousy................................................................................................................13C. Prayer to Agni, the lord of vows.......................................................................................................13VI, 25. Charm against scrofulous sores upon neck and shoulders........................................................13VI, 57. Urine (gâlâsha) as a cure for scrofulous sores..........................................................................13IV, 12. Charm with the plant arundhatî (lâkshâ) for the cure of fractures............................................14V, 5. Charm with the plant silâki (lâkshâ, arundhatî) for the cure of wounds......................................14VI, 109. The pepper−corn as a cure for wounds...................................................................................14I, 17. Charm to stop the flow of blood..................................................................................................15II, 31. Charm against worms..................................................................................................................15II. 32. Charm against worms in cattle...................................................................................................15V, 23. Charm against worms in children..............................................................................................15IV, 6. Charm against poison..................................................................................................................16IV, 7. Charm against poison..................................................................................................................16VI, 100. Ants as an antidote against poison..........................................................................................17  HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA−VEDAi  Table of Contents VI, 13 Charm against snake−poison......................................................................................................17VI, 12. Charm against snake−poison.....................................................................................................17VII, 56. Charm against the poison of serpents, scorpions, and insects.................................................18VI, 16. Charm against ophthalmia.........................................................................................................18VI, 21. Charm to promote the growth of hair.......................................................................................18VI, 136. Charm with the plant nitatni to promote the growth of hair...................................................18VI, 137. Charm to promote the growth of hair.....................................................................................19IV, 4. Charm to promote virility............................................................................................................19VI, 111. Charm against mania...............................................................................................................19IV, 37. Charm with the plant agasringi to drive out Rakshas, Apsaras and Gandharvas.....................19II, 9. Possession by demons of disease, cured by an amulet of ten kinds of wood...............................20IV, 6. Charm against demons (pisâka) conceived as the cause of disease............................................20II, 25. Charm with the plant prisniparnî against the demon of disease, called kanva...........................21VI, 32. Charm for driving away demons (Rakshas and Pisâkas)..........................................................21II, 4. Charm with an amulet derived from the gangida tree, against diseases and demons..................21XIX, 34, Charm with an amulet derived from the gafigpida−tree, aoainst diseases and demons........22XIX, 35. Charm with an amulet derived from the gangida−tree, against diseases and demons..........22VI, 85. Exorcism of disease by means of an amulet from the varana−tree..........................................22VI, 127. The kîpudru−tree as a panacea...............................................................................................23XIX, 38. The healing properties of bdellium........................................................................................23VI, 91. Barley and water as universal remedies....................................................................................23VIII, 7. Hymn to all magic and medicinal plants, used as a universal remedy.....................................23VI, 96. Plants as a panacea.....................................................................................................................24II, 32. Charm to secure perfect health...................................................................................................25IX, 8. Charm to procure immunity from all diseases............................................................................25II, 29. Charm for obtaining long life and prosperity by transmission of disease..................................26II. PRAYERS FOR LONG LIFE AND HEALTH (ÂYUSHYÂNI)................................................................26III, 11. Prayer for health and long life..................................................................................................26II, 28. Prayer for long life pronounced over a boy................................................................................27III, 31. Prayer for health and long life..................................................................................................27VII, 53. Prayer for long life...................................................................................................................27VIII, 1. Prayer for exemption from the dangers of death......................................................................28VIII, 2. Prayer for exemption from the dangers of death......................................................................29V. 30. Prayer for exemption from disease and death............................................................................30IV, 9. Salve (âñgana) as a protector of life and limb............................................................................31IV, 10. The pearl and its shell as an amulet bestowing long life and prosperity..................................31XIX, 26. Gold as an amulet for long life..............................................................................................32III. IMPRECATIONS AGAINST DEMONS, SORCERERS, AND ENEMIES (ÂBHIKÂRIKÂNI AND KRITYÂPRATIHARANÂNI)...........................................................................................................................32I, 7. Against sorcerers and demons........................................................................................................32I, 8. Against sorcerers and demons........................................................................................................32I, 16. Charm with lead, against demons and sorcerers..........................................................................32VI, 2. The soma−oblation directed against Demons (rakshas).............................................................33II, 14. Charm against a variety of female demons, conceived as hostile to men, cattle, and home......33III, 9. Against vishkandha and kâbava (hostile demons)......................................................................33IV, 20. Charm with a certain plant (sadampushpâ) which exposes demons and enemies....................33IV, 17. Charm with the apâmârga−plant, against sorcery, demons, and enemies................................34IV, 18. Charm with the apâmârga−plant, against sorcerers and demons..............................................34  HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA−VEDAii  Table of Contents IV, 19. Mystic power of the apâmârga−plant, against demons and sorcerers......................................35VII, 65. Charm with the apâmârga−plant, against curses, and the consequences of sinful deeds........35X, 1. Charm to repel sorceries or spells................................................................................................35V, 31. Charm to repel sorceries or spells..............................................................................................37V, 14. Charm to repel sorceries or spells..............................................................................................37VIII, 5. Prayer for protection addressed to a talisman made from wood of the sraktya−tree...............38X, 3. Praise of the virtues of an amulet derived from the varana−tree.................................................39X, 6. Praise of the virtues of amulet of khadira−wood in the shape of a ploughshare.........................40IV, 16. Prayer to Varuna for protection against treacherous designs...................................................41II, 12. Imprecation against enemies thwarting holy work....................................................................42VII, 70. Frustration of the sacrifice of an enemy..................................................................................42II, 7. Charm against curses and hostile plots, undertaken with a certain plant.....................................42III, 6. The asvattha−tree as a destroyer of enemies..............................................................................43VI, 75. Oblation for the suppression of enemies (nairbâdhyam havih)................................................43VII 37. Curse against one that practises hostile charms.......................................................................43VII, 13. Charm to deprive enemies of their strength............................................................................43IV. CHARMS PFRTAINING TO WOMEN (STRiKARATkV1)....................................................................43II, 36. Charm to obtain a husband..........................................................................................................43VI, 60. Charm for obtaining a husband.................................................................................................44VI, 82. Charm for obtaining a wife........................................................................................................44VI, 78. Blessing for a married couple...................................................................................................44VII, 36. Love−charm spoken by a bridal couple..................................................................................44VII, 37. Charm pronounced by the bride over the bridegroom............................................................44VI, 81. A bracelet as an amulet to ensure conception...........................................................................45III, 23. Charm for obtaining a son (pumsavanam)................................................................................45VI, 11. Charm for obtaining a son (pumsavanam)................................................................................45VII, 35. An incantation to make a woman sterile.................................................................................45VI, 17. Charm to prevent miscarriage...................................................................................................45I, 11. Charm for easy parturition............................................................................................................46I, 34. Charm with licorice, to secure the love of a woman...................................................................46II, 30. Charm to secure the love of a woman........................................................................................46VI, 8. Charm to secure the love of a woman........................................................................................46VI, 9. Charm to secure the love of a woman........................................................................................47VI, 102. Charm to secure the love of a woman....................................................................................47III, 25. Charm to arouse the passionate love of a woman.....................................................................47VII, 139. Charm to arouse the passionate love of a woman.................................................................47VII, 38. Charm to secure the love of a man..........................................................................................48VI, 130. Charm to arouse the passionate love of a man.......................................................................48VI, 131. Charm to arouse the passionate love of a man.......................................................................48VI, 132. Charm to arouse the passionate love of a man.......................................................................48IV, 5. Charm at an assignation...............................................................................................................49VI, 77. Charm to cause the return of a truant woman...........................................................................49VI, 18. Charm to allay jealousy.............................................................................................................49VII, 45. Charm to allay jealousy............................................................................................................49I, 14. A woman's incantation against her rival......................................................................................49III, 18. Charm of a woman against a rival or co−wife..........................................................................50VI, 138. Charm for depriving a man of his virility...............................................................................50I, 18. Charm to remove evil bodily characteristics from a woman.......................................................50  HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA−VEDAiii  Table of Contents VI, 110. Expiatory charm for a child born under an unlucky star........................................................50VI, 140. Expiation for the irregular appearance of the first pair of teeth.............................................51V. CHARMS PERTAINING TO ROYALTY (RÂGAKARMÂNI)................................................................51IV, 8. Prayer at the consecration of a king............................................................................................51III, 3. Charm for the restoration of an exiled king................................................................................51III, 4. Prayer at the election of a king...................................................................................................52III, 5. Praise of an amulet derived from the parna−tree, designed to strengthen royal power..............52IV, 22. Charm to secure the superiority of a king.................................................................................52I, 9. Prayer for earthly and heavenly success........................................................................................53VI, 38. Prayer for lustre and power........................................................................................................53VI, 39. Prayer for glory (yasas).............................................................................................................53VIII, 8. Battle−charm.............................................................................................................................53I, 19. Battle−charm against arrow−wounds..........................................................................................54III, 1. Battle−charm for confusing the enemy.......................................................................................55III, 2. Battle−charm for confusing the enemy.......................................................................................55VI, 97. Battle−charm of a king upon the eve of battle..........................................................................55VI, 99. Battle−charm of a king on the eve of battle..............................................................................55XI, 9. Prayer to Arbudi and Nyarbudi for help in battle.......................................................................56XI, 10. Prayer to Trishamdhi for help in battle.....................................................................................57V, 20. Hymn to the battle−drum............................................................................................................58V, 21 Hymn to the battle−drum, the terror of the enemy.....................................................................59VI. CHARMS TO SECURE HARMONY, INFLUENCE IN THE ASSE−NIBLY, AND THE LIKE (SÂMMANASYÂNI, ETC.)..............................................................................................................................59III, 30. Charm to secure harmony..........................................................................................................59VI, 73. Charm to allay discord...............................................................................................................60VI, 74. Charm to allay discord...............................................................................................................60VII, 52. Charm against strife and bloodshed........................................................................................60VI, 64. Charm to allay discord...............................................................................................................60VI, 42. Charm to appease anger.............................................................................................................60VI, 43. Charm to appease anger.............................................................................................................61II, 27. Charm against opponents in debate, undertaken with the pâtâ−plant........................................61VII, 12. Charm to procure influence in the assembly...........................................................................61VI, 94. Charm to bring about submission to one's will.........................................................................61VII. CHARMS TO SECURE PROSPERITY IN HOUSE, FIELD, CATTLE, BUSINESS, GAMBLING, AND KINDRED MATTERS.............................................................................................................................62III, 12. Prayer at the building of a house...............................................................................................62VI, 142. Blessing during the sowing of seed........................................................................................62VI, 79. Charm for procuring increase of grain......................................................................................62VI, 50. Exorcism of vermin infesting grain in the field........................................................................62VII, 11. Charm to protect grain from lightning....................................................................................63II, 26. Charm for the prosperity of cattle..............................................................................................63III, 14. Charm for the prosperity of cattle.............................................................................................63VI, 59. Prayer to the plant arundhatî for protection to cattle................................................................63VI, 70. Charm to secure the attachment of a cow to her calf................................................................63III, 28. Formula in expiation of the birth of twin−calves.....................................................................64VI, 92. Charm to endow a horse with swiftness...................................................................................64III, 13. Charm for conducting a river into a new channel.....................................................................64VI, 106. Charm to ward off danger from fire.......................................................................................65  HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA−VEDAiv
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