Rig Veda. Book 1
Various
Hindu
7:00 h
The Rigveda (Sanskrit: ऋग्वेद ṛgveda, from ṛc “praise” and veda “knowledge”) is an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns along with associated commentaries on liturgy, ritual and mystical exegesis. It is one of the four sacred canonical texts (śruti) of Hinduism known as the Vedas. The core text, known as the Rigveda Samhita, is a collection of 1,028 hymns (sūktas) in about 10,600 verses (called ṛc, eponymous of the name Rigveda), organized into ten books (maṇḍalas). In the eight books that were composed the earliest, the hymns are mostly praise of specific deities. The younger books (books 1 and 10) in part also deal with philosophical or speculative questions, with the virtue of dāna (charity) in society and with other metaphysical issues in their hymns.
The Rig Veda
Ralph T.H. Griffith, Translator
BOOK 1

HYMN I. Agni.

I Laud Agni, the chosen Priest, God, minister of sacrifice,
The hotar, lavishest of wealth.

Worthy is Agni to be praised by living as by ancient seers.
He shall bring hitherward the Gods.

Through Agni man obtaineth wealth, yea, plenty waxing day by day,
Most rich in heroes, glorious.

Agni, the perfect sacrifice which thou encompassest about
Verily goeth to the Gods.

May Agni, sapient-minded Priest, truthful, most gloriously great,
The God, come hither with the Gods.

Whatever blessing, Agni, thou wilt grant unto thy worshipper,
That, Aṅgiras, is indeed thy truth.

To thee, dispeller of the night, O Agni, day by day with prayer
Bringing thee reverence, we come

Ruler of sacrifices, guard of Law eternal, radiant One,
Increasing in thine own abode.

Be to us easy of approach, even as a father to his son:
Agni, be with us for our weal.


HYMN II. Vāyu.

BEAUTIFUL Vāyu, come, for thee these Soma drops have been prepared:
Drink of them, hearken to our call.

Knowing the days, with Soma juice poured forth, the singers glorify
Thee, Vāyu, with their hymns of praise.

Vāyu, thy penetrating stream goes forth unto the worshipper,
Far-spreading for the Soma draught.

These, Indra-Vāyu, have been shed; come for our offered dainties’ sake:
The drops are yearning for you both.