Vedic Verses for 5/8/17

We have drunk the Soma and become immortal! We have attained the light, we have found the Gods! What can the malice of mortal Man or his spite, O Immortal, do to us now?

Rig Veda VIII, 48, 3

Bless the heart, O Life-Drop, which has received you, as a father his son, or a friend his friend. Wise Soma, whose voice we hear from afar, prolong our days that we may live.

Rig Veda VIII, 48, 4

He said: That, O Gargi, the knowers of Brahman call the Imperishable. It is neither gross nor subtle, neither short nor long, neither red nor moist; It is neither shadow nor darkness, neither air nor akasa; It is unattached; It is without taste or smell, without eyes or ears, without tongue or mind; It is non-effulgent, without vital breath or mouth, without measure and without exterior or interior. It does not eat anything, nor is It eaten by anyone.

Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad III, VIII-Yajnavalkya and Gargi (II), 8

Verily, under the mighty rule of this Imperishable, O Gargi, the sun and moon are held in their respective positions. Under the mighty rule of this Imperishable, O Gargi, heaven and earth are held in their respective positions. Under the mighty rule of this Imperishable, O Gargi, moments, muhurtas (about forty-eight minutes), days and nights, fortnights, months, seasons and years are held in their respective positions. Under the mighty rule of this Imperishable, O Gargi, some rivers flow eastward from the white mountains, others flowing westward continue in that direction and still others keep to their respective courses. Under the mighty rule of this Imperishable, O Gargi, men praise those who give, the gods depend upon the sacrificer and the Manes upon the Darvi offering.

Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad III, VIII-Yajnavalkya and Gargi (II), 9

Whosoever in this world, O Gargi, without knowing this Imperishable, offers oblations, performs sacrifices and practises austerities, even for many thousands of years, finds all such acts but perishable. Whosoever, O Gargi, departs from this world without knowing this Imperishable is miserable. But he, O Gargi, who departs from this world after knowing the Imperishable is a knower of Brahman.

Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad III, VIII-Yajnavalkya and Gargi (II), 10

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