It is the unfailing fall of rain that sustains the world.
Therefore, look upon rain as the nectar of life.
Rain produces man’s wholesome food;
and rain itself forms part of his food besides.
Though oceanic waters surround it, the world will be deluged
by hunger’s hardships if the billowing clouds betray us.
When clouds withhold their watery wealth,
farmers cease to ply their plows.
It is rain that ruins, and it is rain again
that raises up those it has ruined.
Unless raindrops fall from the sky,
not a blade of green grass will rise from the earth.
The very nature of oceans, though vast, would diminish
if clouds ceased to take up water and replenish rain’s gifts.
Should the heavens dry up, worship here of the heavenly ones
in festivals and daily rites would wither.
Unless the heavens grant their gifts, neither the giver’s generosity
nor the ascetic’s detachment will grace this wide world.
No life on Earth can exist without water,
and water’s ceaseless flow cannot exist without rain.