Aitareya-Aranyaka: First Aranyaka, Third Adhyya, Seventh Khanda

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Seventh Khanda

1. He begins with the hymn, Tad id sa bhuvaneshu gyeshtham (Rv. X, 120). Verily, gyeshtha, the oldest, is mahat, great. Endowed with mahat the form of this day is perfect.

2. Then follows the hymn, Tm su te krtim maghavan mahitv (Rv. X, 54), with the auspicious word mahitv.

3. Then follows the hymn, Bhya id vavridhe vryya (Rv. VI, 30), with the auspicious word virya.

4. Then follows the hymn, Nrinm u tv nritamam gobhir ukthaih (Rv. I, 51, 4), with the auspicious word uktha.

5. He extends the first two pdas, which are too small, by one syllable (Rv. X, 120, 1 a, and Rv. VIII, 69, 2 a) 2. Into the small heart the vital spirits are placed, into the small stomach food is placed. It serves for the attainment of these desires. He who knows this, obtains these desires.

6. The two feet, each consisting of ten syllables (Rv. X, 120, 1 a-b), serve for the gaining of both kinds of food, of what has feet (animal food), and what has no feet (vegetable food).

7. They come to be of eighteen syllables each. Of those which are ten, nine are the prnas (opening of the body), the tenth is the (vital) self. This is the perfection of the (vital) self. Eight syllables remain in each. He who knows them, obtains whatever he desires.