Today’s Ponder Hymns of the Atharva Veda

HYMN XLV

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A prayer for preservation from mental sin and evil promptings

Sin of the Mind, avaunt! begone! Why sayest thou what none
should say?
Go hence away, I love thee not. Go to the forests and the trees.
My heart is in our homes and cows.
2   Whatever wrong we have committed, sleeping or waking, by
ill-wish, dislike, or slander,
All these offences, which deserve displeasure, may Agni take
from us and keep them distant.
3   Indra and Brāhmanaspati! whatever foolish deed we plan,
May provident Angirasa preserve us from the sin and woe.

Hymns of the Atharva Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith, [1895], at sacred-texts.com

Today’s Ponder

Swami Vivekananda went out into the world to spread Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s message. In 1893, he was invited to the World Parliament of Religions, in Chicago. As a representative of Hinduism he gave several speeches to great acclaim within the Parliament and the world at large. He is credited with playing a big part in bringing an understanding of Hinduism to the Western mindset.

Points to Ponder

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

Today’s Ponder

This week we are digesting words of wisdom  from Swami Vivekanada. Swami Vivekananda Bengali, Shāmi Bibekānondo; 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902, born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. One of India’s most inspiring human beings. He wrote broadly about many topics regarding this human life.  Credited with reviving Indian nationalism and the Hindu way of life, with the guidance of his Guru, the mystic Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, his wisdom and encouragement have transcended time.

Points To Ponder

Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.

The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness – it is India.

All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.