Today’s Ponder HYMN IX Bk VII Atharva Veda

A prayer to Pūshan for protection and the recovery of lost property

1   Pūshan was born to move on distant pathways, on roads remote
from earth, remote from heaven.
To both most lovely places of assembly he travels and returns
with perfect knowledge.
2   Pūshan knows all these realms: may he conduct us by ways that
are most free from fear and danger.
Giver of blessings, glowing, all heroic, may he the wise and
watchful go before us.
3   We are thy praisers here, O Pūshan: never let us be injured  under thy protection.
4   From out the distance, far and wide, may Pūshan stretch his
right hand forth. Let him drive back our lost to us, let us return with what is lost.

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

Pushan is also known as Puchan and is a protector and multiplier of cattle and of human possessions in general. If you have ever lost anything that you valued you may have prayed for his help, or maybe you didn’t ask for his assistance but he helped you anyway, which is why he is a God.  IH

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