The "beginning peace invocation" (purva santi) of the Pravargya

(Taittiriya Aranyaka 4.1)

 

  1. Adoration to Speech, the spoken and unspoken, to this Speech be adoration.

    Adoration to Speech.

    Adoration to the Lord of Speech.

    Adoration to the seers, the creators of mantras, the lords of the mantras. 

    May the seers, the creators of mantras, the lords of mantras not abandon me.

    May I not abandon the seers, the creators of mantras, the lords of the mantras.
     

  2. May I speak the Speech which belongs to all the gods, which is auspicious, unfaded, agreeable to the gods.
     
  3. Let heaven be my shelter, let Brahman and Prajapati be my shelter. Let the moon and the sun be my shelter, let Brahman and Prajapati be my shelter.
     
  4. I shall speak of what exists, I shall speak of the world, I shall speak of brilliant energy, I shall speak of glory, I shall speak of ascesis, I shall speak of the Bráhman, I shall speak the truth.
     
  5. For that I spread out the spreading [the grass on which the gods are invited to sit for the offering]. May it be a spreading for my children, for my cattle. May I be a spreading for children, for cattle.
     
  6. O Prana ('breathing out') and Apana ('breathing in'), do you two protect me from death. O Prana and Apana, do not abandon me.
     
  7. I shall think of the sweet, I shall generate the sweet, I shall convey the sweet, I shall speak of the sweet. May I speak the Speech which is full of the sweet for the gods, which is willingly listened to by the people. The gods should lead me who am like this to splendour; the fathers should rejoice sympathetically.
     
  8. Ooom! Peace, peace, peace!

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