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What do you think of O Agni, Dispeller of the Night? what is your reponse to this passage?
2. O Agni, Dispeller of the Night
Because of his role in the all-important fire sacrifice, Agni, the god of fire, is perhaps second only to Indra in popularity, with over one thousand hymns dedicated to him in the Vedas. Here is a brief selection from a few.
a. From Rig-Veda I
I praise Agni, domestic priest; divine minister of sacrifice,
Invoker, greatest bestower of wealth . . .
To thee, dispeller of the night; O Agni, day by day with prayer,
Bringing thee reverence, we come;
Ruler of sacrifices, guard of Law eternal [Rta], radiant one,
Increasing in thine own abode.
Be to us easy of approach, even as a father to his son:
Agni, be with us for our weal.
- Anne HatzakisLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
I like thes ones to Helios a little better (but that may be because I relate to Helios better than Agni)
Homeric Hymn 31 to Helius (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th - 4th B.C.) :
"And now, O Mousa Kalliope, daughter of Zeus, begin to sing of glowing Helios (the Sun) whom mild-eyed Euryphaessa (Wide Shining), the far-shining one, bare to the son of Gaia (Earth) and starry Ouranos (Heaven).
For Hyperion wedded glorious Euryphaessa, his own sister, who bare him lovely children, rosy-armed Eos (Dawn) and rich-tressed Selene (Moon) and tireless Helios (Sun) who is like the deathless gods.
As he rides in his chariot, he shines upon men and deathless gods, and piercingly he gazes with his eyes from his golden helmet. Bright rays beam dazzlingly from him, and his bright locks streaming form the temples of his head gracefully enclose his far-seen face: a rich, fine-spun garment glows upon his body and flutters in the wind: and stallions carry him. Then, when he has stayed his golden-yoked chariot and horses, he rests there upon the highest point of heaven, until he marvellously drives them down again through heaven to Okeanos (the Ocean-Stream).
Hail to you, lord! Freely bestow on me substance that cheers the heart. And now that I have begun with you, I will celebrate the race of mortal men half-divine whose deeds the Mousai have showed to mankind."
Orphic Hymn 8 to Helius (trans. Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.) :
"To Helios (Sun), Fumigation from Frankincense and Manna.
Hear, golden Titan, whose eternal eye with matchless sight
illumines all the sky. Native, unwearied in diffusing light,
and to all eyes the object of delight:
Lord of the seasons, beaming light from far,
sonorous, dancing in thy four-yoked car.
With thy right hand the source of morning light,
and with thy left the father of the night.
Agile and vigorous, venerable Sun,
fiery and bright around the heavens you run,
foe to the wicked, but the good man’s guide,
over all his steps propitious you preside.
With various-sounding golden lyre ‘tis thine
to fill the world with harmony divine.
Father of ages, guide of prosperous deeds,
the world’s commander, borne by lucid steeds.
Immortal Zeus, flute-playing , bearing light,
source of existence, pure and fiery bright;
bearer of fruit, almighty lord or years,
agile and warm, whom every power reveres.
Bright eye, that round the world incessant flies,
doomed with fair fulgid rays to set and rise;
dispensing justice, lover of the stream,
the world’s great master, and over all supreme.
Faithful defender, and the eye of right,
of steeds the ruler, and of life the light:
with sounding whip four fiery steeds you guide,
when in the glittering car of day you ride,
propitious on these mystic labour shine,
and bless thy suppliants with a life divine."
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Oh no have u just escaped from the mental institution??