United in thought


Friend amar had last month asked me the tamil invocation that refered to kings, brahmins and cow.

The one that came immediately to mind was svasti prajabhyam from atharva veda upanishad.

Swasthi prajabhya paripalayantham,
Nyayena margena maheem maheesa,
Gobrahmanebhyo shubhamasthu nithyam,
Loka samastha Sukhino bhavantu.

meaning

May there be well being to the people;
May the kings rule the earth along the right path;
May the cattle and the Brahmins have well being forever;
May all the beings in all the worlds become happy;

This though does not invoke rains as the next shanthi mantra does separately.

Kale varshathu parjanya,
Prauthwee sasya shalini,
Deso yam kshobha rahitha,
SAjjana santhu nirbhaya

meaning

Let the monsoon be timely and plentiful,
Let earth be covered with vegetation,
Let the country live without problems,
And let good people never have fear.

I knew immediately the tamil version is part of thevaaram.  Vaazhga anndhanar sung by gnanasambantha came to my mind and it was indeed the tamil version. Though it is refered as podhu, think it was sung at thiruedagam post pal leaf floating incident.

வாழ்க அந்தணர் வானவ ரானினம்
வீழ்க தண்புனல் வேந்தனு மோங்குக
ஆழ்க தீயதெல் லாமர னாமமே
சூழ்க வையக முந்துயர் தீர்கவே.

Vaazhga andhanar vaanavar aaninam
Veezhga than punal veyndhanum oonguga
Aazhga theeyadhellaam aran naamamey
Soozhga vaiyagamum thuyar theergavee

meaning

Let the brahmins, celestials and the herd of cows live long

Let the cool water pour from the clouds.
Let the king become exalted.
Let all the evils fall down.
Let the name of Civaṉ surround the world.
Let the world also be free from sufferings on account of that.
Translation: V.M.Subramanya Aiyar–Courtesy: French Institute of Pondichery / EFEO (2006)

The title of this blog though is a thank you to sridhar who took on the yaadum oore and sthitha pragna and also linked vasudhaiva kutumbam written by Bhartenduh.  Jayashree ji too had written on that topic.

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