A Prayer for Longevity


There is a shloka in the Atharva Veda (XIX.63) which prays for longevity in the following poetic way. Note the rhythmic repetition of sharadah shatam which means autumns hundred. Autumn is the best season in India. Note also how the prayer asks not only for seeing (understanding) and living, but also for learning (acquiring knowledge), rising (being up and above an easy posture), thriving (doing well materially), and growing (advancing).

pashyema sharadah shatam
jivema sharadah shatam
budhyema sharadah shatam
rohema sharadah shatam
pushema sharadah shatam
bhavema sharadah shatam
bhuyema sharadah shatam
bhuyasi sharadah shatam

May we see for a hundred autumns!
May we live for a hundred autumns!
May we learn for a hundred autumns!
May we rise up for a hundred autumns!
May we thrive for a hundred autumns!
May we stay for a hundred autumns!
May we grow for a hundred autumns!
May it be for more than a hundred
autumns!

April 18, 2014

Advertisements

About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s