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The Rig Veda Hymns

HYMN II.

BEAUTIFUL Vâyn, come, for thee these Soma drops have been

prepared : Drink of them, hearken to our call.

2 Knowing the days, with Soma juice poured forth, the singers glorify

Thee, Viyu, with their hymns of praise. 3 Vayu, thy penetrating stream goes forth unto the worshipper, Far-spreading for the Soma draught. 8 Law clerical.

The word used to denote the conception of the order of the world is ritá. Everything in the universe which is conceived as showing regularity of action may be said to have the ritá for its principle.

In its most general application the conception expressed by the word occupied to some extent the place of natural and moral law, fate, or the will of a supreme God.

See Wallis, The Cosmology of the Rigveda, p. 92. In thine own abode: sve dame, sud domo, in the sacrificial hall or chamber in which fire-worship is performed, and in which the fire (Agni) increases as the oblations of clarified butter are poured upon it by the priest.

Tayu: God of the wind.

Soma drops: libations of the juice of the Soma, or Moon-plant, said to be the Acid Asclepias or Sarcostema Viminalis.

The plant was gathered by moonlight on certain mountains, stripped of its leaves, and then carried to the place of sacrifice; the stalks having been there crushed by the priests were sprinkled with water and placed on a sieve or strainer.

whence, after further pressure, the acid juice trickled into a vessel called Drona; after which it was mixed with flour etc.,

marle to ferment, and then offered in libations to the Gods or drunk by the Brahmans, by both of whom its exhilarating quali ties were supposed to be highly prized.

This famous plant has remained unidentified till recently (seo Max Müller, Biographies of Words, Appendix III.) Dr.

Aitchison has lately stated that Soma must be the Ephedra pachy clade, which in the Harirud valley is said to bear the name of hum, huma, and yahma.

This supposition is confirmed by Dr. Joseph Bornmüller, a botanist long resident in Kerman, who identifies the Soma plant with some kind of Ephedra,

probably Ephedra distachya, but who remarks that different varie ties of Ephedra are to be found from Siberia to the Iberian peninsula,

so that we must give up the hope of determining the original home of the Aryas by means of the habitat of the Sc.

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