1. HONOUR the King with thine
oblations, Yama, Vivasvan's Son, who gathers men together,
Who travelled to the lofty heights above us,
who searcbes out and shows the path to many.
2 Yama first found for us a
place to dwell in: this pasture never can be taken from
Men born on earth tread their own paths that
lead them whither our ancient Fathers have departed.
3 Mitali prospers there with
Kavyas, Yama with Angiras' sons, Brhaspati with Rkvans:
Exalters of the Gods, by Gods exalted, some joy
in praise and some in our oblation.
4 Come, seat thee on this bed
of grass, O Yama, in company with Angirases and Fathers.
Let texts recited by the sages bring thee O
King, let this oblation make thee joyful.
5 Come, Yama, with the
Angirases the Holy, rejoice thee here with children of Virupa.
To sit on sacred grass at this our worship, I
call Vivasvan, too, thy Father hither.
6 Our Fathers are Angirases,
Navagvas, Atharvans, Bhrgus who deserve the Soma.
May these, the Holy, look on us with favour, may
we enjoy their gracious loving-kindness.
7 Go forth, go forth upon the
ancient pathways whereon our sires of old have gone before us.
'Mere shalt thou look on both the Kings
enjoying their sacred food, God Varuna and Yama.
8 Meet Yama, meet the Fathers,
meet the merit of free or ordered acts, in highest heaven.
Leave sin and evil, seek anew thy dwelling, and
bright with glory wear another body.
9 Go hence, depart ye, fly in all
directions: this place for him the Fathers have provided.
Yama bestows on him a place to rest in adorned
with days and beams of light and waters.
10 Run and outspeed the two
dogs, Sarama's offspring, brindled, four-eyed, upon thy happy pathway.
Draw nigh then to the gracious-minded Fathers
where they rejoice in company with Yama.
11 And those two dogs of
thine, Yama, the watchers, four-eyed, who look on men and guard the pathway, -
Entrust this man, O King, to their protection,
and with prosperity and health endow him.
12 Dark-hued, insatiate, with
distended nostrils, Yama's two envoys roam among the People;
May they restore to us a fair existence here
and to-day, that we may see the sunlight.
13 To Yama pour the Soma,
bring to Yama consecrated gifts:
To Yama sacrifice prepared and heralded by Agni
14 Offer to Yama holy gifts
enriched with butter, and draw near:
So may he grant that we may live long days of
life among the Gods.
15 Offer to Yama, to the King,
oblation very rich in meath:
Bow down before the Rsis of the ancient times,
who made this path in days of old.
16 Into the six Expanses flies
the Great One in Trkadrukas.
The Gayatri, the Trstup, all metres in Yama are