1. The earth is the essence of all beings, the waters the
essence of earth, plants of the waters, flowers of plants,
fruits of flowers, a man (purusa) of fruits, and the seed of
2. Prajapati thought, 'Come, I must make a support for
him!' He created a woman. When he had created her, he
worshipped her below: so one should worship a woman
below. He stretched forward his pressing-stone in front
of him and with it he poured into her.
3. Her loins are the altar; her body-hairs, the strewing-grass;
her skin, the Soma-press; her labia, the fire in the middle.
The one who practises sexual intercourse knowing this gains
as great a world as the one who offers the Vajapeya
sacrifice, and takes the merit of the women to himself.
But the one who practises sexual intercourse without knowing
this, the women take his merit to themselves.
4. Knowing this, Uddalaka Aruni used to say—
Knowing this, Naka Maudgalya used to say—
Knowing this, Kumaraharita used to say: 'Many mortals,
descendants of Brahmanas, depart from this world
impotent, without merit: the ones who practise sexual
intercourse without knowing this.'
If, when a man is asleep or awake, this much of his seed is spilled,
5. He should touch it, or recite over it:
'Whatever seed of mine is spilled on the earth,
Or has flowed into plants, or into the waters,
I take back that seed. May my potency,
My energy, my luck, come back to me!
'May the fire-altar and the side-altars be set again in
their proper places!' Then he should take it between
ring-finger and thumb and rub it between his breasts or his
6. If it is in water, he should look at himself in the water
and recite over it: 'In me be light, potency, goods, merit!'
This is the beauty of women, when she has taken
off her dirty clothes. So when she is glorious, having taken off her dirty clothes, the man should approach and invite her.
7. If she does not give him his desire, he should bribe
her. If she still does not give him his desire, he should
strike her with a stick or with his hand, saying, 'With my potency, my glory, I take away your glory!': and she becomes inglorious.
8. If she gives him his desire, he should say, 'With my potency, my glory, I place glory in you!': and they both become glorious.
9. If a man desires a woman, wishing, 'May she desire me!', then he should place his sex-organ in her, join mouth with mouth, stroke her loins, and mutter:
'You come from every limb;
You are born in the heart;
You are the essence of the limbs:
Make mad for me,
As though pierced by a poisoned arrow!'
10. If he desires a woman wishing, 'May she not become pregnant!', then he should place his sex-organ in her, join mouth with mouth, breathe out into her, and breathe in,
saying, 'With my potency, my seed, I take the seed from
you!': and she becomes without seed.
11. If he desires a woman, wishing, 'May she become
pregnant!', then he should place his sex-organ in her, join
mouth with mouth, breathe in, and breathe out into her,
saying, 'With my potency, my seed, I place seed in you!':
and she becomes pregnant.
12. If a man's wife has a lover, and he hates that lover,
he should set a fire in an unfired pot, lay out a strewing
of reeds in the opposite order to normal, and offer in the
fire those reed arrows in the opposite order to normal, saying:
'You have made an offering in my fire. I take away your out-breath (pram) and in-breath (apana) !'
'You have made an offering in my fire. I take away your sons and animals, !'
'You have made an offering in my fire. I take away your sacrifice and merit, !'
'You have made an offering in my fire. I take away your hope and expectation, !'
The one who is cursed by a Brahmana who knows this departs from this world impotent, without merit. So knowing this, one should not wish for sexual intercourse with the wife of one who is learned in the Veda, for one who knows this becomes superior.
13. When one's wife has her period, for three days she should not drink from a metal cup nor change her clothes. No low-born man or woman should touch her. At the end of three nights she should bathe and have rice ground.
14. If someone wishes: 'May a white son be born to me! May he learn a Veda! May he live a full span!', the couple should have rice-and-milk cooked and eat it with ghee: and
they will be able to have one.
15. If someone wishes: 'May a tawny, yellow son be born to me! May he learn two Vedas! May he live a full span!', the couple should have rice-and-yoghurt cooked and eat it
with ghee: and they will be able to have one.
16. If someone wishes: 'May a dark, red-eyed son be born
to me! May he learn three Vedas! May he live a full span!',
the couple should have rice-and-water cooked and eat it with
ghee: and they will be able to have one.
17. If someone wishes: 'May a learned daughter be born
to me! May she live a full span!', the couple should have
rice-and-sesame cooked and eat it with ghee: and they will be able to have one.
18. If someone wishes: 'May a learned, famous son be born to me, one who goes to assemblies, a speaker of well-received words! May he learn all the Vedas! May he live a full span!',
the couple should have rice-and-meat cooked and eat it with ghee: and they will be able to have one—with meat from a bull-calf or a bull.
19. Towards morning, the man should stir ghee in the
manner of the sthalipaka, and make a touch-offering,
saying. To Agni, SVAHA! To Anumati, SVAHA! To the god
Savitr, of true conception, SVAHA!' After offering it, he takes
it up and eats: after eating, he offers it to the other. He
washes his hands, fills a water-bowl, and sprinkles her three
'Get up from here, Visvavasu,
Look for another young woman.
Leave this wife with her husband.'
20. Then he approaches her, saying:
'I am he, you are she; You are she, I am he;
I am the sawan-verse, you the are-verse;
I am sky, you are earth:
Let us two join together,
Mix our seed together,
To get a male child.'
21. Then he spreads apart her thighs, saying, 'Spread apart,
sky and earth.' He places his sex-organ in her, joins mouth
with mouth, and strokes her three times in the direction of the hair, saying:
'May Visnu prepare the womb;
May Tvastr fashion the shapes;
May Prajapati pour in;
May Dhatr place the embryo in you.
'Place the embryo, Sinivali;
Place the embryo, you with the broad fringe;
May the Asvins, garlanded with lotuses,
Place the embryo in you.
22. 'Just as the Asvins
Twirl with their golden fire-sticks,
We invoke for you an embryo
To be born in the tenth month.
'As the earth is pregnant with fire
And the sky is pregnant with Indra,
As air is the embryo of the directions,
I place an embryo in you, !'
23. When she is about to give birth, he sprinkles her with
'As the wind ruffles a lotus-pond
On every side, May your embryo stir
And come down with its after-birth.
'Indra's enclosure has been made
With its bolt and its fence.
Indra, send out from it
The after-birth with the embryo.'
24. When a son has been born, he takes him in his lap
and puts mixed ghee in a metal cup. He makes a
touch-offering of the mixed ghee, saying:
'May I nurture a thousand in this one,
Increasing in my own house.
May his lineage not be cut off
In offspring or in animals.
'The breaths in me
By mind I offer into you.
'Whatever in my work I have over-done,
Or whatever I have under-done,
May Agni, the maker-good of sacrifices, knowing it,
Make it a good sacrifice, a good offering, for us.
25. Then, close to the child's right ear, he whispers three
times, 'Speech, speech.' Then putting together yoghurt,
honey and ghee he feeds him with a golden spoon which
he does not put inside his mouth, whispering, T place BHUH
in you; I place BHUVAH, in you; I place SVAH, in you: I
place BHUH, BHUVAH, SVAH, everything in you.'
26. Then, saying, 'You are Veda,' he gives him a name:
and that becomes his secret name.
27. Then he gives him to his mother and offers him her
'That breast of yours, ever-flowing, refreshing,
Wealth-bestowing, rich, generous,
With which you nourish all that are fit to be chosen,
Sarasvati, give it to my baby here to suck.
28. Then he addresses the mother, saying:
'You are Ila, daughter of Mitra and Varuna.
Heroine, you have borne a hero. May you always possess heroes.
Since you have given us a hero.'
They say to such a one, 'Ah, you have become greater
than your father! Ah, you have become greater than your
grandfather!' Ah, he has attained the highest point in
splendour, fame and the glory of brahman—the son who is
born to a Brahmana who knows this!
1. Now the lineage of the teaching. The son of Pautimasi
received it from the son of Katyayani, the son of Katyayani
from the son of Gautami, the son of Gautami from the son
of Bharadvaji, the son of Bharadvaji from the son of Parasari,
the son of Parasari from the son of Aupasvasti, the son of
Aupasvasti from the son of Parasari, the son of Parasari from
the son of Katyayani, the son of Katyayani from the son of
Kausiki, the son of Kausiki from the son of Alambi and the
son of Vaiyaghrapadi, the son of Vaiyaghrapadi from the
son of Kanvi and the son of Kapi, the son of Kapi
2. from the son of Atreyi, the son of Atreyi from the son
of Gautami, the son of Gautami from the son of Bharadvaji,
the son of Bharadvaji from the son of Parasari, the son of
Parasari from the son of Vatsi, the son of Vatsi from the
son of Parasari the son of Parasari from the son of Varkaruni,
the son of Varkaruni from the son of Varkaruni, the son of
Varkaruni from the son of Artabhagi, the son of Artabhagi
from the son of Saurigi, the son of Saurigi from the son of
Sarikrti, the son of Sarikrti from the son of Alambayam, the
son of Alambayam from the son of Alambi, the son of Alambi
from the son of Jayanti, the son of Jayanti from the son of
Mandukayani, the son of Mandukayani from the son of
Manduki, the son of Manduki from the son of Sandili, the
son of Sandili from the son of Rathitari, the son of Rathitari
from the son of Bhaluki, the son of Bhaluki from the two
sons of Kraunriki, the two sons of Kraunciki from the son
of Vaidabhrti, the son of Vaidabhrti from the son of
Karsakeyi, the son of Karsakeyi from the son of Pradnayogi,
the son of Pracmayogi from the son of Sanjivi, the son of
Sanjivi from the son of Prasni who lived in Asuri's house,
the son of Prasni from Asurayana, Asurayana from Asuri,
3. from Yajnavalkya, Yajnavalkya from Uddalaka, Uddalaka
from Aruna, Aruna from Upavesi, Upavesi from Kusri, Kusri
from Vajasravas, Vajasravas from Jihvavat Badhyoga, Jihvavat
Badhyoga from Asita Varsagana, Asita Varsagana from Harita
Kasyapa, Harita Kasyapa from Silpa Kasyapa, Silpa Kasyapa
from Kasyapa Naidhruvi, Kasyapa Naidhruvi from Vac, Vac
from Ambhini, Ambhini from Aditya. These White Yajus
verses of Aditya were taught by Vajasaneya Yajnavalkya.
4. The same as far as 'the son of SanjTvi'.268 The son of
SanjTvi received the teaching from Mandukayani,
Mandukayani from Mandavya, Mandavya from Kautsa,
Kautsa from Mahitthi, Mahitthi from Vamakaksayana,
Vamakaksayana from Sandilya, Sandilya from Vatsya, Vatsya
from Kusri, Kusri from Yajnavacas Rajastambayana,
Yajnavacas Rajastambayana from Tura Kavaseya, Tura
Kavaseya from Prajapati, Prajapati from brahman. Brahman is
self-born: homage to brahman.
OM. Together may it protect us two:
Together may it profit us two:
Together may we do a hero's work.
May we learn intelligently:
May we never hate one another.
OM. Peace, peace, peace.