The All-Beholding Sun

The One is Light

The All-Beholding Sun

HYMN L. Surya.

His bright rays bear him up aloft, the God who knowest all that lives,

Surya, that all may look on him.

The constellations pass away, like thieves, together with their beams,

Before the all-beholding Sun.

His herald rays are seen after refulgent o’er the world of men,

Like flames of fire that burn and blaze.1

Swift and all beautiful art thou, O Surya, maker of the light,

illuminating all the radiant realm.2

Thou goest to the hosts of Gods, thou comest hither to mankind,

Hither all light to be beheld.

With the same eye of thine wherein thou  lookest brilliant Varuna,

Upon the busy race of men,

Traversing sky and wide mid-air, thou metest with thy beams our days,

Sun, seeing all things that have birth.

Seven Bay Steeds harnessed to thy car bear thee, O thou farseeing One,

God, Surya, with the radiant hair.3

Surya hath yoked the pure bright Seven4, the daughters of the car; with these,

His own dear team, he goeth forth,

Looking upon the loftier light5 above the darkness we have come

To Surya, God among the Gods, the light that is most excellent.

Rising this day, o rich in friends, ascending to the loftier heaven,

Surya remove my heart’s disease, take away from me this my yellow hue,

To parrots and to starlings let us give away my yellowness,

Or this my yellowness let us transfer to Haritala trees.

With all his conquering vigor this Aditya hath gone up on high,

Giving my foe into mine hand: let me not be my foeman’s prey.6

Hymn L. Surya. From The Rig Veda


1Compare this description of the all-beholding sun to the description of the Sun of Righteousness in the book of Malachi in the Bible.

2The radient Realm of Light is the world of spirit.

3Beams of light from the all-beholding sun.

4Second reference to seven in this poem. The seven chakras (energy centers) perhaps?

5The spiritual Light which is higher than the physical light.

6This sound like a variation of “we have him right where he wants us.”

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