YAD BHADRANTANNA ASUVA.
- Yajurveda mantra 30/3
~~ O Bestower of all Pleasures, Stimulator and Creator Lord! We pray to Thee to dispel all evils and miseries and bestow upon us whatever is virtuous and blessed. ~~
~~ O' Yee the Creator of the entire universe, may Thou dispel all our vices and may Thou help us to achieve all that is good and beneficial. ~~
Om= the Supreme Name of the Supreme Self
vishwani = all (the whole universe)
deva = O God!
savitah = stimulous lord; God of the Sun (creator of the universe)
duritani = Whatever is bad; all evils and hindrances
parasuva = drive it out (like ringing a wet cloth)
yat = whatever
bhadram = auspicious, blissful (whatever is good)
tat = that (all that is good)
nah = to us
asuva = give in plenty
O Almighty God, the Giver of every thing in and around our life, and Creator of the universe, please remove all of my vices and instill in me all the propitious. Vices like laziness, anger, envy, pride, etc., and Propitious like services to the teachers, parents & elders; efforts to gain spiritual knowledge and inspiration to donate towards the right path.
In this Mantra, by saying the word 'Duritani' -we request God to remove all our depravities and imperfections from within that make us proud, unindustrious, and angry. By saying the word 'Bhadaram', we request God to give us knowledge to get rid of all the evil, by virtue of which we can get all the happiness in this life and get closer to achieving Moksha (Eternal Bliss - liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth). As per Vedas, Praying to God every day has a lot of power and God always listens to the prayers we make, either through Ved-mantras recited during Yajna or when in meditation and respite, or even during our daily chores. However, on our part, it is best to synchronize the prayers with
- Yoga practice – both active and passive
- Pranayam– Rythmic Breathing Practice
- Dhyan- Meditation,
- performing Yajna – Havan (the holy fire and the ingredients of samigri, that are put into it, cleanse and destroy impurities in the atmosphere), and
- engaging the mind in virtuous deeds,
to get rid of the wrong inside and derive Happiness.
Practically, when one prays to the Almighty for dispelling the evil inside, he is actually making an effort to spiritually increase resistance and power within. This would enable him to embody a capacity to absorb the pains, and overcome them by tuning to the positivity around. No matter how dire the circumstances are, one would be able to make the right decisions to stay on the righteous path.
This was the favorite mantra of Mahrishi Dayanand Sarasvati. He has quoted this mantra at the beginning of every chapter in his commentary on the Vedas by praying to the Lord to bestow upon him, His Divine Grace and remove any obstructions in the path of completing his sacred task. The theme of the mantra reveals the universality of the Vedas. This prayer is free from the narrow boundaries of sects and creed. Acharyas used to recite this mantra everyday before starting their daily work to dispel all the difficulties and hindrances from their path.
God has numerous attributes and they are reflected in various names, which are used to describe Him. The first attribute mentioned in this mantra is 'Deva'. Sage Yaska interprets 'Deva' as 'Devo Danad Va', i.e., God is described as a Bestower. The second attribute is 'Savita' which means stimulator, generator or creator.
The road of life is a mixture of hope and despair, success and failure, obstruction and smoothness. Sometimes, we reach the crossroads of complex problems and feel that the solution of these problems is out of reach. However, voices from our inner mind shake us, as if someone is shaking our shoulders and saying – O traveler! Caraivaiti (strive to achieve higher and higher values; strive to obtain human ends), carry on and on. Do we recognize that this voice comes from the Lord, who is our stimulator? In this mantra a devotee is not asking for worldly possessions but on the contrary, praying for blessing of stimulation.
The devotees' prayer for stimulation is to get rid of 'Duritani', i.e., to dispel our all miseries and evils and ask graciously to provide us with that happiness which is absolutely free from all pain. In the context of human life, this word has a wider sense. 'Duritani' covers all those factors, which create obstacles in our path to achieve our noble aims, whether they are due to our ignorance, greed, laziness, evil habits or disfavor of other elements in our lives. A devotee prays to God for help, guidance, stimulation and to be free from evil thoughts and actions.
This is the process of life when evils are dispelled; virtue, nobility, merit and purity automatically follow in our hearts.
-Prayers of Yajna
Here is a poetic version of this beautiful Sanskrit mantra in Hindi:
Tu Sarvesh Sakal Sukh Daataa
Sukh Swaroop vidhata hai
Uske kasht nasht ho jaate
Sharan teri jo aataa hai
Saare durgun durvaysno se
humko naath bacha leeje
Mangalmaya gun karm swabhav
prem sindhu humko deeje
May God Bless and the World be a better place to live.