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forms of Brahman). The person that is seen in the sun, I am he, I am he indeed[1].

2. He who knowing this meditates on him, destroys sin, obtains the world (of Agni Gârhapatya), reaches his full age, and lives long; his descendants do not perish. We guard him in this world and in the other; whosoever knowing this meditates on him."


TWELFTH Khanda


1. Then the Anvâhârya fire[2] taught him: "Water, the quarters, the stars, the moon (these are my forms). The person that is seen in the moon, I am he, I am he indeed.

2. He who knowing this meditates on him, destroys sin, obtains the world (of Agni Anvâhârya), reaches his full age, and lives long; his descendants do not perish. We guard him in this world and in the other, whosoever knowing this meditates on him."


THIRTEENTH Khanda


1. Then the Âhavanîya[3] fire taught him: "Breath, ether, heaven, and lightning (these are my forms). The person that is seen in the lightning, I am he, I am he indeed.


  1. Fanciful similarities and relations between the fires of the three altars and their various forms and manifestations are pointed out by the commentator. Thus earth and food are represented as warmed and boiled by the fire. The sun is said to give warmth and light like the fire of the altar. The chief point, however, is that in all of them Brahman is manifested.
  2. The altar on the right. Anvâhârya is a sacrificial oblation, chiefly one intended for the manes.
  3. The Âhavanîya altar is the altar on the eastern side of the sacrificial ground.