Prayer of the Day
Prayer from Kena Upanishad
तस्माद् वा एते देवा अतितरामिवान्यान् देवान्
यदग्निर्वायुरिन्द्रस्ते ह्येनन्नेदिष्ठं पस्पर्शुस्ते ह्येनत् प्रथमो विदाञ्चकार ब्रह्मेति ॥ ४.२ ॥
Hymn as Romanized text
tasmAd vA EtE dEvA atitarAmivAnyAn dEvAn
yadagnirvAyurindrastE hyEnannEdiShThaM pasparshustE hyEnat prathamO vidA~jchakAra brahmEti || 4.2 ||
(tasmAd vA EtE dEvA atitarAm iva anyAn dEvAn
yat agnir vAyur indrastE hi Enan nEdiShThaM pasparshus tE hi Enat prathamO vidA~jchakAra brahmEti || )
Meaning of the Prayer Hymn:
The Agni, Vayu and Indra went very near to the God to the extent of touching.
So they got to know of the Supreme the first.
Therefore these divines are the foremost of all other divines.
1. atitarAm - excel; nEdiShTham - very near; pasparshu - touch;
vidAnchakAra - knew.
2. The three divines where unable to comprehend the Supreme Who came in the form of Yaksha.
However they took the initiative to seek It. God is not attained just by our effort.
So, they could not completely attain It. However, the intent of the individual is very
important in the spiritual pursuit. Hence they took the first and important step of
seeking God. Hence they are the foremost among all divines.
The moment we resolve to seek God sincerely, we stay ahead of the crowd,
who are still lost in the illusionary world!