SEVENTH MANDALA

(65) YATRAA NARAH SAMAASATE SUJAATAH |

-----------(1/4, Rigveda)

Where virtuous people flock together.
All good and intellectual people come together in one place and try to bring harmony by means of exchange of thoughts and ideas. When all of them unite they progress rapidly and attain their aims. External forces cannot harm them in any way.

(66) NU ME BRAHMAANYAGNA UCHCHHASHAADHI |

-----------(1/20, Rigveda)

May all the food I partake be pure.
The food humans partake should be made in a hygienic way. One should always ensure a pure environment while making food. One should never prepare food with dirty hands. This could lead to a number of ailments and make the body weak.

(67) VAISHWAANARO VARAMAA RODASYORAAGNIH SASAADA PITRO RUPASTHAM ||

------------(6/6, Rigveda)

Agni, the benefactor of all, is seated in middle of the earth, on a very high and exalted pedestal.
People who do good to others(like Agni) assume a very high and exalted position, Agni has the power to transform all things. In the same way the knowledgeable emancipate people from their greed and avarice and advice them to lead pious lives. By doing so they achieve success and assume a very high, honoured and respectable position in society.

(68) AGNE YAAHI DUTYAM MAA RINSHANYO DEVAAM ACHCHHAA BRAHMA KRITA GANEN |

-----------(9/5, Rigveda)

O Agni! Please be my messenger and go to the Gods with our message. Do not destroy us for we live in Sangha and chant Brahma stotra daily.
A scholar is always praised. He who attains knowledge also acquires capabilities to vanquish his enemies. Those who exchange ideas, views and knowledge can never be harmed by anyone.

(69) SHRUSHTIM CHAKRU BHRIGAVO DRUHYAVASHCHA SAKHAA SAKHAA YAMATARADA VISHUCHOH ||

------------(18/6, Rigveda)

Bhrigu and Druhya were competing with each other to attain knowledge and in the process helped each other.
Rebels and dacoits are known as Druhya. Bhrigu is one who always thinks about himself. Bhrigu and Dhruya are two competitions, both antisocial by nature---the former selfishly strives to achieve all things required for livelihood only for himself, and the latter robs and steals to sustain himself. One who harbours enmity with these two is the friend of society and does a great service to it. Thus a friend can help a friend.

(70) DURAADHYO ADITI SREVAYANTO ACHETASO VIJAGRIBHRE PARUSHNEEM ||

-----------(18/8, Rigveda)

Stupid people with wicked intelligence kept on destroying the banks of river PARUSHNI---the provider of food.
People who are stupid always indulge in destructive activities. Because of their wickedness, they destroy all that is of use to other people. One should strictly avoid these people and if one is forced to stay in their company, one should not emulate them. On the contrary one should strive to bring a change in them.

(71) PRIYAASAH SURISHU SYAAMA |

------------(19/7, Rigveda)

May we be loved amongst scholars.
One should constantly strive to acquire knowledge and by doing so one shall be praised and respected by scholars. Knowledge makes a person famous and is helpful in achieving desired goals.

(72) TE MANO VISHWA GHRAGVI CHAAREET |

----------(25/1, Rigveda)

May your mind not wander hither and thither. May it strive for our welfare. The mind is fickle like a galloping horse and the only way to control him is by involving him in good actions, beneficial for the welfare of all. The person who does so shall achieve success and peace. By practicing concentration, the mind can be made stable. A stable mind helps in making right decisions and achieving desired results. One who works for the benefit of society is respected and honoured.

(73) YAT PAARYAA YUNAJATE DHIYASTAAH ||

----------(27/1, Rigveda)

During emergencies, learned ones make efforts using their intelligence. During times of crisis, the mind usually turns blank but the people who make effort intelligently during these times of crises come out successfully. That is why one should realise the importance of intelligence and work accordingly, because only intelligence liberates a man from crisis.

(74) TMANA SAMAATSU HINOT YAGYAM DADHAAT KETUM JANAAYA TEENAM |

Take part in the battle. Inspire the valiant to engage them in battle. Perform the Yagya for the welfare of the people and to acquire maximum knowledge.
During times of war it is the responsibility of every citizen to inspire the valiant to engage them in war. One should avoid waiting for invitation. One should always be ready to strive for the welfare of others. This is the path of truth itself. During war times not only one should himself take part in it but also encourage the courageous to do so by creating awareness, zeal and enthusiasm for the war in society