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O INDRA, for the strength that slays Vritra and conquers in the fight,
We turn thee hitherward to us.
O Indra, Lord of Hundred Powers, may those who praise thee hitherward.
Direct thy spirit and thine eye.
O Indra, Lord of Hundred Powers, with all our songs we invocate
Thy names for triumph over foes.
We strive for glory through the powers immense of him whom many praise,
Of Indra who supports mankind.

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Rig Veda 3.37

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An primordial invocation from the Rig Veda, seeking blessings from the mighty Lord of the Vedas, Indra. Here we see the ancients in their hopes and aspirations, struggling in their battles and praying for success.

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Then, this one who is fully serene,

rising up from this body and reaching the highest light,

remains established in his true nature.

This is the Self.

This is Immortal. This is beyond all fear.

This is Brahman.

Truth is the name of this Brahman

which is such.

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Chandogya Upanishad 8.3.4

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An important Sutra of the Chandogya Upanishad describing the change at death of a fully realized person. The soul of such a person remains established in his Absolute nature, and this is the nature of Brahman. Thus at death, such a person attains identification with Brahman itself.

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Arise and win glory!

Conquer your foes and fulfill your kingship!

They are already killed by me.

Be just my instrument,

The archer at my side!
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Bhagawat Geeta 11.33

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A famous passage from the Bhagawat Geeta, in which the Lord, Lord Krishna, tells Arjuna that it is He who is the Supreme Doer. The battle that lies before Arjuna has already been decided and won for him by Krishna, and all that Arjuna needs to do is to fulfill the Lord’s wishes.

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That which is known as the self creator

is verily the source of joy;

for one becomes happy on coming in contact

with the source of joy.

Who indeed will inhale and who will exhale,

if this bliss be not there

in the supreme space within the heart.

This one indeed enlivens people.
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Taitriya Upanishad 2.7.1

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In this Sutra, the Absolute which lies within the heart of all people is extolled. This Absolute is the source of the highest bliss achievable by a person. It is this joy which drives us, which enlivens us and guides us. We need to be always aware of this supreme bliss which is inside us.

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O Death, such as you are,

you know the fire that leads to heaven;

of that you tell me who am full of faith.

The dwellers of heaven get immortality.

This I ask.
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Katha Upanishad 1.1.12

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Thisis the famous prayer of Nachiketas in the Katha Upanishad. Nachiketas is granted three boons by Death, and is allowed to ask whatever he desires, and is promised the most fabulous wealth. But Nachiketas asks only for the boon of knowing the path that leads to Truth. Death touches only the mortal, and is supreme in distinguishing that which is mortal from the Immortal, and hence this knowledge is asked from Him.

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WHAT God, of those who hear, is he

whose well-praised name we may record

in this our sacrifice; and how?

Who will be gracious? Who of many give us bliss?

Who out of all the Host will come

to lend us aid?

The will and thoughts within my breast

exert their power: they yearn with love,

and fly to all the regions round. RV, 10.64
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Rig Veda 10.64

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This hymn from the Rig Veda is from a sacrificer, who expresses his earnest desire to please the Gods with his love and devotion, so that they may come to give him blessings.

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Let my vital force now attain

the all pervading immortal air;

and now let this body be reduced to ashes.

Om, my mind, remember- remember all

that has been done, O mind,
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Isa Upanishad 17

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This sutra is from the Isa Upanishad and is a prayer at death, imploring the mind to remember all that has happened in one’s life, since it is the memory which is in the mind at the time of death that decides the next reincarnation.

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