Acara Kandha 19-27
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The Garudi Vidya which is the cure for all kinds of snakebite
1-2Suta said: -I will now describe the Pranesvara rite of Garuda narrated by Siva. I shall first describe the places where a person, bitten by a serpent, does not survive, viz., funeral pyre, anthill, well, and the cavity of a tree. The person, three lines on whose limbs, are hidden, does not live.
3-4[A man dies if he is bitten] in the sixth day of the fort-night, when the sun is in the constellation Cancer, when it is in the Aries, when it is with the asterism Mula or when it is in the Magha or Ashlesa . [A man dies when he is bitten] on the sides, on the loins, on the throat, on the joints or the temple, ears or belly. The Dandir (hermit), a person holding weapons, a mendicant and a naked person are the emissaries of Death. If a person is bitten on the mouth, anus, neck, and on the back, he does not survive.
5Every day the sun, first of all, lords, for half a Yama , over all the serpents. Then with six revolutions the six planets lord over them. In the night with five revolutions the five planets lord over them.
6-7The sun is the presiding star of Sesha, the moon of Phani, Mars of Takshaka, Jupiter of Karkotajna, Venus of Padma and Mahapadma, Saturn of Sankha, and Rahu of Kuluka and Ahi.
8-9Jupiter is the Death itself in both days and nights . Saturn is Death in the day and the period when Rahu presides over Kuluka at the hours of the conjunction of two-half Yamas, it is hostile to life.
10A day, consisting of sixty Dandas , should be distributed over a human body divided into three sections. Five Dandas should be assigned to the toe, twelve to the feet, five to the calf, two to the knee and one to the organ of generation.
11Six Dandas should be assigned to the navel, four to the breast and eight to the throat. Fifteen Danda should be allotted to the tip of the nose and. one each to the eye, ear, eyebrow, and temple. Then all the days, beginning with Pratipat, the first day of a fort night, should be allotted to all the limbs beginning with the head.
12-13If the moon lords over the right part of a man’s body he does not survive. If it lords over the left part of a woman’s body, she dies. The benumbed part should be rubbed over with a hand till unconsciousness is not removed.
14The great mantram of self, pure like crystal, called Harilsa, is to be known as one which counteracts the evil effect of poisoning. Its Bija is of four sorts. Om, Kuru, Kunde Swaha.
15Formerly this learning was kept by Garuda for protecting the tree worlds. Desirous of killing the serpents he assigned Pranva to his mouth.
16An intelligent worshipper should assign Kuru to his throat, Kunda to the claves, and Svaha to the tow feet. This Nyasa is called Yugaha.
17The serpents leave the house in which this mantram is written. Having recited it a thousand time one should place a thread on his ear.
18The serpents leave the house in which surge, after reciting this mantram, is thrown. By reciting it seven lacs of times the celestials and Asuras obtain Siddhi.
19Om, Swaha unto golden lines, into him having the form of a fowl. In this way two letters whould written on each petal of a lotus of eighteen petals.
20When a person, bitten by a snake, is sprinkled with water with this mantram the poison goes out. Om, Pakshi (bird) Swaha.
21Then the assignment of all fingers., beginning with the thumb and ending with the youngest finger, should be made in the body. Garuda should be assigned to the mind, mouth heart, organ of generation and feet.
22Even in a dream the venomous serpents do not transgress his shadow. He, who recites this mantram for a lac of times, destroys the poison even by his very sight.
23-24Om, Hrom, Hroum, Bhirindayai Swaha. Having recited this mantram by placing his finger on the ear one should destroy the poison of the person bitten. He should then assign a, ato the tips of the feet, i.i to the calves and knees, u, u, e, ai to the waist, on to the navel, and air to the heart.
25He should assign am to the mouth and all. To the hart. Hamsa, when recited, meditated on and adored, destroy all sorts of poison.
26Having meditated: “I am Garuda” he should perform the rite destructive of poison. Having assigned the mantram Ham to the body he should say “Destroy poison, etc.”
27Having assigned Hamsa to the left hand, he should close up his mouth and nostrils. This mantram destroy the poison affecting the skin and flesh.
28Having attracted it by the air he should remove the poison of the person bitten. He should next assign it to the body of the person bitten and meditate on the blue-throated deity (Siva).
29When the juice of the root of Pratyangira is drunk with rice it destroys poison. The root of the new Phalin is equally effective.
30When clarified butter is pasted on the head it also destroys poison.
31If a person drinks up hot ghee (clarified butter) the poison is not increased. If the root of Sirisha compounded in five parts with one part of red garlic (Grinjana) is pasted all over the body or is drunk it destroys poison.
32-33Hrim destroys the poison of Gonasa (a large kind of snake Boa). When the mantram Hrim ending with Visarga is meditated on it brings all under control; when it is assigned to the female organ it brings a maiden under control and clears up the muddy water.
34Having recited “Garuda is everywhere” fifty-six thousand times a person becomes a poet, well read in Sruti and obtains a submissive wife. The theme of the Muni Vyasa forsooth destroys poison.