Mode of worshipping Kapila (the Cow) ||77||
1The Lord said: I shall describe to you the mode of worship of Kapila (the cow). The cow should be worshipped with these mantras. Om salutations to you O Kapila, one makes us rejoice, the abode of bliss. Salutations to you.
2Om salutations to you O Kapila of good disposition. O Kapila, as effulgent as Surabhi (the divine cow, daughter of Daksa and wife of Kasyapa). Om Kapila, the good-minded, salutations. Om salutations to the bestower of enjoyment and emancipation.
3O Daughter of Surabhi! the Mother of the universe! Giver of ambrosia to the celestials! Granter of boons! Accept this morsel of food and grant me all my desires.
4You had been worshipped by Vasistha and the learned Visvamitra. O Kapila! Take away my sins and the bad acts of mine.
5(Let there be) cows always in front of me. (Let there be) cows behind me. (Let there be) cows in my heart also. I am dwelling in the midst of cows.
6May you, accept the morsel of food offered by me. After repetition (of the mantra) let me be pure like Lord Siva. After having worshipped the books of learning one should bow at the feet of the preceptor.
7One should bathe (again) at noon and worship (Lord) Siva with astapuspika. The astapuspika is the worship of the image, seat and the limbs of (the image of) Siva.
8-9The cooked food should be brought into the well- cleansed kitchen at mid-day. Then after the recitation of the mrityunjaya mantra (that which conquers death) seven times and ending with the vausat, the food should be sprinkled with drops of water with the darbha and conch. The entire food should first be dedicated to Siva after lifting them up.
10Then half of the above should be set apart for oblation at the fireplace. After having purified the fireplace as per rules, the oblation (should be done).
11-12Having made the oblation once in the fire around one’s navel one should gather the seed of fire with the breath drawn in and after taking it through the places of the letters, one should meditate on it as “You are the fire of Lord Siva” and it should be put at the fire-place. Om ham obeisance to firegod—as also ham obeisance to Soma.
13Obeisance to Sun-god, to Jupiter, the lord of people. (Obeisance) to all gods and to all Visvedevas.
14Ham obeisance to fire-god, for offering a right sacrifice. One should worship these in the east and other directions. After having made oblations ending with the word svaha one should bid farewell after seeking forbearance.
15One should worship (the god of righteousness) on the right-hand side of the fireplace. “Salutations to the god of righteousness. The lord of unrighteousness (should be worshipped) on the left-hand side in a vessel containing sour gruel.
16Lord Varuna (should be worshipped) as the transformer of the sap and as the lord of fire in the waters. Lord of obstacles (Vinayaka) (should be worshipped) at the entrance. Obeisance to Subhaga at the grinding stone.
17Om obeisance to Raudrika and Girika. Obeisance; one should worship in the mortar. Obeisance to the pestle, the weapon dear to Bala(rama). It should be worshipped.
18-19The two gods mentioned (should be worshipped) in the broomstick and the god of love in the bed. Having offered oblation to the trunk for the presiding deity of the ground at the middle stump one should eat from a golden vessel or in the petals of the lotus etc. The preceptor, the worshipper and the son should maintain silence at the time of this vow.
20-22(The leaves) of the vala, asvattha, arka, vatari, sala and bhallataka should be discarded. After having rinsed the mouth with water, five oblations should be offered with the five prinas (winds in the body) together with thepranava (am) ending with svaha (oblations). The fire in the belly should be kindled. With the secondary winds (in one’s body) viz., naga, kurma, krikara, devadatta and dhananjaya, oblations (should be made). Having offered food with the waters of aposana (prayer repeated before and after eating), one should drink the rest of the water.
23You are an ambrosial seat. Oblations for the vital winds should be made as before. Oblations to the prana, apana, samana, uddna, and vyana. Having eaten food, water should be sipped. (The mantra for that) is “you are the ambrosial covering.” Thus the food and the winds in the body (are worshipped).