The Devi Sukta

30 Days of Devotion
Day 22: A Quote, Poem, or Piece of Writing that resonates with this deity

From the Rig Veda, Book X: Hymn cxxv: translated by Ralph T.H Griffith

I travel with the Rudras and the Vasus, with the Adityas and All-gods I wander.
I hold aloft both Varuna and Mitra, Indra and Agni, and the pair of Ashvins.

I cherish and sustain high-dwelling Soma, and Tvashtar I support, Pushan and Bhaga.
I load with wealth the zealous sacrificer who pours the juice and offers the oblation

I am the Queen, the gatherer-up of treasures, most thoughtful, first of those who merit worship.
Thus the Gods have established me in many places with many homes to enter and abide in.

Through me alone all eat the food that feeds them – everyone who sees, breathes, and hears the word outspoken.
They know it not, but yet they dwell beside me. Hear, one and all, the truth as I declare it!

I, verily, myself announce the words that Gods and Man alike shall welcome.
I make the one I love exceedingly mighty; I make him a sage, a rishi, a brahman.

I bend the bow for Rudra, that his arrow may strike and slay the hater of devotion.
I rouse and order battle for the people, and I have penetrated Heaven and Earth.

On the World’s summit I bring forth the Father; my home is in the Waters, in the ocean.
Thence I extend over all existing creatures, and I touch even the far side of Heaven with my brow.

I breathe a strong breath like the wind and the tempest, while I hold together all creation.
Beyond this wide earth and beyond the heavens, I have become so mighty in my grandeur.

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