The Kesin Hymn of the Long Haired Sage

From the Rig Veda (approx 3000 years old)

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 "The long-haired one endures fire,

the long-haired one endures poison,

the long-haired one endures both worlds.

The long-haired one is said to gaze full on heaven,

the long-haired one is said to be that light.

Of us, you mortals, only our bodies do you behold. 

The sky clad sages have donned the yellow robe of dust:

along the wind’s course they glide when the gods have penetrated them.

Exulting in our seerhood, upon the winds we have ascended.

Through the middle region flies the sage shining down upon all forms;

for his piety is he deemed the friend of every god.

The wind’s steed, the Lord of life’s friend, is the god-intoxicated sage:

beyond both oceans he dwells, the upper and the lower. 

For him has the Lord of life churned and pounded the unbendable,

when the long-haired one, in Rudra’s company,

drank from the poison cup".

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Alternative version of hymn, translated by Feuerstein

The long-haired one endures fire, the long-haired one endures poison, the long-haired one endures both worlds. The long-haired one is said to gaze full on heaven, the long-haired one is said to be that light.

The wind-girt sages have donned the yellow robe of dust: along the wind's course they glide when the gods have penetrated them.

Exulting in our seerhood, upon the winds we have ascended. Of us, you mortals, only our bodies do you behold.

Through the middle region flies the sage shining down upon all forms; for his piety is he deemed the friend of every god.

The wind's steed, the Lord of life's friend, is the god-intoxicated sage; within both oceans he dwells, the upper and the lower.

In the path of nymphs, angels, wild beasts wanders the long-haired one, the knower of heart's desire, a gentle friend, most exhilarating.

For him has the Lord of life churned and pounded the unbendable, when the long-haired one, in Rudra's company drank from the poison cup.

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