QUESTION: I want to practice the magic spells from Atharva Veda, can you advise me on a good translation that’s really simple and explains things “for dummies.”
You might benefit from doing Atharva Veda spells, but the benefit would be mainly due to psychological and psychosomatic effect. The real, practical magic wouldn’t happen in any profoundly tangible way. Here’s why.
Magic spells only work when they are done exactly right, and its pretty damn near impossible to do any Vedic rituals exactly right anymore. Even the Vedic language alone is very difficult and exacting (it is much more strict and difficult even than classical Purāṇic Saṁskṛta) not to mention the myriad other components of the ritual. In an incantation, even the pitch-intonation of a syllable is important. There’s a famous incident: by getting the wrong pitch on just one of the symbols of a spell, even the great and accomplished mystic magician…
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