It is mentioned in Manusmriti in the 181th line that "A twice-born student, who has involuntarily wasted his manly strength during sleep, must bathe, worship the sun, and afterwards thrice mutter the Rik-verse (which begins), 'Again let my strength return to me.'" Which verse is described here? https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/manu/manu02.htm


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Explanatory notes by Ganganath Jha in his translation of Manusmṛti (with Medhātithi's Manubhāṣya) say that Manusmṛti 2.181 is referring to Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.30 (of Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda):

'Punarmām' – "This verse occurs in Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.30," – Buhler.

'Punarmāmaitvindriyam' – "Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.30. Such uses of texts are frequent in the later Vedic works; e.g. the Sāmavidhāna Brāhmaṇa and the several Ṛgvidhānas," – Burnell.

From here, the verse in full:

punarmāmaitvindriyam |
punarāyuḥ punarbhagaḥ |
punarbrḥhmaṇamaitu mā |
punardraviṇamaitu mā |

yanme'dya retaḥ pṛthivīmaskān |
yadoṣadhīrapyasaradyadāpaḥ |
idam tatpunarādade |
dīrghāyutvāya varcase |

yanme retaḥ prasicyate |
yanma ājāyate punaḥ |
tena māmamṛtaṃ kuru |
tena suprajasaṃ kuru ||1||

punardve ca ||

iti kṛṣnayajurvedīyataittirīyāranyake
prathamaprapāṭhake triṃśo'nuvākaḥ ||30||

Translation and commentary of the verse(s) from Essence of Taittiriya Aranyaka (kamakoti.org):

1.30.1-3: May mantra shakti lead to physical fulfillment and good progeny

Punarmaamaittvindriyam punaraayuh punarbhagaha,
punarbraahmanamaitu maa punardravinamaitu maa /

Yanme~dya retah prithiveemaskaan yadoshadheerapyasaradyaapaha
idamtatpunaraadade deerghaayuttvaaya varchase /

Yanme retah prasichyate | yanma aajaayate punaha | tena maamamrutam kuru | tena suprajasankuru /

This anuvaka deals with human desires and their fulfillment. The prayers are for awakening senses, their strength and intensities. The prayers are to revive and reinforce the world of aspirations and thus the frontiers of life span, the power of enjoyment, their sustenance and enhancement.

May the mantras of prosperity and longevity to enjoy the sweet fruits of life respond instantly. May the "retas" or semen be spilled on earth and enhance the derivatives of plants, progeny and pashus. Besides these again, the long life, the capacity to enjoy and the determination towards fulfillment be heightened further and farther.

Finally, may the semen deposited in the womb of the wife result in many sons with name and fame besides our immortality!

  • Thanks for this answer. In the question, Manu mentions a richa while this is from Yajurveda. Is this verse something that the Yajurveda borrowed from the Rigveda? Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 17:54
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    I couldn't locate such a verse in the Rigveda samhita. Also, apparently, there are about 700 rk mantras in Taittiriya Samhita which are not present in the current Rigveda. So Manu may/may not be referring to Rigveda @user1952500 Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 18:54
  • @sv i have searched deep into the matter and manu is talking about rigveda but seems the verses are lost.I will search more and let u all know. Commented Mar 13, 2019 at 18:51
  • @PravinRGMishra 'but seems the verses are lost' - no, the verses are not lost because the same/similar verses are present in YV. The RV shakas/recensions with those verses however could be lost. Commented Mar 13, 2019 at 18:56

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