Satapatha Brahmana Quotes

The Gods (Devas) and the Asuras (Demons), both of them sprung from Prajapati, entered upon their father’s inheritance – both truth and untruth: both Gods and Asuras, spoke the truth, and they both spoke untruth; and, indeed, speaking alike, they were alike. (9th Kanda, 5th Chapter, 1st Brahmana, Verse 12)

The gods relinquished untruth, and held fast to truth, and the Asuras relinquished truth, and held fast to untruth. (9th Kanda, 5th Chapter, 1st Brahmana, Verse 13)

The gods spoke nothing but truth, and the Asuras nothing but untruth. And the gods, speaking the truth diligently were very contemptible and very poor: he who speaks the truth diligently, becomes indeed very contemptible and very poor; but in the end he assuredly prospers, for the gods indeed prospered. (9th Kanda, 5th Chapter, 1st Brahmana, Verse 16)

And the Asuras, speaking untruth diligently were very prosperous: he who speaks untruth diligently, thrives indeed, and becomes very prosperous; but in the end he assuredly comes to naught, for the Asuras indeed came to naught. (9th Kanda, 5th Chapter, 1st Brahmana, Verse 17)

Satapatha Brahmana