हिरण्मयेन पात्रेण सत्यस्यापिहितं मुखम् ।
तत्त्वं पूषन्नपावृणु सत्यधर्माय दृष्टये ॥

“The face of the truth has been covered, as it were, with a ‘golden lid’ (which is very delusively attractive); O Pūṣan! You please remove it (that lid), so that Satya (Truth) and dharma (that lie concealed behind the lid) can be seen (by us, who are desirous of both of them)!”

The Sun is the lord of all beings on the earth, and his face is an intensely dazzling golden orb that we cannot look at directly and get to see. This verse is an ardent prayer to the lord for him to enable us to have a vision of his, who is of the form of Satya and dharma.

The true import is that the attractions of this world, which the sunlight enables us to see, are so bewitching and delusive that we are not able to ascertain what Satya and dharma are. Due to this, we usually are led astray, unable to see the path of truth and goodness. In order for us to visualize Satya and Dharma, which are the true guiding lights of our lives, the Sun is being prayed to.

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