But of old Soma was drunk as mead was drunk by the Scandinavians, before and after battle.
The pressing-stones by means of which Soma is crushed typify thunderbolts.
That was a pain Soma would not shield him from, the pain of failure.
He pictured the Soma cascading through his body, and the pain receded.
In the Veda we are told that the suppliants "squeeze the soma with stones."