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Teachings from Vedas on the need for a Strong Body

There is a wrong notion among many that desire can be fulfilled by torturing the body. There is another set of people who believe that torturing the body by not eating etc is part of spirituality. But Vedas give importance to maintaining a healthy body as body is the means to attain Brahman.

May we hear with our ears what is good
May we see with our eyes what is good
May we enjoy full span of our life, with firm limbs
Healthy body, and full satisfaction of the mind,
In the service of the Supreme Lord. (Rig Veda 1.89.8)

May our bodies be as strong as a rock. (Yajur Veda 29.49)

Effort is in my right hand, victory in my left hand. (Atharva Veda 7.50.8)

May our four organs be free from ailments
May my entire body be healthy and strong  (Atharva Veda 12.4)

Happy to go away – Swami Ranganathananda

  • Work and worship must go hand in hand. Why are you afraid of work? Work for Him. You can overcome all disinclination for work if you consider it as dedication to God. (Swami Brahmananda (1863 - 1922) first president of Sri Ramakrishna Mission) More quotes and teachings of  Swami Brahmananda