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Quotes On Health From Vedas

A small collection of quotes from Vedas, Sushruta and Charaka Samhita.

Om. May my limbs, speech, prana, eyes, ears, and strength, as also all (other) sense-organs, be nourished. All, indeed, is Brahman, as declared in the Upanishads. May I not deny Brahman; may not Brahman deny me. Let there be no denial (of me, on the part of Brahman); let there be no denial (of Brahman) on my part. May all the virtues described in the Upanishads belong to me, who am devoted to the Atman; may they belong to me! Om, peace, peace, peace! (Atharva Veda, 3.4.1)

With the wholesome remedies which you give, O Rudra, may I attain the span of a hundred winters. Far from us banish enmity and hatred, and to all quarters maladies and trouble. (Rig Veda, 2.33.2)

Possessed of a proper balance of the humours, (gastric) fire, secretions, and excretory functions, with tranquil body, mind and senses — such a person is called healthy. (Sushruta Samhita, ‘Uttara Tantra’, 64)

Unwholesome work done without insight, application, and discriminative memory — know that to be violation of wisdom; and that disturbs all (bodily) humours. (Charaka Samhita, ‘Sharira Sthana’, 1.102)

Give your body and mind to worldly enjoyments, and the world will destroy them both. Devote them to God and his service, and you will enjoy bodily health, peace of mind, and spiritual joy. (Swami Brahmananda)

Friendliness (towards all), compassion towards the sick, active interest in (curing) treatable patients, and a detached outlook towards the incurable — these are the four mental dispositions (expected) of a physician. — (Charaka Samhita, ‘Sutra Sthana’, 9.26)