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    Shloka (Verses) To alleviate Microbes As Described By Sushruta

    By Prof. Vd. Rangaprasad Bhat
    Introduction
    Sushruta, in the fifth chapter of Sutrasthana explains the procedure to recite mantra to mitigate the caused by the existence of microrganism within the body causing infectious and contagious diseases which required to seclude the patients to hamper their endemic or epidemic spread. Over the same mantra he mentions that it wil lay of the evil efects created by the black magic)in manifesting a patern of disease in a person.
    Though on the outset it may study estem a poetical, fancy synonym-1 in this era of 21st century, it may be noted that the diseases whose aetiological factors could not be unavoidable and fixed were mentioned with words love Krutyat, Bhotat etc. invisible factors which are agnostic to one’s eye or even to one’s rationale thinking.
    There are determined mentioning of grouping of causes for that mater, even in conventional system of biomedicine, viz- cryptogenic; agnogenic; esential; primar y etc denoting the idiopathic nature of the aetiopathology of a given traits of disease.
    The word Krumi is aged in Veda for diferent macroscopic microscopic organisms. Two types of Krumi ̵ worm infestation – Drushta and Adrushta (Visible Invisible / Microscopic) were described in Vedas. Acording to their ecology based on their host and habitat they were categorized as
    Pranashrayi ̵ (endoparasites)
    Anya Sthana Ashrayi (ectoparasites).
    The invisible category of microbes are denoted with various terminologies estem Rakshasa, Pishacha, Asura, yaksha, Pishita, preta, yatu, Yatudhana, yatudhani, Kimidi, Gandharva, Apsara, atRina kururu, alaga?u, salu?a, atri?a, anvantrya,ejatka,sir?yanya,etc.
    In Vedas there are large number of suktas which provide information about above such microbiological in creatures. A few of the literary sources regarding the knowledge of the microbiological entities in numerous Vedas are ̵
    KankotanSukta by Rishi Agastaya (Rigveda 1/191);
    KrimighnamSukta (Atharvaveda 5/23),
    KriminashnamSukta (AV. 2/32),
    KrimijambhanamSukta (AV. 2/31) al by Rishi Kanva;
    RakshognamSukta (AV. 5/29) by Rishi Chatan; KriminashnamSukta (AV. 4/37) by Rishi Badrayani.
    Sushruta Sutrasthana 5 elicudates the consequent Mantra for
    Rakshobhaya Pratighatartha – to relieve alarm caused by the existence of microrganism within the body)
    Krutya Rakshanartha ̵ (Protection from the evil spels caused by black magic- as a source of agnocostic aetilogical factor of disease).
    Read related:Garbhadana Sukta: Hymn For Conception
    Interpretation
    Procedure:-
    Holding the udaka kumbha (with water inside) in the hand and by sprinkling the water (over the afected person), I launch with the procedure of rak?akarma.
    Sa nkalpa:- kr?tyana? and rak?obhayasya pratighatartha? ̵ rak?akarma kari?yami
    Phalam:- brahma tadanumanyatam (Lord Brahma wil grant with his blesings) along with other devatas in constantly destroying (brahmadya ghnantu tan sada), the evil efects caused by influence of the naga, pisaca, gandharva, pitaro, yak?a and rak?asas in human being respectively by each of or either of the entities (abhidravanti ye ye tva?).
    Suktam of Prayer with the mention of adhidevatas show in the respective components of purusha:-
    I bow my head to the dik?u, vastunivasa and request to protect the diseased person (pantu tva? te namaskr?ta?) from the nisacaras who maintain their abode and who are constantly moving in pr?thivi, antarik?a, parvatas, nadis, sarva? sarve (exist in almost al nok and corners of the universe) in sagaras. I further request munis, brahma, divya a nd rajar?is to protect them from the nisacaradi (pantu tva? munayo brahmaya divya rajar?ayastatha).
    Let agni protect thy tongue; vayu protect the pra?a (life) within your body; soma, vyanam and apana? be protected by parjanya? (rain personified or the god of rain ̵ often identified with indra). |24|
    Let the electrical impulses of the udana and samana be protected by the stanayitnu (thunder ,- personified as children of Vidyota _ Monier-Wiliams, Sir M. -198). And let thy physical strength be protected by indra; your manu,manya mati (inteligence, thinking memory) be protected by balapati (lord of strength). |25|
    Let your lusty desires (Kama) be protected and provided by Gandharvas (celestial singers) and your satvam (consciousnes) be protected by indra. Let your wisdom (praj?a) be protected by varu?a raja (m. [v 1. vri] Encompaser (of the world), N. of an ?ditya, chief among the Vedic gods; he specialy presides over the waters, the night, and the west; he is om niscient, punishes sin and is prayed to for forgivenes; he is also the sender of disease; often asociated with Mitra and Indra (̵?re; du.); in C. he is god of the waters or ocean, and regent of the west: -grih?ta, p. seized by Varuna=atacked by disease, esp. dropsy (V.); -p?s?, m. Varuna’s nose or feter (V.);_) ; let the umbilicual region be protected by the celestial ocean (samudra). |26|
    Let your eyes, ears,manas, rupa? (quality of skin hue or beautines) and chAya (A reflected image / a reflection;) be respectively protected by surya (sun), disa? (al the directions or god of air), candrama (mon), nak?atra?i (many stars) and nisa (night). |27|
    Let your retas (reproductive fluids) be empowered and protected by the apa: (water element) and the roma?i (bodily hairs) by the o?adhaya: (the plant kingdom consisting of herbs and fod grains). |28|
    Let the vaisvanara (relating or belong ing to the gods colectively) protect the siras (head); Let the vi?u (vi?u = m. [Worker: v vish] N. of a god of the uper region (personification of the sun) who traverses the world in thre strides, partner of Indra, mentioned with the ?dityas, husband of Sin?v?l? (V.); jani tor of the gods (Br.); his head when cleave of becomes the sun (Br.). In C. he is the second of the triad, the Preserver, husband of Laksh m? or Sr?, and Sarasvat?, father of the god of admire, rests on the serpent Sesha, and has Garuda for his vehicle, descends to earth in several Avat?rs; N. of a lawgiver.) protect the parakramam (heroism, courage, power, strength, energy, exertion, enterprise) of the puru?a. The pauru?a? (virility) be protected and bestowed by puru?asre?ha, and the atman be bestowed with protection by brahma (lord brahma); so is with the eyebrows by dhruva (The polar star).|29|
    Al of these devatas exist nitya in your deha in their specified sites (v ise?e?a). Let al these devatas always protect and bestow you with longevity (dirghamayu). |30|
    May you be blesed with welnes by bhagavan brahma; the devas, agni deva, vayu deva, indra deva, along with them let you be protected with excelent health and increased longevity by your pitamaha (paternal grandfather). From this moment let you be blesed with fredom from your agony and il health. Iti svaha .
    The above mantras are from the Vedas having the imprint of disease treatment and promoting longevity.
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