Prayer for health and long life

PRAYERS FOR LONG LIFE AND HEALTH (ÂYUSHYÂNI).

From The Artharvaveda
III, 11. Prayer for health and long life.
1. I release thee unto life by means of (my) oblation, from unknown decline, and from consumption. If Grâhi
(seizure) has caught hold (gagrâha) of this person here, may Indra and Agni free him from that!
2. If his life has faded, even if he has passed away, if he has been brought to the very vicinity of death, I
snatch him from the lap of Nirriti (the goddess of destruction): I have freed him unto a life of a hundred
autumns.
3. I have snatched him (from death) by means of an oblation which has a thousand eyes, hundredfold
strength, and −ensures a hundredfold life, in order that Indra may conduct him through the years across to the
other side of every misfortune.
4. Live thou, thriving a hundred autumns, a hundred winters, and a hundred springs! May Indra, Agni,
Savitar, Brihaspati (grant) thee a hundred years! I have snatched him (from death) with an oblation that
secures a life,of a hundred years.
5. Enter ye, O in−breathirig and out−breathing, as two bulls a stable! Away shall go the other deaths, of
which, it is said, there are a hundred more!
6. Remain ye here, O in−breathing and out−breathing, do not go away from here; do ye car anew to old age

 

III, 31. Prayer for health and long life.
1. The gods are free from decrepitude; thou, O Agni, art removed from the demon of hostility. I free thee
from all evil and disease, (and) unite thee with life.
2. (Vâyu), the purifying (wind), shall free thee from misfortune, Sakra (Indra) from evil sorcery! I free thee
from all evil and disease, (and) unite thee with life.
3. The tame (village) animals are separate from the wild (forest animals); the water has flowed apart from
thirst. I free thee from all evil and disease, (and) unite thee with life.
4. Heaven and earth here go apart; the paths go in every direction. I free thee from all evil and disease, (and)
unite thee with life.
5. ‘Tvashtar is preparing a wedding for his daughter,’ thus (saying) does this whole world pass through. I free
thee from all evil and disease, (and) unite thee with life.
6. Agni unites (life’s) breaths, the moon is united with (life’s) breath. I free thee from all evil and disease,
(and) unite thee with life.
7. By means of (life’s) breath the gods aroused the everywhere mighty sun. I free thee from all evil and
disease, (and) unite thee with life.
8. Live thou by the (life’s) breath of them that have life, and that create life; do not die! I free thee from all
evil and disease, (and) unite thee with life.
9. Breathe thou with the (life’s) breath of those that breathe; do not die! I free thee from all evil and disease,
(and) unite thee with life.
10. Do thou (rise) up with life, unite thyself with life, (rise) up with the sap of the plants! I free thee from all
evil and disease, (and) unite thee with life.
11. From the rain of Parganya we have risen up, immortal. I free thee from all evil and disease, (and) unite
thee with life.
VII, 53. Prayer for long life.
1. When, O Brihaspati, thou didst liberate (us) from existence in yonder world of Yama, (and) from hostile
schemes, then did the Asvins, the physicians of the gods, with might sweep death from us, O Agni!
2. O in−breathing and out−breathing, go along with the body, do not leave it: may they be thy allies here!
Live and thrive a hundred autumns; Agni shall be thy most excellent shepherd and overseer!

3. Thy vital force that has been dissipated afar, thy in−breathing and thy out−breathing, shall come back

again! Agni has snatched them from the lap of Nirriti (the goddess of destruction), and I again introduce them
into thy person.
4. Let not his in−breathing desert him, nor his out−breathing quit him and depart! I commit him to the Seven
Rishis: may they convey him in health to old age!
5. Enter, O in−breathing and out−breathing, like two bulls into a stable: this person shall here flourish, an
unmolested repository for old age!
6. Life’s breath we do drive into thee, disease we do drive away from thee. May this excellent Agni endow us
with life from every source!
7. Ascending from the darkness of death to the highest firmament, to Sûrya (the sun), the god among gods,
we have reached the highest light.

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2 thoughts on “Prayer for health and long life

  1. Hello Trueayurveda …. Beautiful and enjoyable these words on Prana, Sun, Earth, Health and Long Life. They remind me of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, honoring our life …. if only we had not screwed it up so! It is important to be brought back into this vitality, and to know the difference. Thanks Brad. c Carol Chandlee chanran@aol.com

  2. Yes, Carol. I agree. Love Whitman as well. Timeless.

    The bigger question that faces us is what is vitality, what is that difference, how would we know it if it was starring us in the face. Due to the internet and growth of the health and fitness awareness in the world over the past 20 years we have seen a huge insurge of misinformation and disinformation as to what those are. Why is it that a certain antibiotic is wonderful one minute and then just 6 months later it is no good and another is now in its place? The same goes for the diet fads. The paleo diet being the lastest. How does one look inside for the answers when there is no template in the west as to what is health. We see the fall out of this in the mass hysteria around raw food and the very very unhealthy cleanses that are very popular today.

    The answer is to turn inward and use knowledge that is timeless and time tested. I know there are many thoughts on things out there but they are only thoughts. Universal wisdom is universal wisdom.

    Thanks for commenting.

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