Post No. 10,273

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What is here is found elsewhere – What is not here is nowhere”

This is what Veda Vyasa said about Mahabharata. Now after reading all the 10,552 mantras of Rig Veda, the oldest book in the world, I can say the same about Rig Veda.

Physiology lesson is taught in One Hymn! I have never found such a poem in Tamil in Sangam literature, so called secular poems! But many thousand years ago one seer by name VIVIRIHANAN named nearly 27 body parts and tried to keep them healthy.

I see many significant points here:

Western ‘scholars’ called Hippocrates the ‘Father of Medicine’. Now those people themselves corrected their own old encyclopaedias and said neither he wrote all that is attributed to him, nor he is the first one to talk about medicine.  Even Susruta and Charaka never claimed themselves as Father of Medicine. They lived well before Hippocrates of Fourth century BCE. All our people were honest to recall the names of their predecessors as well.

Next point is I still wonder how come they recited all the body parts and kept it intact for thousands of years by word of mouth.

Even the 2000 year old Sangam Tamil poem Kurinjippattau sung by a Brahmin poet by name Kabila, where we find 99 flower names at one go was ‘written’ at least 1500 years ago. But this poem was not written until recently. That too written things are not used by brahmins. They still memorise it from their Gurus. I met one such great man Sri Singara Subrahmanya Sastrigal of Kuthanoor who memorised full Rig Veda and received honours from Kanchi Shankaracharya.

The next point is many of the body parts are used by many language speakers even today including European languages. Heart, Nose are a few examples.

The fourth point is it belongs to Kavacham (armour/shield) genre. It acts as body armour and protect one from all sickness. We see such Kavasams in Tamil, but yet they do not recite all the parts found here.

There are many kavasams available in Sanskrit such as Indrakshi Kavasam, Sivakavasam etc. they are of very late compositions and very long compared to this six mantras of RV10-163

And this has a refrain at the end ‘yakṣmaṃ śīrṣaṇyaṃ mastiṣkājjihvāyā vi vṛhāmi te’ from all thyself, from top to toe, I drive thy malady away. ||

. We see such poems in Rig Veda where the last line is repeated. Now this is followed in popular Bhajans and Carnatic and Hindustani music compositions. That means the Vedic custom is continued.


Placebos work for believers

Latest research shows that placebos do beneficial things for a patient. It helps one psychologically and keeps one’s mental health in good condition. Real medicines may help you physically. Again unless you believe, placebos wont work . These mantras boost the confidence of the patients. And ancient doctors gave the patients actual medicine along with such mantras.

We have enough evidence in Rig Veda and Atharva Veda for the herbal treatment. Moreover Hanuman’s bringing Sanjeevani Parvata shows that they believed in herbal treatment.

Dictionary says


Placebo is a medicine or procedure prescribed for the psychological benefit to the patient rather than for any physiological effect..

placebo effect

a beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.


Now to the hymn

In this short hymn with 12 lines one comes across 27 ++ body parts; if you delete the repeated last line in every mantra it is only a SIX line mantra!








8.Neck tendons


9.Breast bones











20.Knee caps







27.Top to Toe


Following is Griffith’s translation

1. FROM both thy nostrils, from thine eyes, from both thine ears and from thy chin,

     Forth from thy head and brain and tongue I drive thy malady away.

2. From the neck-tendons and the neck, from the breast-bones and from the spine,

     From shoulders, upper, lower arms, I drive thy malady away.

3. From viscera and all within, forth from the rectum, from the heart,

     From kidneys, liver, and from spleen, I drive thy malady away.

4. From thighs, from knee-caps, and from heels, and from the forepart of the feet,

     From hips from stomach, and from groin I drive thy malady away.

5. From what is voided from within, and from thy hair, and from they nails,

     From all thyself from top to toe, I drive thy malady away.

6. From every member, every hair, disease that comes in every joint,

     From all thyself, from top to toe, I drive thy malady away.

Rig Veda Mandala 10 Hymn 163

अक्षीभ्यां ते नासिकाभ्यां कर्णाभ्यां छुबुकादधि |
यक्ष्मं शीर्षण्यं मस्तिष्काज्जिह्वाया वि वर्हामि ते ||

गरीवाभ्यस्त उष्णिहाभ्यः कीकसाभ्यो अनूक्यात |
यक्ष्मं दोषण्यमंसाभ्यां बाहुभ्यां वि वर्हामि ते ||

आन्त्रेभ्यस्ते गुदाभ्यो वनिष्ठोर्ह्र्दयादधि |
यक्ष्मम्मतस्नाभ्यां यक्नः पलाशिभ्यो वि वर्हामि ते ||
ऊरुभ्यां ते अष्ठीवद्भ्यां पार्ष्णिभ्यां परपदाभ्याम |
यक्ष्मं शरोणिभ्यां भासदाद भंससो वि वर्हामि ते ||

मेहनाद वनंकरणाल लोमभ्यस्ते नखेभ्यः |
यक्ष्मंसर्वस्मादात्मनस्तमिदं वि वर्हामि ते ||

अङगाद-अङगाल लोम्नो-लोम्नो जातं पर्वणि-पर्वणि |
यक्ष्मंसर्वस्मादात्मनस्तमिदं वि वर्हामि ते ||

akṣībhyāṃ te nāsikābhyāṃ karṇābhyāṃ chubukādadhi |
yakṣmaṃ śīrṣaṇyaṃ mastiṣkājjihvāyā vi vṛhāmi te ||

ghrīvābhyasta uṣṇihābhyaḥ kīkasābhyo anūkyāt |
yakṣmaṃ doṣaṇyamaṃsābhyāṃ bāhubhyāṃ vi vṛhāmi te ||

āntrebhyaste ghudābhyo vaniṣṭhorhṛdayādadhi |
yakṣmammatasnābhyāṃ yaknaḥ plāśibhyo vi vṛhāmi te ||

ūrubhyāṃ te aṣṭhīvadbhyāṃ pārṣṇibhyāṃ prapadābhyām |
yakṣmaṃ śroṇibhyāṃ bhāsadād bhaṃsaso vi vṛhāmi te ||

mehanād vanaṃkaraṇāl lomabhyaste nakhebhyaḥ |
yakṣmaṃsarigvedaasmādātmanastamidaṃ vi vṛhāmi te ||

aṅghād-aṅghāl lomno-lomno jātaṃ parigvedaaṇi-parigvedaaṇi |
yakṣmaṃsarigvedaasmādātmanastamidaṃ vi vṛhāmi te ||


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Post No.7469

Date uploaded in London – 19 January 2020

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It is the study of body parts and their connection to a person’s behaviour and character. It is one of the 64 arts listed in Vatsyayana’s Kama Sutra. He included it in the women’s school syllabus in ancient India. 2000 years ago, intelligent Hindu women were well versed in Shamudrika lakshan. Vatsyana included even Coded Language in the 64 arts!

I wrote 2 or three articles on shamudrika lakshan (please see the links below).

Two more news items of body parts’ link to one’s character have been published in London newspapers.


Face value

Think you can trust someone?

Just look into their eyes. People with brown eyes are regarded more trustworthy than those with blue, according to Czech scientists. Having a rounded place also rates highly which means a jowly man will fit our perception of trustworthiness even if he has blue eyes.

–Metro newspaper, Jan10, 2013

My comments :- I am throwing away my old paper cuttings. So I thought it is better to post them here. But I wanted to warn you about blue eyes. Max Muller, German Sanskrit ‘scholar’ popularised the Aryan Migration theory and proudly said that Germans also belonged to Aryan race in his comment about Vedic Dyaus (Greek God Zeus). Hitler got inspiration from Max muller, his compatriot, and said blue eyed German girls belonged to the pure Aryan race and so others must be thrown out etc. Please read Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf. So be careful about Blue Eye researches!!

My second comment about coloured eyes is that  99-9 % of Indians have only black eyes and yet we see among them sinners and saints! So be careful about coloured eye theories or conclusions or researches.

My last comment is that most of the foreigners who write on India have ‘coloured eyes’, I mean jaundiced eyes! That is why they give distorted pictures about India!! Can we call it optical illusion?


Second news item from Metro newspaper:–

Girls, beware of Ring Fingers!

Size him up!

Fed up with play away fellas, ladies? Then check the length of the ring finger of the next guy you meet. Primates with longer ring fingers than their second fingers (such as baboons) are more promiscuous than those where the difference is  ‘,such as gibbons. The digit difference is down to how much androgen hormones they are exposed to in the womb, said Liverpool University Researchers.

–Metro, November 5, 2009.

My comments:

In my mother tongue Tamil, there is a proverb : ‘Unemployed barber caught the cat and shaved it off the hair’ Look at the above research. Nothing wrong in doing research about monkeys and apes. But who asked them to measure the fingers and link them to sexual behaviour at the cost of tax payers’ money? Universities are funded by governments and NGOs . They can spend the money for better projects.

Last but not the least, 2000 year ago Vatsyayana listed the Shamudrika lakshan as one of the 64 subjects a woman should learn. I have featured a 100 year old Tamil book on Shamudrika lakshana in Facebook. I got it from the British Library in London. Why shouldn’t our universities do proper research on it? And I also advised NASA scientists to consult Nadi Astrologers in Tamil Nadu who can give your birth chart (Planetary positions on the day of your birth) just by looking at your palm. If your palm can show your birth time it would be definitely useful in Medical science and forensic science.(See the link below for my post on NASA)!

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9 Sep 2014 – We did not know how they worked it out. It may be intuitive power or mastery of Shamudrika Lakshan (body marks or shape). adilabad kili

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5 May 2014 – If an astrologer who has specialised Nadi Jothidam, looks at your hand he can … But I must admit that other predictions about future did not come true. … If the astronomers learn this from the Hindus, they can understand the …

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1 Sep 2018 – I have already given details about rope trick astrology, lizard … that NASA scientists of USA must do some research about Hindu Nadi Jothidam.

blue eyed gentleman


Feet are ruled by Brahma, Heart is ruled by Rudra (Post No.3511)

Compiled by London swaminathan


Date: 3 January 2017


Time uploaded in London:-  19-14


Post No.3511



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Medical Astrology says which planet rules which part of the body. Though there is no scientific evidence for that, astrologers believe in it and ‘treat’ their customers accordingly. In the same way Hindu scriptures gives details about the body parts and their rulers and the respective mantras.

The following chart gives the details:

1.Region in Body –   Elements—  Deity—  Bija Mantra

Feet to Knees –                  Earth —        Brahma—lam

Knees to Generative organ-    Water –   Vishnu—vam

Generative organ to Heart    —  Fire      —  Rudra – ram

Heart to Eye Brows          — Air          — Maruta  — yam

Eye brows to Head         — Space    — Sankara  — ham


2.Five Jnanendriyas  – Sense Organs

Naasikaa-Nose, Jihvaa- Tongue, Caksuh- Eye,

Tvak- Skin, Srotra- Ear


3.Five Karmendriyas- Motor Organs

Vak-Tonge, Paani- Hand, Paada- Feet, Paayu- Organ of excretion, Upastha- Organ of Creation

4.Pancha Bhutas – Five Elements

Prithvii- Earth, Ap- Water, Tejas- Fire, Vayu- Air, Aakaasa – Space

5.Five Tanmatras – Subtle Elements

Gandha- Smell, Rasa- Taste, Ruupa – Vision/colour, Sparsa – Touch, Sabda- Sound.

Source: sankhya sanketa kosa (Encyclopaedia of Numerals) , Volume-1, The Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, Chennai-600 004, Year 2011