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International Journal of Sanskrit Research

2022, Vol. 8, Issue 1, Part A
Vital force: An overview in the light of upanishad

Mohan Kumar Mondal

The root of all forces in the world is Vital-force. It is the vital-force which performs all worldly deeds. In scriptures, the vital-force is considered as breather. We cherish the view that only air breathe....... s life. Sometimes our view proves to be wrong. We fail to understand the truth about the vital -force. In this case, we need to go through the scriptural illustration about life-force to understand it properly. In fact, life is a force. Its function resembles that of air. For this reason, we define life as air. Fundamentally, there are ten channels of life –force, namely Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana, Samana, Naag, Kurma, Krukul, Devadatta and Dhananjaya. Although the former five elements are called Panchaprana in the scripture, vital -force exists alone in reality. The single vital -force functions independently in different parts of the body. Hence the root of all forces in the world lies in the vital-force. The disappearance of vital-force results in the death of living beings. However, the soul has no death and it assumes another body only. So it has been said in the scripture:
"Prāṇō hi bhagabānīśaḥ prāṇō biṣṇuḥ pitāmahaḥ.
Prāṇēna dhāryyatē lōkaḥ sarbbaṁ prāṇamaẏaṁ jagaṯ."
Pages : 26-28 | 79 Views | 9 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Mohan Kumar Mondal. Vital force: An overview in the light of upanishad. Int J Sanskrit Res 2022;8(1):26-28.
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