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Yajur Veda


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The Vedas are the Oldest scriptures of India and one of the oldest extant texts in the Indo-European languages. Among those the Yajurveda is the Veda of mantras for ritual worship datable to roughly 1200-1000BCE. It is a compilation of ritual offering formulas recited by priests during yajnas. 

This veda is broadly grouped into two parts – the “black or “dark” (Krishna) Yajurveda and the “white” or “bright” (Shukla) Yajurveda. Where the terms “black” and “white” imply “the un-arranged, unclear, motley collection of verses” in contrast to the “well arranged, clear verses” respectively. 

The earliest and most ancient layer of Yajurveda samhita includes about 1,875 verses, that are distinct yet borrowed and built upon the foundation of verses in Rigveda. The middle layer includes the Saptapatha Brahmana, one of the largest Brahmana texts in the Vedic collection. The youngest layer of Yajurveda text includes the largest collection of primary Upanishads, influential to various schools of Hindu Philosophy.


“Only actions performed with perseverance can ensure success.”

“Good work done with bad intentions inevitably leads to failure. That is why one should refrain from evil tendencies.”

“We should speak only after our thoughts have been purified and our mind and heart have become pure.”

“Everybody should practice simple and virtuous living . They should never seek recourse to manipulative tendencies.”

“Medicine cure us and give us relief from all type of ailments/diseases provided they are taken on the prescription of an efficient doctor. By taking these medicines one can also escape death which means that they give us a long life.”

“One should indulge only in such deeds that provides good- health and strength so that he can work for longer periods without getting tired.”

“Hatred and anger leads to unhappiness, pain and misery. So, one should always be soft-spoken.”

“Unless we make efforts to destroy our miseries we cannot become wealthy and prosperous.”

“One should work according to ones capabilities and limitations to attain the ‘supreme-bliss’”.

“Truth can not be suppressed and always is the ultimate victor. So, we should tread on the righteous path.”

“You are the one who inspire everybody to do his duty; I am inspired by your ‘inspiration of duty’; You are directly or indirectly involved with each and every action that takes place in this world.”

“One should try to do everything that is required to make the body pure and radiant- regular exercise, self-study, etc. Anybody who does this is blessed with long-life and radiance.”

“Those who lead disciplined and orderly lifestyles they achieve all their goals and progress.”

“Attractiveness and magnetism of man’s personality is the result of his inner radiance.”

“Only a fearless person can work towards self development and can also help in social and political development. Therefore one should fearlessly perform all his duties.”

“Sweet talks has the ability to attract one and all. On the contrary vitriolic speech keeps people away.”

“The ultimate objective of human life is to be free from sin.”

“Good thoughts naturally culminates into good actions.”

“Speech emanating from a pure heart and mind of learned men and scholars are naturally pure just like water of a river.”

“We should imbibe inspiring thoughts and should follow the righteous path. If this is done then progress is sure and certain.”

“Knowledge increases with the refinement of intelligence because it becomes easy to grasp knowledge.”

“Good thought can be imbibed by reading and studying good books and by contemplating on them.”

“One should always aspire for increment of strength, food and long life because each of them is dependent on other.”


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