There is a plethora of learning that we can take from our scriptures and other archaeological texts. There are thighs we can learn related to our health, human body, interpersonal relationships and more. Most importantly, it tells us the importance of having a sound body and mind. Therefore, its teachings are important for a person having diabetes.
A Shlok or a Sloka is a poetic form of verse that is written in the Sanskrit language. Here are some shlokas that hold relevance for diabetics-
Sanskrit Slokas – Lessons for People Having Diabetes
1) “व्यायामात् लभते स्वास्थ्यं दीर्घायुष्यं बलं सुखं।
आरोग्यं परमं भाग्यं स्वास्थ्यं सर्वार्थसाधनम्॥”
Translation – Health is the biggest wealth in one’s life. It is the only thing with which all the other things can be achieved in life. With exercise, one can achieve perfect health, happiness, longevity and strength.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires continuous and careful management. You should follow all the recommendations given by your doctor or health coach and make the required changes to your diet and lifestyle. If diabetes is left unchecked, it can lead to long-term complications.
2) “पुनर्वित्तं पुनर्मित्रं पुनर्भार्या पुनर्मही।
एतत्सर्वं पुनर्लभ्यं न शरीरं पुनः पुनः।।”
Translation – Everything in life can be regained- wife, kingdom, friend and wealth. The only thing that you can’t ever regain is your body. Once your body / health is lost, it can never reach its fullness again. Therefore, it is important to take care of your body on a daily basis.
The long term complications of diabetes include heart stroke, nerve damage, brain damage, blindness and even death. Therefore, you should keep a regular tab on your sugar levels and immediately contact your doctor or health coach in case of emergencies.
3) “भोजनाग्रे सदा पथ्यं लवणाद्रकभक्षणम्।
अग्निसन्दीपनम् रूच्यं जिह्वाकण्ठविशोधनं।।”
Translation – You should eat fresh ginger with rock salt powder before starting any meal. It will help you boost your digestion, clean your throat and tongue, and also activate your tastebuds.
An essential part of diabetes management is monitoring what you eat. You should consume a diet which is high in fibre and low in carbohydrates. You should avoid sugary and fried foods and also avoid beverages containing soda and high-sugar content. You can opt for infused water, herbal teas, etc.
4) योगस्थः कुरु कर्माणि सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय।
सिद्ध्यसिद्ध्योः समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते।। Gita-2.48
Translation- You should be sincere in performing your everyday duties. You should abandon your attachment to success and failure. Such balance can be achieved through Yoga.
Yoga and diabetes are intricately related. It has been proven that Yoga can help in improving a person’s diabetic condition. With certain meditative exercises, it can help in bringing down a person’s stress levels which can in turn have a positive impact upon their sugar levels.
Diabetes management can be an easy process if you follow all the recommendations given by your health coach and monitor your sugar levels on a regular basis. Only when you know whether your sugar level is controlled, high or normal, can you make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Author – Sakshi Poptani
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