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Are there any references to microbes, such as bacteria or viruses, in any Hindu scripture?

  • Atharva-Veda is probably talking about these unseen microbes in indirect way and there are some prayers to eliminate them.But we can't say surely ,often it depends on translater how he is interpreting the hidden meaning.Will try to search. – SwiftPushkar Oct 9 '18 at 4:51
  • There are several references in the Upanishads to them. But they are not referred to in the same modern words. They are referred to as creatures born of moisture or as small creatures. One such instance is Chandogya U. - V.10.8 which is a reference to those of do follow the path of the gods or the fathers after death. – Swami Vishwananda Oct 11 '18 at 9:27
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Microbs in Hinduism scriptures.

Yes , there is mentioning of microbes in Hinduism Scripture. Take a look at below verse from Shanti-Parva of Mahabharata -Section XV.

The word krimi (कृमि) is generally used in for such microscopic creatures like bacteria ,virus or other tiny worms almost invisible to human eye. Here in below verse the word Sukshma Yoni(सूक्ष्म-योनि) is used to mention microscopic organisms.

Here in this chapter Arjuna is talking about the concept of "Survival of the fittest" , which modern science stated thousands of year later on.


सूक्ष्मयॊनीनि भूतानि तर्क गम्यानि कानि चित |
पक्ष्मणॊ ऽपि निपातेन येषां सयात सकन्धपर्ययः||

P.26 There are many creatures that are so minute that their existence can only be inferred. With the failing of the eyelids alone, they are destroyed.

Although there is just mentioning of these microbes in Mahabharata and no other details are given ,but because it's not the main topic and even not in the scope of religious Scripture. But it's sure that the verse is talking about these microscopic organisms which gets destroyed or die within time required to close-open eyelid.i.e. very short lifespan.

  • The word is क्रिमि not कृमि – Sarvabhouma Oct 9 '18 at 10:32
  • @Sarvabhouma HAHA , I will add the other word also in next edit. Still searching , hope that we will find some other ref.also probably from vedas/Ayurveda. – SwiftPushkar Oct 9 '18 at 10:34
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    Krimi means worm and not microscopic beings like viruses. – Rickross Oct 10 '18 at 16:24
  • @Rickross yes that’s what even I thought when I first read the answer... – Hayagreev Ram Oct 10 '18 at 18:10
  • @HayagreevRam Yes Krimi means worm. See here. So, this is not the correct answer. – Rickross Oct 14 '18 at 6:33

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