In vain the foolish man accumulates food. I tell you truly, it will be his downfall! He gathers to himself neither friend nor comrade. Alone he eats; alone he sits in sin.
Rig Veda X, 117, 6
The ploughshare cleaving the soil helps satisfy hunger; the traveler, using his legs, achieves his goal; the priest who speaks surpasses the one who is silent; the friend who gives is better than the miser.
Rig Veda X, 117, 7
The sun with one foot outruns man with two! The man with two overtakes the hoary with three! Four-footed creatures come when the two-footed summon and stand [as watchdogs] near the herd, observing.
Rig Veda X, 117, 8
The hands are alike but in their work they differ; so also two cows, offspring of a single mother, may yet give differing yields of milk; even twins are not the same in strength, or kinsmen in bounty.
Rig Veda X, 117, 9
All set for the kindling of the sacred fire, we hymn you, O Lord, with our verses, invoking your powerful grace.
Rig Veda V, 13, 1
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These daily verses are drawn from the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas, Hinduism's revealed scriptures, which are 6,000 to 8,000 years old. Many of the verses are from the book The Vedic Experience, by Raimundo Panikkar, available at our Minimela online store.