Lohini, Loha, Haem, Haemoglobin
The blood is continuously circulated in our body by our heart, hrdayam. Blood is known by the name Raktha in Samskrt. Raktha means nourishment, desire, red and blood. Blood is also called lohini in Samskrt, for, it contains loha, iron. In the Greek language it is referred to as haem for iron. It is from the word “haem” that we get the word “haemoglobin”.
Heart – “Hrdayam”
The very word “heart” traces its etymological roots to the Smskrt word “hrdayam”.
The word “hrdayam” itself is a technical word based on the functionality of the heart.
“Hrdayam”-Give, Take, Circulate
Harathi, means “to take” and from which is taken the syllable “Hr”.
Dadathi means “to give” from which is taken the syllable “da”. The word “Dhana”, meaning “donation”, comes from the same root.
Yathi, Yam means to circulate. The activity of circulation is called Yam.
When we join the syllables, Hr+ Da+ Yam, we get the technically coined word “Hrdayam”, which brings to us the functioning aspect of the heart.
‘Heart to donate blood’
But for the continuous circulation of blood in the body, life would come to a halt.
While the heart represents the aspect of circulation of blood in the body for the life to live, we need to have the heart in us to give dhana, to donate our blood and ‘circulate’ it among the needy in the society.
In other words, yathi, yam means “to circulate”, for which, “we get in return” harathi, satisfaction and heartful gratitude.
So, hrdayam, heart circulates the blood in our body to rejuvenate us. Those of us who have a heart, hrdayam need to donate, circulate blood and gain satisfaction, gratitude.
A beautiful blend of hrdayam, both for oneself and the society at large!
With this thought in mind on this World Heart Day, let us donate blood as frequently as medically permitted, to give life, to rejuvenate our society.