By Col Wajid Hussain
‘For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth’ .
To underscore the importance of breathing in our life, let’s be educated about the vital statistics about it.
Every breath on the average, takes 3.3 seconds (inhalation and exhalation). We undergo 25,000 inhales and exhales daily, 67 million in a lifetime. A healthy person normally takes 10 to 12 breath in a minutes, drawing in a volume of 500 milliliters of air per breath, for a total volume of 5 to 6 litres per minute. Presuming that now you have understood the importance if breath, it would be worth while for you to know that how this word is understood contextually in various languages and cultures throughout the tenure of civilisations.
Arabic: One of the translation for word Allah is “The Great Breath.” So breathing evokes the feeling of thankfulness for Him for imparting us life energy.
Ancient Latin: Word ‘Spiritus’ means “spirit” or “breath.”
Ancient Greek: Word ‘Aura ‘ literally means a “breeze” or “breath.”
Hebrew: The meanings of word “Breath” and “soul” have the same root.
Sansikrit : Word ‘Pranayama’, means the Breath which imparts life energy.
Hawaiian: Word ‘Aloha ‘means “Breath of God,” and the greeting is a reminder that when we breathe, we are sharing the breath of God and thus are intimately connected.
Chinese: Word Qi (spelled Chi) is understood as “Breath of Heaven.”