Science behind touching feet of elders
Whenever we see someone pious or advanced in spirituality, it naturally comes in the heart of an Indian to touch their feet and take their blessings. This custom has been prevalent since centuries and marks the respect which we give to our elders or someone who is senior than is in the matter of understanding the spiritual aspect of the human life.
The science behind touching the feet of elder goes like this:
The nerves that start from our brain spread across all your body. These nerves or wires end in the fingertips of your hand and feet. When you join the fingertips of your hand to those of their opposite feet, a circuit is immediately formed and the energies of two bodies are connected. Your fingers and palms become the ‘receptor’ of energy and the feet of other person become the ‘giver’ of energy.
Usually, the person of whose feet you are touching is either old or pious. When they accept your respect which came from your reduced ego (shraddha) their hearts emit positive thoughts and energy (kripa) which reaches you through their hands and toes.
Their blessing creates an aura which helps us to get to the higher understandings and gives the recipient some share of the piety which the elder has earned.
Once a person called Rohila by caste came to Shirdi, he was tall and well-built. Enamored by the love of Sai baba he began to live in Shirdi. He used to recite the ‘kalma’ of Quran and shout ‘Allahu-Akbar’ at the top of his tone. The other residents of the place were unable to work and sleep and soon the entire neighborhood became uncomfortable. They kept silent for many days but when the things became unbearable they went to Sai baba and requested him to order Rohila to keep quiet.
Sai baba did not pay heed to the request of the people and on the contrary he told the villagers that they should pay more attention to their work and not divert by Rohila’s voice. Baba further told the villagers that the wife of Rohila was of high temperament and she was troubling Rohila and Baba also. Since she doesn’t have the courage to come before the reading of kalma, Rohila recites them throughout the day. Rohila stays calm and happy by reciting it. Since then the villagers sympathized with Rohila and started enjoying his kalma.
In reality Rohila had no wife and Baba was pointing towards the negative and disturbing thoughts. Baba took side of Rohila so that the villagers gain the power of acceptance and tolerate the disturbance created by Rohila. Sai Baba wanted to teach that worship of God should be our prime importance without paying attention to the external negative factors and disturbing thoughts.
The vibrant and colorful festival of Holi is really close and the preparations and celebrations are already at its high pace. With the increased craze and unity of diverse cultures, this festival is not only popular among Hindus but also among non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as in parts of Europe and North America.
Celebrations, however, start with a Holika Pujan on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. This puja is a very significant part of the whole festival. Although it is usually associated with the bon-fire or Holika Dahan in the late pre-evening of Holi, it starts way before.
Focusing at the scientific importance of Holika Dahan, it is vital for cleansing the bacteria and germs generated in the mutation period of winter and spring. The high temperature while burning the woods i.e. almost 145 degrees Fahrenheit removes the harmful germs and bacteria from the atmosphere and also from our bodies when we revolve around it. It is the period when people feel lethargic and drowsy. Holi provides them the opportunity to wear off their laziness, by enjoying themselves thoroughly.
On this occasion, burning the Holika signifies an end to all the evil thoughts and getting rid of all the sins. Thus, at this time, if you ask for any good things while mother Holika is burning then they will come true. Various Indian cultures even consider it to be integral in the form of long-life of the husband and a prosperous married life. Not only this, the left over ashes from the dahan if collected by people on the next day constitutes of the actual holi-prasad and smearing it on limbs of the body purifies and heals them.
Thus apart from colors and fun filled-frolic celebrations, Holi and its traditions hold lot more for us.
The difficult situations or the ‘unresolved issues’ keeps on hindering our peaceful life. They have a very powerful effect on human life. As these issues or turmoil stay strong within the system, at times stretched over a long period of time, they impact almost all spheres of life. One keeps on holding the grudges and arguments throughout their life.
Here are a few ways to get over such turmoil and cherish the true nature of life.
Let go – What has happened is a matter of the past and it should not be allowed to stick up in the mind. Just let it go and you will be liberated from the burden of heavy negative thoughts pulling you down physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.
Forgiveness- Forgiveness is an instant relief from the pain caused on account of unresolved issues. By forgiving we not only set the other person free from guilt and pain but also get ourselves out of the disturbing and depressing mental state and become peaceful.
Karmic Account- Knowing the reality that everything happening in our life is the result of our own past actions we should allow the account to settle in a calm and peaceful way rather than blaming others and agitating when certain conflicting situations confront us. Law of Karma explains how other people seem to be causing pain and suffering are only instruments. We get back what we had given out sometime or the other. This understanding will help cross over almost all the adversities in life with minimum suffering.
No Blaming- When we are in a blaming mode we are far away from the solution of any problem and such issues remain unresolved all through. Even when the cause of trouble is someone else we have to focus on our own self to find a solution. When we are hurt we have to heal our hurt rather than getting entangled with others. Blaming is nothing but exchange of negative energy between the parties concerned leaving the Unresolved Issues unresolved.
We are the creator of our own thoughts. The thoughts decide our fate and one negative or positive thought can ruin or rebuild our destiny. Let’s explore the importance of thoughts:
- We need to think over our own thoughts and understand that these 30,000 to 60,000 hold great importance in our life and has to be brought on the top of our priority list. Because thoughts also have a life i.e. they also have a subtle energy as they are being created by our soul- energy. These thoughts establish the environment accordingly and then attract whatever we are thinking about.
- “You gravitate in the direction of your dominant thoughts.” It means that we progress on the path of what we think. Like when we think about illness or accidents, there are chances that we tend to meet them.
- This shows that our thoughts are real and they have a magnetic power. Moreover our feelings are also dependent on our thoughts. We become happy or sad or angry due to a particular thought in our conscious or sub conscious mind.
- Thoughts are like seed and one thought can transform our life.
- Thoughts create subtle grooves in the cosmos. The type of energy we create in the groove similar type of energy flow will be created in the cosmos.
- At times we are not able to achieve something inspite of creating positive thoughts because along with it numerous ordinary and negative thoughts are also created by us.
- Till the time we are not aware about the exchange of energy i.e. what we send out we receive the same, we will not work on our own thoughts.
- If somebody has cheated us once then we start looking them from the same lens of perspective (label) every time. Yet no person is same every day. People change due to change in thoughts. So erase all the past thoughts and meet people with a clean slate of goodness and you will be attracted to their goodness.
- Whatever thoughts we churn about others we tend to inculcate similar thoughts and habits within us. By constant creation of a particular energy whether positive or negative, our entire words, actions and attitude works accordingly and that similar weakness or strength is adapted by us in our sanskars (habits).
- When one member in the family labels (good or bad) another member then the similar labeling is usually used by other family members towards him. Now with the continuous receiving of same energies by all the family members, the particular person tend to inculcate such sanskars (habits).
An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when one object in the sky moves into the shadow of another. In case of Lunar Eclipse, moon becomes partly or fully invisible due to the Earth blocking sun rays to it and casting shadow on it. It takes place on Purnima (full moon night) only, yet it’s not necessary to have eclipse on all Purnima.
Researchers have proven that at the time of eclipse the level of Raja- Tama component increases and the Sattva component decreases. They may have detrimental effects on the beings as the negative energies become quite dominant then the positive energies.
Why one should not eat during eclipse time?
No cooked food should be consumed during the stages of lunar eclipse because the food turns poisonous; when it is affected by the ultra violet rays during lunar or solar eclipse. Therefore the Hindus follow the tradition of keeping a kusha (a grass serving as non- conductor of electrical waves) and tulsi leaves (anti-bacterial) on cooked food and generally observe fasting.
Why to take bath after the eclipse?
One should take bath in the holy Ganges, sacred rivers, and ponds or even at home as a symbol of cleanliness and purity. It is believed that after eclipse the water exposed to the process becomes totally pure- like of river Ganga. Thus having a bath with pure water cleanses our body and soul.
Why to give charity during eclipse time?
As mentioned before, the effect of negative energies become dominant so to get rid of its effect, the noble deed of charity is good to the weaker section of the society. People may donate food, clothes, coins, lands, and copper or silver or good metal, as per their choice.
Why is it advised not to see the eclipse?
One should not see the eclipse with naked eyes as the Ultraviolet rays can seriously damage the eyes. We may turn blind or face damaging impact on the retina of the eye.
Message from the Lunar eclipse:
The blocking of the Moon’s reflection of the Sun’s light by the Earth suggests that our material viewpoint stands in the way of our “seeing the light”. It serves as a reminder that we need to realize how we are held in the dark by virtue of our perspective. Thus this is an excellent time to let go of the past and welcome the positive thoughts and behaviours.
(The lunar eclipse on September 28, 2015 is a total eclipse. This event is visible from Europe, Africa, the Americas, the eastern Pacific and western Asia.)