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.
Goddess Gayatri or the Mother of all the Vedas is adored and praised by chanting the powerful Gayatri mantra. The word ‘Gayatri’ itself explains the reason for the existence of this mantra. It has its origin in the Sanskrit phrase Gayantam Triyate iti, and refers to that mantra which rescues the chanter from all adverse situations that may lead to mortality.
The first line ‘Om bhur bhuvah svah’ is not actually part of a Gayatri mantra and it is a special utterance called ‘vyahriti’ that has been added to the beginning of the famous mantra.
The First word ‘OM’ is the prime subject around which the entire creation revolves and it is the permanent truth within which everything exists. It is an auspicious sound made at the beginning of many prayers.
The expression ‘bhur bhuvah’ and ‘svah’ is technical, but a simple way to think of it is as a “call to creation,” that the light of the sun (the light of God) shines on the earth (bhur), in the sky (bhuvah), and in space (svah), and therefore the implication is, “let that light also shine on me.”
The word-to-word breakdown of the Gayatri mantra that most Hindus know is:
tat– that (God)
savitur– of the sun
varenyam– the best
bhargo (bhargas)– light, illumination
dhimahi– let us meditate (a verb)
dhiyo (dhiyah)– thought(s)
nah –of us, our
prachodayat– May it push, inspire (a verb)
The most important word in the Gayatri mantra is the word, “tat” which is a neuter pronoun meaning “that.” It is a reference to “that One,” God.
The sun, which is the source of illumination, heat, food and so many other things in our life, can naturally be seen as the “representative” or symbol of God in this world.
There are two verbs in the Gayatri mantra, ‘dhimahi’ and ‘prachodayat’.
Dhimahi means, “let us meditate on the light (bhargo) of the sun which represents God.”
This is the basic meaning of the first part of the Gayatri Mantra.
Coming to the second part, the verb ‘prachodayat’ literally means, “it should push,” but in more poetic language we can translate it as “let it inspire.”
Dhiyah is “thoughts,” so dhiyo yo nah prachodayat means, “may our thoughts be inspired”
Thus the most literal meaning of the Gayatri mantra is:
“Let us meditate on the light of the sun which represents God, and may our thoughts be inspired by that divine light.”
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.