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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.

Meaning of Gayatri Mantra

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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

devasya– divine

dhimahi– let us meditate (a verb)

dhiyo (dhiyah)– thought(s)

yo (yah)–which

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.”

 

Thoughts on thoughts!

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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).

Chiming Bells of Positivity: Why there are Bells in Temples?

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shubhpuja.comThe Hindu worship and temples are incomplete without the ringing of bells. Bell is usually the first thing present at the entrance of the holy shrine or temple rung by the devotees. The bell is composed of a special metal that includes cadmium, bronze, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium and manganese. The speciality of ringing the bell is that it creates a harmony between both the sides of brain. The vibrations produced after ringing the bell lasts for almost 7 seconds that reaches the seven healing chakras of our body and is very beneficial. The loud sound of the bell awakens the busy mind and our mind becomes free from all thoughts.

Other Significance of Bell:

  • The sound of the bell is believed to replicate the fundamental sound of Universe ‘AUM’.
  • It is supposed to symbolize and remind every devotee that the reality (prakriti) has three stages of evolution, “srishti“, “sthiti” and “laya” meaning creation, preservation and destruction.
  • The sound spreads the waves of positivity all around and relieves stress and tensions of the devotees.
  • Raising the hand to ring the bell makes all the senses awake and vibrations enter the heart and mind.
  • The ringing bell distracts us from the disturbances and focus attention on God.
  • In olden days temples were without doors and were often located on hills and in forest areas so animals, birds used to stay in temples for shelter, so first bells were rang to make the creatures go away from there.

 

||Ghantaayam tadayeth kim prayochanam, yaksha rakshasa paisasa tanava brahmarakshasah gacchanthi mani sapthah||

Meaning – “I am ringing this this bell to invoke god and to let the noble forces enter my heart and keep evil spirits away”
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja