Published on July 8, 2014
Indian Customs VS. Scientific Reasons: Indian Customs VS. Scientific Reasons Dr. KS Rathore, Udaipur-INDIA [email protected] PowerPoint Presentation: Traditions in Hinduism were considered mainly as superstitions, but with the advent of science, it is becoming evident that these traditions are based on some scientific knowledge and moved from generations to generations as traditions. Though the common people did not know science in it, they were following it very faithfully over the years. Why to wake-up early in the morning? : Why to wake-up early in the morning? Early rising means waking up before sunrise. Waking up at this time means that the blood circulation in our body and mind is positive. Waking up after sunrise causes negative blood circulation and blood flow becomes sluggish. Late rising also induces baseless and negative dreaming and weakens the immune system. The body and mind will stay fresh if you get up before sunrise Constipation and indigestion will remain under control The mind and mood will remain cheerful throughout the day You will have sufficient time to think, plan and organize the day lying ahead of you The power and capacity of the mind will increase The memory will sharpen The eyesight will not get weakened PowerPoint Presentation: Throwing Coins into a River : The general reasoning given for this act is that it brings Good Luck. However, scientifically speaking, in the ancient times, most of the currency used was made of copper unlike the stainless steel coins of today. Copper is a vital metal very useful to the human body. Throwing coins in the river was one way our fore-fathers ensured we intake sufficient copper as part of the water as rivers were the only source of drinking water. Making it a custom ensured that all of us follow the practice. PowerPoint Presentation: Joining Both Palms together to Greet: In Hindu culture, people greet each other by joining their palms - termed as “ Namaskar .” The general reason behind this tradition is that greeting by joining both the palms means respect. However, scientifically speaking, joining both hands ensures joining the tips of all the fingers together; which are denoted to the pressure points of eyes, ears, and mind. Pressing them together is said to activate the pressure points which helps us remember that person for a long time. And, no germs since we don’t make any physical contact! PowerPoint Presentation: Why do Indian Women wear Toe Ring? Wearing toe rings is not just the significance of married women but there is science behind it. Normally toe rings are worn on the second toe. A particular nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and passes to heart. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus. It will keep it healthy by regulating the blood flow to it and menstrual cycle will be regularized. As Silver is a good conductor, it also absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body. PowerPoint Presentation: Applying Tilak on the Forehead: On the forehead, between the two eyebrows, is a spot that is considered as a major nerve point in human body since ancient times. The Tilak is believed to prevent the loss of " energy ", the red ' kumkum ' between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. While applying kumkum the points on the mid-brow region and Ajna -chakra are automatically pressed. This also facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles. PowerPoint Presentation: Why do Temples have Bells? People who are visiting the temple should and will Ring the bell before entering the inner sanctum ( Garbhagudi or Garbha Gruha or womb-chamber) where the main idol is placed. According to Agama Sastra , the bell is used to give sound for keeping evil forces away and the ring of the bell is pleasant to God. However, the scientific reason behind bells is that their ring clears our mind and helps us stay sharp and keep our full concentration on devotional purpose. These bells are made in such a way that when they produce a sound it creates a unity in the Left and Right parts of our brains. The moment we ring the bell, it produces a sharp and enduring sound which lasts for minimum of 7 seconds in echo mode. The duration of echo is good enough to activate all the seven healing centres in our body. This results in emptying our brain from all negative thoughts. PowerPoint Presentation: Why do we have Navratras ? Our living style has drastically changed if we compare it to the society hundreds & thousands of years ago. The traditions which we follow in present are not establishments of today but of the past. Ever thought, why do we have Navratras twice a year unlike other festivals like Deepawali or Holi ? Well, both these months are the months of changing seasons and the eating habits of both the seasons are quite different from each other. Navratras give enough time to the body to adjust and prepare itself for to the changing season. These nine days were marked as a period when people would clean their body system by keeping fasts by avoiding excessive salt and sugar, meditate, gain a lot of positive energy, gain a lot of self confidence & increase the self determination power (fasts are a medium to improve our will power and self determination) and finally get ready for the challenges of the changed season. PowerPoint Presentation: Why Fasting? A lot of our time and energy is spent in procuring food items, preparing, cooking, eating and digesting food. Certain food types make our minds dull and agitated. Hence on certain days man decides to save time and conserve his energy by eating either simple, light food or totally abstaining from eating so that his mind becomes alert and pure. Since it is a self-imposed form of discipline it is usually adhered to with joy. PowerPoint Presentation: Why Rangoli in the entrance of House? This practice serves a very simple purpose that of feeding the lower organisms as ants and insects thereby keeping them at bay from entering the household. Birds will also intake these rice flour made rangoli PowerPoint Presentation: Why do we worship Tulsi Plant ? Hindu religion has bestowed ‘ Tulsi ’, with the status of mother. Also known as ‘ Sacred or Holy Basil ’, Tulsi , has been recognized as a religious and spiritual devout in many parts of the world. The vedic sages knew the benefits of Tulsi and that is why they personified it as a Goddess and gave a clear message to the entire community that it needs to be taken care of by the people, literate or illiterate. We try to protect it because it is for the mankind . Tulsi has great medicinal properties. It is a remarkable antilike Sanjeevani biotic. Taking Tulsi everyday in tea or otherwise increases immunity and help the drinker prevent diseases, stabilize his or her health condition, balance his or her body system and most important of all, prolong his or her life. Keeping Tulsi plant at home prevents insects and mosquitoes from entering the house. It is said that snakes do not dare to go near a Tulsi plant. Maybe that is why ancient people would grow lots of Tulsi near their houses. PowerPoint Presentation: Why do we worship Peepal Tree? ‘ Peepal ’ tree is almost useless for an ordinary person, except for its shadow. ‘ Peepal ’ does not a have a delicious fruit, its wood is not strong enough for any purpose then why should a common villager or person worship it or even care for it? Our ancestors knew that ‘ Peepal ’ is one of the very few trees (or probably the only tree) which produces oxygen ‘ pran vayu ’ even at night. So in order to save this tree because of its unique property they related it to God/religion. PowerPoint Presentation: Start with Spice & End with Sweet: Our ancestors have stressed on the fact that our meals should be started off with something spicy and sweet dishes should be taken towards the end. The significance of this eating practice is that while spicy things activate the digestive juices and acids and ensure that the digestion process goes on smoothly and efficiently, sweets or carbohydrates pulls down the digestive process. Hence, sweets were always recommended to be taken as a last item. PowerPoint Presentation: Choti on the Male Head: Sushrut rishi , the foremost surgeon of Ayurveda , describes the master sensitive spot on the head as Adhipati Marma , where there is a nexus of all nerves. The shikha protects this spot. Below, in the brain, occurs the Brahmarandhra , where the sushumnã (nerve) arrives from the lower part of the body. In Yog , Brahmarandhra is the highest, seventh chakra, with the thousand- petalled lotus. It is the centre of wisdom. The knotted shikhã helps boost this centre and conserve its subtle energy known as ojas . PowerPoint Presentation: Applying Mehendi /Henna on the Hand: Besides lending color to the hands, mehndi is a very powerful medicinal herb. Weddings are stressful, and often, the stress causes headaches and fevers. As the wedding day approaches, the excitement mixed with nervous anticipation can take its toll on the bride and groom. Application of mehndi can prevent too much stress because it cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense. This is the reason why mehndi is applied on the hands and feet, which house nerve endings in the body. PowerPoint Presentation: Why Ancient people provide drinks in Silver Tumblers? Scientifically, the silver Metal served a specific purpose for the host. The metal was germicidal and so it helped prevent any infection that the guests might carry inside. PowerPoint Presentation: Celebration & Cleaning During Diwali : Diwali usually falls in October or November which marks the start of winter season and end of rainy season. Rainy season wasn't a good time for everyone back then; many homes needed repair and renovation after a heavy fall. That is why time before diwali was considered the period during which everyone can indulge in cleaning and beautification of their home. And also take out their winter clothes and pack the summer ones. PowerPoint Presentation: Sitting on the Floor & Eating: This tradition is not just about sitting on floor and eating, it is regarding sitting in the “ Sukhasan ” position and then eating. Sukhasan is the position we normally use for Yoga asanas . Sitting in this position while eating helps in improving digestion as the circulatory system can focus solely upon digestion and not on our legs dangling from a chair or supporting us while we are standing. Why do elders rotate crystal salt, lemon around head? : Why do elders rotate crystal salt, lemon around head? Salt can be considered as the first antibiotic. Not only that, the salty and acidic substances would less affect the magnetic field. Keeping these properties if lemon and salt in mind, we revolve salt and lemon around the person. The salt and lemon when revolved around, it would kill all the bacteria around the person. It forms an aura layer of antibiotics around the person. Not only has this, revolving around the person balance the magnetic field too. This would make the person affected with drastic feel better. After attending a funeral, why to take bath and why cooking is not done in those houses? : After attending a funeral, why to take bath and why cooking is not done in those houses? This is preventing any infection from the funeral house. This is more prevalent in the villages. I.e. Every person visiting the house of the dead person during the mourning period is believed to suffer from pollution. The first thing; he is expected to do on leaving the house of the dead person is to have purificatory bath. Only after this bath, they have to drink off even a glass of water or to eat and enter the main parts of his own house. The house where death was occurred is considered polluted and cooking is not done for few days. The neighbors supply them food. PowerPoint Presentation: Why not to sleep with Your Head towards North? Myth is that it invites ghost or death but science says that it is because human body has its own magnetic field (Also known as hearts magnetic field, because the flow of blood) and Earth is a giant magnet. When we sleep with head towards north, our body's magnetic field become completely asymmetrical to the Earth's Magnetic field. That cause problems related to blood pressure and our heart needs to work harder in. DO NOT TAKE BATH IMMEDIATELY AFTER EATING : DO NOT TAKE BATH IMMEDIATELY AFTER EATING If a person is immediately taking bath after a meal, the digestion process gets slowed down by a great deal as cold water activates certain chemicals in the body that rushes the blood to the skin to keep it warm and the digestion process takes a backseat. So, it was always advised by our ancestors to take food after having a bath. i.e. Bath will increase blood flow to the hands, feet and body that causes the amount of blood around the stomach will continue to decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.: Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.