GHHF Ghar Waapasi – Science behind Hindu Customs and Traditions – Tilak, Bangles, Mangala Sutra and Drinking Milk

12 Mar 2022 744 Views

Sir John Woodroffe, (1865-1936)
Thus, in Hinduism, science and religion are not opposed fundamentally, as they often seem to be in the West, but are seen as parts of the same great search for truth and enlightenment that inspired the sages of Hinduism. Fundamental to Hindu concept of time and space is the notion that the external world is a product of the creative play of Maya (illusion).
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is extremely happy to inform you that our Associate, Ajay Varma, who volunteered to participate in this effort has a long history of propagating the richness of Hindu Dharma. He has a vibrant background in Hindu Dharma. He has deep knowledge of the traditions and has the ability to explain all our customs. 
Cow Milk
Ass per our scriptures, Cow is respected as Gau Mata. Ajay Varma keeps telling the parents give only cow’s milk since it has so many health benefits. He talks about Lord Krishna drinking milk and butter and also few incidents in Puranas. It is more important to give it to children for their physical and mental development. As per Ayurveda, it helps lower blood pressure, improves intelligence, improves Ojas, helps for healthy bone development, prevents wight gain, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, prevents diabetes, and considered as a remedy for inflammatory issues. 
Kumkum/Bindi / Tilak 
It is applied in the center of the forehead or on the sixth chakra which is located in between the two eyebrows. This spot is considered Ajneya Chakra which is deemed as the Commanding center. It is believed to be the converging point of major nerves. It is the junction where the highest number of neurons meet, hence described as the most important yet sensitive area. There is spiritual and scientific significance to the concept of Kumkum/Bindu /Tilak. This Center controls the entire body. This is the only Chakra exposed to outside while the rest of the chakras are covered with either clothes or hair. This is the chakra that makes all the decisions. It is immensely important to protect from outside forces or evil eyes. This is the point that controls the entire body. Maharishi Yagnavalkya said that this position is appropriate because Shiva's third eye is located here. After the application of Tilak pure thoughts are said to emerge. In fact, our scriptures say that a forehead without a Tilak is as good as a village without a well, a country without a river, a country without justice, wealth that is not given away as charity, a flower without smell, etc.
Not only he talked about the significance of Tilak on the forehead, but he also talks about the reason to wear bangles, nose buds, earrings, toe rings, and so on. People get surprised to know the inner meaning of these age-old customs. From childhood, he worked as a priest in their heritage Hanuman Temple and used to do all kinds of Pujas, conduct homas, Satyanarayana Pujas, and many festivals bringing everybody to these festivals. He is very enthusiastic about propagating and preserving Sanatana Dharma and gives lectures at different Temples depicting the greatness of our culture and age-old traditions. He also has experience of knocking on the doors of Christian families in and around Kakinada. He met them wherever he was able to approach and talk to them. Some of them he met at their houses, and some met in the neighborhood.
He also talked about the importance of  Kumkum on the forehead in between the eyebrows and Bangles on the wrist of the women. Kumkum is made of three components – turmeric, baking soda, and lemon juice. mostly from Turmeric which is antiseptic and anti-allergic. Kumkum is considered auspicious and is used for wellbeing. It will protect the Ajneya Chakra – commanding center from distraction. In fact, it stores the positive energy and protects it from being drained. Some of the benefits of wearing Kumkum are relieving headaches,  relaxes the muscle on the forehead, clears up sinuses, affects your hearing, calms your mind, beats insomnia, and others. It is also believed that applying the Kumkum while pressing on the Ajneya chakra also affects the penial and pituitary glands that increase the memory system. It is also the symbol of married women.             
It is a traditional custom for women to wear bangles around the wrist of the hand. Whenever we use our hands for many household duties, it creates friction which increases the blood circulation. Since the bangles are ring-shaped, the energy created by friction would circulate instead of depleted. During Seemantham, the women are gifted with bangles whose noise while walking creates stimuli to the fetus. In fact, it has many health benefits. Wearing silver bangles enhances not only a person's beauty but it is claimed it will also increase health and mental condition. Another common claim is that silver bangles for women are known to fight infections. Furthermore, people believe that bangles also help prevent cold and flu and many kinds of bacteria and viruses.
What is Mangala sutra?
Talking to a large group of women who attended the nearby Temple to celebrate Karthik Masa by lighting the lamps and also drawing the picture of Devi, Ram Parivar, and Siva Parvati on the floor and decorated with flowers and lamps all around the picture.
He asked how many of them were wearing Mangala Sutra and started talking about the importance of the Mangala Sutra and why women should wear it. Mangal sutra is a combination of two words - mangal and sutra. The word mangal means auspicious and Sutra means thread – together Mangal sutra means an auspicious thread uniting the souls.
A Mangal sutra is a symbol of marriage, and the wife is meant to wear it all her life indicating the love and commitment the husband and wife have towards each other.
In South India, people believe that the mangal sutra needs to be tied in 3 knots with each knot carrying significance – loyalty towards the husband, dedication to the family, and devotion to the lord. While tying the knot, the Priest will chant mantras to represent the purpose of life. Each knot represents three purushardhas – dharma, artha, and kama. Both husband and wife are expected to work together and jointly to achieve these aims of life. When it comes to Moksha, it is an individual journey, hence no knot is tied.
According to Ayurveda – the ancient Indian science – pure gold has a number of healing properties, and the most important of them is improved heart health. Ayurveda reveals that wearing a Mangal sutra close to the heart (touching the skin) attracts cosmic waves from the surroundings and aids heart functioning. It is also considered that these waves help in maintaining a happy, healthy relationship between the husband and wife.
The health benefits of wearing a Mangal sutra include –
Develops the immune system.
Regularizes blood flows and keeps her fresh and energetic.
Regularizes blood pressure.
Stimulates the Surya-Nadi or the Sun-channel in the woman’s body and awakens the inherent energy in it.
Apart from the health benefits, it is also believed that a Mangal sutra having mustard-sized black beads in it wards off the evil while upholding the sanctity of the marriage.
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