This is the most widely asked question in every part of the world about Indian Culture. No doubt many Indians still struggle to answer it because there are very few who understand the culture completely and the reasons behind it. The plethora of customs, rituals, Gods, caste, languages, food, music, literature confounds anybody from believing what’s true and what’s not! Here let us try to understand few things from Indian culture, which actually makes sense and is interpreted wrong many a times.
The caste system of India is highly denounced in the modern world. People fighting amongst themselves trying to prove that their caste is superior than the other is nothing but a mere act of foolishness and imprudence. Caste is the English word for Varna (Sanskrit word meaning color/class). We know that there are 4 major Varnas in Hinduism i.e. Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Shudra is another term for service. Thereby, any human being should first fulfill the basic qualities of being a Shudra and then he can choose to belong to any other Varna. Yes, you heard it right,’ You can choose to belong to any Varna!’ If you are a knowledgeable person, then you are a Brahman. If you are brave, high-minded and physically strong you are a Kshatriya. If you are good at business, agriculture then you are a Vaisya and Shudra is to endeavor to render services and attention to each of the preceding classes. Based on your deeds, interests you can choose to belong to whatever Varna you want. These Varnas were basically to identify people based on their skills and each Varna was equally respected. Worship your Varna, adhere to the duties of it and you will be worshiping God. It is very heart-breaking to know that this system is wrongly interpreted and millions of people have died failing to understand our ancestors’ idea of Varnas.
This is the Indian culture of respectful greeting by pressing both hands together. The word Namaste means ‘ I bow to the divine power in you’ as it is believed that every person possess the divine spark within themselves. There is a scientific reason to follow this friendly gesture of welcoming. Joining both hands and touching the fingertips ensures in activating the sense organs like eyes, ears which helps in remembering the person easily and for longer duration. Also, it is proved that shaking hands or kissing spreads more germs. Let’s inculcate the tradition of saying Namaste.
Married Women Accessories
According to Hindu tradition, married women should wear bangles, sindoor, bindi and toe rings. Does it have any significance? Yes, it does! Bangles cause constant friction against the wrist and improve the blood circulation level throughout the body. Sindoor is mainly prepared by mixing turmeric, lime and the metal mercury. Due to its intrinsic properties, mercury maintains a proper blood pressure and activates sexual drive in women. Sindoor should be applied right till the pituitary gland as this gland controls all other hormones secreted in our body thereby controlling all our feelings. Ajna Chakra (Third eye Chakra) is present at the spot between eyebrows, which is considered to be the major nerve point in a human body. A bindi at that spot prevents any loss of energy, improves concentration and also it helps in good blood circulation for the facial muscles. Toe ring is worn on the second toe, which has a nerve connecting to uterus and from there to heart. Wearing a toe ring helps in ensuring a strong and healthy uterus by regulating proper blood flow to it. Moreover, menstrual cycle of the women is regularized. Now you know why exactly Indian married women wear these.
Touching Elders Feet
Bowing and taking blessings from your elders by touching their feet is very common for anybody in India. Parents and elders are prescribed as ‘Gods’ and respecting them is a duty of every individual as per Indian culture. Whenever a person bows to his elder, a positive energy is radiated which is transmitted by feet and palms of the elders. The completed circuit enables flow of energy and increased positive connection between the two minds and hearts.
Temple Architecture and Idol Worship
Generally, temples are built where earth’s magnetic waves path is abundant from the north/south pole gist. The main idol is placed where this magnetic distribution is maximum (Known as Garbhagudi) and then the temple is built around the idol. Copper plates are buried under the idol which absorbs earth’s magnetic field and radiates the same to its surrounding. Moreover, when a person moves clockwise around the main idol he/she gains this positive energy that is being emitted continuously. The ringing of bells, the chanting of prayers and the idol at the center are all helpful in grasping all the attention and avoids concentration to waver. The lighting of lamps, fragrance of flowers and burning of agarbatti (Incense sticks) adds heat and chemical energy thereby augmenting the positive effects from Garbhagudi. Theertham or ‘The Holy water’ distributed to all the devotees is not any normal water. It is made from Holy Basil, Cardamom, Benzoin (Karpoora), Clove, Saffron etc. which has extreme medicinal values. When this water comes in contact with the idol it gets charged with the magnetic energy and is extremely beneficial for health. How many of you have ever felt stress free, relaxed, happy, and peaceful after visiting a temple? You know the reason behind it now. The profusion of positive energy is all we need in our body and mind.
We can go on listing various other things apart from these 5 too from Indian culture which actually makes sense now, when we see it from science perspective. Let us swear to follow our culture and pass it on to the next many more generations.