AMAZING SCIENTIFIC REASONS BEHIND HINDU TRADITIONS-4

16. Ear Piercing in Children:

Piercing the ears has a great importance in Indian ethos. Indian physicians and philosophers believe that piercing the ears helps in the development of intellect, power of thinking and decision making faculties. Talkativeness fritters away life energy. Ear piercing helps in speech-restraint. It helps to reduce impertinent behaviour and the ear-channels become free from disorders. This idea appeals to the Western world as well, and so they are getting their ears pierced to wear fancy earrings as a mark of fashion.

17. Application of Sindoor or Vermillion:

It is interesting to note that that the application of sindoor by married women carries a physiological significance. This is so because Sindoor is prepared by mixing turmeric-lime and the metal mercury. Due to its intrinsic properties, mercury, besides controlling blood pressure also activates sexual drive. This also explains why Sindoor is prohibited for the widows. For best results, Sindoor should be applied right upto the pituitary gland where all our feelings are centered. Mercury is also known for removing stress and strain.

18. The scientific explanation of touching Feet(charan sparsh):

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 (and is called your shraddha) their hearts emit positive thoughts and energy (which is called their karuna) which reaches you through their hands and toes. In essence, the completed circuit enables flow of energy and increases cosmic energy, switching on a quick connect between two minds and hearts. To an extent, the same is achieved through handshakes and hugs. 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.

19. Why do we Fast:

The underlying principle behind fasting is to be found in Ayurveda. This ancient Indian medical system sees the basic cause of many diseases as the accumulation of toxic materials in the digestive system. Regular cleansing of toxic materials keeps one healthy. By fasting, the digestive organs get rest and all body mechanisms are cleansed and corrected. A complete fast is good for heath, and the occasional intake of warm lemon juice during the period of fasting prevents the flatulence. Since the human body, as explained by Ayurveda, is composed of 80% liquid and 20% solid, like the earth, the gravitational force of the moon affects the fluid contents of the body. It causes emotional imbalances in the body, making some people tense, irritable and violent. Fasting acts as antidote, for it lowers the acid content in the body which helps people to retain their sanity. Research suggests there are major health benefits to caloric restriction like reduced risks of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, immune disorders etc.

20. Why Idol Worship:

Hinduism propagates idol worship more than any other religion. Researchers say that this was initiated for the purpose of increasing concentration during prayers. According to psychiatrists, a man will shape his thoughts as per what he sees. If you have 3 different objects in front of you, your thinking will change according to the object you are viewing. Similarly, in ancient India, idol worship was established so that when people view idols it is easy for them to concentrate to gain spiritual energy and meditate without mental diversion.

21. Why do Indian Women wear Bangles:

Normally the wrist portion is in constant activation on any human. Also the pulse beat in this portion is mostly checked for all sorts of ailments. The Bangles used by women are normally in the wrist part of ones hand and its constant friction increases the blood circulation level. Further more the electricity passing out through outer skin is again reverted to one’s own body because of the ring shaped bangles, which has no ends to pass the energy outside but to send it back to the body.

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ZERO IS HERO

You can’t imagine the world of computers without the binary system, all because some ‘wild’ Indian sages conceptualised the universe and their gods in terms of zero and infinity.

If you travel to the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and visit a place called Deogarh, which literally means citadel of the gods, you will find the ruins of a Hindu temple, one of the oldest, at least 1,500 years old, built by the kings of the Gupta dynasty. On its walls, there is the image of a man reclining on the coils of a serpent with many hoods, surrounded by his wife and many warriors and sages. It’s inspired by a scene from the royal court, but it is clearly a celestial scene, visualisation of the moment when the world was created.

For Hindus, the world is created when Narayana awakens. Narayana is the god reclining on the serpent with multiple hoods. When he is in dreamless slumber, the world does not exist. When he wakes up, the world comes into being. Narayana is thus a visual representation of human consciousness, the awakening of which heralds the creation of our world. What is interesting is the serpent on whose coils, Narayana reclines. Its name is: Adi-Ananta-Sesha, which literally means primal-limitless-residue, which is numerically visualised as one-infinity-zero. For, with consciousness, we become aware of the first moment of beginnings, of limitless possibilities, and of nothingness that existed before the first moment.

The Hindu worldview has always been obsessed with infinity or everything-ness; zero or nothingness, and with the number one or the beginning. More than Hindu, it is the Indic worldview, the substratum of thought, which gave rise to three major ideas: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, all of which speak of rebirth, cyclical time, and a world sans boundaries. Buddhism came up with ideas such as nirvana or oblivion and shunya, which literally means zero. Jainism spoke of a world of endless possibilities, an-ekanta-vada.

This is in stark contrast to the Greek worldview where the world begins as chaos until the gods create order. And with order comes definitions, boundaries, certainty, and predictability. It is also different from the Abrahamic worldview where God creates the world out of nothingness, and the world he creates in seven days has a definite expiry date: the Apocalypse. The Greek and Abrahamic worldviews form what we call the western worldview today that is obsessed with organisation, and is terrified of disorder, and unpredictability, something Indians are used to, and rather comfortable with, even thriving in it.

The story goes that when Alexander the Great, after having conquered Persia, visited India, he met a sage on the banks of the river Indus, who he referred to as a gymno-sophist or naked wise man. This sage sat on a rock and spent all day staring at the sky. Alexander asked him what he was doing and the sage said, “Experiencing nothingness.” The sage asked Alexander what was he doing. Alexander said, “I am conquering the world.” Both laughed. Each one thought the other was a fool. For Alexander, the sage was wasting his life doing nothing. For the sage, Alexander was wasting his time trying to conquer a world that has no limits.

Belief in one life, which is the hallmark of Greek worldview, and later Abrahamic, has led to us valuing achievements. But belief in rebirth, hence infinite lives, which is the hallmark of Indic worldview, makes achievements meaningless, and puts the focus on wisdom and understanding.

India’ s philosophical obsession with infinity and zero led to mathematicians not just conceptualising the idea of zero, but also giving it a form, a dot, and finally using it in a decimal system. This happened around the same time that the Gupta kings built the temple in Deogarh. The mathematician Brahmagupta, 638 CE, is associated with giving form to the number zero, and formulating the first rules with its usage. The rise of the decimal system enabled the writing of vast numbers, of huge value, a practice that has been traced to even vedic texts written around 1000 BCE, values that are not seen in any other parts of the world.

The Arab sea-merchants who frequented the coasts of India, and who dominated the rich spice and textile trade then — before the European sea-farers took over in the 16th century — saw value in this system and took it with them to Arabia. The Arab mathematician Khowarizimi suggested use of a little circle for zero. This circle was called sifr, which means ‘empty’, which eventually became ‘zero’. Zero travelled from Arabia through Persia and Mesopotamia to Europe during the Crusades. In Spain, Fibonacci found it useful to do equations without using the abacus. Italian government was suspicious of this Arabic numbering system and so outlawed it. But the merchants used it secretly, which is why sifr became cipher, meaning ‘code’.

It comes as a shock to many people that the modern use of the number zero is less than thousand years old, and that it became popular less than 500 years ago. Had it not been for the arrival of zero, neither would the Cartesian coordinate system nor calculus have developed in the 16th century. Zero enabled people to conceptualise large numbers and helped in book-keeping and accounting. In the 20th century, came the binary system, which forms the foundation of modern computing. All because some ‘wild’ Indian sages conceptualised the universe and their gods in terms of zero and infinity.

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The Greatest Secret-3

Therefore, if a minimum of 8,000 people got together in different parts of the world, in the comfort of their own homes, and meditated for just five minutes exactly at the same time, on the same thought, we could draw the attention of the universal body to us. Although, we won’t hit critical mass till about 4.5 million people meditated at the same time on the same thought. Why 4.5 million? This is the mean (or even median) of 8,000 and 9 million. That said, we can certainly start with 8,000 people.

I’m not suggesting that we use this wisdom to further individual causes (we could though). Instead, I propose that we meditate on global peace, prosperity and equality. Today, technology (read internet) makes it possible that a few million people can easily coordinate and sit down exactly at the same time to meditate towards a common cause.

We live in a time where an obscure video can get 100 million views in a matter of hours. And I believe there’s no lack of good people on our planet, people who want to make a difference to others. When we raise the level of global happiness, personal peace and prosperity will rise automatically. With more and more happy people around, our world will naturally become a better place.

If you like the idea then continue reading and join hands with me in this noble and global cause so we may contribute something back to the world and in the process enrich our own lives too.

The Pin Prick Effect

The idea is very simple. We need a minimum of 8,000 people who commit to a meditation of five minutes once a week. You can do it from anywhere — from home, office, park, while sitting in a car — anywhere at all really. It doesn’t cost a dime. All of us will begin and end our meditation at the same time, no matter where we are in the world. You don’t have to spend any money on anything, not even traveling. We’ll pick a topic and meditate for five minutes at an appointed time. I’ll be happy to put out an introductory video on how to meditate, and a guided meditation which we can change every 12 weeks.

My view is that the day we have 4.5 million people meditating together, it will mark the beginning of a quiet spiritual renaissance. It will bring marked changes not only in the lives of the participating meditators but also in the whole world. And one day in the future with 9 million meditators, we’ll be able to see the law of attraction in action at a global scale.

If 9 million people meditated together for your peace and happiness, you would see the difference in your life. It will certainly help the cause if you are one of those 9 million meditating on the well being of others too.

We are interdependent and interconnected. Our thoughts and actions have an impact on everyone else around us. We can use this insight and the power of collective meditation to make a difference.

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The Greatest Secret-2

Each one of us is a cell in the Universal Body. On our own, no matter how powerful one person is, our existence is infinitely smaller than the smallest number we can imagine. On a collective scale though, every individual is critical to the existence of universe. If every cell in our body gave up, the whole body will collapse in no time. Similarly, if all living beings gave up, it will have an unimaginable effect on the whole of creation.

Part 3 —Attracting the Universe

The law of attraction is based on seeking attention of the universal body. Its scale is infinitely larger than ours though — like an ant trying to stop an elephant in the tracks. What is a lifetime struggle for an average human being is simply but a momentary effort for the universal consciousness. One individual’s efforts or thoughts can’t bring a universal change. Though such change may well be triggered by one person but to make a sustainable or a profound impact requires collective consciousness. And, this brings me to the most important part of my thesis.

Have you ever realized that no matter how engrossed you may be, even a small mosquito bite can easily cause distraction? A tiny puncture by a needle, anywhere on our body, is enough to draw our attention. In much the same manner, to draw the attention of the universal body, we have to jab it (gently). One human being can’t do it single-handedly, it has to be a cooperative effort. If enough of us meditated on the same thing at the same time, we would attract universal consciousness to bring changes beyond imagination.

This raises an important question: how many meditators are required to cause the pin-prick effect on the universal body? The answer is an absolute minimum of 8,000 to a decent 9,000,000 people are required to cause a ripple in the universal consciousness. The more the merrier, of course. Here’s how I’ve arrived at this number (you can skip the next para if you don’t want numbers):

I’m beginning with the proposition that even a tiny prick of a pin causes a shift in our attention to the affected area. Other things being equal, if human body has 37 trillion cells and the point of a pin is .127mm in diameter then one 1 mm deep puncture will impact roughly 9 million cells. If I only consider skin cells (35 billion) in my calculation then a 1 mm puncture will affect about 8,000 cells. Since I’m not a theoretical physicist, I posed this question in a forum and a physicist was kind enough to provide a detailed answer. This number is derived based on his reply.

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The Greatest Secret-1

Most of us have read about the law of attraction and a great many among us must have wondered if it actually works. Is it really possible to attract wealth, love and peace etc. by merely thinking about it? Probably not. No doubt that everything begins with a thought but action is absolutely critical for realization of our dreams. Having said that, there are hundreds of millions out there who constantly think about and pray for change in their lives, they work very hard too, yet their life continues to go on as before. Why is it that even when you put in your best, your circumstances mostly remain the same?

Earlier in January this year, I wrote (here) that I would unearth a great secret for you. I mentioned becoming one with nature so you may expand your consciousness to an extraordinary scale. So that, each one of us, like a drop merging in ocean may become as vast and powerful as the ocean itself. One drop doesn’t make a sea but every drop is required or there’ll be no sea. Similarly, to gain the immensity of scale necessary to attract the universe, we have to tap into the collective consciousness. Before I sound any more complicated, allow me to explain the basis of my theory in three parts:

Part 1 — The Human Body

What is the human body made of? What if we go a step further than just flesh, bones and sinews? Our bodies are made up of billions of tiny cells. Researchers estimate that if calculated by volume, there are 37 trillion cells in the human body. This number can vary greatly (from 35 billion to 724 trillion) depending on the nature of the cells used for calculation. Skin cells, being sparser, are only about 35 billion, for example.

For argument’s sake, let’s say there are 37 trillion cells in our body. Each cell in our body has local intelligence. Every single cell, in some ways, is an independent unit in its own right. It has a membrane that functions quite like our brain. Just like we enjoy a degree of freedom and yet we are expected to operate within a legal or a social framework, our cells too, even though independent, are bound by the laws of nature. Human cells represent a balance of free will as well as an adherence to a biological system — our body.

Atoms make up cells, cells molecules, and molecules make up tissues. Tissues make up organs, organs organ systems, and organ systems in turn, make up an organism.

Part 2 — The Universal Body and Us

We are an exact replica of what surrounds us. There is roughly 70% water on earth and there’s 70% water in our body. There are countless stars in the universe, and we have countless pores on our skin. Everything we eat originates from nature, on this very planet. We don’t just depend on natural resources, we are a natural resource ourselves. We are nature. Together we, along with other species (animals, plants and algae), make up nature.

There are 100 billion stars in our galaxy and there are billions of galaxies in the universe. The interstellar space between planets and various galaxies is comparable to the interstitial space between our tissues and organs. We (all living species) are for the universe what cells are for our body — a fundamental building block.

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Astrology and the Universe

Astrology is the study of connection between macrocosm and the microcosm. Everything in this universe is connected. But astrology is not fatalistic. It is about probabilities. It just gives you a road map. It gives you an idea or an overview of how things are.

But there are many free choices of yours, like there are many exits on the highway. If you take a picture from the sky, you can see the entire highway, but there are many exits and the car can take any exit. That choice is there.

So life is a combination of freewill and destiny. It is not only freewill or only destiny and astrology is a way to know about it. But the more important thing is the impact of your practices. Your meditation, compassion, work and attitude can change things.

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We have not given spiritual education to our children. We have not made them realize that the whole world is one family. We have not given them the vision or a mission in their life that unites people. So they take up missions and visions which divide, or which they perceive as God’s wish, that is sheer nonsense!

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Q: As per what we have heard about the many saints of India, it appears that as they progress on the spiritual path, their formal education gets left behind. But you have grown up in a very different environment. How did you balance the two?

Guruji: Yes, for me both spirituality and my education always went hand in hand. I would say it has been my good fortune indeed. Even as I continued to go deeper in Spirituality, my education also continued. I always had a strong interest in Science. And I never thought that Indian Spirituality is separate, or far away from Science. I never saw any contradiction or conflict between the two.

A person should attend to both spiritual knowledge and science, and should have a scientific view or approach to everything. One should not blindly accept anything without asking questions about it. That is a sign of having a scientific perspective. For progressing in spirituality all you need is unshakable faith. Life should be a beautiful combination of the two.

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Is God a Mathematician?-3

At the point of big bang there was no design, no harmony, no order. Now through billions of years of evolution we have ourselves – a feat of engineering and architecture of such sophistication that most of it (especially the human brain) is still beyond our grasp. Even a simple function like duplicating the work of kidneys (dialysis) is so clumsy and inefficient compared to the way normal kidneys function, is amazing. The small seed carries within itself the software of an entire tree. But if you cut open the seed and analyze, you won’t find that invisible programme that gives birth to a huge tree. Inside the seed is an intelligent design. Let me again emphasize with what I am trying to say with Einstein’s words: “The deeply emotional conviction of a presence of a superior reasoning power which is revealed in the universe, forms my idea of God”.

Some would say that mathematics is both an invention and a discovery. Discovery first and invention later. They say that mathematics is like a language like any other and hence a human invention. But we have already seen that this universe runs on mathematical principles and those principles would still be in motion and working even if we human beings become extinct. Numbers like 1,2 or 3 or symbols like + or – may be human concepts but the mathematical relations, though abstract, exist. Some other alien civilization may use mathematical concepts using entirely different symbols. What about the Greeks? Don’t they have a different alphabet? But the essential mathematical reality exists irrespective of the language. Language only describes what is, it doesn’t make up things.

So we find that the universe has been composed using the language of mathematics. After discovering that language we are able to make sense of the universe. We are also inventing our own variations of that language like adding to the vocabulary and creating new idioms and modes of expressions. But we should always remember with humility that we can study only a fragment of this vast universe at a time. The entire design (or mathematics) is simply beyond the grasp of the human intellect. If we knew the entire pattern then we would know the “mind of God”. That is not given to us. So is God a Mathematician or is Mathematics itself an attribute of God?

However, this should not be taken to mean that describing God as a mathematician is an attempt to define him. God is not only a mathematician but the Master Magician who spins this web of Maya; the Supreme Artiste who paints beauty on the canvas of the universe; the Virtuoso Musician who is the source of sound (Naad Brahma); the Lyrical Poet who composes the song of life; the Lord of Dance who is eternally present in the dance of life and death (Nataraja). He is all of these and much more about which we can never have complete knowledge. He has been amply praised in all his other roles. I wanted to praise him in his role of a mathematician as well. This is my homage to the Ultimate Mathematician.

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