Can Black Or White Be Auspicious or Inauspicious?

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Different cultures have different representation of colors; especially black or white. Let’s explore.

People wear white in Hindu funeral, while people black in a Christian funereal. Indian babies are applied black dot on the forehead to protect them from evil eye, while a temple for home is built with white marble. Throughout the world, black and white cars sell the most.

Cult practices like applying black dot on the forehead still rule in India. Black cat is considered evil. This suggests that black isn’t a favorable color, or we can say it’s considered inauspicious. Then how come, black dress and black car is favored? Why is the hair black? Even the stone Lingam of Lord Shiva is black?

I have explained in my earlier blog post about the science and psychology of color. Color is purely based on perception and is pure physics. So, are colors; especially black or white, auspicious and inauspicious or is it in our mind? Is black and white good or bad, or is it in our distorted life values, our hypocrisy?

We give adjective to each and every creature and phenomenon in nature. We give adjectives to animals, and demean them. We give adjectives to time, duration of the day, and disrespect natural process. Is black or white the culprit or is it our dead conscience?

The Great Black Indian Dot: Protection Or Superstition?

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The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by an ill glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury.

I don’t know about other cultures but I definitely have seen Indian parents tying black threads and applying a black dot on child’s forehead. It’s quite ridiculous as per my limited knowledge because it defies the true essence of religion and spirituality. In fact, it questions the existence of the almighty; which is anyway a topic of discussion.

Cult practices like tying black threads and applying a black dot on child’s forehead is unscientific, illogical and might give a wrong signal to the generations to come. Let’s explore from my point-of-view.

It’s believed, in all cultures, that a child has come from the almighty’s home. The child is innocent, pure and nearest to God. The child is nearest to God, innocent, pure, fearless, positive and full of divine energies. The child is the most resilient creature on planet and doesn’t need protection. In fact, the adults are most vulnerable and need protection and if these cult practices have to be practiced, it should be done on adults not children.

Children are a heritage from the Lord. Psalm 127:3-5.

Following a particular ritual blindly is also a sin; as per ancient scriptures. Faith has to be with true understanding; only then it’s real benefit might be achieved. Upanishads emphasize a lot on understanding the essence of rituals and practices. It also guides us to be logical and not fall into trap of ignorance.

Lead us from ignorance to truth, lead us from darkness to light, lead us from death to eternity. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.

Thus, I really feel that we should stay away from such illogical, irreligion and unscientific cult practices that bring shame and demean the entire existence of such a beautiful creation. I don’t know about right or wrong, but I feel we shouldn’t follow it blindly because others are doing it or our older generations have been following it. It might give a wrong message for the generation to come and they might fall in trap of superstitions and make a wrong image of religion.

 

Hinduism Is Not A Religion But A Way Of Life; A Path To Religion

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I have explained in detail about the word religion, it’s essence, relevance, misuse and misinterpretation, in my previous blog post. In this post, let us understand the meaning, genesis, essence of Hinduism. This is from my point-of-view after reading various ancient scriptures, understanding and limited knowledge of the subject.

The term Hindu has been coined recently, as recent as some 2,000 years. And moreover, this word was framed to be used for political reasons few years ago; by dirty cum smart politicians. Anyway, the original name is Sanatana Dharma that means eternal duty or order. In the past many traders used to come here for trading; especially from Persia. They had to cross river Sindhu to enter. They couldn’t pronounce S properly and used H instead of S. This way Sindhu became Hindu and the land across river Sindhu  became Hindustan. Thus, Hindustan, which is also another name for India, is nothing to do with a particular community living here but just a deviation of name that couldn’t be pronounced people and a geographic region. Period.

Respect all irrespective of their work. Yajurveda 16:27.

The heart of Hinduism is forgiveness, kindness, compassion and gratitude—it’s a science of salvation. You can worship anything you like, not worship anything you like, in all situation you can still be a Hindu. You’re a Hindu irrespective of what your belief systems are. You can follow any other way of living, even atheism is allowed. No strings attached and if you find anyone saying things that are out of the context of my article, ask them a valid written proof.

Hinduism does indicate that human beings are completely responsible for their actions and the paths they chose to lead their lives. It gives them complete freedom to follow their inherent nature and explore their inner world to arrive at the absolute truth about themselves and their existence.

Let us remember that Hinduism does not prescribe anyway of life, but a way of life which is in harmony with the eternal law of God as prescribed in the ancient texts, especially the Vedas and the other literature.

Husband And Wife In Islam

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Marriage is a sacred bond entered into by two people who are committed in their goal to fulfill their lives and attain the pleasure of their creator. It’s also a natural human impulse to want to share your life with someone special and create a family.

When everything is new, it is easy to remain enthusiastic, but the reality is that somehow along the way in that journey, many people lose sight of the beauty in a good marriage and fall into negative patterns. The truth is that the bond between a husband and wife in Islam is something that needs to be grown and cultivated with equal effort from both sides.

Your wives are a clothing for you and you too are a clothing for them. Quran 2:187.

What this essentially means, is that each marriage partner has the responsibility to protect the other’s honor. Marriage is the ultimate act of team work. With this in mind, protect your partner, speak positive into their life. Remember that you aren’t just a marital partner, but the other half of a winning team. Bearing this in mind, you owe it yourself and your marriage to fuel your mind with positive energy and how you do this is by reinforcing the good times. Speak about your joys, talk about those things that make you both laugh, highlight each other’s positive attributes and qualities. It’s in this manner that you give your marriage a firm foundation to stand upon.

And of His signs is that He has created spouses for yourselves from your own selves so you might take comfort in them and He has created love and mercy among both of you. In this there is evidence—of the truth—for the people who carefully think. Quran 30:21.

Love and mercy should be the hallmarks of any solid marriage and relationship. We see that it’s stipulated within the scriptures. But is this truly what is practiced in modern daily life? The truth is that once you are in a routine, with a person that you’ve been married to for a while, it is easy to take certain acts of kindness for granted. Just taking the time to articulate the words thank you between a husband and wife, is a good start. You can also express your gratitude through acts of consideration, doing something thoughtful or using your own perception to do something meaningful for your partner.

When all is said and done, there are a number of ways in which to add positive energy to a marriage.  Often, the spice that is missing in a marriage comes in the simple form of being kinder, listening more and taking the other’s thoughts and feelings into consideration.

Role And Status Of Women In Ancient India

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Women in ancient India enjoyed high status in society. Their condition was good. The women were provided opportunity to attain high intellectual and spiritual standard. Though monogamy was mostly common, some section of the society indulged in polygamy. There was no system of early marriage.

But from enjoying free and esteemed positions in the society, women started being discriminated against—in education and other rights and facilities. Child marriage, widow burning and polygamy further worsened the women’s position. Apart from child marriage, prostitution and Devadasi system became widespread.

There are some bright exceptions in this dismal picture. The role of women in Ancient Indian literature is immense. Ancient India had many learned ladies. There were two types of scholarly women—who never married and cultured the Vedas throughout their lives; and who studied the Vedas till they married. Ancient Indian grammarian—Panini—mentioned of female students’ studying Vedas. King Ashoka got his daughter inducted into preaching Buddhism. From the Jain texts, we learn about the one princess who remained a spinster to study religion and philosophy. Often, Buddhist nuns composed hymns. Women did write Sanskrit plays and verses, excelled in music, painting and other fine arts.

Women often enjoyed prominent roles in politics. Women from the aristocratic classes enjoyed education and other privileges but the common woman still suffered ignominy, deprivation and hurdles.

Women could shine as debaters in public assemblies. They usually occupied a prominent place in social gatherings but they were denied entry, into the meetings because these places besides being used for taking political decisions were also used for gambling, drinking and such others purposes. Women’s participation in public meetings and debates, however, became less and less common gradually.

It may thus be concluded that in ancient India, women did not enjoy an inferior status rather they occupied an honorable place. They had ample rights in the social and the religious fields and limited rights in the economic and the political fields. They were not treated as inferior or subordinate but equal to men.

What Is Mythology?

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Myths are the stories people tell to explain nature, history and customs. Mythology refers variously to the collected myths of a group of people or to the study of such myths.

Myth is a feature of every culture. Many sources for myths have been proposed, ranging from personification of nature or personification of natural phenomena, to truthful or hyperbolic accounts of historical events to explanations of existing rituals.

A culture’s collective mythology helps convey belonging, shared and religious experiences, behavioral models and moral and practical lessons.

Understanding Death—The Vedic Way

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Though the ordinary man looks upon death with dread and sadness, those who have gone before know it as a wondrous experience of peace and freedom.

Every one of us is going to die someday, so there is no use in being afraid of death. You don’t feel miserable at the prospect of losing consciousness of your body in sleep; you accept sleep as a state of freedom to look forward to. So is death; it’s a state of rest, a pension from this life. There is nothing to fear. When death comes, laugh at it. Death is only an experience through which you are meant to learn a great lesson—you are not born, you can’t die.

The soul is neither born, nor does it ever die; nor having once existed, does it ever cease to be. The soul is without birth, eternal, immortal, and ageless. It’s not destroyed when the body is destroyed. Bhagavad Gita 2:20

Our real self, the soul, is immortal. We may sleep for a little while in that change called death, but we can never be destroyed. We exist, and that existence is eternal. The wave comes to the shore, and then goes back to the sea; it isn’t lost. It becomes one with the ocean, or returns again in the form of another wave. This body has come, and it will vanish; but the soul essence within it will never cease to exist. Nothing can terminate that eternal consciousness.

As a person sheds worn-out garments and wears new ones, likewise, at the time of death, the soul casts off its worn-out body and enters a new one. Bhagavad Gita 2:22

Even a particle of matter or a wave of energy is indestructible, as science has proved; the soul or spiritual essence of man is also indestructible. Matter undergoes change; the soul undergoes changing experiences. Radical changes are termed death, but death or a change in form doesn’t change or destroy the spiritual essence.

Some of these souls enter into the womb, in order to embody again into organic beings, others assemble unto immovable things according to their karma, according to their knowledge. Katha Upanishad 2.5.7

The body is only a garment. How many times you have changed your clothing in this life, yet because of this you wouldn’t say that you have changed. Similarly, when you give up this bodily dress at death you don’t change. You are just the same, an immortal soul, a child of God.

Weapons cannot shred the soul, nor can fire burn it. Water cannot wet it, nor can the wind dry it. Bhagavad Gita 2:23

Death is not the end—it’s temporary emancipation, given to you when karmathe law of justice—determines that your present body and environment have served their purpose, or when you are too weary or exhausted by suffering to bear the burden of physical existence any longer. To those who are suffering, death is resurrection from the painful tortures of flesh into awakened peace and calmness. To the elderly, it’s a pension earned by years of struggling through life. For all, it’s a welcome rest.