Repeated efforts have been made to prove that scientific methods at one time orchestrated the so-called superstitious traditions. However, it is also important to look for answers and accept the answers that others may find. However, with the passage of time and the development of society, this knowledge became more and more important. In the end, it was just the culture, not the reasons behind it.
Here is an attempt to decide the meaning behind some of the ancient practices of our ancestors:
1. Joining Both Palms to Greet
According to Hindu tradition, people greet one another by joining the palms of their hands - called "Namaskar". A common reason for this custom is that a greeting by joining both palms means respect. However, scientifically, the combination of both hands ensures the binding of the tips of all the fingers together, shown in the pressing areas of the eyes, ears, and brain. Pressing them together is said to activate pressure points, which helps us remember that person longer. Also, no germs because they don't touch anything!
2. Indian Women wearing Toe Rings
Wearing toe rings is not only important for married women but there is science behind it. Toe rings are usually attached to the second toe. A sensor from the second toe connects the uterus and extends to the heart. Putting a toe ring on this finger tightens the uterus. It will keep it healthy by controlling blood flow, and the menstrual cycle will be regular. Silver is a good conductor; it also absorbs polar energy from the Earth and transmits it to the body.
3. Throwing Coins into a River
The general assumption given by this act is that it brings good luck. Scientifically speaking, however, in ancient times, most of the money spent was made of copper, in contrast with the stainless steel coins of today. Copper is an important metal that is very useful for the human body. Throwing coins into the river was one way our ancestors built up as the rivers were the only drinking source. They made a practice of making sure that we all followed this practice.
4. Applying Tilak or KumKum on the Forehead
Between the two eyebrows, the Forehead is considered the largest body part in the human body since ancient times. It is believed to prevent "power loss". The red "kumkum" between the eyebrows is said to store energy in the human body and regulate various stress levels. While using kumkum, points in the central region of Anya-chakra are automatically pressed. This also helps the blood supply to the facial muscles.
5. Temples having Bells
Visitors to the temple should also ring the bell before entering where the large Idol is placed. According to Agama Sastra, iron is used to give a resilient sound, and the sound of iron is pleasing to God. However, the scientific reason for making metals is that their ring cleanses our minds and helps us to stay sharp and completely focused on the purpose of dedication.
These instruments are made so that when they produce sound, they form a unity in the parts of our brain, "Left and Right". Therefore, when the bell rings, it produces a sharp and permanent sound that lasts for at least 7 seconds in echo mode. The time of the echo is long enough to open all seven healing centres in our body. This causes us to pull our brains out of all bad thoughts.
6. Start the food with Spice and Ending with Sweets
Our ancestors insisted that our food should start with something spicy and delicious should be taken towards the end. The importance of these foods is that while the bitter substances use digestive juices and acids and ensure that the digestive process runs smoothly and efficiently, sweets or carbohydrates slow down the digestive process. Therefore, sweets were always recommended in the past.
7. Applying Mehendi on the Hand and Feet
Besides colour on the hands, mehndi is a very powerful herbal remedy. Marriages are stressful, and often, stress causes headaches and fever. As the wedding day approaches, mixed emotions and anticipation can strain the bride and groom. The use of mehndi can prevent great stress because it cools the body and keeps the nerves weak. That is why mehndi is applied to the hands and feet, which are the walls of the body.
8. Eating on the Floor
This custom is not simply a matter of sitting down and eating; it's about staying in the "Sukhasan" position and eating. Sukosan is a position we often use for Yoga asanas. When you sit down, you tend to sit cross-legged. In sukhasana or half padmasana (half lotus), which quickly bring calmness and help digestion, it is believed to automatically stimulate signals in your brain to prepare the stomach for digestion.
9. Not sleeping with Head towards North
The myth says that it invites ghosts or death, but science says that it is because the human body has a magnetic field, and Earth has a large magnetic field. When we lie down with our head facing north, our body's magnetic field is limited to Earth's magnetic field which causes hypertension. Apart from this, another reason is that our body has a large amount of iron in our blood. When we sleep in this position, iron from the rest of the body begins to assemble in the brain. This can cause headaches, Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Disorders, Parkinson's disease, and dementia.
10. Piercing the Ear
Ear piercings are very important in Indian ethos. Indian doctors and philosophers believe that ear piercing helps develop intelligence, thinking ability, and the ability to make decisions — that enriching speech consumes the energy of life. Ear piercings help to hold a speech. It helps to reduce misbehaviour, and ear canals are free from distractions. The idea also appeals to the Western world, so they pierce their ears to wear beautiful earrings as a fashion symbol.
11. Performing Surya Namaskar
Hindus have a habit of paying the Sun God in the morning for their custom of offering water. It was because looking at the Sun's rays in the water or directly was good for the eyes. Also, by waking up following this process, we tend to live the morning life, and the morning is the most active part of the day.
12. Choti on the Male Head
Sushrut rishi, Ayurveda's chief surgeon, describes the sensitive area in the head as Adipati Marma, where there is a link to all emotions. Shikha protects this area. Below, the brain occurs Brahmarandhra, where the nerve arrives from the lower body part. At Yog, Brahmarandhra is the highest, seventh, and lotus chakra with thousands. It is a centre of wisdom. The tied shikhã helps to enlarge the centre and retains its hidden power called Ojas.
The basic principle of fasting is found in Ayurveda. This ancient Indian medical system identifies the underlying cause of many diseases, such as accumulating toxic substances in the digestive system. Regular cleaning of toxic substances keeps a person healthy. Through fasting, the digestive organs get rest, and all body systems are cleansed and repaired.
Complete fasting is good for health, and occasionally eating warm lemon juice during fasting prevents dehydration. Since the human body, as described by Ayurveda, is made up of 80% liquid and 20% solid, like the Earth, the gravitational force of the moon affects the body's fluid content. It causes emotional instability in the body, making some people tense, irritable, and violent.
Fasting works as a remedy because it lowers the acid content in the body, which helps people hold their minds. Research suggests major health benefits from calorie restriction such as the reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, immune system disorders etc.
14. Reason behind touching Feet
Usually, a person whose feet you touch can be old or holy. When they receive your respect from your reduced state (also called your shraddha), their hearts release thoughts and energy (called their karuna), which reaches you with their hands and toes. A complete circuit conducts energy flow and increases cosmic energy, opening a rapid connection between the mind and the two hearts. To some extent, the same thing is achieved by shaking hands and hugging.
The nerves that start in our brain spread throughout our body. These nerves or cords end up in your hands and feet. When you join the fingers of your hand on those of their opposite feet, a circuit is formed quickly, and the power of both bodies is connected. Your fingers and palms are the 'receiver' of power, and the feet of the other person 'the power of the giver.'
15. Married Women applying Vermilion or Sindoor
It is interesting to note that the use of sindoor by married women has physical significance. This is so because Sindoor is prepared by mixing turmeric-lime with iron mercury. Because of its internal properties, mercury and regulating blood pressure also stimulate the sexual drive. This also explains why the widows rejected Sindoor. For best results, Sindoor should be inserted directly into the pituitary gland, where all our emotions are concentrated. Mercury is also known for relieving stress.
16. Worshipping the Peepal Tree
Our ancestors knew that 'Peepal' was one of the very few trees (or perhaps just a tree) producing oxygen at night. So saving this tree because of its unique properties, they associated us with God/religion.
17. Worshipping the Plant of Tulsi
Hinduism has given 'Tulsi' the status of a mother. Also known as the 'Holy Basil', Tulsi is considered religious and spiritual in many parts of the world. Vedic scholars knew the benefits of Tulsi. That is why they have portrayed him as Goddess and have given a clear message to the whole community that he needs to be cared for by people, whether educated or uneducated. We are trying to protect it because it is like Sanjeevani to humanity.
Tulsi has great healing properties. It is a remarkable antimicrobial. Taking Tulsi daily with tea or otherwise increases the immune system and helps the drinker prevent infections, strengthen his or her health, balance his or her immune system, and, most importantly, prolong his or her health.
Keeping the Tulsi plant at home prevents insects and mosquitoes from entering the house. It is said that snakes never come close to the Tulsi plant. Perhaps that is why the ancients raised many Tulsi's near their homes.
18. Why do we worship Idol?
Hinduism spreads idolatry more than any other religion. Investigators say this started to increase concentration during prayers. According to psychiatrists, a man will shape his thoughts according to his own experience.
For example, if you have three different things in front of you, your thinking will change depending on your looks. Similarly, in ancient India, idolatry was introduced so that when people looked at idols, they could easily focus on gaining spiritual strength and meditation without distorting the mind.
19. Indian Women wearing Bangles
Usually, part of the wrist always works for anyone. Also, the heartbeat in this section is highly tested for all types of diseases. Bangles used by women are usually in the palm of one hand, and their constant conflict increases blood circulation. In addition, electricity passing through the outer skin is reabsorbed by your body due to bangles, which do not limit external energy but send them to the body.
20. Why should we visit the temple?
The temples are located at a level where the available energy is mainly found in distributing the waves and electricity of the pole / south pole. A large Idol is placed in the centre of the temple, known as "Garbhagriha" or Moolasthanam. The temple building was built after the installation of the Idol. This Moolasthanam is where the Earth's magnetic field is found high.
We know of other bronze plates, inscribed with Vedic inscriptions, buried under the Main Idol. Why? No, they are not God/priest card cards when they forget shloka. The copper plate absorbs the Earth's magnetic waves and illuminates them in a circular motion. So a person who regularly visits the temple and watches around Main Idol receives a magnetic field, and his body absorbs it.
This is a slow process, and regular visits will allow her to absorb this wonderful energy. Scientifically speaking, it is a wonderful energy that all of us need to be healthy.
Somehow over the years, knowledge based on traditional culture became difficult. Just spread the law, not imagination. Is it time to start looking for the good in the past? We may find many answers to our problems if we begin to study them concerning our present time.