universe is run according to certain scientific laws and unless we
follow these laws we are bound to end up by being unhappy. This is the
problem with human beings today. Our unhappiness is caused by our
inability to follow natural laws based on science. Hinduism is the only
religion in the world which is based on the scientific laws of Nature
that is why there was never a controversy between science and religion
as was found in the west. However there is a mis-understanding that
Hinduism is hopelessly unscientific and based on a bundle of
superstitions. This grossly unfair idea was subtly inserted into the
Hindu psyche by the westerners who first came to India because they were
completely at sea to understand a religion which seemed to be totally
different from their own standard conceptions about God, Nature and man.
The rishis of
ancient India knew that there was no dichotomy between these
three — Nature, God and man as was
supposed by Semitic religions. The religion known as the Sanatana Dharma which
they gave to the country of their origin was totally based on
scientific validities. They did not preach or propagate a religion, but a
way of life into which was imbedded the truths of Nature which were the
truths of science. But they also knew that if they tried to give
scientific validity for all their extortions, they would not be
understood at all by most people. In ancient times if anything had to
have validity it had to have a background of spirituality and moral
ethics. Therefore they exhorted their followers to do certain actions
which would give them spiritual benefits and did not disclose the true
facts to them that these commands were actually based on science. Today
however we live in a science oriented world and anything, if it has to
be accepted by the masses has to have scientific validity. Thus all the
ancient so-called Hindu superstitions, when looked at from a scientific
angle have disclosed the fact that all of them without exception are
based on certain scientific truths by following which we will get better
health and be able to function as better human beings. So today
Hinduism is on a better wicket than any other religion since it is the
only religion which is based on science. Here we will take a few
examples of the commonly used actions and ideas in Hinduism and prove
that they are indeed based on science.
Namaste or folding the palms in greeting
Let us first take the common Hindu practice of greeting each other by folding the hands together and saying “Namaste”.
This is of course an action which is normally done when we go to a
temple and face the deity. It shows a high degree of respect and
acceptance of the fact that we are facing something which is divine.
This same action is done when we meet somebody and this implies that we
are bowing to that divine which is present in that person however great
or lowly, big or small, he or she might be. This is recognition of the
divinity present in every human being whatever be his caste or religion.
This forges a bond between us and the person on a transcendental level
and not just on the physical level.
the modern science of reflexology has recognised the fact that the tips
of the fingers carry nerves to all parts of the body and hence when we
join our palms together every time we meet someone, the fingers touch
each other and stimulate these pressure points so that the corresponding
parts of the body become more alive.
point to be remembered is that the habit of shaking hands is really not
such a healthy habit since the person may be carrying some germs which
will be passed on to us by the contact.
The dot or line on the forehead
ancient days all Hindus, males and females had a dot or a mark between
their eyebrows. People may think that this is only a sort of spot which
enhances the beauty of the face. No doubt it does do this but again
there is a scientific reason behind this. The spot between the eyebrows
is known as the ajna chakra
or the third eye, in modern parlance. This is the spot where the mind
has its abode during the day. During the night it reposes in the anahata or heart chakra. These chakras are
whorls of energy and some of them correspond to the endocrine glands
which have been recently discovered by western science and which they
feel have a lot to do with the balance and health of the whole body. Of
course our rishis were well aware of this fact a long time ago and they asked people to wear some sort of dot on the ajna chakra. When we are applying the kum-kum (vermilion powder) our finger automatically presses this chakra and
energises the mind, which become alert. Moreover whenever a person
looks at us, their gaze is immediately drawn toward the dot which is our
third eye. This again activates our chakra and makes our mind more concentrated so that we can listen or talk to the other person in a better manner. The kum-kum or
vermilion which is used by women is not a synthetic product as it is
now. The process of making it is quite elaborate and is done very well
in the south, especially, Kanchiupuram and Madurai, both in Tamil Nadu.
It is actually a mixture of turmeric and lime and is exposed to the rays
of the moon for a fortnight before it is ready. This mixture again
passes through the skin and beautifies the skin.
of course people no longer know the reason for this and they use
synthetically made powder or to make things easier, dots and other
shapes made of some synthetic material. Of course even then if the dot
is kept in the right place it will still have some value but sometime
people place it high above the forehead and not on the chakra which of course, has not much efficacy.
are three types of material which used to be used in olden times for
making these dots and all three correspond to one of the three gunas
which are sattva, rajas and tamas.
- Vermillion Powder
The vermilion powder has been discussed already. This is related to the worship of the goddess and stands for rajas or
the quality of kinesis or action. Shakti is responsible for all action
in the universe. She is always personified as a goddess with various
names. Naturally her colour should be red, the colour of energy and
- Sandal paste
is made out of sandal wood and is very cooling and soothing to the mind
when kept on the forehead. Sandal paste has the quality of sattvaor
balance and harmony and Vishnu is the god connected with this quality.
All Vaishnavites (devotees of Vishnu) wear sandal paste on their
- Vibhuti or Bhasmam (ashes)
This has the quality of tamas or inertia and is connected with Shiva, the destroyer in the trinity. This vibhuti has
many medicinal qualities and can be applied to cuts, wounds, itches
etc, and has immediate effect. However these ashes have to be made in a
certain way. A few days before Shivaratri one has to make round cow dung
cakes with fresh cow dung and place them inside a pile of rice husk.
This has to be set on fire. Rice husk does not burn like firewood but
will keep smouldering for many days. On Shivaratri day, you have to
carefully take out the cow dung cakes which will be remaining intact in
shape inside the smouldering fire. These have to be carefully taken out
and powdered. In fact it will turn into powder as soon as you touch it
so it has to be handled with great care. This is to be offered to Shiva
on Shivaratri day and some of it should be used for abhishekam (poured over the lingam). This has to be mixed with the rest of the vibhuti and kept in a safe place to be used daily or as and when it is necessary.
we see that the use of different types of dots or lines on the
foreheads of Hindus all have a great esoteric and scientific
Toe rings worn by married women
is normal for married women to wear toe rings on the second toe of both
feet. This is put on their toes by their husbands and is about the only
time a husband touches his wife’s feet. This custom has a deep
scientific principle underlying it. An essential nerve connects this toe
with the uterus and passes on to the heart. Wearing a ring on this toe
stimulates this nerve and strengths the uterus. It helps to regulate the
blood flow and normalize the menstrual cycle. In this way it ensures a
safe and good pregnancy. It also sustains the foetus while it is in the
womb. The toe ring is always made of silver, never of gold. Silver
absorbs polar energies from the earth when the foot is pressed down and
passes it to the body.
Ringing of bells in temples
It is a practice amongst Hindus to ring the bell before entering the sanctum. Bells are also rung during the pujas (rituals).
The sound made by bells which are made of certain specific metals cause
sounds which set up vibrations in or brain and surroundings. The sound
spreads in waves to the ecosphere and keeps echoing into space, like the
waves set off in a pond when we throw a stone into it. They will keep
on till they reach the banks. The sound of the bell also results in an
echo which will last for 7 seconds which will have positive effects on
all the seven chakras.
Why do Hindus circumambulate (go round) temples?
are always strategically placed at those places where positive energy
is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave
distributions of north/south pole thrust. The main idol is placed in the
core center of the temple, known as Garbhagriha or Moolasthanam. In fact, the temple structure is built after the idol has been placed. This Moolasthanamis
where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum. Moreover
the idol itself is made of certain metals or stone and before putting it
in place, a Yantra or mystic design made out of copper is placed under
it. The copper plate absorbs earth’s magnetic waves and radiates it to the surroundings.
This Yantra will keep on emitting vibrations which are activated by the
ringing of the bell. These vibrations emanate from the idol in
concentric circles and like the sound of the bell this energy whorls
keep spreading out to the outer walls of the temple and even beyond. The
devotee who is going round the temple is engulfed in this energy field
and gets maximum benefit the more times he goes round. That is why
people make vows to do 108 times and so on. Some people do this with
their whole body touching the ground. Naturally they get extra benefit
not only of the vibrations emanating from the sanctum but from contact
with the earth which is also emitting energy.
Why do Hindus eat with their hands?
is a deep science behind this particular Hindu custom for which we are
despised by the westerners. Food is a gift from God and eating is an art
in which all the five senses have to be involved in order to get
maximum benefit and pleasure. The five senses are sight, smell, taste,
sound and touch. Western culinary techniques take into consideration the
first three of these senses but totally disregard the other two. It is
deeply conscious of the fact that food should look good and be
artistically arranged and it should smell good and of course taste good.
But they make no use of the other two senses of sound and touch. This
is like using only three fingers instead of all five. If the hand is to
be of use we must use all five fingers. Similarly if eating has to be a
fulfilling action it has to take all five senses into consideration. So
in Indian cooking no meal is complete unless we serve something which
produces a sound like crunching. AND most important we will never be
able to relish the taste of any food completely unless we use the sense
of touch and feel the food with our fingers. God has given the human
being five fingers to use as spoons and forks and all children
automatically use their hands to put food into their mouth. Western
parents have to forcibly insist that the child uses an artificial aid
instead of the ones given by god to shovel food into his mouth!
Why are Hindus asked to sleep with their heads to the South?
human body is actually a huge magnet which attracts the beams from the
Earth’s magnetic fields located in the South and North Poles. When
we sleep with our head towards the north, our body’s magnetic
field becomes completely asymmetrical to the earth’s magnetic
field. This forces our heart to work harder in order to overcome this
and leads to a rise in blood pressure and general discomfort. Our bodies
also have a significant amount of iron in the blood. When we sleep with
head to the North, the iron from the whole body starts to congregate in
the brain and can lead to headaches, cognitive decline and brain
Why do Hindus to pierce their ears?
modern science has discovered that the lobes of the ears are extremely
sensitive and has nerves leading to the auditory system and nervous
system in the brain. When we are worried we should slowly massage our
ear lobes and along the sides and we will immediately feel calmer. In
ancient India piercing of the ears was a scientific process and known
only to some special goldsmiths. They knew the exact point to be pierced
by which our hearing, intellect and nervous system would be fortified.
It also helps to develop creative powers. In ancient India both males
and females used to pierce their ears. Sometimes you find that when
doctors do this, even though they anesthetise the spot and supposedly do
it in a very hygienic way, it often happens that the hole will not heal
naturally and sometimes breaks out in a small nodule.
Importance of the Peepul Tree and Tulsi plant
peepul tree is a huge tree which spreads out in branches and has
beautiful leaves which shake and quiver at the slightest breeze that
passes through them. It doesn’t seem to have much use since it has
no flowers or fruit but the Hindus consider it holy. This again rises
from the great botanical knowledge which the rishis had about all types
of vegetation. They told the common people that it was holy and
encouraged them to plant these trees in the village and care for them
because they knew that the peepul is the only tree which produces oxygen
at night. All other types of vegetation give out carbon dioxide at
night. The quivering leaves obviously have a role to play in keeping the
oxygen going throughout the night.
tulsi (holy basil) is another plant which is considered holy by the
Hindus. It is closely connected with the worship of Vishnu and his
incarnations. Again the rishis knew well of the medicinal and healing
properties of the plant and that is why they linked its name with one of
the chief gods in the pantheon and insisted that every garden should
keep a tulsi plant which should be protected and taken care of at all
times. It is a remarkable antibiotic and if used daily in tea or simply
chewed it will stabilise the health and balance the body system. If kept
in the compound close to the house, it prevents insects from entering
the house. Even snakes don’t like to go near a tulsi plant. Thus
in ancient days people were encouraged to grow lots of tulsi around
Why do Hindu women wear bangles?
olden days even men were encouraged to wear bangles of copper or shell.
The wrist is a very sensitive part of the human being. When a doctor
wants to check your pulse he will automatically lift up your wrist. When
bangles are worn on the wrist, the constant friction increases the
blood circulation. Electricity passing out through the outer skin is
reverted to one’s own body through the action of the circular
bangles which make sure that the current is kept within the body and
does not pass out of it.
we see that almost all the so-called superstitious customs which Hindus
are prone to do, have their basis in some scientific or medical truth.
Western science did not pierce beyond the veil of the obvious which
could be experienced by the five senses. Hinduism on the other hand
always strove to reach beyond the obvious to the transcendental. Hence
we find that almost every act in Hinduism has a deep spiritual meaning
as well conferring physical benefits.
Hari Aum Tat Sat