In the previous blog, we learned about various practices in Indian culture and reason for the same. There is lot to understand and comprehend before completely rejecting it or blindly accepting it. There may be reasons much deeper than what we could casually see.
In the previous blog, we understood the scientific base between the practices such as piercing of ears (karnavedha), worshipping of Peepal tree, having tulsi plant in house, whitewashing house before Diwali and lighting of Diyas, throwing coins into a river, joining both palms to greet and clapping during religious ceremonies, wearing toe rings by Indian women and applying tilak on the forehead by men and bindi by women. Today, we will go further and throw a deeper insight into the Indian culture with scientific background:-
1) Ringing the bell before entering the temple
Whenever we visit a temple, we see a bell placed over the entrance. We have to ring the bell before entering. The scientific reason behind this is that the ring brings our brain to devotional state and clears it from any outside thoughts.Also Read – SCIENCE BEHIND THE TRADITIONS FOLLOWED BY INDIAN CULTURE- PART 1
The bells are made of such a shape that the sound which they produce creates a unity between the left & right part of our brain and the echo remains for minimum of 7 seconds. The duration of echo is sufficient enough to activate all the seven healing centers in our body. This finally results in emptying our brain from all negative thoughts.
2) Start meals with spice, end with sweet
As a general practice we are told our meals start with something spicy such as papad and end with a sweet dish. The relevance of this practice is that spicy things activate the digestive juices and acids that help in smooth digestion process. However, on the contrary sweets pull down the digestive process.
3) Sitting on a floor and eating
Sitting on the floor by crossing legs is “Sukhasan” position and normally used while performing Yoga asanas. Eating food while sitting in this position helps in improving digestion as the circulatory system can focus solely upon digestion and not on our legs dangling from a chair or supporting us while we are standing. In addition, when we eat in such a position we don’t tend to overeat. Thus, it is definitely a healthier option.
4) Never sleep with your head towards North and feet towards South
It is told by elders never to sleep with head towards North and feet towards South. The scientific explanation behind it is that human body has its own magnetic field because of the significant amount of iron in blood and Earth is a giant magnet.
When we sleep with head towards north, our body’s magnetic field and Earth’s Magnetic field become completely asymmetrical. That cause issues related to blood pressure as our heart is required to work harder. The iron from the whole body starts to congregate in brain.
This can lead to headache, Alzheimer’s disease, Cognitive Decline, Parkinson disease and brain degeneration, therefore it is prohibited.
5) Surya Namaskar
The tradition of paying regards to Sun God early in the morning by water offering ritual and doing Yogic asanas has not just one but multiple benefits. Firstly, looking at Sun rays through water or directly very early in the morning is good for eyes.
Secondly, waking up early has always proven to be the most effective healthy habit. Thirdly, now-a-days deficiency of Vitamin D is becoming common and this is due to insufficient exposure to the sun’s rays. As the day progresses these rays become stronger that can do more harm than good.
Thus, we can clearly see that most of the rituals and practices do have a deep valid reason which may or may not be clearly reflected on the surface. I would like to present some more interesting facts about the linkage between Indian culture and science in the coming blogs. Till then enjoy the read.