Tilak meaning and why should tilak be applied on the forehead ?
After a bath, apply tilak or a mudra as per sectarian norms. For example, followers of Vaishnav sect apply a vertical tilak, whereas those of Shaiva sect apply three horizontal stripes called ‘tripundra’ to the forehead. Read more »
Waking up early morning and following the achars while still in bed
As prescribed by the scriptures, wake up at the Brahmamuhurt before sunrise has two muhurts (Auspicious time); of these the first is called Brahmamuhurt. At this time, the human intellect and the energy for compiling a Holy text is good. Hence, the noun ‘Brahma’ is prefixed to this muhurt. Read more »
Dinacharya (Daily routine)
Activities performed from waking up till retiring for the day are collectively called Dinacharya. Dinacharya is planned such that a man remains healthy all his life and without any illness. The health of an individual depends upon his diet, exercise and actions. Thus, Dinacharya is important from the perspective of health Read more »
Benefits of bathing – Why should we bathe in the morning ?
A bath rids a person of the black energy enveloping it and also destroys the Raja-Tama components in its body, thus making every cell in its body conducive to absorb Chaitanya (Divine consciousness). Read more »
Why do we light lamp in front of deities in the evening ?
In the earlier times,the evening prayer ‘shubham karoti’ used to be recited at dusk after lighting lamps in the house; today’s children are engrossed in watching television instead. Following the Āchārdharma is the foundation of Spirituality. In this article we will see the science behind the achar of lighting a lamp near the tulsi plant and in the house at dusk. Read more »
What is the ideal technique of washing clothes ?
Washing clothes by bending keeps the chakra at the navel constantly active, and is complimentary to the movement of pancha-pran (Five vital energies) in the body. This posture constantly keeps the Suryanadi active because of which that part of the nadi is functional in a particular action. Read more »
Hindu personal hygiene practices
Washing of hands and feet is associated with external cleansing, while rinsing of the mouth, Achaman and Vishnusmaraṇ are necessary for internal cleansing of the body. We will now examine these acts one by one to understand them in depth. Read more »
Why are new clothes worn on an auspiscious day?
On specific days like the festivals, the Principles of specific Deities descend onto the earth and are active in a higher proportion. By wearing new clothes on such days, the clothes absorb the frequencies of the Principles of the Deities and become Sattvik. Read more »
Why should one bend in the waist while sweeping the floor?
Bending at the waist for sweeping exerts pressure at the nabhichakra and its five vital energies are awakened. By bending on the right side, the person’s Sun channel is activated. Read more »