Women’s jewelry is an invaluable cultural inheritance, which maintain her beauty and protect her chastity. For a woman, they are not merely objects for display or for deriving pleasure, but are an important medium to provide her with Chaitanya (Divine Consciousness) and activate divinity in her. Wearing ornaments has a lot of spiritual significance. In a woman, it reminds her to remain chaste and prevent infidelity, reduces the black (negative) energy in the body, protects her from negative energy attacks; also, the parts of the body where ornaments are worn are subjected to spiritual healing similar to acupressure.
1. Importance of wearing of ornaments by women and the associated benefits
A. The Raja Principle in a woman, that is, her womanhood gets activated due to the Tej (Radiance) in ornaments
Ornaments are Raja-predominant and bestow Tej. This Tej gives appropriate direction to the Raja-dominant actions in the body of a woman. Through the woman, direction is provided to the speedy process of connecting the constantly moving ‘Space’ and ‘Time’ in the Universe. The Tej in ornaments activates womanhood, that is, the Raja component in a woman. This in turn activates the chetana Shakti (Sentient energy) in her body. This activated state, with the help of the waves of Shakti (Divine Energy) emitted for an action, brings about a momentum in the atmosphere; hence, when a woman adorned with ornaments enters an environment, enthusiasm spreads in it.
B. The radiance from the Tej-tattva (Absolute Fire Principle) in ornaments bestows a woman with chastity, which in turn leads her to divinity
The Tej-tattva in ornaments provides appropriate direction to the Raja component in a woman and compels it to perform actions proportionate to the Tej in her. Then, there is very little possibility of a woman (adorned with ornaments) behaving recklessly. Reckless behaviour can make a woman adulterous. However, the Tej-tattva in ornaments being radiantly Divine, it provides the woman with modesty and leads her towards divinity.
C. Ornaments of wifehood are a medium of reminding women of fidelity unto their husbands
It was planned such, that when a married woman wears ornaments, due to the waves of Tej emitted by the ornaments, their touch would make her constantly aware of her fidelity.
Ornaments worn after marriage are an attempt to protect from the lust of demoniacal energies. Since Kaliyug (Era of strife) is Raja–Tama predominant, this period is conducive for wantonness and unfavourable for sadhana (Spiritual practice). In this Yug (Era), through the radiance of ornaments, the purity of a woman or her wifehood has been kept under control. This radiance also protects her chastity. In the Kaliyug, by adorning a mangalsutra, bangles and applying kumkum (Vermillion), a married woman is protected from the lust of demoniacal energies.
D. Wearing ornaments activates divinity in a woman
Ornaments bring about the manifestation of the Adishakti (Primal Energy) present in women in the form of Tej-tattva
A woman is the unmanifest form of the Shakti of a Deity. Wearing ornaments according to the underlying science is in fact worship of this Shakti To manifest this Shakti within herself through ornaments and give its benefit to others too is the function of a woman.
E. Ornaments protect women
Ornaments protect a woman from Raja-Tama predominant waves
A woman is essentially Raja-predominant; the ornaments she wears protect the woman from the energy generated from the naturally moving Raja-Tama waves in the atmosphere. Every women’s Jewelry acts as a protective sheath for the woman; because being more susceptible than a man, the woman can absorb Raja-Tama waves from the atmosphere instantaneously. That is why, from ancient times, she has been protected through the medium of ornaments.
Ornaments protect a woman from negative energies
Women being more susceptible than men, they are influenced by both positive and negative energies faster and the effect lasts longer. Gold and silver, from which ornaments are made, have the potential to repel the attacks of negative energies and to protect a woman from distressing waves. Hence, women should wear ornaments to protect themselves from negative energy attacks, and to increase the Sattva component in them.
Among the ornaments worn by women, those above the waist are made of gold. Since gold, which enhances radiance, protects from powerful negative energies active in the higher regions of earth(Note1), the ornaments worn in the middle and upper parts of the body are made of gold. (Chakras above the Maṇipur-chakra possess more capacity to absorb positive energies. That is why, ornaments worn above the navel should be made of gold, which provides Tej.) Due to these ornaments, the attacks of powerful negative energies in the form of kriya-shakti (Energy of action) are repelled.
(Note 1 – Higher regions are 8-10 feet above the ground, medium region is 5-6 feet above the ground and lower region is 2-3 feet above and close to the ground.)
For protection from inferior waves emitted from Patal (Hell region), silver is used in jewelry worn around the waist and feet : Usually, the ornaments of a woman from the waist to the feet are made of silver. Silver has a higher capacity to absorb waves of Ichha (Will), which are Raja-predominant and enriched with Chaitanya. Ornaments of a specific metal are accordingly used for parts of the body for whose functioning they are conducive. For protection from distressing waves of Pruthvi-tattva (Absolute Earth Principle) and Apa-tattva (Absolute Water Principle) emitted from Patal, silver is specially used in ornaments worn around the waist and feet.
Negative energies cannot enter the body because of the ornaments. Ornaments create a sheath of Chaitanya around the limbs of the body, which is difficult for negative energies to penetrate and enter the body. For example, anklets and bangles prevent negative energies from entering the body with ease through the feet and hands, respectively.
Possibility of harm upon taking off ornaments from the body
Women who have negative energy distress feel like taking off their ornaments. All of us must have read how in the earlier times, when queens were upset or lost their temper, they would remove all their ornaments. Similarly, nowadays, married women feel like taking off their bangles and mangalsutra when going to bed. Actually, they get such thoughts because of negative energies. Once a woman takes off her ornaments, it becomes easy for the negative energies to attack them.
F. Using ornaments for making spiritual progress
If an individual supports wearing of ornaments with bhav (Spiritual emotion), it can progress from asat (non-Truth) to the sat (Absolute Truth). Hence, every woman has to use ornaments for making individual spiritual progress by following the culture.
2. What kind of ornaments should be worn by women who are highly emotional ?
Women being emotional, different kinds of ornaments have been created to manifest the Shakti within them.
A. Women who are highly emotional should wear large ornaments
Women who are highly emotional should wear large ornaments. This will activate the Raja component in them, and create an unmanifest kshatrabhav in them, making them capable of overcoming obstacles.
Examples of large ornaments
Earrings : They should preferably be hanging, as they are capable of greater absorption.
Necklaces : They should preferably be long, extending upto the Anahat-chakra that is, up to the chest, instead of a short one around the neck.
Bangles : They should be large, thick and broad.
Anklets : They should be broad, with a sattvik (Sattva-predominant) design on them.
B. Large, broad ornaments with sattvik designs on them have an effect on the Manomay-kosh (Mental body sheath) of the individual, thus reducing its highly emotional nature
Large, broad ornaments encompass a larger part of the body. As a result, the negative energy troubling the individual adorning them is kept under a larger check. There is a check on the negative energies from entering the body and exchanging black energy with it. Since the sattvik designs on large ornaments are also large, they are able to absorb Chaitanya in larger proportion. This Chaitanya has an effect on the Manomay-kosh of the individual wearing these ornaments and helps in reducing its highly emotional nature.
3. Why should widows not wear ornaments ?
A. When the notion of wifehood ceases, that of detachment ascends !
When the notion of wifehood ceases, in the real sense, the seed of creation enriched with radiance in the woman undergoes dissolution and is replaced by an emotion of detachment. Dissolution of the radiance of ornaments means commencing a life of detachment, without the ornaments.
B. For rapid creation of Vairagyabhav in a woman, the concept of giving up ornaments in the Kaliyug (Era of strife) has been made necessary
For the bhav of detachment to develop rapidly in a woman, the concept of giving up ornaments in Kaliyug has been made necessary. In the earlier times, women were perfect in sadhana that generated radiance; gradually they would develop a bhav of detachment as they progressed to the further stages in sadhana. With the objective of creating a bhav of detachment in the woman, and to help her progress towards Moksha (Final Liberation) rapidly, today in the absence of sadhana, a need was felt to outwardly make a widow give up her ornaments. Ornaments worn by a woman keep the Raja component constantly activated in her; whereas, the absence of ornaments causes dissolution of the Raja component and helps in creation of a bhav of detachment.
4. Practical suggestions about wearing ornaments
From the information provided so far, the importance of wearing ornaments would have become clear. If it is not possible to wear ornaments when outside the house, then at least wear some ornaments prescribed by the Scriptures while at home.
Those who cannot afford gold ornaments should wear gold-plated or silver ones, or at least one such ornament.
We should remember that the bhav in wearing ornaments is more important than the number or quality of ornaments.
Reference : Sanatan Sanstha’s Holy Text, ‘Science of Ornaments’ and ‘Why should women wear Ornaments ?’