Youth are the young intellects of today’s society. In this science dominated society ,we want reasons behind pretty much everything. Today’s youth have become quite knowledgeable and do not believe in assuming things rather investigating deep enough to find the truth. This persistive nature of the youth is the main reason that they search for science behind everything.,even our culture and spirituality. However it is astonishing that, our culture and spiritual practices are not only hierarchical but also have science behind them, science, so deep that we haven’t been able to foresee them,which are slowly being discovered by the scientists now-a-days. The practices that define our beliefs and spiritualism, have many scientific reasons behind them. Following are some of them-
1) Joining both palms together to greet or say Radhe-Radhe: In our culture,people greet each other by joining their palms – termed as “Namaskar”. The general reason behind this tradition is that greeting by joing both the palms means respect and politeness.However scientifically speaking,
i) joining both hands ensures joining the tips of all the fingers together,which are denoted to the pressure points of eyes ears,and mind. Pressing them together can activate those pressure points which helps us to remember the person for a longer period of time. Secondly as there is no physical contact , the ability of one person to affect another negatively is minimized to larger extents.
ii) Human body is considered as a microcosmo in this cosmic universe. There’s constant flow of energy within the body. By doing Namaskar mudra, a greater level of divine consciousness is absorbed into the body as the joing of hands relates to Akashtattva, which is one of the five elements that our body is made up of.
2) Applying Tilak on our forehead : On the forehead,between the two eyebrows, is a spot that is considered as a major nerve point in human body since ancient times. The tilak is believed to prevent the loss of energy, the tilak is said to retain the energy within human body and control the various levels of concentration. While applying the Tilak,the points on the mid-brow region and “Adnya-chakra” are automatically pressed which facilitates the blood supply to the muscles. It also clears sinuses. Medically, the joint also has a nerve, that on pressing increases blood pressure to the nose.
3) Sitting on the floor and eating: This tradition is not just about sitting on the floor and eating, its is regarding sitting in the “sukhasan” position and then eating. Sukhasan is the position that we normally use while doing Yoga. When you sit cross-legged—in sukhasana or padmasana, which are poses that bring instantly a sense of calm, help in digestion and blood circulation . It is believed that these poses automatically triggers the signals to the brain to prepare the stomach for digestion. The act of sitting and eating also induces a greater family bonding as it brings in a sense of togetherness. It also helps in improving the body posture and relaxes the mind.
4) The Scientific explanation of touching Feet (Charan sparsh): Usually, the person of whose feet you are touching is either old or pious. When they accept your respect which came from your reduced ego(shraddha) their heart emit positive thoughts and energy(which is called their karuna) which reaches you through their hands and toes. In essence, the completed circuit enables flow of energy and increases cosmic energy, switching on a quick connect between two minds and hearts. When you join the fingertips of your hand to those of their opposite feet, a circuit is immediately formed and the energies of two bodies are connected. Your fingers and palms become the ‘receptor’ of energy and the feet of other person become the ‘giver’ of energy.
Hence, we can conclude from this , that every ritual that we practice, has science behind it.