A Hindu bride was decorated with sixteen adornments on her wedding day. These adornments are called Solah (sixteen) Shringar. This ritual has been practiced since Vedic times. The story behind Solah Shringar is that Rati, who before she became the wife of God Kamadev (God of Love) was very plain. She prayed to Lakshmi and performed a severe penance. Lakshmi blessed her with sixteen adornments and Kamadev fell in love with her and married her. Continue reading
The third eye is where one puts the tilak, the vermilion mark on the forehead. It was devised as a symbol of that unknown world. This point is not in the same place for everyone. It is said that if someone has meditated for a long time in his/her past lives and has had a small experience of samadhi his/her third eye will be lower down. If no meditation has been done, the place on the forehead is higher up. It can be determined by the position of this point, what the state of one’s meditation was in one’s past life; it will indicate whether the state of samadhi ever happened to one in one’s past life. If it happened often then, this point will have come down lower, it will be at the same level as one’s eyes—it cannot go lower than that. If this point has come in line with one’s eyes, then one can enter samadhi. The happening is so small that it is insignificant.
When we have a dear one suffering from a serious illness, we are distressed, and we feel helpless. If we are in this condition of anguish ourselves, we cannot offer empathy and support. We have to restore our tranquility and wellbeing before we visit them. We will be sending them signals of despair, which will make them more uneasy and troubled. Continue reading
Negativity comes in all shades and colors. We have negative feelings, reactions, and emotions. Negativity makes us more angry and unreasonable. It overtakes us and it is very difficult to remember at that time, that we could turn it into a positive thought, feeling or emotion. Continue reading
“In Yoga there is a lot of emphasis on Ajna Chakra. It has been seen that when one is absolutely relaxed in deep sleep, then one practices Shambhavi mudra, where both pupils are concentrated in the mid-eyebrow centre.
When a healthy child is sleeping, first of all the breath becomes sonorous, it becomes ujjayi pranayama. Secondly, when one lifts the eyelids, one will find that both pupils are centralized in the mid-eyebrow centre.
These two symptoms indicate absolute relaxation.”
Swami Satyanananda Saraswati. Continue reading