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Why we do put tilak on forehead?




saregama
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Hinduism is the only religion which has not been formed by Man, noone knows the age, yet for all other religions their age can be ascertained.

Some facts may have become myths and just believing in them may be inappropriate.

My mother used to say "Don't eat meat on Tuesdays": Asked why?? said, because this is the way it has always been.........i tried to find out and the answer came out to be............Tuesday is a day ruled by MARS, which is a heat producing day, and any Tamsic food (Meat) or the food which produces more heat in the body can disturb the proportion of heat and temperature in the body that can lead to extreme annoyance, fight, arguments etc. Hence more Hindus chose to fast, drink Milk eat bananas and fruits on this day.

Like wise applying Tilak on forehead, putting sindoor, cutting nails and hair, what to pray, when to pray, how to pray, doing certain things during certain time periods, all have some basis which i will explain when i hear from the group on what do they think about this small explanation.

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Post ID: 84904 04-09-06 09:47:03
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benparsad
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'TOONIE TUESDAY'
I also had this question of not eating meat or any non vegetarian food on Tuesday. Now with these MarsHeatthe real reasons; eating non veg. in Canada could be OK. This being a cold country, heat wont be a problem.
Wonder why they have some good deals on chicken items on Tuesdays

-Ben


 
Post ID: 84939 04-09-06 22:58:22
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ThinkingOne
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Originally posted by meghal
If any of Hindu practises had any scientific basis, their relevance still needs to be questioned in modern world when technology has advanced so far.



Wonderful. Emphasize the phrase "their relevance still needs to be questioned".

The practices may be all well and good, but this doesnt mean to put a full stop to rational and analytical thinking, with a questioning mind.


Regards.


 
Post ID: 84952 05-09-06 10:21:17
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chandresh
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Quote:
Originally posted by ThinkingOne

Quote:
Originally posted by meghal
If any of Hindu practises had any scientific basis, their relevance still needs to be questioned in modern world when technology has advanced so far.



Wonderful. Emphasize the phrase "their relevance still needs to be questioned".

The practices may be all well and good, but this doesnt mean to put a full stop to rational and analytical thinking, with a questioning mind.


Regards.



Absolutely right. However, when you question a person who is neither wise enough to be able to understand the reasons himself, or is not talented enough to convince a person on such beliefs, it does NOT mean that the belief is wrong. Hense one should question only those who have the capacity to undestand the beliefs - most mortals are only capable of following the belief.

As an example - if you asked me - an accountant, why does a TV start showing images as soon as you press a button on the remote, I will not be able to give you a correct reply - though I am educated enough to be called a sane and educated person. However, that will not mean that MY BELIEF that if I press a remote control button, the TV will start operating, is WRONG.

And I will continue living with that belief for the rest of my life without questioning anyone.

Chandresh

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Post ID: 84956 05-09-06 11:22:04
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ThinkingOne
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ok Chandresh,

I invite people with knowledge to answer a few questions which are raised in this discussion already, but are being followed as superstitions. Will anyone?

And if someone questions their elder, the knowledgable elders get angry pretty fast and say - hey, do dont say anything. Why is there not a simple answer for a simple question?

Regards.


 
Post ID: 84959 05-09-06 11:41:06
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chandresh
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ok Chandresh,

I invite people with knowledge to answer a few questions which are raised in this discussion already, but are being followed as superstitions. Will anyone?

And if someone questions their elder, the knowledgable elders get angry pretty fast and say - hey, do dont say anything. Why is there not a simple answer for a simple question?

Regards.



Simple questions not necessarily have simple answers. Try these for example:

1. Why is the earth round?

2. Why there is a physical difference between a boy and a girl.

3. Why did not man have feathers like birds to enable him to fly?

Elders usually get angry because of two reasons:

Firstly, most of the times, youngsters do not put their questions as a desire to learn, but more as a retaliation when asked to follow something blindly.

Secondly, even if put as a desire to learn, the elder who gets angry feels he/she is being challanged on his belief, which he himself had never questioned when he was young. If that elder had questioned, he would normally not get angry because either he would have an answer, or would have found that he has not been able to get an answer despite his desire to learn and can relate to the question being asked of him.

Chandresh

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Post ID: 84990 05-09-06 15:59:34
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ThinkingOne
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Quote:
Secondly, even if put as a desire to learn, the elder who gets angry feels he/she is being challanged on his belief, which he himself had never questioned when he was young. If that elder had questioned, he would normally not get angry because either he would have an answer, or would have found that he has not been able to get an answer despite his desire to learn and can relate to the question being asked of him.



Can this be equated with ego-problem? Like..... hey kid - No Questions, No Arguments, Just Follow me!?

and perhaps internally the old man is thinking - well, why am I doing/following this myself? (simply because I didnt question, and just followed)!?!?!?


 
Post ID: 84994 05-09-06 16:36:44
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ramar2005
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Why we do put tilak on forehead?
TN can be called bastion of the so called Self-Respect movement in India encompassing all beliefs against superstitions, religion and god (read only Hinduism and only Hindu gods). But funnily those who are supposed to be non-believers and against idolatry themselves visit the statue of their leaders at important traffic junctions in cities, garland and pray (!) with folded hands and closed eyes. Some of the rationalist leaders write columns in newspapers saying that their departed leader appeared and spoke to them in their dreams. When things go wrong they get frustrated and exclaim it is all because of my horoscope. Last not but least, quite a few of the non-believers actually are believers within the four walls or let their better-halves do the job of believing so that they can have the best of both worlds.
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Post ID: 85022 06-09-06 05:55:42
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xyza
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This is an interesting story I read once and I think it bears some relevance to this topic. Enjoy:
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"Around 300 years back, there used to live a pious Brahmin with his family in a small village in India. He used to religiously wake up every morning, pick the choicest of fruits from the trees surrounding his house, perform his pooja, offer them as prasad to the Lord...and then begin his daily duties. Every single day.
One day, he noticed the pet goat of the house eating berries from the same sacred tree. Sacrilege! Of course, it was only a goat and no amount of scolding would make her understand why she shouldn't do it. So the Brahmin decided to tie the goat up before his pooja and offer her some home made delicacies so that the goat loses the taste for the berries. The house dog saw the delicacies and followed the Brahmin to his pooja room hoping for some tit-bits. Annoyed, the Brahmin shoved him off with his foot.
This started happening on a daily basis. The Brahmin used to wake up, tie his goat, offer it home-cooked delicacies, pick the fruits, make his way to the pooja room, show his foot to the dog as a warning before entering the room, and then perform his rituals. As time passed, the Brahmin died and as was the tradition at the time, he son took over the same responsibilities. And then his son and his son and so on and so forth.

Now there is a tiny village in Madhya Pradesh, near the city of Indore...and over there...a group of Brahmin families still perform this daily ritual. The men of the house wake up early morning...they wash and worship the house deity (a stone idol in the shape of a goat) in the verandah with flowers and home cooked delicacies. They then enter their pooja shrine. But before that they wash their feet and lift the right foot up away from the door...murmur a prayer and then enter the room to perform the rituals.

And this is how tradition begins.
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Post ID: 85444 12-09-06 16:32:32
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ThinkingOne
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xyza... that s a hilarious one. thanks for sharing.

 
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