What is the significance of the cast-mark called Tilak, marked with a typical red-coloured powder with bits of rice sprinkled on it? Why the monosyllable sound 'OM' or 'AUM' is accorded so much importance? Why the figures 11, 21, 51, 101 etc. are chosen while giving some monetary gift to anyone in India? What is the reason behind adding one to the round figure while making a donation or gifting some rupees as a gift to someone, particularly on auspicious occasion? Do we celebrate Diwali to commemorate Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya or it has a more fundamental reason concerning human nature behind it? Why do we celebrate Dussera and why it is also called Vijayadashmi? What is a difference between a Vrata or Upavaas? Why the sleeping posture having the feet pointing due south is prohibited? Why is so much importance laid on tallying the horoscope of the boy and girl before their marriage in the traditional Indian families? What is the real meaning of performing Pooja? Does Pooja mean only saying your prayers? What is the origin of the commonly used honorific suffix 'Ji'? Why India was known as 'Bharat Varsha'?
There are many such questions, which must have been troubling an awakened Indian's mind. It is for the first time that they have been answered logically and scientifically in this unique book of its kind!
About the Author
Pt. Gopal Sharma Born in a renowned family of vedic scholars & spiritual healers, Vaastu Engineer Pt. Gopal Sharma is a luminary in many fields.
Pt. Gopal Sharma was initiated into spiritualism by late Niranjan Phithatheshwar Acharya Mahamandleshwar Yatinder Swami Krishnanand Giriji Maharaj in 1968. During next five years of study in Delhi College of Engineering, he developed keen interest in various facets of Vedanta, Graphology, Palmistry and Astrology. It was sharpened by deep study, research work & through the blessings of great sages & saints during his extensive touring in various parts of the world.
He has been doing research & experiments on the basic principles of Vaastu for the use of common men and propagating this exhaustive art and ancient science of buildings exhibited in original ancient texts by:
§ Organising/contributing to various seminars and symposiums in various parts of the world.
§ Regularly publishing useful information about these holistic subjects in various newspapers and magazines.
§ Delivering lectures and distributing write-ups in various get-together of architects, builders/developers, industrialists and also in the conferences organized by different NGO's like Rotary club, Lion's club etc.
§ Giving spiritual counseling, Astro, Vaastu, Pyramidology & Feng-Shui consultancy to the various segments of society.
He is an eminent technical/management & financial consultant for many large industrial/business houses. He is currently specializing in advanced research on various aspects of Energy-Flow; being an effective combination of Bio-electro-magnetism, Indian-Geomancy, Chinese-Vaastu/Feng-Shui, and Pyramidology.
Besides Governor of All India Federation of Astrologer's societies (regd.), Delhi, Pt. Gopal Shrama, B.E. is the founder president of Institute of Vaastu & Joyful Living. For years he continues to serve humanity; being the Chief Patron of Indian Astrologer Human Welfare Association & President of Parampara, a premier NGO of the country. He has also been felicitated with several medals and awards for painfully and selflessly promoting this edifice science to the masses.
Through the Head Office of the Institute at PITAMPURA & branch offices at Hyderabad, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) & New Jersey (USA) Pt. Gopal Sharma is presently adding peace, prosperity & happiness in the lives of people by consultancy courses of Astrology, Palmistry, Vaastu/Feng-Shui, Pyramidology, Reiki & Meditation by correspondence & regular/part time classes. Pt. Gopal Sharma was officially consulted by the Government of U.P. for planning the entire TRONICA CITY; the prestigious 1600 acre residential cum industrial complex; which proved a phenomenal success.
He has to his credit more than 40 of best selling books in Hindi, English, German & French. Based on his published material he has been recently awarded the DOCTORATE IN VAASTU SCIENCE by the Open University at Sri Lanka.
B.K. Chaturvedi, born in a village Holipura (Agra, UP) on August 3, 1945, had his education in Allahabad (M.Sc), Bangalore (Computer Programming) and New Delhi (Management Studies). Having served for a couple of years in HMT, he is now a freelance author, journalist, translator and poet living in New Delhi for about two decades. He has many original articles/Poems/books published in both Hindi and English to his credit. Prominent among the published translated works (in English) are 'KAMAYANI' (from Hindi), 'PARCHHAIYAN' (from Urdu) and 'SRIMAD BHAGWAT GITA' (from Sanskrit). Involved in Press-Coverage for a renowned News Agency, the often writes for Radio and TV and is keenly interested in international affairs.
It needs to be clarified at the very outset that this work is neither intended to be sort of compendium of the faith and rituals prevalent in India nor a 'Crutuque of pure reason' as far as these practices are concerned. It is only a humble endeavour to essay a logical answer to the questions that we Indian often ask ourselves and particularly those that our NRI brothers often face from their curious young generation. Reared up on the staple diet of computer logic based wisdom, they often assail their parents with uncomfortable questions like the significance of a 'Tilak' or the logic behind the saffron coloured robes of the Saadhus. At times we Indian are also struck with the world that is becoming increasingly globalized. Why, even the inter-cast marriages still constitute a phenomenon that is yet to receive the willing sanction of the traditional families? Why is it that this is the only culture that remembers its dead more feeling-fully than its living beings? Why the best is always believed to have occurred in the past and why the incarnations seemingly take precedence over the original gods with the passage of time? Is cremation a more scientific and clear process to dispose off the dead or their burial? Why do the planetary influences dominate over human action as far as one's course of destiny is concerned? Does tallying of horoscopes have any sense at all?
All these questions have been tackled at the layman's level and answered in a simple to understand, easy language. In essaying their answer the basic criterion has remained logic. The presumption starts from the premises that no faith or custom can survive long if it is not based on logic either of the collective convenience or the general pragmatic considerations. In order to assert the point frequent comparisons have been made with the customs, rituals prevalent in other faiths. Of course the religious disparities have also been frequently alluded to; the idea is to explain why a particular ritual is undergoing a transition. Religious stories, mythological legends and even the metaphysical concepts have been copiously used in to drive home the point. At time the argument is made on the basis of pure mathematical logic.
It is chiefly because without logic a practice cannot last for millennia together. After all, what is the essence of Indian culture? Do the terms like civilization and culture have the same connotations as they are understood elsewhere? Who is the final authority to decide or device a code of conduct? What is the theory behind incarnation and how it is that the 'caste-system' despite its innate discriminative preferences has managed to survive in a culture when an alien culture and rule had dominated for about a millennia? Riven by as many cults as it claims to have deities in, how come this religio-cultural stream keeps on flowing undaunted by the various attempts to build dams and bridges on its course? Despite its catholic and non-dogmatic character how it continues to retain its identity? What are its those fundamental bases which refuse to alter and help it retain the identity. What is the reason that its pantheism is spreading its area of influence even when some of the forms of the deities appear most unsystematically formed or even deformed? How is it that no attempt has ever been made to bring them to symmetry? Is it because their forms-particularly that of Lord Ganesh- is a symbolical depiction of various inherent arguments, which appear still logical even in the modern context? Why is it that the recal citrant planets are paid greater attention than shown to the secular rulers- this despite the fact that the growing scientific discoveries are proving the very belief to be absurd? Why the apparent superstitious practices are gaining precedence over the scientific reasoning? Is it because these practices, festivals and rituals are based on a sub-terraneous stream of reasoning that a few can see? Take for example, Diwali celebration. Is it really based on the belief that it is celebrated to commemorate this race's ideal hero- Ram's returns to his native place after defeating the demoniac forces and rescuing his wife from them? Or is it based on the fundamental nature of man- to do best to ward off darkness! But them, why a particular night is chosen for it, when there were eleven more months available in a year to celebrate this occasion on? Does the 'Tilak' represent an apparent caste-mark or it reveals a truth that many may find even obscenic, let alone logical. But the truth cannot be denied. No matter Tantra-Shashtra may otherwise have been a generally derided method of blossoming the hidden powers of the body, the 'Tilak' very much represents its one fundamental symbol of auspiciousness.
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