If you are born in India, Subh & Ashubh must definitely be a part of your lives. Though you personally do not tend to believe in all these factors, your parents make sure you follow them throughout your life. These aspects of Shubh & Ashubh have the label of “Superstitions” going hand in hand along with them.
Beliefs and actions that cannot be defined by Science or given a logic are labelled as superstitions by the Modern Society. Superstitions are irrational beliefs with regard to the unknown.
Deep down in our minds, there is always something which is constantly bugging us and we tend to questions ourselves while following these Do’s & Dont’s. What according to you could be the logic behind these beliefs? Are these beliefs beneficial if followed? Well, here are a few listed beliefs- termed to be superstitions and the Scientific Logic behind them:
Swallow Tulsi Leaves Do Not Chew them..
If we look at it from the religious context, some people believe that chewing Tulsi leaves is disrespectful as Tulsi was also the name of Lord Vishnu’s (one of the three main Gods in Hinduism) wife and therefore, the plant is worshipped and considered sacred. But that’s not all, there is a scientific side to this too which suggests that it is best to swallow Tulsi leaves.
Tulsi Leaf is healthy and it contains a little amount of Arsenic, thus chewing it directly can result in the degrading the enamel of it. According to Ayurveda Expert, Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, “The essential oils found in Tulsi, effectively act on our respiratory system”.
Hot & Tangy Superstition- Hanged Lemon & Chilies
The Nimbu (lemon) and Chili practise dates back to ages. All of us have witnessed this practise since childhood. New vehicle, Computer, New business, Shop, Office each of them have this Lemon and Chili hanging in front of it. They say it saves from misfortune and evil sight.
But what really is the reason to practice this? The Cotton thread which passes through the Lemon and Chilies absorbs the acids and Vitamin C present in it and realizes it in the air by means of evaporation, thus giving away number of health benefits.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall- The Broken One..
Mirrors are also looked at not a mere instrument to look at oneself but at a deeper philosophical level, a view of self, which in a way represent our true self to us, since none of us can actually see our own face or self unless with a help of a mirror or reflecting equipment.
Myth 1: If you break a Mirror you will have 7 years of Bad Luck
This was the tactic used in Ancient times only with the intention to preserve the breakage of a Mirror- which used to be expensive enough in those days. One handling the mirror would be so careful enough not to break it and welcome bad luck for himself.
Myth 2: Seeing your face in a Broken Mirror will make you face Tough Time.
A broken mirror is a representation of self which is seen through a cracked or broken glass may represent many faces or forms and not the true self.
Even though it may not harm in any way except that you may find your image broken and cracked, but since the view is a distorted view of self, it is not recommended.
Of course, you can use a broken mirror to look at yourself. It’s perfectly fine. Except that you might get cut while holding a shard (big or small) of the mirror.
Making your “Muh Meetha” is a must before you leave the House!!
A lot of us who completely deny the ‘good luck’ perspective of having Curd & Sugar before stepping out of the house, this Indian custom still has to be a logic behind this practice and also that it has been passed on from generation to generation.
Many believe that a possibility of following this custom is – sugar provides a rush of energy to the body and curd has a cooling effect, the combination of these two ingredients can help one maintain their energy levels and calm their bodies. Therefore, one must consume it to avoid dizziness, claustrophobia and other such health disorders.
Jumping of either of your “Eye” gets you Good or Bad Luck..
Some of the commonly known and heard beliefs behind jumping of eyes:
• If your right eye jumps, you are going to hear good news. If your left eye jumps, you are going to hear bad news
• If your right eye jumps, someone is speaking well of you. If your left eye jumps, someone is saying bad things about you.
• If your right eye jumps, you’ll see someone you haven’t seen in a long time.
• If your left eye jumps, a loved one/friend is doing something behind your back.
• If your left eye jumps, a love one/friend may be in trouble.
The condition is Idiographic, but researchers believe that it may be linked in part to fatigue, stress, eyestrain, and/or caffeine. In a health column in the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson advises a writer of ways to cope with “eyelid twitching”:
Even in the less severe form, eye jumping can still be disruptive (or at the very least, irritating), marked by a fluttering sensation in the eyelid, twitching of the eye, or the repeated closing and reopening of the eyelid. And it can last anywhere from minutes to hours or can occur intermittently over the course of several days. Perhaps its disruptiveness has contributed to its role in superstition.
• Eye jumping may be caused by stress in some form.
• Because it is disruptive, it is memorable.
• When a negative or otherwise anticipated event occurs following an eye jumping episode, it can be easily connected to eye jumping because the phenomenon sticks in the mind of the afflicted.
Credits: Swetambara Chaudhary