that applying Vibhuti reminds us about the nature of life and that our time in this world is finite. Applying Vibhuthi increases the positive energy in our lives.
Vibhuti is the most precious object in a spiritual sense. Shiva burnt the God of Desire that agitates the mind and increases the confusion which already exists. Shiva burnt him into a heap of ashes. When the God of desire was destroyed, Love reigned supreme.
Apart from this,there is a symbolic significance to applying it on the body. It is a constant reminder of the mortal nature of life, it is like one is always wearing mortality on his body.
The application of this Holy Ash is a reminder to achieve our victory over desire. Ash is the ultimate condition of things, it cannot undergo any further change. Ash cannot fade as flowers do in a day or two, it does not dry and disappear or get soiled. It does not lose colour as leaves do in a few hours and it does not rot as fruits do in a few days.
Yogis use the ash that they pick up from the cremation grounds as vibhuti. There are other alternatives such as cow dung or rice husk.
Sadhguru beautifully explains the reason behind the application of vibhuti,
He says,”“Unfortunately, in many places it has become a scandalous business where they are just giving a certain white rock powder as sacred ash. But if it is properly prepared and you know where and how to apply it, sacred ash makes you much more receptive; and the place where you apply it on your body becomes more sensitive and goes towards the higher nature. So, before you step out of the house in the morning, you apply sacred ash at certain points to receive the divine around you, not the devil. Depending on which aspect of you is receptive at that moment, you can receive life in different ways and from various dimensions of who you are. You must have observed this – at one time, you saw something and experienced it in a certain way. Some other time, you saw the same thing and experienced it in a totally different way. The way you receive life makes the difference. So, you want the higher aspects of you to be receptive, not the lower.”
He further says that, “Within your physical body, there are seven basic centers representing seven dimensions of experiencing life. These centers are known as chakras. A chakra is a certain meeting point within the energy system. These chakras are not physical, they are of a subtle nature. One can experientially know these chakras, but if you cut the body and see, you will not find any chakra. As you move into higher levels of intensity, naturally the energies will rise from one chakra to another. If you receive life from the higher chakras, the same situation will be different for you than if you receive life from the lower chakras.
Traditionally Vibhuti is taken between your thumb and your ring finger, you don’t have to pick up a lot of it, just a little bit and applied between the eyebrows, known as the agna chakra, at the pit of the throat known as the vishuddhi chakra, and in the center of the chest where the ribcage meets, known as the anahata chakra.
Vibhuti is usually applied at the anahata so that one recieves life as love. It is applied at the vishuddhi so that one receives power it need not be just physical or mental power, there are so many ways in which a human being can be powerful.