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Ancient India is a mysterious religion. Numerous rituals, customs and traditions form the backbone of this faith. Most of us tend to question the necessity of these rituals and wonder how is it relevant in the modern world. Most of us tend to dismiss some of these traditions as superstitions which exist as part of the old world order. But are all traditions, superstitions?

Scientific Reasons behind the most common punishment in India?
Remember the ‘good’ old Indian school punishments? Holding the earlobes with arms crossed over your chests, bending the knees and then sit and then stand and so on till the time Masterji is saying? Though teachers these days misunderstood this concept in some areas and hurting the students violating the basic rights which is a HR issue.

Did you ever think why the traditional Indian school teachers would give this particular punishment? I believe even majority of the teachers who grant this punishment to their students do not know the real scientific reason behind it. This form of punishment has been in practice in our country since the Ancient Indian Gurukul time and was given to the students who were weak in studies.

You will be surprised to know the answer. Ancient India has often been questioned, criticised and believed to promote superstitions and blind faith. But this is far from the truth. The practices and traditions have logical scientific reasons behind them. Each ritual is meant for the well-being and is directed at self improvement of the individual. We are sure most of you are not aware of these amazing scientific reasons behind the age old traditions. It is extremely interesting to find out the reason behind each ritual. Take a look.

That is a different question if now a days teachers grant this punishment for any mistake and not only for studies but originally it was meant for weak students only. Talking about the logic behind this punishment, it is very interesting to know that this particular posture increases the blood flow in the memory cells in brain and synchronizes the right and left side of the brain to improve function and promote calmness, stimulates neural pathways via acupressure points in the earlobe, sharpens intelligence and also helps those with autism, asperger’s syndrome, learning difficulties and behavioral problems. So, if you don’t believe me, just get up and doing this for some 5 to 10 times (a bit tough i know) and later you will understand that body is activated (not in a lazy state) and you will feel some pain too if it's first time.

Significance of Namaste - Joining both palms together to greet
In Ancient Indian culture, people greet each other by joining their palms – termed as “Namaskar.” The general reason behind this tradition is that greeting by joining both the palms means respect. However, scientifically speaking, joining both hands ensures joining the tips of all the fingers together; which are denoted to the pressure points of eyes, ears, and mind. Pressing them together is said to activate the pressure points which helps us remember that person for a long time. And, no germs since we don't make any physical contact. Namaste is Anjali Mudra of Yoga.

Why do temples have bells?
People who are visiting the temple should and will Ring the bell before entering the inner sanctum (Garbhagudi or Garbha Gruha or womb-chamber) where the main idol is placed. According to Agama Sastra, the bell is used to give sound for keeping evil forces away and the ring of the bell is pleasant to God. However, the scientific reason behind bells is that their ring clears our mind and helps us stay sharp and keep our full concentration on devotional purpose.

These bells are made in such a way that when they produce a sound it creates a unity in the Left and Right parts of our brains. The moment we ring the bell, it produces a sharp and enduring sound which lasts for minimum of 7 seconds in echo mode. The duration of echo is good enough to activate all the seven healing centers in our body. This results in emptying our brain from all negative thoughts.

Why do we visit temples?
Temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave distributions of north/south pole thrust. The main idol is placed in the core center of the temple, known as “*Garbhagriha*” or *Moolasthanam*. In fact, the temple structure is built after the idol has been placed. This *Moolasthanam* is where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum. We know that there are some copper plates, inscribed with Vedic scripts, buried beneath the Main Idol. What are they really? No, they are not God’s / priests’ flash cards when they forget the *shlokas*. The copper plate absorbs earth’s magnetic waves and radiates it to the surroundings. Thus a person regularly visiting a temple and walking clockwise around the Main Idol receives the beamed magnetic waves and his body absorbs it. This is a very slow process and a regular visit will let him absorb more of this positive energy. Scientifically, it is the positive energy that we all require to have a healthy life.

Why do we worship idols?
Hinduism propagates idol worship more than any other religion. Researchers say that this was initiated for the purpose of increasing concentration during prayers. According to psychiatrists, a man will shape his thoughts as per what he sees. If you have 3 different objects in front of you, your thinking will change according to the object you are viewing. Similarly, in ancient India, idol worship was established so that when people view idols it is easy for them to concentrate to gain spiritual energy and meditate without mental diversion.

Why are silk clothes preferred while doing pooja?
Silk clothes have the capacity to attract and store electro magnetic energy. Friction between the body and silk clothes produces electric energy, which gives rise to electro static attraction.

According to the shastras, this energy acts on the mind of a devotee. It is also said that vibrations which are generated while worshipping are stored when wearing silk clothes. Silk material prevents the loss of important magnetic vibrations, which work on the mind to sustain concentration

Source: IICofficial
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