WHY SO ?
"Why So? ", is the common question asked by many hindus when advised to follow certain ritual or practise. As per the spiritual and scientific study and also by observations, there are many customs followed in hindu religion, which are proved to have positive effects and results in indivisual life. So, for the guidence of all,the maximum followed rituals and custome are mentioned below with the explaination as to Why So ?
1- Why We Chant 'Aum' ?
The origin of Ganesha is from Omkar. The entire essence of the Vedas is enshrined in the word Aum. The pronuciation of the syllable Aum gives divine vibrations in body, which is most helpful in meditations. So, Aum is chanted at the begining of every mantra and religeous starting.
2- Why Guru is necessary ?
A Guru is a messenger of God. The Guru is a big mine of Divine knowledge. The Guru is a pattern into which you should mould yourself. A Guru is the opening to the spiritual liberation.
3- Why light a lamp ?
Light symbolizes energy and knowledge. The God is the creator and illuminator of energy and knowledge. Hence the Light (Lamp) is worshipped as the God.
4- Why to Fast ?
Fasting gives relaxation to the body organs due to which the mind becomes fresh and one can peacefully spend time in meditation. In Sanskrit fasting is called 'Upavasa'. Upa (Near) - Vasa (Stay) means staying near to the God.
5- Why do Namaste ?
When we greet each-other, we do so with Namaste, by joining palms near to heart, which indicates, that we should remain together mentally. The bowing down while doing it is a gesture of respect to the opposite person. Also, it is a salutation to the God within the soul.
6- Why apply Tilak ?
It is a religious mark which invokes a feeling of sanctity. Its form and colour vary according to the caste and religion. Commonly we apply Tilaks of Saffron, Black or White colours on the forehead.
7- Why not push anyone by feet ?
Human is considered as the divine temple of the God ! Therefore touching a human with a feet is like insulting the the God.One has to apologise immediately if such an act is committed.
8- Why apply 'Holy Ash' ?
Bhasma means Holy Ash which keeps the evil forces away. Bha means"to destroy" and sma means "to remember". So the application of bhasma signifies destruction of the evil and remembrance of the divine. It is also called Vibhuti means 'Glory'.
9- Why offer food to God ?
Hindus offer food to the God as Prasaada,before their meal - It is a confession that he has created everything and he has the first right on it. In pooja it is called 'Naivedyam'.
10- Why do 'Pradakshina'?
God is the focal point of our lives. The God is the central force, gravity and essence of this whole universe and galaxies. Hence 'Pradakshina' ie going round to him is its significance. Alao called Circumambulance.
11- Why ring the temple bell ?
The ringing of the bell creates divine vibrations which appeals directly to the soul and produces ripples of divine pleasure.
12- Why blow conch, 'Shankha' ?
When the conch is blown, the 'Naad' ie sound of 'Aum' is created. Aum has ultimate power and it was chanted by the God before creating this whole " Vishwa "(universe).
13- Why sprinkle water around Dish ?
Before we start eating our food,we sprinkle water with hand around the meal dish, because in olden days in the villages our ancestors used to sit on the floor and eat. To prevent the creatures from coming in to the dish, this practised was followed.
14- Why Prayer Room ?
God is worshipped in prayer room with other spiritual practices like japa, meditation, prayers, devotional singing etc .The prayer room is like a God's dwelling in our house and we feel that the God resides in our house with us, So,the concentration in the worship is ultimate.
15- Why Lotus Is Special ?
The lotus is the symbol of truth, auspiciousness and beauty (satyam, shivam, sundaram), which are the features of God.
Like all of us,the lotus blooms with the rising sun and close at night. It remains beautiful and despite its bad surroundings. The lotus leaf never gets wet even though it is always in water, which indicates that one should remain happy even if there are problems around.
16- Why We Offer Coconut ?
In hindus, most common offerings in a temple is a coconut.Also in occasions like weddings, festivals, new vehicle, house etc.a coconut is broken and placed before the Lord. It is later distributed as prasaada. The marks on the coconut are considered to represent the three-eyed Lord Shiva and therefore it is considered to be a means to fulfill our desires.
17- Why We Chant 'Shanti' 3 Times ?
The proverb says, 'Trivar Satya' - that means which comes thrice becomes true. We repeat a thing thrice to emphasize a statement. In the court of law ,the oath is taken as, "I shall speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth". Hence Chanting 'Shanti' 3 times brings Peace in real meaning.
18- Why Arti Is Performed ?
At the end of the worship we show Arti (Lamp ghee or camphor) by chanting mantras and singing bhajans. The arti is moved in clockwise rotations in front of the deity to highlight each part and get the divine feel of the almighty God. At the end of it we place the palms over the Arti and touch our palms to eyes and head, so as to get the blessings of the God.
19- Why Worship Tulsi (Basil plant) ?
Tulsi is considered to be the symbol of Goddess Lakshmi and it is the most sacred plant for hindus. Tulsi can be washed and reused for worships.As per the legend, Tulsi was blessed by the God that, no worship will be complete without offering her leaves.
20- Why Kalash Is Worshipped ?
The Kalash is a Pot of brass,with water, mango leaves placed peripherally and a coconut placed in it. The water symbolises the energy of creation which creates various forms, objects, names. The leaves and coconut represent creation. During the worship,the deities are invoked in the kalash and the holy water is used for all the rituals.
21- Why Rice Is Offered In Worship ?
Rice is an ancient reliable staple food, It is the proof of the fertility of land the primordial generosity of the gods.It represents all the security, abundance and wealth. Hence, it is most suitable as a ritual offering.