Today’s generation as well the previous one has kept their all energies focused on their professional growth. So, lots of neutral families have mushroomed in past three decades. Elders are no more around their children , especially in big cities. Our grandparents did a blunder, where they kept on telling us to follow the rituals, while they themselves never understood the actual meaning of the same. So, they failed in passing the rituals to next generation effectively. When young people see a priest preaching these rituals, they rebuke them. At some position, they are right also.
Hereby, You can also analyze these customs and rituals yourself on the scientific base.
Before taking the food, a few second prayers is a Hindu aachaaraas. during this prayer time and while looking to the food the flow of saliva in the mouth takes place and this liquid activates the generation of other digestive enzymes also, thus activating the process of digestion ( a layer of saliva and digestive enzymes in the bottom of the stomach before the food comes to the stomach is a biochemistry).
Morning prayer karaagre vasathe lakshmi karamadhye saraswathi karamoole sthithaa gouri prabhaathe karadarsanam is done sitting in the same bed, where you sleep everyday. We Chant this mantra without cleaning the teeth‐face‐body, because the body was horizontal for the whole night while sleeping and it is going to become vertical (suddenly) when you get up. In the vertical position of the body the force exerted by the heart for pumping the blood is more, hence the change of position of the body from horizontal to vertical level should be slow and steady. Hence we are instructed to sit on the bed for few seconds ( it has been statistically estimated that 23% of the heart attack deaths take place in the heart patients when they suddenly get up and stand/walk from the lying position at various time in night).
Similarly with a mantra . we touch the floor. Samudra vasane devi parvatha sthana mandale Vishnu patnee namasthubhyam paada sparsam kshamaswa me , is chanted. The bio static electricity in the body gets earthed through the fingers instead of the feet, reducing the chance of arthritis and many other nervous based disorders.
Performing Pooja is mainly to see that good will come if good is practiced. And to give the feeling that rest is left to the divine mercy/ blessings. This blessing is directly assured (at least we feel so) by conducting Poojas in presence of family and relatives (hence gives an opportunity for the family members to come together also). Worshiping the idols/ images having smiling faces (prasanna vadanam) gives a psychological positive feeling of confidence ( Avoid the worship of weeping/ bleeding/ cruel images as it gives a negative influence in the mind). Chant positive mantra/ kirtan/ bhajan for positive effect (neurolinguistic and psycholinguistic) and never chant crying or weeping songs which also influence the mind negatively Physiologically beneficial customs and rituals.
Parikarma in a temple
Visiting a temple ( in Hindu worship, the temples are not merely prayer halls, they are quantum healing centers) gives energy to the body if Pancha Suddhee is maintained. Doing Pradakshina to Aswatha gives an atmosphere/ air through, which traces of ozone produced by the tree goes to the lungs and purifies the lungs. Due to chanting of mantras at a place, the aura generated is very powerful.
Attending temple festivals
When children and youth alike visits temple regularly, they are given small duties in various religious festivals and functions, Attending and participating temple festivals give the opportunity for leadership qualities, social gathering, entertainment and hence variety of merits including spiritual benefits. They are actually exposed to real world along with the studies.
Reading a Scripture puraana gives the messages of ups and downs/ failures and success/ pains and pleasures in the life. All scriptures are full of small incidents, where numerous lessons can be taken. These incident reminds them to always stay focused on goals and inspire as well. The stories of Sri Rama in Ramayana and that of Pandavas in Mahabharatha inform us that there are sufferings in the life and everyone should face them boldly.
Reading Bhagavata Gita regularly is preparing the children mentally so as to face any type of consequences and without failure, while practicing the swadharama (ones own duty). Through puranic story telling for the children, value based messages are given in the form of story capsules to remain in their memory for many years and to get the reminder, whenever the abnormal pathway is opted to in their life.
Visiting elders on festive occasions is for getting value and experience based advice from their life. It gives elders lot of enjoyment and help children to bond with them well. Respecting teachers (Guru Purnima) and elders, is for keeping the values in one’s life and in society for the learned people, who continue to guide the society.
Auspicious time selection for visits and performing ceremonies is to take extra mental precaution to see that everything is carefully / systematically programmed and planned. Consulting a good astrologer is to see that things are meticulously planned and the blessings of the Vedic Devathaas are assured for optimism in ones endeavor (however this should not go to the level of superstition and should be carefully monitored).
The soorya namaskaara / sun salutation performed in the morning is a combination of 7 yoga asanaas practiced in ten steps, which give smooth exercise for all the movable skeletal joints in the body and hence this is also known as ‘ the king of the exercises’. A person has to wake up early to do it. Waking early is a common trait in all successful person. The combination of Yoga postures, if followed, gives tremendous flexibility and fitness to a person, even till old age.
Fasting leads to cleaning of the intestine, certain fasting (partial) in which change of food is instructed in the custom, which leads to getting variety of micro nutrients from different types of food sources.Having different food in Navratra is making body used to quick changes happening in weather and eating habits. Following fasts in Navratra detoxify the body.
Choodaakarna the ceremony connected with wearing of the ear ring is just like giving the first vaccination and annapraasana the first food giving ceremony is like the first inoculation to the baby through the hands of different people (the ear ring in the former and food in the latter carries little dirt/germs which leads to augmenting the immunity in the body of the baby). They pave way for development of strength in child’s body.
Sleeping Direction. Do not keep the direction of the head towards north because the magnetic meridian of the earth retards the blood flow through brain capillaries and affect the functioning of brain cells.
Bed Tea Avoid taking bed coffee to prevent the obnoxious decomposed materials generated by microorganism in the mouth ( In the night ) going to the stomach to avoid the chance of stomach cancer. Instead if you take
Wake up early in morning, because the brain is perfectly active during that time. It gives a person ample time to schedule his day and spend some time on his health also.
Take a early bath in the morning itself so that all the decomposed products/ salts/ urea etc present on the surface of the body gets cleaned which prevents the skin diseases significantly. The cold water/ hot water bath activates the biological process of the body cells to maintain the body temperature when cold/ hot water bath is taken.
Dhyaana / meditation activates brain cells. Praanaayaama activates the lungs cells and functioning.
In morning prayer to Idols, Charamrita is prepared. Taking Tulasi water in prasadam gives the medicinal property of the plant in it.
In school prayer, there was a ritual that one of the students would put Sandalwood Tilak on every student’s forehead. It helps Students to concentrate more. Chandan or Sandal has been used since centuries by householders. It keep mind peaceful. Using sandal wood paste in the forehead gives the chance of absorbing the medicinal components in the Chandan through the most sensitive part of the body.
There is lot of criticism by young and middle age person alike, where they rebuke every ritual in the name of old customs. They are already living a reckless life, where party culture is a preference. The level of stress is all time high. Tolerance and patience are not easily available virtues in today’s society. It is foolish to say No to all rituals in the name of new gen rules of living.