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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Significance of wearing mark on forhead

The TILAK, which covers the spot between the eyebrows, is observed mostly in India.
This tradition was originated by the ancient Indians with a holy purpose. Its intention is not to be an indication of a particular religion or caste or creed alone. 
In ancient days, there were four categories of people in India, according to their dominant percentages of the human basic qualities: (Tamo (inactive), Rajo (active) and sattva (center focused). 
They are:
Brahmin: They used to apply a "Sandal paste" mark signifying purity, as their profession was of a priestly or academic nature. 

Kshatriya: They used to apply a "Red kumkum" mark signifying valor, as they belonged to the warrior races. 

VaishyaThey used to apply a "Yellow kesar" or "Turmeric" mark signifying prosperity, as they were a businessman or trader devoted to the creation of wealth

Sudra: They used to apply a "Black bhasma", "Kasturi" or "Charcoal" mark signifying their service, as they were supported the work of the other three divisions.
They had applied the Tilak differently to indicate their division along with attaining its benefit. Later on, many people forgotten its main significance and assumed that it is only an indication of the category.

Benefits of applying TILAK

The spot on the forehead, where the Tilak is applied is the place of one the Seven Human Chakras i.e; Aajna Chakra/Brow Chakra. That spot is also responsible for memory and thinking.
And also, energy spreads out from our entire body in the form of Electromagnetic waves, especially on the forehead and the subtle spot between the eyebrows.
That is why when we get worried, heat generates and results the energy on that spot to get lost. This causes headache.
But the Tilak, protects us by preventing energy loss, as it always cools the forehead. It also invokes a feeling of holiness in the wearer and others. 

How the TILAK is applied?

Generally the Tilak is applied with the prayer that, "I will be always in the remembrance of the God. May this divine feeling flow through all my activities and make them as the righteous deeds”. Even though, we forget this prayerful attitude temporarily, the mark on another reminds us of our commitment to the God.
Hence, the Tilak is a blessing of the God and a protection against wrong forces and tendencies.
That is many people cover their entire forehead with chandan/sandal paste or bhasma/aash. And many people apply in many other ways with the same intention. 
Ladies apply "Kumkum powder", which is red in color on their forehead for the same divine intention.
But these days, ladies are using plastic reusable "Tilak like Bindis", which are not beneficial
It serves only the purpose of decoration. 
Hence wearing Tilak or Mark on the forehead between the two brows has its own sacred significance.

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