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Scientific explanation of Indian traditions show our ancestors were mastermind of science, art, and society

Traditional practices were scientific, needs to be analysed so that we can respect our ancestors, their intellect, and our elegant traditions

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Traditions are one of the beautiful aspects and an inseparable part of India that makes it lively and vibrant. Indian traditions have always mesmerised people across the globe with its elegance. These traditions that include customs, celebrations, and numerous rituals are not only graceful but also very scientific. There are quite a number of scientific explanations to these that shows that our ancestors were the mastermind of science, art, and society.

There are quite a number of scientific explanations to these that shows that our ancestors were the mastermind of science, art, and society:

  • In Hindu culture, people greet each other by joining their palms together. This gesture helps memorise the person for a long time. Joining palms with ensured pressure on the fingertips is linked with the pressure points of eyes, ears, and mind and bring up the lost memory of old friends.
  • Hindu married women wear toe rings. This is not just a symbol of their marital status. The ring wore in the second toe strengthens women’s fertility. A particular nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and passes through the heart. The habit of wearing ring strengthens the uterus keeps healthy blood circulation and regular menstrual cycle.

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  • Hindus have a custom of throwing copper coins in water and making a wish which will bring good luck. In the ancient time, currencies were made of copper which is also an important mineral for the human body. Thus, people used to throw the copper coins in the river as that was the only source of drinking water then. They wished that every person may get ample copper.
Tulsi Plant, Wikimedia Commons
Tulsi Plant, Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Whether a little boy or an old man, everyone rings the bell in front of the Garbha Griha (innermost sanctum) of Mandirs. Sastra says it forces away the evil power. But scientifically, the sharp sound of bell creates unity in left and right parts of the brain. The enduring sound of bell lasts for more or less seven seconds in echo mode which activates seven healing centres of our body. It makes our mind free from any sort of negative thoughts.
  • Hindus worship trees like Peepal and Tulsi. Peepal doesn’t produce juicy fruits, beautiful flowers or strong wood. But it is the only tree that produces oxygen in the night. Tulsi increases the immunity, stabilizes health and prevents insect, snakes. So, our forefather gave us the tradition of worshipping these trees, so that we take care of them.

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  • Hinduism gave a custom of worshipping idols. In one hand, the religion says that God has no form and in the other hand it propagates idols. According to psychology, man shapes his thought as per what he sees. Thus the concept of idols was developed for the purpose of increasing concentration while praying.

Our forefathers developed the customs that was completely scientific in nature and have endless health benefits attached to it but quite a few of them are still following those blindly. There are people who name these as superstitions and willingly avoid it. It is high time that we decide for ourselves whether to accept or reject the. These scientific practices need to be analysed so that we could respect our ancestors, their intellect, and our elegant traditions.

– by Priyanka Saha of NewsGram. Twitter: @priyanka140490

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  • DrKrishnaKumariChalla

    Oh, yes there is lot of pseudo-science here!

    • Maria Wirth

      just wondering… if this is pseudo science, then what is genuine science?

  • Nagendra Shukla

    Very Nice and informative. Thanks for sharing such.

  • Jagpreet Kaur Sandhu

    Yes indeed!! This just proves what our elders say.

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Hawking's items will be on display for several days in London, beginning October 30.

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Included among the items belonging to the iconic scientist will be one of his wheelchairs, one of five copies of his Cambridge University Ph.D. thesis “Properties of Expanding Universes,” and a script from one of his appearances on the television show “The Simpsons.”

At age 22, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, just as he was beginning his doctoral work at Cambridge.

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Thomas Venning, head of books and manuscripts at Christie’s, said Hawking was so despondent over the diagnosis that he “gave up his studies for a time.”

Hawking, however, returned to school, Venning said, and his thesis “was the fruit of his reapplying himself to his scientific work.” Hawking kept his thesis beside him for the rest of his life, according to Venning.

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His daughter Lucy said the auction gives “admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memento of our father’s extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items.”

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The physicist’s children hope to preserve his scientific archive.

The Associated Press reports that Christie’s is handling negotiations to hand over the archive to British authorities in lieu of inheritance tax.

His items will be featured in a science sale that also includes papers by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

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Hawking’s items will be on display for several days in London, beginning October 30.

Hawking died in March at age 76. (VOA)