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Hinduism - What Are Rites of Protection?


The world is a ritually deadly place for many Hindus.

Certain times of the day, days of the week, and seasons of the year are considered unlucky.

The entire tone of the universe is nasty at certain times, and the unwary or uneducated might suffer a variety of misfortunes.

To combat these threats, as well as the issues of one's previous karma, which may be detected via an unlucky conjunction in one's birth horoscope, rites of protection are utilized (natal horoscope).

Some inauspicious periods are exclusively unlucky for specific activity.

By abstaining from these activities, potential disaster may be prevented.

However, some occurrences that are unavoidable, such as eclipses, are seen to be unlucky.

In such instances, one might avoid the negative consequences of inauspiciousness by transferring it to another person, generally via the conduit of presents (dana); distributing gifts is also the favored method for removing inauspiciousness caused by a poor conjunction in one's horoscope at birth.

People can defend themselves by engaging in positive protective factors such as prayer and worship.

Human envy, greed, and anger may also generate negative powers, which can be channeled via black magic, the evil eye (nazar), or other forms of witchcraft.

Finally, some Hindus believe that a variety of nonhuman creatures, including as spirits, ghosts, and witches, attempt to harm humans via the use of supernatural abilities.

Despite the potency and popularity of all of these negative forces, there are techniques to fight them if one is aware and cautious of them.

There are well-established solutions for issues caused by human malice.

One is to avoid those who are seen to be unlucky, such as widows.

Another technique is to avoid provoking envy by never bragging about one's good fortune, excessively complimenting a kid, or freely parading one's money.

In many circumstances, individuals may use different protective ceremonies to counteract potentially vulnerable periods in their lives.

Talismans or amulets, which are thought to protect the wearer, are still worn by many people.

Carrying iron is another traditional protection strategy, since it is said to make the person carrying it impenetrable to witchcraft.

A black smear of lamp-black is sometimes applied to the faces of young infants to symbolically disfigure them and remove the source of envy.

Another defensive approach is to place an item (such as a clay pot with a painted face) on the wall that will absorb any negative emotions before being removed.

Lawrence Babb's The Divine Hierarchy was published in 1975, Gloria Goodwin Raheja's The Poison in the Gift was published in 1988, and David F.

Pocock's "The Evil Eye" was published in T. N. Madan's Religion in India in 1991.

Also see samskara.

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Hinduism - What Is The Evil Eye, And Ego-Consciousness In Terms Of The Indian Samkhya Philosophy?

The Samkhya school of Indian philosophy's central concept. 

The Samkhya school employs an evolutionary theory to explain how humans see an inner world of subjective experience and an objective outside world, both of which it claims are not accurate elements of the actual, or fundamental, reality. 

Purusha and prakrti, according to Samkhya metaphysics, are the essence of the cosmos. 

Purusha is pure consciousness, which is aware yet unchanging and passive. 

Prakrti is primordial substance, which is a balance of three unconscious forces (gunas): sattva (goodness), rajas (passion), and tamas (disgust) (decay). 

According to the Samkhya, the conflation and confusion of purusha and prakrti is the fundamental reason of the soul's bonding to the reincarnation cycle (samsara), where purusha seems to be active and prakrti appears to be cognizant. 

While this mistake has no impact on purusha, it does cause prakrti to go through an evolutionary process in which it gets more differentiated, leading to even more uncertainty about the nature of the cosmos. 

When the primordial balance between the three gunas is disrupted, the first stage of development is termed mahat (“great one”); mahat is also known as buddhi, which is understood as the cognitive ability required for cognition. 

The development of ahamkar ("I-making"), in which one discovers the initial emotions of egoconsciousness, is aided by the mental processes eased by buddhi. 

With the rise of subjective feeling comes the division into subjective and objective worlds: on the one hand, ahamkar evolves the five subtle elements (tanmatras), which are the precursors of the gross elements, and on the other, it evolves the eleven faculties: five jnanendriyas or sense organs, five karmendriyas or action organs, and the mind as the eleventh. 

At emancipation, the evolutionary process is reversed, with the many devolving becoming the one one by one. 

Liberation occurs when a proper understanding replaces a faulty one, as it does in most Indian philosophical systems. 

Samkhya, edited by Gerald Larson and Ram Shankar Bhattacharya, was published in 1987, and A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy, edited by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Charles A. Moore, was published in 1957. 

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