Hinduism is not a religion.  It is Hindu Dharma, a  way of life.   Hindu dharma has many specialties.  It is known as Sanathana Dharma.  Sanathana means always existing,  eternal,  which cannot be destroyed by any thing and ever lasting.

Dharma means, the way of life with all aachaaras or customs and rituals.  In each and every aachaara there will be a hidden scientific reason. All  acharaas are  followed for the mental and physical health;  long life;  prosperity and wealth; for strong family and social bondage.  Following the aacharaas as per our Dharma, give a fine personality, dharmic outlook and vision.

In India everyone follows aachaaras for the above mentioned psychological, physiological family relation, and  social benefit viz.,  though we follow  different religions  we belong to one Country.  It is everyone's  right and duty to understand scientifically  and logically the meaning of each and every aachaara and follow the same in  our life systematically.

It is an established scientific fact that the entire human body emanates energy in the form of electro-magnetic waves. The energy  flow through Nadis totaling 72,000 in human body  and the said  Nadis distribute life force throughout the body.  These Nadis come together at the Ajna Chakra which is the point on the forehead above the nose and between the two eyebrows. The Ajna Chakra or the point between the eyebrows is the point that most of Hindus consider the entry or exit of  soul. 

This point between the eye brows is  very sensitive and exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed  for the following  reasons:

l.  Cruel looks  of jealous people directed at this point create negative energy which   can  cause              great damage and imbalance  to the mind and body.

2. When a person feels tension or agitated in a controversy with other people's aggressive looks, a          great deal of body heat is generated from this point  which can cause head-ache.

3. Good energy flows out from  this point which we must have  to protect.

For these  reasons,our great Seers after intense study and research found that  this point should be protected by  applying  cosmic energy friendly substances such as Haldi,Chandan, Kumkum, Vibhoot-Ash etc., as Tilak/Bindi, which are quite effective to cover this area and the person who applied it will remain calm and controlled with no undue energy loss.

Wearing  Tilak  became  one of the aachaaras, . It enhances our concentration and ability to make decisions. It keeps the head cool and avoid impure thoughts. It is necessary  to wear Tilak in order to be a sacred human being.  It is recognized as a religious mark also.

The Tilak/Bindi  cover the spot between eyebrows, which is the seat of memory and thinking.  It is known as the Aajna Chakra in the language of Yoga. In olden days  Tilak was being  applied with  a thought  that all their  deeds in  daily life  be  righteous and helpful to other beings. The Tilak  thus becomes  a blessing of the Lord and a protection against wrong tendencies and evil forces. The Tilak and Bindi cools the forehead,  and also prevents energy loss. Noticing Tilak on one's forehead promotes dharmic feeling and fear of doing sins. Spiritual explanation is that  the Tilak  between the eyebrows invokes a feeling of sanctity in the wearer and also in the onlookers.  It is considered a religious mark and its shape and colour varies according to one's caste, religious sect and the deity one worships.

Each ingredient of tilak has their own significance:

Kumkum: - It represetns the vital energy of life, strength and vigor.
Sandal(Chandan): Is a symbol of inner peace, spiritual happiness and calmness.
Turmeric:-Represetns prosperity and wealth.
Vibhuti :- Is a symbol of Godly devotion, determination and courage.

Lord Vishnu worshippers apply  Chandan tilak of the shape of "U" which represents divinity and protection from bad effects of excessive Sun exposure.
Lord Shiva worshippers wear Thripundra bhasma,  a tilak which represents the trishul of Lord Shiv and is a reminder of the spiritual aims of life,  the truth that body and material things shall some day become ash, and that mukthi is a worthy goal.
Devi(Shakthi):  worshippers wear  a red dot of kumkum which represents Shakti(strength)

Lord Ganapathy, Anjaneya, Surya, Skanda(Shanmukha or Subrahmanya)  are the most other  popular Gods and Devi Lakshmi, Devi Parvathi, Devi Saraswathi are the most Goddesses  of worship.  Each of their ways of worship, rituals slightly differ and different types of Tilaks symbolicaly represent the same.
But due to  change in time, the Tilak represents our sampradaya to which we  belong and  whom we worship ie., Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu or some other God or Goddess.

Sindhoor is another term used for kumkum and  it is worn in partition of hair on the fore head by the women, which says she is married and her husband is alive.   A widow in Hindu Dharma  gives up kumkum and ornaments.

Using plastic resuable 'stick Bindis' is not very beneficial, even though it serves the purpose of decoration only.


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