Why Rituals?

One of the challenges in bringing timeless wisdom into contemporary practice is the need to understand the science behind it. Why were rituals included as part of our daily lives? Why did our forefathers ask us to do some bodily actions like kneeling, bowing down or raising or bringing hands together? Could there be a deeper meaning to the rituals? Mahatria in this podcast provides clarity on this scientifically.

Why you should listen to this audio?

If the timeless wisdom of our culture has to be brought to contemporary practice, we need to understand the science behind it. Why were we asked to do some bodily actions in the name of rituals by our forefathers? This podcast gives clarity to all these questions…

Who should listen to this audio?

Anybody who wants to understand the deeper meaning behind the rituals, will gain clarity through this podcast. The explanation given in this podcast will appeal to the youth, to those who always have an inquiring mind, and to all seekers...

"Action feeling is a cycle. It's not linear; the way you act causes certain feelings in you and the way you feel propel certain actions in you."

Transcript

 

This is the voice of “Mahatria“. Welcome to discover a new you. Wishing you most and more.

At the outset bringing these two hands together and bowing down, if we don’t know the meaning behind it, is  nothing but another physical action performed. And when we understand the meaning behind it, it’s called a ritual. One of the challenges in bringing timeless wisdom into contemporary practice is the need to understand the science behind why they asked us to do? What they asked us to do? To begin with, action feeling is a cycle. It’s not linear, the way you act causes certain feelings in you and the way you feel propel certain actions in you. Action feeling is a cycle. People say, I don’t speak in public because I’m very nervous. Actually the contrary is also true, because you don’t want to face public you’re nervous. The more you face public, you will overcome nervousness, which means in spite of nervousness the moment you come and face the public, the action that you’re performing will bring about certain changes in your feelings.

And that is why you’ll see a lot of reluctant communicators who reluctantly come to the mic and reluctantly start to speak. And once they start speaking willingly, they never end. They’ll keep on talking. Because this action that you have performed, the moment it removes that nervousness within you, this action propels confidence within you and you will begin to see that confidence emulating through this very action.

Religion is the highest form of psychology. They studied human behaviour and realize to bring about certain changes, certain transformations in you especially in the feeling domain. The easiest way to achieve that is, give you the discipline of certain actions and in performing those actions, you will be able to achieve the transformation of the feeling.

For example, to teach somebody who has never concentrated in life concentration by a mere speech, by a mere lecture is not going to happen. So, they gave you the ritual of either running the rosary beads or initiating you into a mantra and asking you to keep practicing that mantra or asking you to write say, “Sri Rama Jayam” so many times or asking you to physically perform certain actions which involves coordination of body mind. A simple example of what we discussed of just walking one step at a time or doing the squats 108 times or practicing certain pranayama in certain ratio.

Actions performed, apart from the physical benefits you derive out of it, it achieves transformation of certain feelings. So, it’s much easier to give you the discipline of an action and by consistently performing this action, eventually you achieve transformation of a feeling. Glad to meet you, you’re not yet glad? But by over a period of time performing the action, glad to meet you, glad to meet you, you enhance the chances of actually feeling glad. It is one thing to feel that love and to act. But how many of us have experience the more and more you hug a person, your affinity and attachment for the person actually grows and action performed in order to achieve transformation of a feeling. Ritual basically means, actions performed in order to achieve transformation of a feeling.

 

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