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Why do put Tilak? 11 years 11 months ago #3

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Tilak is a symbol worn on the forehead near the eye brows to indicate a message. Children put cheer symbol in their work sheets :) :cheer: :cheer: to self convey and also others the message of happiness. It is an inner expression. Same way, Tilak is a message of Awareness that you want self-assert you are level of awareness and also convey any of the following, to others.

1. At Body level, that you are "aware" of your external body Beauty (Any colors used by children and girls). They are self asserting they are the body level and are beauty conscious. They use sticker tTilak, plastic, chemical colors for this purpose.

2.At Mind level to indicate that you are inner "Happiness". (Red color used by married women). A married women keeps the sindoor on the fore head to symbolize Sahasrara Chakra. Marriage is an expression of the identity of the individual (Energy) to the Supreme Consciousness.

3. At Intelligence level to indicate that you are aware of your mastery over your senses like the pituitary gland situated at the middle of the eye brows.
The pituitary glands is the master-gland that controls all the other glands secreting hormones that controls various function of the body from thirsts, hunger, growth, breathing and sex (yogis use yellow sandal wood tilak which give cooling sense to the nerves in that region).
4. At the Awareness level, you are aware of your own Self-Awareness, which will occur only when one harness Energy for inner transformation. Sadhakas or spiritual aspirants use red kumkum to indicate this state.
5. At Consciousness level, one is Aware that everything originate and finally dissolve in Consciousness, like waves in ocean. Yogi's use white Ash to indicate this state.

There are Mantras chanted while putting Tilak.

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Tilak is a mark on the forehead applied to remind us and others the seat of Intellect. In this web page, you have several read times that it the intellect that draws us closer to awareness. Tilak is applied at the Ajna Chakra, the space between the two eyebrows to indicate the third eye. Third eye is the spiritual vision, through which you understand that you are that immortal soul (atman) and not the mortal body.

You would have read the symbolism of Snake on Shiva's neck. The snake has eyes which are small and is invisible. The big visible eyes are not real, they are

just to camouflage the predators. Similarly our two eyes are not real, which means that they project the world unrealistically. For example, the Sun is not rotating over the Earth but our eyes project as though sun comes up every morning and moves towards west. Similarly things are not really colored, they are just absorption of light at different spectrum.

The physical eyes thus camouflage the reality which is Brahman, the Consciousness. Our real eyes of vision are the witnessing eyes of Awareness. The awareness is the reality but we miss the reality by the false projected world. This is the third eye of Lord Shiva, which is the Eyes of Awareness, which destroys unreality. This is to remind both the user and others to understand the reality of this world.

You should remember this third eye every time you apply a Tilak.

Applying Tilak in the morning is to remind us the whole day that we have to be aware of our Self. The very touch on the area between the eye brows brings the awareness. Touching the area before meditation helps the wandering mind to stay as a feeling connected to the area of the body. When cool sandal wood paste is applied before meditation, it facilitates the attention stay on that area and avoid the mind going away from the body thought.

Purpose of life and spiritual practice is to realize Self. This is achieved by reflection and contemplation in prayer room. But we have to leave the prayer room for our routine worldly duties. So when we leave the prayer room, the tilak in forehead is a remembrance that all our actions in the world is dedicated to the Self. Fore head is the seat of memory. The mark on the head also reminds other person whom we meet to remind of his purpose of tilak, which is to understand that all our activities are oriented to the realization of the Self.

The fingers used for applying Tilak are as follows:

The ring finger is the finger representing mind and so when one applies tilak to another person the ring finger is used to denote emotion. The base of the ring finger is the mount of sun and so it represent light. Thumb is the finger representing Brahman and so it is also used to apply tilak to Consciousness. Since

marriage is the emotional binding of two individuals , the groom applies the tilak to the bride with his ring finger, the finger representing mind. Instead o directly applying, the hands of the groom goes around as an embracing mode to indicate the journey together in their married life. Most Vedic make the groom to use the thumb (symbol of Consciousness) to apply sindoor on the bride, because of ultimate success (the individual (female)identifying the Supreme Consciousness (male)).
Only when one goes to a journey of ultimate success (no return- example war) , the thumb is used to apply tilak.
The Kumkum, a red tumeric powder to denote the energy manifestation of Consciousness in this universe. According to Vedic Astrology, Mesh Rasi or the House of Aries is on the forehead. The Lord of Mesh is Mars and His colour is Red. This is why Red Chandan and Sindoor is placed as Tilak on the forehead.

Tilak is sometimes applied as three horizontal or vertical lines indicating the three Gunas, Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas and also the body, mind and intellect that we have to transcend in order to realize our True self.

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