Sleeping Facing North is bad, but Chanting facing north is good. Why?
(Science & Spirituality Series)
There is an advice in the old scriptures:
Don’t sleep keeping the head towards north side; But, Chant the Lord’s Names facing the north side!
This Post is aimed to explain why.
Sri Chandrasekarendra Swami explains the science behind this advice:
Let me reproduce in my words what I read in his book:
“There is a saying that we should not sleep keeping the head towards the north side though we are leading a very comfortable life now.
Some twenty, thirty years ago, the people were saying that these advice are superstitious, not logical.
(WHY ARE WE ADVISED TO AVOID DOING A CERTAIN THINGS ON PARTICULAR DAYS! READ HERE!)
But, now a days, the science too proves this advice of scriptures.
In our body, the epicenter of all the electromagnetic rays is our brain only. Similarly, if you take this globe (world), the epicenter of the earth’s magnetic field is North Pole. So, when we sleep keeping our head towards the north side, the small magnetic field of our brain and the huge magnetic field of the North Pole clash with each other. So, our brain will be affected gradually. (In Physics, in magnetism, similar poles (North—North, South-South repels each other).
During sleeping, our mind is not in our control. So, we can not counter the ill effects of north pole and the brain will be affected more by magnetic effects of earth during sleep than while we are awake. During day time, we have some control of mind or atleast an effort to control it. So, it is not good for our brain to sleep towards the north side.”
He has explained simply.
(Do Indian Scriptures speak about Multiple Stars and Solar System? READ HERE!)
Ok, now about chanting towards north side:
At the same time, scriptures say that chanting the holy names and performing meditation should be done facing the north side. Because since north pole is emitting electromagnetic rays, we protect our brain from the waves by chanting towards this north side. We counter the ill effects of north pole through Lord’s powerful names! Usually, we do chanting to protect pourselves from the ill effects of this material planet. In otherwords, we counter the maya that is concentrated in the earth’s north pole, with the powerful names of Krishna.
Interesting. Isn’t it?
(READ HERE about how Science behind the fact that chanting keeps ghosts away!)
Let me clarify why I write from different good sources:
As all of you know, I take good aspects from any sampradhaya and help the devotees with the required details. At the same time, I discourage impractical and illogical aspects from any sampradhaya, that is also known to all of you.
This is the advantage for me being a moderate devotee who share to others only the views of all the good spiritual Personalities that do not contradictory to the sampradhaya we follow. I need not fear for anyone for speaking the good views of others that do not violate the basic concepts of the spirituality.
For example, ISKCON celebrates the festivals related to Sri Ramanuja acharya who belongs to SRI Sampradhaya. The devotees of ISKCON sought the support of Kanchi Kamakodi Sankaracharya Sri Chandrasekarendra Swamy near Chennai, who belongs to Advaita of Sri Adhi Sankara, to carve the Lord Narsimmha Deity of Mayapur and he also sent his sthapati to carve Ugra Narsimmha deity. He is also my Kula Guru by birth. Though he followed advaita, I have always felt happy to come in his lineage because of his well known purity and following the sanyasa rules very strictly. He always had great regards about ISKCON and he never spoke against any other sampradhaya or leader. We too should follow this goodnesss form such great spiritual leaders.
Once a foreigner met Sri Chandrasekarendra Swami and requested that he likes to know thoroughly in detail about self realization. Sri Chandrasekarendra Swami told him humbly like this:
“Go to a town Tiruvannamalai in Tamilnadu. There is a great saint (Ramana Maharishi). He is a scholar in explaining self realization. He will help you in your mission”
How many spiritual leaders have such a humbleness to send a visitor to the relevant another spiritual leader who is expert in particular aspect?
had that visitor asked about Bhakti Yoga, he would have sent him to ISKCON, I think.
These are all examples for the need for good understanding and coordination between sampradhayas.
Then, in early twenties, I embraced Bakthi Yoga recommended by Srila Prabhupada who occupied me completely with his writings, but, I always have honoured my kula guru also. Having a disciplined pure kula guru is the gift of God. So, we should honour all our gurus though we follow any other leader.
(READ HERE 28 SCIENTIFIC AND SPIRITUAL REASONS FOR WEARING TILAK (MARK ON FOREHEAD))
That is why, I write the good views of other acharyas also. But, I never post the contents that contradicts or compromise Krishna though any great leader had said it, that you would have noticed. This is the mindset of a good and moderate devotee! I will always be a moderate devotee who sees the world with colourless eyes.
If I had learnt s piece of knowledge from the writings of an acharya, I should write the source from whetre I learnt it. So, I honestly write the names of writers also when I quote something. All of you too should follow this. Whenever you discuss about a new content suggestion written by meto others, you should tell them prominently that you learnt it from me. This will increase your credibility also.
Hope all of you agree!
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