about the Tilak--Preaching about the Point
By Late Shri Motilal Butani
meditation, people focus their eyesight on the tip of their nose
or at the centre of their eyebrows. While performing this act of
concentration, a sort of energy is released between the eyebrows,
which results in a pressure. Bindu helps increase one's concentration,
reducing this pressure and further preventing radiation of energy
Bindu -a point,
which is although a dimensionless entity mathematically, is a symbol
of auspiciousness, all-seeing wisdom and awareness of the divine.
It is meant for people of all ages. Men apply or have it applied
on ceremonial occasions. It is a true and auspicious ornament of
ladies of all ages, be they, married, unmarried, divorced or widowed,
although at one time social customs did not permit widows to wear
it. The application of a Bindu should be considered as a 'sacred
spiritual ritual.' A Bindu also is a testimony of our ancient Vedic
wisdom. In fact, no Puja or auspicious occasion, such as marriage
is performed without having bindi applied on the forehead of all
be the colour of the 'tilak'? Although for women, it invariably
tends to be in sync with the sari or dress they wear. However, from
a religious point of view, it is recommended that bindu be either
red or black, because the Ajna Chakra (the spiritual force, located
at the centre between the eyebrows) is controlled by Ardhanarisvara
(Siva in the form of 'Half female lord.') The male half is of dark
blue colour. The female half clothed in a red sari, is pink in colour.
According to our spiritual wisdom, these two colours, red or black,
represent Siva/Shakti. The four great Rishis - Agni, Vayu, Aditya
and Nagra - who wrote the four Vedas of Hinduism, chanted special
mantras along with their disciples while preparing tilak from specific
materials like chandan (sandalwood).
A thing of beauty
is a joy forever. Bindi not only bestows permanent beauty to the
body, but also emphasises the purity and piety - sanctity and chastity
of the body and the mind. Another purpose of the tilak is to purge
and purify the thoughts of the opponent or onlooker. Normally, when
one sees straight into a women's eyes, the psychological effect
is not desirable. This manipulation by sight is termed 'dosha' or
'drishti', meaning harmful sight. Therefore, one way of protecting
oneself from this harmful sight is to divert it away. Bindu prevents
the absorption of this influence. This is because you are actually
meeting with Shiva's third eye, which is good for the seer, and
one's evil thoughts evaporate for the time being just by seeing
The 'third eye'
or the 'single eye' is the mystical eye in the forehead. It is called
the 'all-seeing eye of God'. Study of the chakra (energy) system
shows that there are seven charkas in our body. The sixth chakra
is located at the third eye in the centre of the forehead where
we apply tilak. It governs the brain, the nervous system, the ears,
the nose and the left eye, which is considered to be the eye of
the personality. It is very important, because it is through this
centre that we understand our spiritual nature. It is seen as the
colour indigo, a vibrant combination of the red and blue.
What makes a
Bindi extremely significant is it's place on the face, which is
a mirror of the soul. By wearing Bindi or Kumkum between the eyebrows,
one is recognizing as well as representing the existence and the
spirit of the Divine Mother of the Universe.
this area just above the nose on the forehead, called Bhrukuti in
Sanskrit, is the Ajna Chakra (Kutasha Caitanya - clear consciousness).
It represents intelligence, conscience, mind intellect, spiritual
devotion and austerity. It is also the centre of decision-making.
By wearing bindu everyday we symbolically activate this chakra (energy)
in us. This sixth chakra, abode of bindi, is the only chakra exposed
to or seen by other people. For this reason along with many others,
it is given special significance.