Charan Sparsh ( Touching Feet ) is a Vedic vetted mechanism for energy transfer
Charan Sparsh- There are three main references mentioned in Holy Vedas and Manu Smriti. Here we are going to mention the reference from Rigveda and Atharvaveda.
हस्ताभ्यां दशशारवाभ्यां जिह्वा वाचः पुरोगवी |
अनामयित्नुभ्यां हस्ताभ्यां ताभ्यां त्वाभि मृशामसि |अथर्ववेद का० ४ सू० १३ म० ७
अयं मे हस्तः भगवानयं मे भगवंतर:।
अयं मे विश्वभेषजोयं शिवाभिमर्शनः ।ऋग्वेद म० १० सू० ६० म० २५
Charan Sparsh or touching the feet of elderly persons is one of the oldest practices mankind since mankind learned to civilize as social. Social etiquette in modern times is, in fact, part of the culture of the Vedic civilization as evident from various mantras present in holy Vedas including the above-mentioned mantras present in holy Vedas (Rigveda and Atharva Veda). The mentioning of touching feet with energy transfer is clearly mentioned in all Vedas and Manusmiriti.
Here readers must note that whatever is present or written in Holy Vedas are scientifically sustainable and sensible, relevant and useful even for modern time.
It has been clearly mentioned several times in the history of Bharat called Ramayana and Mahabharata, and the holiest word of Brahman- Bhagwat Geeta. In the Atharva Veda, great importance has been given to the way a person greets others when meeting them, and namaskar and charan sparsh are two main greetings posture used from oldest time.
The practice of charan sparsh in today’s world
The greetings to each other are present in almost every civilization and in the Vedic system, it was prominent and even now it is religiously practiced in almost every corner of India and many neighboring countries where Hinduism or Buddhism or Sikhism or Jainism are practiced. The only difference is that now people take it as a subject of social or family etiquette. It is more of a social custom and symbol of respect in society. People in the course have almost forgotten the main significance of performing charan sparsh.
Charan Sparsh creates a vibration of positive energy
It is true that this civil etiquette shows the highest level of respect and affection between the two and is regarded as the main social discipline. What is written in Vedas has spiritual significance but also scientifically proven importance. It’s a mechanism where elders pass on positive energy to their family members. The level and type of energy are different in different situations. In the next couple of paragraphs, we will know where it is effective and useful for recipients to perform charan sparsh and what to be careful of!
The Vedic mantra mentioned above even extends this to vaidya (Medical practitioners) and empathically states that mangal ( Goodness) will happen from the hand of Vaidya to his or her patients.
Performing charan sparsh
The Vedic scriptures Rigveda and Atharva deva clearly mention the benefits of charan sparsh and energy transfer whereas Manu Smriti, and holy Gita have mentioned several times the use and way of performing touching feet. Firstly the person who touches the feet of elders must do so in high respect and devotion by using both his or her hands to touch the feet of the elder person. The elders who offer such blessings put their hand in the prostrating person and say blessed words to him or her in a caring and affectionate manner. It may be performed in the first meeting of the day or any time of the day.
Parent’s Blessing and charan sparsh
It is mentioned in Vedas that Firstly the person must seek the blessing of Mother and father and touching their feet every morning is not only good for him but his entire family. The moment children touch their parents’ feet Home is filled with positive vibration and energy. In the text of Manusmriti, it is mentioned that the problems faced by parents during childbirth and upbringing can’t be repaid by their children in their whole life.
Guru’s Blessing and charan sparsh
Guru is one who guides you to sail in the sea of life. Parents, teachers, or any other relative or friend or saint can be gurus to a person. Touching the feet of a guru means embracing one own life. It intensifies the flow of good vibrations and energy between the two. And prostrating person receive invisible Armour to defend him from bad energy and make way for prosperity.
Blessing from past
It is customary in India that during cremation aggrieved family and friends touch the feet of the dead person to present last time respect and homage to the departed soul. The departed soul in return sends peace and harmony to family and relatives. Even in cremation a good vibration is produced and benefits all.
Charan Sparsh strengthens the relation
Charan Sparsh is an invisible bridge between god and its devotees. Touching the feet of God Shiva Murty is like reaching him directly. It yields trust, faith, and strength. However, there is some exception to this custom. In Vedas women and girls are regarded as Devi “Shakti Rupa” and considered superior to the masculine gender. The feminine gender is a continuous source of vibration and energy and in general not required to touch the feet of an elderly man on social occasions except their own parents and in-laws.
Charan Sparsh between two incompatible personality
On other occasions, if the two feel that they are not getting good vibrations from each other then they should avoid doing this energy transfer custom.
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