Significance of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan

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Raksha Bandhan significance

In this day and age, tying threads around wrists is widely considered as superstition, blind faith or just a mental placebo.

It's really astonishing to see how blind we are to the simplest of reasons as to why we follow some of the most common practices of sanAtana dharma.

If we just keep an open mind and observe closely, we see that threads are used extensively in this culture.

We tie them around trees,wear them around our necks,weave them around copper vessels,tie them around our ankles and also around our wrists.

We call the same thread by different sanskrit names like mangaLa sUtram, yajnOpavItam, kankanam, abhaya sUtram, rakShA bandhanam and so on.

We prepare these threads differently based on why they are used, how they are worn and who wears them.

In this video let's look at this science of employing threads for specific purposes of human well-being, with a special focus on one of these thread ceremonies called as rakShA bandhan.

threads in sanatana
threads in hinduism

Bharat / India has a rich tradition of working with organic fiber.

While this culture had an extremely rich and diverse background in making threads for textile and in weaving, it also had an extensive understanding on how profoundly these threads could be put to use.

The literal word for thread in Sanskrit is sUtram. This comes from the root verb sIvyati, which means that which connects, or holds together. A thread was always valued for it's property of tying two things together or in establishing a connection. There are many objects which are great conductors of energy. From metals like copper, mercury, silver and gold to organic substances like grains, fruits and flowers, any of these substances could be imbibed with energy either through a specific arrangement of sounds, called mantras or through other yogic methods.

metal yantras
conductor's of energy

But the most versatile of these substances which could be consecrated is a thread. Especially when dipped in substances like turmeric, threads become capable of holding these energies for a long time.

By chanting the right kind of sounds, appropriate for the occasion, be it vidyArambham = starting education, or vivAha = marriage these consecrated threads could be of immense support to those who wear them, and assist them in their endeavours.

An even better convenience with a thread is that because of it's flexibility, it can be tied or worn around anything or anybody. By tying a consecrated thread around something, you literally form a coccon of energy around it.

This is most prominenetly put to use in consecrating kalshas, which are copper or brass vessels into which energies are invoked. The threads are woven around them in an intricate pattern which emulates the functioning of the nAdi vyavastha within the human body. Because of the potency that these threads carry, it is said that one should not remove them immediately after wearing them. They are supposed to stay on the body for a minimum of a manDala, which is a period of 42 to 48 days. Also when removing them, care should be taken not to cut them, they have to be either untied, or burnt off, and either tied to a tree, or disposed off in flowing waters.

Coming to the specific usage of threads in rakShA bandhan commonly known as rAkhI, women tie a consecrated thread of protection, rakShA sUtram around the wrists of men whom they wish to be protected.

Contrary to popular belief, this is not necessarily only tied by sisters to their brothers. Infact it is not even necessary that only women should tie it to men. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of shrAvaN, called as shrAvaNa pUrNimA.

Even this thread needs to be made of organic material and atleast worshipped with a few shlOkAs, before being tied. The most common shloka which is used when tying the rakShA sUtra around one's wrist goes as follows:

yEna baddhO balI rAjA dAnavEndrO mahAbalaH
tEna tvAm abhibadhnAmi rakSha mA chala mA chala
येन बद्धो बलि राजा, दानवेन्द्रो महाबल:
तेन त्वाम् प्रतिबद्धनामि रक्षे माचल माचल:।

this means, I tie you with that thread which was capable of holding bali chakravarti, the lord of dAnavAs. May this protection of mine, never falter. This protection is intended to form a coccoon of protective energy around the one who wears it.

There are many stories from our history on how women tied such consecrated threads around men who ventured out into risky situations, to assist them. sachi dEvI is said to have tied it to lord Indra, when he went out to fight vrttrAsura. draupadi is said to have tied it to lord Krishna. Goddess Lakshmi is said to have tied it to Bali chakravarti and so on...
In any of these situations, the purpose of tying the thread was for the benefit of the wearer, not for the one who is tying it. The wearer could be touched by this offering, and then offer something back in return.

But the primary objective, the rakShA is to the wearer. Ofcourse the science behind it and the process of doing it have been badly bent out of shape these days.

Many people today, believe that this is a festival where sisters are supposed to tie fancy looking wristbands around their brothers and SEEK protection. There is still some amount of a brother sister bond that is celebrated beautifully on this day, but all of that is at an intellectual and an emotional level. The core of it, is much more profound and has the potential to bring about a deeper and a long lasting sense of protection and well-being.

Let us keep the fun and frolic alive, but let's not forget what truly lies at the basis of celebrating such festivals.

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A very happy Raksha bandhan to you.
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