It is the Indian tradition to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesa before starting anything. It is strongly believed that Ganesa removes any stumbling block to our endeavour. It is centuries old tradition to pray Ganesa by performing what is called ‘Thoppukaranam’ in Tamil.
’Thoppukaranam’ is performed by holding the left ear with right hand fingers and the right by left hand fingers and simultaneously sitting and standing. This is repeated several times. Many of us are doing this from the time immemorial without knowing for what purpose this is done. Of course we do believe that this ‘Thoppukaranam’ will bring lot of good to us.
Each and every performance followed by Hindu culture is backed by some scientific truth. But unfortunately our forefathers have not passed on the secret ( or scientific truth) to the next generation. Every exercise and hygiene is blended in our religious belief and conventions that we practise in our day to day life. Probably this is because our elders would have thought that these things can be enforced only under the guise of religious formalities or conventions.
One such thing is ‘Thoppukaranam’. We have come across several occasions where a person fulfils his ‘prarthana’ by performing 18 or 108 or even 1008 ‘Thoppukaranams’ before Lord Ganesa.
Yale University School of Medicine has introduced ’ Thoppukaranam’ by christening it as ‘Superbrain yoga’. According to sources ‘Thoppukaranam’ activates the acupuncture points at right and left ears thereby activating the right and left brains. Fifteen minutes of ’Thoppukaranam’ increases the brain power immensely according to sources.
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Many of our religious conventions and customs are based on extensive scientific research and blended in our day to day life in the form of religious practices. If we try to find out the reasons for each and every acts like this it will take another 1000 years. Such is the depth of the great Indian meaningful Sastras and Sambradayas. If we go on raising questions and refrain from following these good things the loss is only to us.
Let us be proud of our culture and hold our head high. Let us be proud to know that the world is trying to learn what our forefathers have introduced several thousands of years ago.
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