There are quite a few actions that elders and grand parents at home have perhaps recommended us to do. Many times they sound superstitious but we just do it for their happiness.
While most of them seem illogical, few do seem to have a logical reason around them. Hitherto, learned might have found it difficult to explain to “Aam junta”, why it is so, therefore they either put religion around it or karma. Let us explore few which seem to have some logic behind it.
Cat crossing the road:
People say, if a cat crosses a road, you should stop and either turn around or wait for few minutes or something bad may happen.
Now, this apparently came in because, the learned believed that if a cat crosses a road it must be after its prey or being chased by a dog. And if you proceed, either the animals might come under your cart or if you are on foot, get attacked by them. Because people might not care too much for the animals they associated this with Karma. Think of this like “I brake for Animals” sticker behind your car.
If you are stepping out and someone sneezes, they say you should not proceed for a few minutes, else bad Karma.
Now for the reasoning -When you sneeze, every body functions including your heart beat which stops for that moment. And if someone did sneeze, then it might be good for you to be present there because the person may have a problem and may need you. Now people hardly care, so associate it with Karma
Many families believe that women should not be touched or let to do any work during their periods.
Reasoning – Women used to / still do most of the household work in families. During their periods they are under physical stress and additional stress of work may cause hormonal imbalance. But will people care and be so altruistic for their health?.. No! Therefore make it an issue of un-hygiene and badness. Voila and women are saved from the stress. But people take this to extreme extents.
While there are quite a few which seem a bit logical there are scores which are totally senseless. The idea is not to follow them or reject the claims blindly, put common sense to use and follow if required, in principle.
It is not about being superstitious or not, it is about being logical. Do share your views and any more that you know.
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