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Wearing ornaments - a spiritual perspective


1. Women’s ornaments

Women’s ornaments are an invaluable gift that embellish their beauty and dignity, but some women feel that wearing ornaments amounts to being backward and old fashioned. Some women in the name of fashion wear ornaments, but they are not made as per spiritual science and therefore are not sāttvik.

2. Importance and benefit of wearing ornaments by women

The benefits gained by children and men by wearing ornaments are also available to women, such as acupressure healing, increase in restraint etc. Women get some special benefits also. Hence, the ornaments hold extraordinary importance for women.

2.1 Awakening of the Raja-principle

By wearing ornaments the Raja-dominant functions of women get proper direction. Subtle effects on the woman and the environment due to the Absolute Fire principle (Tēj-tattva) in the ornament are:

  • Due to the Tej-tattva in the ornaments, the womanhood in women, that is, Raja-principle is awakened.

  • Due to the awakened Raja-principle, the chētanā (certain liveliness) is also awakened.

  • Due to this Chetana strength endowing frequencies for the task are emitted in the atmosphere.

Thus the atmosphere becomes conducive for carrying out tasks with speed. For this reason, enthusiasm is generated in the vicinity of the woman wearing ornaments.

2.2 Divinity in ornaments imparts dignity to the woman

The woman functions only within the constraints of the radiance of the ornaments. The possibility of doing a wrong deed by her is reduced. The Divinity in ornaments imparts dignity to the woman which takes her towards Divinity.


2.3 Reduction in possibility of wanton behaviour

Due to the ornaments to be worn by a married woman (Soubhāgyālankār), the possibility of wanton behaviour as per her wish is reduced. Soubhagya alankar means some special ornaments to be worn by a woman after marriage. Vermilion (kumkum), mangalasūtra, bangles, toe rings etc. are the Soubhagya alankar of women. Being aware that she is wearing Soubhagya alankar she is always aware of the code of conduct of a married woman. The possibility of reckless behaviour on her part is less.

2.4 Increase in activeness

Due to an increase in Raja-guṇa because of Soubhagya alankar the activeness of a married woman is awakened. The woman can therefore provide complete assistance in her husband’s activities.

2.5 Protection from the lusty eyes of demonic energies

The Kaliyug is conducive for wanton behaviour as per one’s wish and is unfavourable for spiritual practice (sādhanā). In this yug, the sanctity of the married woman is supplemented by radiance in the form of ornaments. On the strength of the radiance, her chastity is also protected. Due to the protection provided by the ornaments, in a way, the woman is guarded from the lustful eyes of demonic energies.

2.6 Awakening of the inherent Divinity present in the woman

A. Due to ornaments, the Ādi-māyā, Ādi-shakti present in the woman’s body in the form of the Absolute Fire principle (Tej-tattva) is manifested.

B. Wearing ornaments as per spiritual science amounts to the worship of the Deity’s Energy (Shakti) form. A woman symbolises the unmanifest Shakti of the Deity. Wearing ornaments as per spiritual science amounts to the worship of that Shakti form. Through the use of ornaments, the Shakti in a woman manifests. Then imparting it's benefits to others as well is the function of a woman.

C. The woman bedecked with ornaments becomes a seat of awakening of Shakti worthy of worship. By looking at a woman bedecked with sattvik ornaments, a reverential attitude is generated in the mind of the onlooker. With this, the Shakti of the woman as also that of the onlooker is awakened. Hence, the woman bedecked with ornaments is a small seat of awakening of Shakti worthy of worship.

2.7 Protection from the Raja-Tama dominant frequencies

A woman is a form of Adishakti and is basically of a rājasik nature. As compared to men, a woman is more sensitive. So she is adversely affected by the Raja-Tama-dominant frequencies in the atmosphere much faster. Due to the movements of Raja-Tama-dominant frequencies, distressing energy is generated. The ornaments worn by the woman protect her from this energy. Hence, since ancient times, women have been protected by using ornaments.


2.8 Countering attacks from specific negative energies

Due to hyper-sensitivity, women are easily affected by both good and negative energies. With metals like gold and silver etc. used in the making of ornaments, the attacks of specific negative energies are countered and the women are protected from distressing frequencies.

2.9 Preventing negative energies from entering into a woman's body

After wearing the ornaments, a protective covering of Chaitanya is generated around the respective parts of the body of the woman. Due to this, it is not possible for the negative energies to enter the woman’s body.

2.10 Ornaments specifically designed for protection

In Hindu Dharma, ornaments have been designed for the protection of womanhood and for the stability of her inherent Shakti principle. Examples are as under:

  • By wearing the necklace around the neck, the Vishuddha-chakra is kept awakened.

  • With the touch of the voids in the small cups of the mangalasutra, the Anāhat-chakra is kept awakened.

  • The Mekhala and girdle on the strength of Shakti principle activates the region of the navel and waist.

  • The sound of anklets and the toe rings protects the woman from the distressing vibrations emanating from Hell.

Through these examples Hindu Dharma's profound thought about ornaments and the body parts on which they should be worn becomes clear.

Spiritual experience of a seeker about the protection from negative energies due to the sound of anklets: On 23rd October 2006, at night, a negative energy started giving me distress because of which I could not sleep. Then I suddenly remembered a point mentioned to me by H.H. Dr. Athavale about how women are protected from negative energies due to the sound of anklets. The moment I remembered this point, I shook my leg. Then due to the sound of my silver anklet, the negative energy went away. - A Seeker

3. The reason why the scriptures forbid widows from wearing ornaments

When the husband is dead, the woman’s marital status is dissolved. Then the radiance present in the woman is also dissolved and in it's place an attitude of detachment arises. Sacrificing ornaments facilitates the Shakti within the widow being converted into the fire of detachment.

In earlier times women did spiritual practice (sadhana) in the form of the Absolute Fire principle (Tej-tattva). So gradually the attitude of detachment was generated in them in the next stage of sadhana. In the present age there is a lack of sadhana. By sacrificing ornaments, an attitude of detachment is generated in the widow. Also by doing this, a need is generated that she should advance fast towards Final Liberation (Moksha) by doing sadhana.


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