I remember what my sister in law living in the U S of a told me once about guys wearing only one ear stud!
The formula is 'Left is right; right is wrong!' That time I remembered the poonool only!
Dear Rishi sir,
These are named 'threads' because they can grow to any length and also have twists and turns, till the brahma's knot is
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Samgom Sir is very well versed in our traditions and gives correct explanations for queries. Here he is testing P J Sir!
HinduOfUniverseJaneu Thread Material
This sacred thread of the Brahmins is made of cotton, that of a Kshatriya of hempen threads and that of a Vaisya of woollen threads.
Form of the Janeu
The form of the Janeu is different for different caste groups or sects. These forms are as follows :
Brahmgandh : With 5 knots for the higher grades of Brahmins and 3 knots for the lower grades Brahmin
Vishnugandh : The thread is with one knot for all other castes.
Meaning of the Three Strands of the Janeu
The janeu thread used by the Brahmins consists of three strands. There are various interpretations of the three strands of the janeo. These are as follows :
The three strands symbolizes the Hindu trinity-Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
Some symbolizes with Mahasarasvati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali.
Some interpret with past, present and the future.
The three qualities-sattva, rajas and tamas.
The three states-wakefulness, dream and deep sleep.
The three dimensions-Heaven (swarga), Earth (mrityuloka) and nether regions (pataloka).
The most important of all is-ida, pingala and susumna nadi, through which the kundalini energy manifests as prana and consciousness.
Different Methods of Wearing the Thread
There are different methods of wearing the Sacred Thread at different occasions. For example :
While performing an auspicious ceremony one should be Upaviti that is, the Sacred Thread should hang from his left shoulder.
While performing an inauspicious ceremony one should be Prachnaviti, that is, the Sacred Thread should hang from the right shoulder.
At times he is called Niviti when the Sacred Thread is worn round the neck like a garland.
The thread should be lifted and the upper part should be put behind ears when a person goes for his daily ablutions or doing impure tasks.
Both males and females can wear the thread. However, the woman should wear it on the neck. Otherwise, she may wrap it on a naariyal (brown coconut), and place it in worship place.
After a birth or death in the family, it should be taken out and then a new thread should be worn 15 days after the event.
Old, or broken thread should be replaced etc.
.... Subsequently, the two-poonals on marriage, and three-poonals on birth of child might have been made so that merely by looking at a male person one can say whether he was married, etc. Of course, these are my personal guesses and there is nothing to substantiate these in our religious books AFAIK.
Is the practice - three poonals on birth of child universal or do differences exist in this? Our vaadhyar said that boys whose father is alive should wear only two... even after birth of child.
Many consider only MahAperiyavA as the senior.
And this thread deals with an instruction from Kanchi mutt.
There are variations, even within the same enlarged paternal family circle. Some people follow the custom which you cite, some others wear only one poonal of 3 strands throughout life. So, it's better to follow your family custom.
Thank you very much for enlightening me!I think Kanchi Mutt is being treated as a Public Sector Undertaking - with Senior or Junior titles. Mahaperiava handed over the mantle ship to Jayendra Saraswathi who, in turn, transferred to Vijendra Saraswathi. Mahaperiava got it from his Senior. Then, how will you call his senior?
The present generation has placed Mahaperiava with high esteem with that Title, since it has come across his presence. Hence, there is no Senior or Junior titles.
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