Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Right hand behaviors

  1. #1

    Right hand behaviors

    Namaskāra to all,

    I ran into something very surprising today as I read the book, "Betrayal of the Spirit," another book about ISKCON. Knowing a little about some of the ritual use of hands in Islam, I was very surprised to find in the book that japa beads are not handled by the left hand in counting, AND with the middle finger and thumb only. Guess what? The same thing exists in Islam, in that the left hand is unclean and the index finger is not part of the japa bead counting, but the right hand is used for something different, like pointing out faults in others and claiming pride and distinction for oneself. The same hands and the same fingers, though for different reasons. This is too close to be a coincidence. What's going on here?

    Praṇāma

  2. #2
    Join Date
    March 2014
    Posts
    554
    Rep Power
    1390

    Re: Right hand behaviors

    Quote Originally Posted by deafAncient View Post
    Namaskāra to all,

    I ran into something very surprising today as I read the book, "Betrayal of the Spirit," another book about ISKCON. Knowing a little about some of the ritual use of hands in Islam, I was very surprised to find in the book that japa beads are not handled by the left hand in counting, AND with the middle finger and thumb only. Guess what? The same thing exists in Islam, in that the left hand is unclean and the index finger is not part of the japa bead counting, but the right hand is used for something different, like pointing out faults in others and claiming pride and distinction for oneself. The same hands and the same fingers, though for different reasons. This is too close to be a coincidence. What's going on here?

    Praṇāma

    Namaste Ji,


    Is it an issue?Do you think we should stop following our system if some things appear similar to another one?
    He dances in the golden hall of Chidambaram, Let us worship His rosy anklet girt Feet.

  3. #3

    Re: Right hand behaviors

    I don't know... I'm not suggesting that, but to understand where that came from... If that's what they do, that's what they do. I was very surprised to find this out.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    December 2013
    Location
    Anāhata
    Age
    42
    Posts
    394
    Rep Power
    1757

    Re: Right hand behaviors

    Namaste DA,

    My theory is it is a thing that cultures and other systems held on to when they emigrated from Mother India, spreading out across the globe. Most cultures and faiths have an ancestral proscription against using the left hand. Catholics and early forms of Protestants, Shinto, and East Asian animistic beliefs have it too, though some of the original reasons mutated along with the faiths.

    ~Pranam
    ~~~~~
    What has Learning profited a man, if it has not led him to worship the good feet of Him who is pure knowledge itself?
    They alone dispel the mind's distress, who take refuge at the feet of the incomparable one.
    ~~Tirukural 2, 7

    Anbe Sivamayam, Satyame Parasivam

  5. #5

    Re: Right hand behaviors

    Namaskāra Aanandinii,

    I believe that you are right. I had forgotten about the western migration of knowledge from India once again. Many thanks for the reminder.

    Praṇāma

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. hand position
    By DMartyr in forum Meditation
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14 August 2013, 09:17 AM
  2. Left hand and index finger
    By Harinama in forum Hot Topics
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 22 May 2011, 04:53 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •