Are you Superstitious?

coffee rightAre you superstitious?  Really,  I don’t believe in them unless there is a scientific reason to explain the phenomenon.  Some superstitions we have grown up with.  We have heard our parents tell us not to do a particular thing as it may bring us some bad luck.  But really,  who is waiting to see us do something against superstition to bring us bad luck?

I have seen many of these superstitions failing. What would we say about matching the horoscopes of a boy and a girl when getting married? Its a common practice among Indian Hindus.  Many times, the horoscopes are matching perfectly.  But have we not heard of the same couple divorcing in a few years.  Or, partners not getting along at all.  There are also some love marriages, where there has been no horoscopes matched, but is a stronger bond.  I would say, parents instead of matching horoscopes, look at the mental compatibility of the couple.

Another one is to not keep auspicious functions on Saturdays as it is associated with God Shani.

Or, not to lend money on Tuesdays or Fridays as Goddess Laxmi will leave the house.  Well, what do we do in case someone wants money in emergencies?  Will we still not lend it?

Not to start on anything during Rahu kaal as it will cause roadblocks on the way.  How to adjust that with train and flight timings?

Do not cut nails on Sundays.  This one beats me.  Why not?  Sunday is a holiday and on this day, we have the time to groom ourselves and also cut nails.

Do not stitch post sunset. Wonder what the tailors will do? There is a logical reasoning here.  In the olden days, when there was no electricity,  it was risky to lose the needle when stitching and it may hurt someone.  So, it made sense in that era.  In this time of electricity and bright lights,  we can completely ignore this one.

Friday the 13th is bad luck.  Surely not for the hackers who love to unleash viruses on these days.  Some even say that the 13th of every month is ill-luck.  Should we skip the number 13 and move onto 14 directly?

Some communities, do not marry during certain months of a year like during ‘Shravan’.  But logically, why should it be for only some communities and not for all.  This argument itself makes this superstition baseless.  A logical reason I can think of is during these months, there is heavy rains and not really a good time for wedding.

People also abstain from eating non-vegetarian food during the month of Shravan.  Scientifically, during this month there is lot of fishes laying eggs.  Thus giving a break, leads to increase in fish during the subsequent months.  Also, the chicken could get affected with a virus during these months.  So, better to avoid.

Fasting by abstaining from food for pleasing God.  No God has asked us to fast.  But scientifically, it clears the body toxins.

All those stories about ghosts in the night,  I am sure was concocted to keep people indoors during night time.  But the thieves and lovers surely had no such problems

Seeing a widow is inauspicious.  Why is that?  How is the woman responsible for the death of her husband?  Again why only the widow is inauspicious?  Why not the widower too?  Also, if the widow remarries, will she become auspicious again?

Do not cross the road if it has been crossed by a cat.  And if the cat is black, then lord forbid.  This will bring immense bad luck.  Well, shouldn’t the poor cat walk around?  Being black, is not the choice of the cat.  I would say, this is racism.

The poor snakes are force-fed milk during Naag Panchami.  So many of them die because of it.  Milk is not the natural food of snakes.  Surely, it is not craving for milk.

At the end of the day, they are just superstitions.  Nothing harmful.  It’s personal judgement to believe or not.  But, also thinking of the reasons for these superstitions may help us to make wiser decisions and worry less about bad luck.

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