Do Superstitions Have a Scientific Basis?

A lot of people always look for lucky stars, lucky planets, lucky numbers – all kinds of stuff. In this process of looking and waiting for things to happen, things they could have easily created for themselves are completely lost. With every aspect of life, it is you who has to make it happen. Your peace and your turmoil is your business. Your joy and misery is your business. The devil and the god within you is your business. When you live by chance, you also live in fear and anxiety. When you live by intent and capability, it does not matter what is happening or not happening – at least you are in control of what is happening to you. It is a more stable life.

Instead of creating the necessary inner and external atmosphere around us where the right kind of situation can happen, we always look for something else which could make that happen. How you experienced today within yourself is definitely in your hands. It is not decided by what superstitions you believe in. It simply depends on how sensibly, intelligently, and with how much awareness you walk and look at life around you.

So, is there no truth in any of this? Not necessarily. Most of them have some scientific basis but they have been badly distorted over time. From generation to generation the science has lost its shape and become something else. Moreover, today, because of political and other kinds of dominance, we have come to the conclusion that if something comes from the West it is science, if it comes from the East it is superstition.

Many of the things we have always said in this culture (Indian Culture) are being discovered today after billion-dollar research studies, as “great” discoveries about human nature. We have always known these things because this is not a culture which evolved out of compulsions of living. This is a culture which was evolved consciously by sages and saints. There is immense scientific value in it. Everything – from how you should sit, stand and eat – was designed according to what is best for human wellbeing. Unfortunately, the spiritual culture we see today has in many ways been broken by invasions and distorted by long spells of poverty. Still, the basic ethos of the spiritual process is not destroyed, nor can it be destroyed. It is time we reap the benefits of this profound tradition in its full glory.

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