Scientific reasons behind Indians touching feet or Charan Sparsh

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Charan Sparsh


The Indian culture is known for its heart-warming traditions in the entire world. Touching the feet of elders to pay respect is one such tradition. The act of touching feet called as ‘Charan Sparsh’ is followed since Vedic period. In Hindu families, children are taught since childhood to pay respect to their elders by touching their feet. Elders showers blessings of good health and life to the younger ones as a return to this gesture. Like most of the other Hindu religious practices, there are also some scientific reasons behind touching feet or Charan Sparsh.


    • The gesture of Charan Sparsh is a form of exercise. Bowing down to touch the feet stretches the backbone and waist and increases the circulation of blood in the body.


    • The nerves originating from human brain ends at fingertips and feet. When the fingertips touch the feet of elders, a closed circuit is formed and energies are connected thereby establishing a connection between the two bodies and souls.


    • Science has discovered that positive and negative currents of electricity flow inside a human body. The negative current flows in the left side of the body while the positive current flows in the right side of the body. Both the currents together make a uniform circuit. Hence, it is advised to cross hands while touching feet so as to facilitate the uniform flow of current in another body.


    • When elders touch the head of the younger ones to bless, a flow of energy is exchanged. This energy delivers satisfaction and strength to the person on the receiving end. This invisible armor fills the person with motivation.


    • Bowing down to an elder person also develops a sense of humbleness and gratitude towards him/her. It is also a way of expressing respect to the knowledge of the elder and carrying their teachings in life. When one pays gratitude keeping the ego aside, the heart of the elder emits positive vibes and energy. This process involves the flow of cosmic energy by establishing a connection between the heart and mind where the elderly person becomes the ‘Giver’ and the person in blessing become the ‘Receptor’.


Now that you know about all these benefits, don’t forget to do Charan Sparsh next time you meet an elder in the family, learned or pious person.

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