Reason behind offerings to Shiva lingam

20 Mar 14
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Some critics often complain against Sanatans (commonly known as Hindus) by asking "Why do Hindus pour milk on Shivling during the month of Shravan?"

They argue that the amount of milk 'wasted' on such a day can feed thousands of poor instead. Why this 'excess' then ?

First of all, those who find this practice a wastage are adviced to use milk in a token way, by using a reduced and diluted form of it.
Now having said that, let's examine the beliefs and logic behind such act and how right or wrong it is to call anyone a fool for following the custom.
According to the science of Ayurveda, every person has 3 components in them:
1) Vata (Air)
2) Kafa (Cough) and
3) Pitta (Acids)
All three elements are necessary for smooth functioning of our body. However, when the proportion of these components goes out of natural balance, the body begins to suffer under various ailments.

During the month of Shravan, the Vata component of a person gets higher in proportion. During that period, a person must avoid food that increases the Vata component. For example, green leafy vegetable contain higher amounts of Vata in them. Thus a person is asked to avoid them during the rainy season (especially Shravan month) to avoid the ailments caused due to excess of Vata. During the rainy season, the cattle also eat lots of grass, and hence their milk is high in Vata and, in modern times, is succeptible to viral infections. Thus, milk is considered harmful during the Shravan month. Thus Ayurved advices us against consuming milk during Shravan.

In Sanatan Dharm, Bhagwan Shiv is known to consume the poison which came out during Samudra Manthan (Churning of the Oceans). Thus, it’s customary to offer whatever is poisonous to Bhagwan Shiv. So the Hindus offer milk over shivling (Sanskrit for symbol of Shiv) during the month of Shravan as it is considered akin to a poison by the science of Ayurved.

Hinduism says “Feed to others only what you can eat for yourself (Which means, do not offer to others what you will never consume), always give the best to others and do welfare for all. Always take care of the poor and feed them the fresh and healthy food”-(From the Vedas).
Now if we feed the milk or green leafy vegetables, which is poison during the Shravan, then it’s a sin as it will cause them diseases. Instead, we must feed fresh food to poor folks which we eat as well.

Hence, to the ignorant ones who do not know any better, let’s just clarify at once that Sanatan Dharm  is a spiritual philosophy and a way of life.  Science is something inherent to it and at the same time it’s a philosophy much beyond those realms.

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    Like, seriously? I have seen this thing in all religions. They somehow try to manipulate people into believing into religious practices by giving any "scientific" reason for people like us who ask why and question. Well, it may be true that milk and green leafy vegetables are harmful during shravan. Maybe. I do believe that a lot of things practiced in india since ages have reasons. However, do you avoid having a glass full of milk every morning? Do you not have tea at least twice a day? You think your cheese burst pizza has cheese made in non-shravan months? Do we stop eating green leafy veggies during shravan? Oh btw pizza reminded me, do you not have maggi, pizza, pasta, toast, khari, tea, cigarettes etc on day to day basis? Do you eat sattvik food? Do you sleep at 8 and wake up at 4? Why is pouring milk on ling considered a healthy task and why is our lifestyle ignored? When people fast on shivratri, or any other occasion they do have an option to have milk as well. So they go to temple, pour out the milk in gutter and also come home and have fruits with milk. So even if it is true, there is no logic behind doing that now because we are not following anything correctly. Also, an atheist doesn't believe in stories of your shiva or anyone else. Mythology is creation of mind for them. I guess you should come up with better argument and more logical reasoning. I need to say this to all those people reading this post: Have faith, but don't follow anything blindly. We haven't seen god. How can you trust what people say about him. Maybe he is way to different from how he is portrayed. Ask questions, use logic. And then you can believe.

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