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What's a Bindi?
I always saw the Bindi mark whether bejeweled or a simple dot between the eyes as a lovely cultural beauty mark. As I have grown into Hinduism, I have had to trade my simplistic idea for a deeper understanding; a universal commitment to the divine. This mark is the spiritual seat of consciousness for Hindus: the third eye, or ajna. Whether One is Hindu or embraces another belief, a mark that sanctifies our embodied spiritual terrain heightens mine, a country and cultures trust in divine order.
When we meditate, pray or concentrate, we open this spiritual center the 6th chakra. Over time with continued practice we eventually learn how to exit our body at will. Think of it as a door for the soul to step outside, observe and step back into our physical body. This ritual began 5000 years ago during Vedic time. The bindi signified worship of intellect in both men and women. This commitment coalesced thoughts, speech and action to a pure state. A disciplined, strong and non egoistic intellect lead One to make decisions in life without fear.