Anonymous asked in Society & CultureOther - Society & Culture · 1 decade ago

What is called Drshti and why people break white pumpkin to ward off Drshti?

I have seen people cut lemon and apply kunkumam and do some rituals to ward of they say Drishti.

Do you believe in this Drishti concept?

My grand ma often do it, lighting with Karpooram: Pl help me to know.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A) Rig Veda, X.85.44.

    Vivah Mantras, Surya's Bridal;

    "अघोरचक्षुरपतिघ्न्येधि शिवा पशुभ्यः सुमनाःसुवर्चाः |

    वीरसूर्देवकामा सयोना शं नो भव दविपदेशं चतुष्पदे ||"

    'aghoracaksurapatighnyedhi siva pasubhyah sumanahsuvarcah |

    virasurdevakama syona sam no bhava dhvipadhe sam chathushpadhe ||'

    'O Bride ! May you NEVER look your husband with an EVIL EYE; never be hostile to him ; be tender to animals (siva pasubhya:) ; may you ever be amiable and cheeful ; may you fufill one of your roles as the mother of brave children , loving to the divine powers , be the grantor of happiness , and usher prosperity to our bipeds and quadrupeds ( dhvipadhe sam chathushpadhe )'

    Remember Surya, the sun is the bridegroom! Any girl seeing Surya may cast an evil eye!

    (Eye ointment is placed on brides eyes to prevent the evil eye)

    B) During marriage, coconut is used to ward off the dhristi of young couple.

    For new house warming up functions, pumpkin is used. The pumpkin is painted with a demon face on it. It is kept during constructinon of the house.

    Reason for using pumpkin:

    Pumpkin is easily available.

    Pumpkin has a larger surface area to have a face picture.

    Pumpkin can have stable condition for a long duration.

    Pumpkin can be broken into pieces at ease.

    During Sarawathi Pooja and house warming function, lemons are cut and with kumkum and these were thrown in all directions.

    C) Dhristi:

    The word 'dhristi' (Evil Eye) traces its origin from Sanskrit and its literal meaning is 'sight'. In modern linguistics its usage signifies 'evil eye' or rather 'casting an evil-eye' Dhristi is not a concept borrowed from superstitions. Science explains it as the flow of negativity that affects the person or object towards which it is directed.

    Origin of negativity/ negative energy:

    Every thought form is associated with energy. Just as blessings and good thoughts have a positive aura about them, so also negative emotions harness harmful or negative energy.

    Sources of these negative energies are, people who give way to:

    Jealousy with Sense of discrimination/comparison - The feeling that other people are better than you, thereby leading to frustrations.

    Spirit of vengeance/retaliation : People who curse spitefully seeing the prosperity of their rivals.These emotions may not manifest or surface out but their presence even at the subconscious level can be destructive.

    Drishti results in:

    1. Uneasiness

    2. Lack of interest

    3. Sudden illness

    4. Prolonged illness (without any reason).

    The Vedic perspective:

    The vedas have described four kinds of people

    1. The Satpurushas: who help others without caring for their own well-being

    2. The Samanyas: Who help others considering the position of the self

    3. Manushya Rakshasas: who extract benefits by disturbing the welfare of other people.

    4. People who harm others without any purpose

    According to the vedas, people who belong to the last two categories(described above) are most likely to cast an evil eye.

    D) Dhristi warding off:

    And this is to ward off evil:- Light a piece of camphor in a betel leaf or a small plate. Keep it in a plate of arathi ( water mixed with chunnam-lime & turmeric or if lime is not available, use kumkum). Make the child or person(s) sit facing east or west. You stand in front holding this, make 3 clockwise circular motions first, then 3 anticlockwise circular motions next, then upward & downward 3 times, chanting the following shloka:

    'Subrahmanyascha saenaani guha skandascha vaamanah

    Mahaasaeno dvaadas(h)aaksha vis(h)vabuk ambikaa suthah

    bhoothes(h)a paavakee s(h)reemaan vis(h)aaka s(h)ikivaahanah

    kaankaeyacha gajaaroodaa s(h)athruhanthaa s(h)daaksharaa'

    Nobody should utter a word, but be quiet. After this take the water & pour it outside the house on the road.

    E) A Tamil Dhristi warding song used in our houses.

    'அந்தி சந்தி உனக்கு அடைக்கலம்

    காலை மா‌லை உனக்கு அடைக்கலம்

    குஞ்சு குழந்தை உனக்கு அடைக்கலம்

    கோதை பிராட்டி உனக்கு அடைக்கலம்

    காரார் திருமேனி க‌ண்ணீரும் வாராது

    சீரார் திருவ‌ந்திக் காப்பு!

    தாயார் திருஷ்டி த‌ந்தையார் திருஷ்டி

    ஊரார் திருஷ்டி உற‌வின‌ர் திருஷ்டி

    வைச்ச‌ க‌ண்ணு வெடுக்குணு போக‌ணும்

    தொட்ட‌ க‌ண்ணு தொடுக்குணு போக‌ணும்!


    'Morning and evening twilight God

    Take care of children (and others)

    O Goddess Lakshmi Take care

    No untoward incident will happen

    As Great Safety net is placed now

    Mother’s Dhristi, Father’s Dhristi

    Relative’s Dhristi, Other’s Dhristi

    Evil eye placed be warded off at once

    Evil eye implanted be warded off'

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  • Friend,

    Our great Maharshis in olden age itself found out the effect of Evil thought that is expressed through the EYE.

    It is called Dristi or Disti or as said earlier by one fried Bure Nazar...

    A frie.n or aany person who looks at you with Envious looks, the LOOKS DO HAVE EFFECT.

    It may be that you are having what he has.He feel;s no one should have that.So he feels envious.Though with your good righteous effort you acquired it and are happy to share it with him, he is not happy internally.His looks are venomous.

    Suppose you are more healthier than him, he feels envious.

    Suppose yo are more fortunate than him, he feels envious.

    Even the very good qualities in you, seem as dverse things and bad qualities to him.So that internal thought process emanates through eyes .

    These looks surely will effect the person.This is called Dristi Dosham.

    Elders use a Kuushmaanda , or a Coconut, or Camphor, or a black cloth soaked with oil, or Salt and mirchi etc to remove this disti Dosham and its effects.IT SURE WORKS.THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

    Certain people have very bad eyes.Whomever they see they suffer.I know such persons.

    So it is better we are on our guard from these evil eyed persons (males or females)

    Normally infants get affected soon.So after any function, the elders in home will sure remove the Disti Dosham on the child by one of the methods.

    It is even cited in Ramayana.

    So we can not say it does not exist or it is a superstion.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Dhrshti is 'evil eye', "buree nazar": briefly, it is kind of bad vibes transmitted when someone's jealosy or envy, often inadvertently, takes the form of a mild 'curse', that might affect you! lemon, kumkum, or pumpkin, ash gourd etc., are believed to have the power to absorb the bad vibes, with the empowering coming from your own faith, the power of your own mind that can counter the bad vibes and give you the armour of protection.

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  • 4 years ago

    You picked up on the "defiant" Obama thing too, huh? You're right. Quite a curious adjective to be used for someone acting as the President of the United States. You might as well say, it's somewhat pathetic, but it actually goes beyond that..

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  • 1 decade ago

    Believers smash pumpkins to ward off the ‘evil eye’. Some break coconuts while others place lemons under the wheels of their vehicles and run them over.

    Drshti, Dishti, or evil eye:

    Superstition holding that a glance can cause injury or death to those on whom it falls. The belief was found in ancient Greece and Rome as well as in folk cultures around the world, and it has persisted into modern times. Children and animals are believed to be particularly vulnerable. The evil eye is often thought to stem from envy and malice toward prosperity and beauty, and thus in many cultures unguarded praise of one's possessions or children is thought to invite misfortune. Safeguards include amulets, charms, and sacred texts; in Asia children may have their faces blackened for protection.

    World of the Body: evil eye

    Belief in the evil eye — that a human being can cause injury or death through a malevolent glance or stare — is a very widespread one, found in ancient Greek and Roman literature, in the Jewish, Christian, Bhuddist, Islamic, and Hindi traditions and, more generally, in the culture of most pre-literate societies. The exact nature of the damage which the evil eye is supposed to cause varies between cultures, but children and animals have often been thought to be most vulnerable, while already problematic experiences such as marriage or childbirth were also considered to be occasions when the evil eye could act especially effectively. Very often, the harm inflicted by the evil eye was linked to the envy of the person doing the harming, and the possession of an evil eye was often thought to reside in persons who displayed more general anti-social tendencies, such as meanness, selfishness, and envy. Accordingly, in many cultures (for example, pre-World War II central European Jewry) people were at pains not to advertise their wealth, talents, or achievements, lest this should bring down retribution from the malevolent and envious, while new-born babies, prominent men, and beautiful women were thought especially likely to attract the evil eye. Most cultures also recommended means of protection against the evil eye. Most often this was by amulets or charms, but sometimes by more immediate action such as spitting in the presence of, or making obscene gestures at, the person thought to possess the evil eye.


    The Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) prescribes these tried and tested, extremely result-oriented methods of overcoming the evil eye such as:-

    The Salt and mustard seeds method

    The Coconut method

    The Alum Method

    Specific Prayer to Specific Aspect of God

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  • 1 decade ago

    Bhuvana, You are lucky to have an answer like the masters of PRR Radhakrishnaji's stature. Excellent answer.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It depends..

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