Significance of Vibhuti
“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Vibhuti is associated with Lord Shiva and it is called by various names, which are a symbolic representation of many things, it is known as Vibhuti since it endows one with prosperity; Bhasma – “ashes” because it burns away all sins; Bhasitam – “brightened” because it increases one’s spiritual splendor; Ksharam – “destruction” since it removes danger; and Raksha – “protector” for it is an armor against the machinations of evil spirits. We can come to know the mysterious benefits of Vibhuti in ancient literary pieces like the Brihad Jabala Upanishad.The myth behind
Many many million years ago, in the Kailash there was a sudden outburst among the Devas, claiming for the seat of supremacy. Unable to settle down the dispute, Lord Indira sought the help of the Lord Shiva. Shiva understood the desire in every Devas mind to attain supremacy over each other, so this desire is the reason for the unrest among Devas. Finding the cause of dispute, Lord Shiva burnt the God of Desire and turn him to ashes. If there is no desire in the hearts of people, then there won’t be any worries, everyone will lead a life of purity and simplicity. From that day onwards this sacred ash “Vibhuti” is smeared in the forehead to remind the destruction of desire to lead a peaceful life. When the God of desire was destroyed, Prema (Love) reigned supreme. When there is no desire to control the mind, love can be true for all.
Life values of Vibhuti:
Holy ash is applied to make us realize, the victory over desire and to understand the bitter truth of life that everyone will finally turn into ashes. Within this short span of life, we must learn to lead a happy life and help others as much as we can. Material pleasures are just vanity of human wishes. Ash is ash forever and ever. This state of ash reminders us of our true nature, which is the atma, our soul.
The ash also symbolizes the things we need to burn in our life. For a happy life one needs to burn anger, EGO, selfishness, possessiveness, desire, vices, worries and trend in path of honesty, spirituality, and humanity. Reach the state of nothingness and attain liberation by absorbing the essence of the vibhuti that we apply on our foreheads. Before applying Vibhuti one must chant the mantra
“Paramam Pavithram Baba Vibhuthim
Paramam Vichithram Leela Vibhuthim
Paramaartha Ishtaartha Moksha Pradhaanam
Baba Vibhuthim Idham Asrayami”
Meaning “I take refuge in the supremely sacred vibhuti of the Lord, the wonderful vibhuti which bestows liberation, the sacred state which I desire to attain.”
Vibhuti has lots of health benefits. If it is smeared regularly on the forehead it sucks all the bad water from our body and cleans up of body cells. Vibhuti is good for sinus and is a great remedy for headache. According to Hindu shashtra there are seven major chakras in a human body. These points are highly sensitive and are very receptive. Vibhuti is usually smeared in three places which are basically chakra point in the body. It is applied between the eyebrows, known as the agna chakra, at the pit of the throat known as the vishuddhi chakra, and in the center of the chest where the ribcage meets, known as the anahata chakra and so our body receives lots of positive energy and stimulate positive vibe inside us.