It is hard to find an infant in India without the trademark black dot on the left cheek or a black dot on the left temple. What do these black dots indicate? Well, it is intended to ward off evil eye or nazar or drishti, whatever you prefer to call it. The rationalists laugh at it and the traditionalists have a firm belief in it. Is the evil eye or nazar a myth or reality or a superstition?
Evil eye is considered as the negative energy that can cause harm to you. It is believed that the gaze from an evil eye can disturb your energy fields and thus causing harm or discomfort. It is believed that since babies have a weaker energy field, they are more susceptible to evil eye.
Rationalists dismiss the concept of evil eye as a superstition. They contend that a human eye is for viewing and does not emit any radiation to cause harm or discomfort to others.
The believers or the traditionalists explain the evil eye through auras. All human beings are supposed to have an aura around them called as the subtle body. It is thought to be an energy field arising from our physical and mental health status. When a person who is jealous of you, gazes at you, his negative energy can penetrate your energy field and harm you. For babies, the aura is not strong enough to shield themselves from evil eye.
Evil eye is supposed to cause loss of appetite or tummy ache or incessant crying in babies.
Though many doctors claim that these issues can be due to many medical reasons, many mothers like to take precautions by either preventing the evil eye or removing the evil eye.
Well, to believe it or not is purely your personal choice. If as a mother, if you don’t mind following a few old beliefs, there is absolutely nothing wrong in placing a black dot on your baby’s forehead or doing the ritual of removing the evil eye with chilies.
But that should not prevent you from NOT taking medical help for your baby when required.
Psst…this is only for the believers
There are many traditional ways to prevent evil eye falling on your babies. Let us see which are popular for preventing evil eye.
Dear Mommies, we have only discussed about popular ways to ward off or prevent evil eye for those who believe in it. Belief in such practices in solely your choice and is not forced. However, always remember that no matter what precautions or rituals you do to ward off evil eye, your child may need immediate medical attention in some cases.
Performing an evil eye removing ritual does not indicate that you should skip a doctor’s consultation. Trust your judgment as a mother and rush your baby to the doctor if it is crying for too long or has a tummy ache or a prolonged reduced appetite.
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