The Spiritual Significance of Tied Hair for Women: A Deeper Perspective
In today’s world, we often witness women from all corners of the globe embracing the beauty of flowing, loose hair.
Some even go to great lengths to style their open hair. However, there is a spiritual perspective that raises concerns about the vulnerability of women to subtle negative energies when they leave their hair loose.
In this article, we will explore the reasons behind this viewpoint and understand why tying one’s hair can offer spiritual protection.
1. Why Men Are Less Affected by Short, Open Hair
Men, from a spiritual perspective, tend to have a lower Raja subtle component compared to women, making them less emotional and sensitive.
Their greater ability to combat negativity is why men are less prone to subtle attacks even when they keep their hair short.
Short hair in men enhances their capacity to embrace the Sattva component, while long hair can increase inner restlessness and fickleness.
2. The Impact on the Mind and Intellect
Raja is a subtle component associated with action and passion, responsible for movement.
Generally, women tend to be more emotionally inclined than men due to their higher Raja component.
Leaving hair open increases this Raja component, making the mind more restless and prone to impulsiveness.
Negative energies can exploit this restlessness, leading women to act and speak out of character.
Additionally, when women leave their hair loose, they become more aware of their five senses and body, making it easier for negative energies to convert Raja into Tama, leading to feelings of depression, worry, and increased sexual thoughts.
3. Invitation to Negative Energies
When freshly washed hair is left to dry loosely, it becomes a magnet for negative energies.
The friction between strands generates a unique form of Raja-Tama-predominant energy, which attracts negative forces.
These energies can then release and store distressing energy in an individual, potentially opening the door to negative influences.
4. The Plight of Women with Short Hair
Women with short hair often have no choice but to leave their hair open, rendering them more susceptible to absorbing distressing energies from the environment.
Short hair on women is more likely to become charged with these negative vibrations.
5. Vulnerability During Sleep
Sleeping with loose hair leaves the tips of the hair shafts exposed, making women more vulnerable to nighttime attacks by negative energies.
This vulnerability is particularly pronounced in women who do not engage in regular spiritual practices.
6. Practical Spiritual Recommendations
Spiritual research suggests that women should avoid leaving their hair down as much as possible.
Tying hair up in a bun, plait, or braid is recommended.
Even while sleeping, it is advisable to tie one’s hair up or cover it with a towel during the drying process after a hair wash or head bath.
Prayers for protection from negative energies and a heightened desire for spiritual practice can create a subtle protective shield around individuals.
Leaving hair down can make women overly conscious of their five senses and bodies, hindering their spiritual growth, which is the ultimate purpose of life.
To progress spiritually, individuals must transcend their identification with the five senses, mind, and intellect, and instead identify with the Soul or God within them.
Through regular spiritual practice and maintaining a sattvic (pure) lifestyle, individuals can develop the ability to discern between Sattva and Tama’s predominant activities.
This inner understanding eliminates the need for external guidance on what is spiritually better, as it becomes a deeply felt internal realization.
The grace of a Guru earned through such practices, protects individuals from subtle attacks and accelerates their spiritual growth.
7. Precautions for Going Out with Loose Hair
In cases where it is necessary to go out with loose hair, women can loosely knot or braid their hair.
This precaution limits the spread of distressing energy from negative forces toward the body, reducing the risk of negative energy interference.
In Hindu culture, it is customary not to leave your hair loose, not only when visiting temples but also at home.
Loose hair is seen as a symbol of sorrow, grief, inauspiciousness, poverty, and sins. A famous example from the Mahabharata is Draupadi, who, after being insulted by the Kauravas in the Kurusabha, refused to tie her hair until it was washed with the blood of Dushhasana. This act symbolized her immense anger and grief.
Loose hair is believed to invite the presence of Jyeshta Devi, the goddess associated with poverty, sorrow, inauspiciousness, and misfortune.
On the other hand, neatly tied or plaited hair is considered an invitation to Lakshmi Devi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is particularly advised for women who cook food and brush their teeth to avoid doing so with loose hair, as it is believed to make them vulnerable to the influence of Jyeshta Devi.
Elders often recommend plaiting the hair instead of using clips because it is believed that the lower part of a woman’s hair has the potential to awaken the power of Kundalini Shakthi. Thus, it is advisable to keep the hair in a plaited form rather than leaving it loose.
From a practical perspective, loose hair is more likely to lead to hair fall, and in Hindu households, the falling of hair is considered inauspicious and is to be prevented.
Consequently, keeping the hair tied is not only a matter of tradition but also one of practicality.
As a result, loose hair is strictly prohibited not only in temples, which are places of happiness and prosperity.
The choice between tied and loose hair extends beyond aesthetics, carrying significant spiritual implications.
By understanding and embracing these insights, individuals can strike a balance between personal style and spiritual well-being.
Ultimately embarking on a transformative inner journey of growth and enlightenment.
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