The festival of Raksha Bandhan holds a great importance in Indian culture. History stands witness to the fact that innumerable virtuous people have been benefited by it like Abhimanyu (the great warrior) and Indra (the King of heaven). This festival has made a unique history.
Psychological Benefits of the Protective thread
How subtle is the invention made by the Hindu Culture! On the festival of Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a protective thread around the wrist of her brother. When you begin any good work the Brahmin Priest ties an amulet around your right wrist in order to protect you against depression or imbalance. The protective thread not only saves you from neurotic tendency and mental imbalance but also guards you effectively against intestinal worm infestation. When the protective thread is charged with the power of a Mantra recited while tying it, and good wishes, it protects you from mental imbalance. Though a delicate thread is tied around the wrist, it assures a strong bond of pure love and protection. On the pious occasion of Shravani Purnima, Rishis solemnize the completion of the sacrifice (Yajnas) and other religious practices carried out throughout the year and wish well for one another. Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival.
We are indebted to Rishis!
Rishis must have envisioned the highest possibility of human evolution with subtle intellect and also the lowest degeneration of human beings if not cared for. I salute the sages who instituted the festival of Raksha Bandhan, and Brahmajnani great men who drank the nectar of divine Vedas, who disseminated the blissful knowledge of Vedas among the masses to enable them drink the ambrosia of the Vedic knowledge like readily available water of River Ganga. You too devoutly salute them who disseminated the Vedic knowledge not only for the people of any specific race, not only for all people of India but for the people of entire world so that they can get pitchers of spiritual nectar of immortality. I once again bow to all those Self-realized great men.
The sister wishes good of her brother on this festival. Rishis wish good of their disciples and so do the disciples of their Gurus. Disciples should make a resolve: “O Gurudeva! May your longevity increase! May you become robust! O Gurudeva! May you accomplish the divine work of carrying millions like us across the ocean of Sansara!"
Let us pray to Gurudeva: “A brother may protect his sister for some time but O Gurudeva! You are alone capable of protecting our mind and intellect in a far better way than thousands of brothers can ever do. Please protect our devotional sentiments and reverential faith as well!”
Blessings from saints on Raksha Bandhan
On the pious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, a Brahmin priest ties a protective thread around the right wrist of his patron; but a Self-realized Guru ties a protective thread without using any thread. He gives protection to his devotees through His glances showering nectar, and good resolves.
On the festival of Raksha Bandhan, you receive love not only from your sisters but also from sages and Gurus. May you assimilate the grace of the saints! The sister applies a Tilaka on the forehead of her brother and says, “May you be happy. May you become wealthy! May you get fame.” But self-realized Sadguru would rather like to bless you so that you may receive more and more grace of the saints. May their experience of Supreme Truth become your experience.
The Vedic Protective Thread for all auspiciousness
The protective thread is no ordinary thread, but a veritable bundle of good wishes and good resolves. And when this protective thread is prepared in the Vedic way and is tied round the right wrist of a person with chanting of the divine name with divine Bhava and good resolve it becomes infinitely more powerful.
How to Prepare the Vedic Amulet?
Take a small piece of yellow woolen, cotton or silk cloth. Put (1) Durva grass (2) a few grains of unbroken rice (3) saffron or turmeric powder (4) pure sandal wood (5) unbroken grains of mustard into it and seal it by stitching. Then attach a suitable thread to make it into an amulet. Gold can be added to the five things if one can afford.
Importance of the Vedic Amulet
The things used in preparing the Vedic amulet strengthen our resolves made for elevation in life.
(1) Durva grass: Lord Ganesha likes the Durva grass. May He remove all the hurdles from the life of the person on whose wrist I am tying this pious “Raksha Sutra”.
(2) Unbroken Rice: May our devotion and faith in God and Guru remain unbroken and undivided.
(3) Saffron or turmeric: Saffron is radiant in nature. One should pray: ‘May the life of the person on whose wrist I am tying this amulet become brilliant. May his spiritual radiance, Bhakti and Gyan increases!’
(4) Sandalwood: Sandalwood imparts coolness and fragrance to others. One should pray: ‘May the person, on whose wrist I am tying this amulet, enjoy relaxed and stress-free life.’
(5) Mustards: Mustards are sharp in taste. Likewise, we too become sharp to cut off our vices and punish the anti-social elements.
Thus the Vedic amulet charged with the power of the Vedic resolves is all-benevolent.
Auspicious time to knot "Raksha Sutra": 10th Aug 2014 after 1:38 pm IST
The following Mantra is recited when the amulet is tied:
येन बद्धो बली राजा दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः |
तेन त्वां अभिबध्नामि1 रक्षे मा चल माचल ||
“I am tying on your hand this Raksha (amulet), with which the most powerful and generous King Bali himself was bound. O Raksha! Don’t go away; don’t go away.”
1(The disciple should recite ‘Rakshbadhnaami’ in place of ‘Abhibadhnaami’ while tying the Rakhi around his Guru’s wrist).
Thus while reciting this Mantra with good resolve a sister can tie Rakhi on her brother’s wrist, a mother can tie a Rakhi on her son’s wrist, grandmother can tie a Rakhi on her grandson’s wrist and that is not all.
If even a disciple offers such a Vedic Rakhi to his Sadguru with affection and faith, he is protected from all evil influences and his devotion to Guru becomes intense.