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Why do we not touch papers, books and people with the feet?

Category: Religious | Posted :Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Why do we not touch papers, books and people with the feet?

To Indians, knowledge is sacred and divine. So it must be given respect at all times.  

 

Nowadays we separate subjects as sacred and secular. But in ancient India, every subject - academic or spiritual - was considered divine and taught by the guru in the gurukul.

 

The custom of not stepping on educational tools is a frequent reminder of the high position accorded to knowledge in Indian culture.

 

From an early age, this wisdom fosters in us a deep reverence for books and education. This is also the reason why we worship books, vehicles, and instruments once a year on Saraswathi Pooja or Ayudha Pooja day, dedicated to the Goddess of Learning.  

 

In fact, each day before starting our studies,we pray:  Saraswati namasthubhyam Varade kaama roopini   Vidyaarambham karishyaami  Sidhirbhavatu me sadaa O Goddess SaraswatiSaraswatiSaraswati
The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words...
, the giver of  Boons and fulfiller of wishes, I prostrate to You before starting my studies. 


 

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