“God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another”- Shakespeare
Many of you will give me an excuse “But I can’t grow beard, I am an Asian, I have got bad genetics blah blah blah”, but I have an answer for you. You can grow beard If you want. Till the age of 22 I had no beard, but Now I have grown full beard, only because of one reason. “I had this burning inner desire to grow my facial hair”. “When You practice NoFap or Brahmacharya” nothing is impossible.
“Hair is the Pranic antenna. It is energy, pure protein. Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality and spiritual growth”- Yogi Bhajan
Human hair regulates the flow of Solar energy into the system. To let Solar energy flow unhindered into our system, it is necessary to grow hair to its full length and take good care of it. Then, the amount of energy that flows down from the Sahasra chakra (thousand petaled seventh chakra in the brain) increases tremendously. Kundalini is activated by the radiant force in the Anahata chakra (solar plexus) and moves upward in response to the Solar energy coming down. This balances the body center and maintains total equilibrium. If hair is kept unkempt, let loose, down, or uncovered, it becomes electrically imbalanced and the natural process of raising Kundalini gets hampered.
Actually, the word hair is so important that the word Kundalini derives its name from ‘Kundala’ meaning a coil of hair, also referring to the three and half coiled serpent power. Hair is best kept uncut and at the top of the head in the form of a Rishi knot over the ‘Brahmarandhra’ or the solar center. This concentrates solar energy into the pineal gland and encourages the awakening and rising of Kundalini power that is necessary for liberation. Hair is an extension of the nervous system, it can be correctly seen as exteriorized nerves, a type of highly evolved ’feeler’ or ’antennae’ that transmits vast amounts of important information to the brainstem, the limbic system, and the neo-cortex.
Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. This has been seen in Kirlian photography when a person is photographed with long hair and then re-photographed after hair is cut. When hair is cut, receiving, and sending transmissions to and from the environment and cosmos are greatly hampered. This results in numbing-out. The intuitive ability of the person gets greatly diminished. The natural ability of the human system to receive divine vibrations and insights from the cosmos suffer further to cutting hair on the head, beard, or any other part of the body.
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Cutting of hair is a contributing factor to unawareness of environmental distress in local ecosystems. It is also a contributing factor to insensitivity in relationships of all kinds. It contributes to sexual frustration. According to Ayurveda the ancient Hindu medical science, allowing the beard to grow prevents a person from contracting diseases of the throat and of the gums and the respiratory system. While the structure of hair is such that it can trap bacteria, it does not provide any congenial or favorable conditions for their growth and multiplication. On the other hand, shaven skin is one of the best substrata for their survival and multiplication.
Shaving, which has to be repeated at least once every day, invariably results in cuts, some of which are microscopic and that is all the malignant bacteria and dreaded viruses need to swarm to the interior of our bodies. Just like skin, hair helps to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight. It also helps to supply the Pituitary gland (located in the head) with phosphorous. Phosphorous is an element which is absorbed during meditation by the Pituitary gland.
The hair on our body regulates body temperature and our eye lashes, nostril hairs and ear hairs help to keep out fine dust particles. The research carried out with this end in view has highlighted the fact that hair serves as a factory providing Vitamin D for the body. Vitamin D protects a person against many fatal diseases like tuberculosis and is an essential element for the well-being and health of bones, teeth and the nervous system. Hair enhances the ability of a human being to experience God. This can be explained by understanding the workings of electromagnets. An electromagnet consists of an iron rod with a coil of wire wrapped around it. The strength of an electromagnet can be increased by increasing the number of coils.
Now in a human being, there are nine visible inlets/outlets (2 nostrils, 2 ear holes, 1 mouth, 2 eyes, 2 below the waistline). And the 10th inlet is located in the head and is invisible. It is called the ‘Brahmarandhra‘ in English it is called the solar center.
In the crown. This is where we experience the reality of God in Nirbija Samadhi (Nirbija Samadhi is an experience of an absolute liberation from the attachments and thoughts of the mind). This can be considered to be the iron rod. Hairs are like coils of wire which amplify spiritual energy in the 10th inlet. A greater quantity of head hair will lead to more coils in the knot and therefore a higher concentration of spiritual energy. Of course, it is possible to experience God without any head hair like Buddhists. However anything that helps us to experience God more easily should be welcomed. Hair is essentially a spiritual technology that makes it easier to connect with God and maintain Brahmacharya or NoFap Practice by helping effective transmutation. Significant research has also revealed that longer the hair, more the production of Vitamin D through the interaction of Sun’s heat on hair.
All this shows that keeping hair is very important for one’s physical as well as mental well-being. It has also been proved on the basis of experiments that the hair tied in the form of a knot on the top of the head is capable of attracting the maximum heat energy of Sun just as a television antenna has the capacity to hold photo waves from the atmosphere. (According to Tessitas, the ancient Germans also used to tie their long hair into a knot on the top of their heads). This solar energy which is absorbed by the antennae like coils of hair then stimulates the Pineal gland within the brain and helps in the complete and natural awakening of Kundalini power by percolating into the lower chakras from the Sahasrara chakra.
if we take into account the cumulative loss suffered generations after generations further to cutting of bodily hair, it seems certain that trimming of hair is certainly an impediment in the way of realizing the complete scope of the human intellect and connecting to God.
In the religious literature of the world there is much evidence which suggests that God has created humans with great interest. The Jewish and Christian churches also contain evidence to this effect that God created man in his own image and put his own particle as soul within him. On the basis of all this, it can be easily presumed that God did not add anything, including hair, to human body without a definite purpose. Thus, trimming or cutting hair amounts to not only declining the gift given by God but also disfiguring the shape given to man by the Almighty. This blunder of cutting and disowning hair has not been made by man since the times of Adam, but the same is in practice only since the last century or so.
The Dangers of cutting bodily hair:
If hairs are not trimmed or cut, their length & growth stops automatically after reaching a certain length. In such a situation, hardly 0.5% of the protein that we take in with our daily diet is spent on their upkeep. On the other hand, cut or trimmed hair consumes much more protein because this has to be spent on the regrowth. Hair is mostly made of protein and the growth of hair draws much protein from the human system. Had hair stopped re-growing after having been trimmed once, there would have been no extra expense of protein. However, keeping in view the multidimensional usefulness and requirement of hair on the human body, God has created within the human body an interesting mechanism to help continuous growth of hair.
This mechanism continues being operational till one breath one’s last. Thus, this mechanism goes on spending more protein on the re-growth of hair after a person shaves or trims them. Nature does this so as to not deny a person the varied benefits of hair. It seems modern man is busy in shaving off hair under a sort of false/atheistic culture whereas God is ever involved in their growth. God is serious that we should have hair, for he makes it regrow every day in spite of us shaving, while man is careless and oblivious to its necessity. After comprehensive research, scientists have reached the conclusion that hairs stop growing after having achieved the level of optimum growth. They remain alive for two to six years.
They play an active role during this period and then getting weak, fall off as we comb them. This is called the death of hair. There is no use keeping dead hair. However, keeping in view the utmost importance of hair for the human being, nature is ever ready to replenish these dead hair by sprouting new ones in their place. The importance of hair can also be gauged from the fact that the operation of replacing dead hair with new ones starts immediately and forcefully so that body does not suffer because of their lack. This shows that new and healthy hair on the head and beard of a man is of paramount importance to life. That is why God has created such a wonderful mechanism as a result of which a person continues to be bestowed with healthy hair for long years of his life.
The fact that hair grows rapidly even after regular trimming and cutting implies that God does not approve of the human action of shaving or trimming hair.
The very act goes against nature and going against nature has severe repercussions.
“Each part of the body including hair has a highly sensitive work to perform for the survival and well-being of the body as a whole. The body has a reason for every part of itself.”- C Young
For this reason, ancient Yogis, Saints and Rishis never cut hair but let it grow to its natural length. This helped them achieve multi-fold benefits. In all ancient cultures of the world, cutting of hair is frowned upon. The trend of cutting bodily hair took momentum only nearing the end of the 19th century. From the Yogic point of view it is well known from the scriptures that the natural growth of a beard and moustache helps cover the ‘Chandra Dwara’ (lunar center) of a man located in his chin. This center in the tip of his lower jaw is the spot through which people and especially women connect with the man. In the presence of a beard, this spot is fully covered, and this regulates the Pranic energy one gives out while interacting with others or when others see him.
Only the required amount of energy is given out in the presence of the beard.
In the absence of a beard, a man with a clean-shaven jawline is unprotected and ungoverned in terms of his Prana (vital energy). His lunar center is fully exposed. This results in the loss of much Ojas, Tejas and Prana (the Devine energies) when he interacts with people, especially with women. Interaction here doesn’t merely refer to talk but also sight. A man without a beard, with a clean-shaven jawline becomes vulnerable and susceptible to the feminine energy given out by a woman.
This then draws his masculine energy from the lunar center, and he becomes defenceless in protecting himself from being dominated and subjugated by her feminine charms which are an effect of Maya (illusion). He has a high chance of being mesmerised and stupefied by her female energy. It has been observed that Yogis with a full-grown beard and hair have a much lesser chance of losing their calmness, poise and steadiness on the appearance of a woman in the emotional sense. Thus it becomes a worthy tool towards the practice of Brahmacharya or NoFap by acting as a shield that prevents the loss of Ojas, Tejas and Prana. A woman with sexual intentions cannot easily draw Ojas from the man with a beard. To begin with, those who shave can stop the activity and grow a small stubble which can then gradually be let to grow as one comes to terms with the concept.