Shri Nimishananda Guruji twinkled at the many teenagers present there and said, “Shall I do that? Then there will be very few things left for all of you to fight over with your parents and grandparents! All of you will be deprived of your major pastime!”
Everybody laughed and pressed Shri Nimishananda Guruji to continue.
Shri Nimishananda Guruji joined in the laughter and said, “Today all the girls are dressed very traditionally. But on normal weekdays it is considered modern and fashionable for girls to wear jeans, leave their hair loose and go about without wearing a bindi (a sacred spot of vermillion on the forehead).” Shri Nimishananda Guruji’s comical gestures as He spoke sent the devotees into peels of laugher. Many of the girls looked guilty. Looking at them Shri Nimishananda Guruji laughed and said, “Don’t worry. I’m not targetting anybody in particular. I’m simply making a general observation.
"As all of you know very well, today is the festival of Swarna Gouri. This is a very important festival for all women since the four energies of Goddess Gouri (Parvathi) present in your womb. They are tolerance, patience, mercy and compassion. That is why women are usually so much more patient than men. By worshipping the divine mother these qualities are completely established within us. When this happens, it is visible to all those around you both in your behaviour and through the radiance (Tejas) on your face.
The Ajna Chakra is located between the eyebrows. Applying kumkum (sacred vermillion powder) here energises this Chakra. As we discussed earlier, red increases our kinetic energy. So the red spot applied between the eyebrows attracts the four energies in the womb and they ascend to the Ajna Chakra. This enhances our spiritual energy tremendously and divine grace flows to you removing the obstacles in your life and in the lives of your family members.”
Rohini Kashinath asked, “Pujya Guruji we usually wear bangles because they are ornamental. Do they have any spiritual significance?”
Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “Certainly. The circular shape of the bangle symbolises infinity. Likewise wearing a nose stud is symbolic of the full moon which represents perfection. So when we wear a nose stud we are saying, “Let us be complete”. Each nostril is connected to a main energy channel in the body.
"The right nostril is linked to the solar channel while the left one is linked to the lunar channel, which is ruled over by the moon. For women the left channel is extremely important as it regulates our mental state and keeps the mind equipoised. That is why the nose stud is always worn on the left nostril. Mental composure is crucial for a woman since she is the central hub around whom the wheel of the family revolves.”
Rashmi who had been married recently, pointed to the “thali”which is a sacred pendant worn by married women in India asked, "Pujya Guruji, why is the “thali” worn ?”
Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “As you know, some men of the priestly class wear the sacred thread after the thread ceremony (Upanaynam). 'Upanayana”'means 'Opening the third or spiritual eye.'"