Netron-mīlanam - Mystical Significance of the Substances Used
Honey and Ghee
Honey and Ghee are the two basic substances used for Eye-Opening ceremonies. Various Ayurvedic herbs used for the Ceremonies have been discussed already. Honey is heating and relates well to the Sun. Ghee is cooling and relates to the Moon. These two represent the balance of Shiva / Shakti or Purusha (being) / Prakriti (nature) in creation, and the subtle channels pingala and ida in the body. The black anjanam prepared from ash, represents the fire and its transformative power. The metals gold, silver, and copper relate energetically to these three as well. Honey is used in Ayurveda to purify the body. It removes toxins from the system and also brings about strength and vigor (tejas). Applying honey to the right eye, stimulates the pingala nadi and helps to remove doubts and attachments obscuring spiritual vision. Ghee is extremely nourishing. It is used more than any other substance for mental illness. It brings about mental peace of mind and nourishes all the tissues of the body. Like the qualities of the Moon which relates to water and bestows healing potency to the herbs, ghee nourishes our spiritual sight. Ghee stimulates the ida nadi. Anjanam is a salve applied to the eyes to improve vision. It is used for eye problems of all types, but also affects the mind and nervous system. Having balanced the energies of the pingala and ida nadis with honey and ghee, anjanam brings consciousness to dwell in the sushumna, the channel of higher awareness / perception. It relates to fire (agni) and tejas in the body which brings about perception, sight, and understanding. It takes us beyond normal vision and grants transcendent vision. To transcend, we must first embrace our destiny. We must face and resolve our karmas and relationships in the world. The pingala nadi relates to the intellect. The ida relates to the emotions. Once we face both the thoughts in the mind and the feeling, then only is it possible to transcend and experience the superconscious, intuitive knowing which is called jnana in Sanskrit. It is wisdom arising from Truth, beyond the intellect and senses. Unlike knowledge arising from the five senses and mind, it cannot be refuted or doubted.