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Reason for keeping Shikha

Hare Krishna All,

I am curious to understand the reason for keeping a shikha when we
shave our head. I recently shaved my head as part of my grand fathers
barsi and kept shikha on my head.

From a humorous stand point I have heard that it is kept so that if we
deviate from the path of devotional service then Krishna can pull us
back to right path by grabbing our shikha, but I think there must be
some reason behind it.

Please clarify above, as there is no point in following rituals unless we know the philosophy behind it.

Yours in service
Rajeev

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  • Who should wear a shikha? Can a devotee aspiring for initiation wear one or just those who have been initiated?
  • All rituals and principles followed because of religious tradition has only one goal, to make mind gradually under control.

     

  • Hare Krishna,
    Pamho
    AGTSP

    there are many reasons for having SHIKHA:
    1. When Devotee leaves body Krishna pulls the soul from the top most Chakra which is on the head under the shikha.
    2. It is said that according to the karma of a soul the living entity at the time of death leaves body from different places from mouth, nose, etc… But a devotee who leaves this body from that “chakra” (Shikha) attains high planets of Spiritual world.
    3. Also hair is needed to protect that chakra. But women do not cut their hair, because their other lower chakras are not good protected but if they have long hair they protect them with hair.
    4. The Vaishnavas following a descending spiritual path that is they depend on the mercy of the Supreme Lord at every step to pull them out of Maya. So when we are drowning in Maya and only our head is out of the water, Guru and Gauranga can still pull us out comfortably by holding our head by this tuft of head called the shikha. So the shikha shows the subordination and dependence of the devotee on the causelessmercy of Lord Gauranga-Krishna at all times.
    5. The Mayavadis follow the ascending path since they egotistically confident of achieve God and coming out of illusion by the dint of their insignificant efforts or sadhan. So they do not keep a shikha because they do not need the mercy of the Lord.
    6) Shikha is also like a spiritual antenna on the top of the head meant to show to the Lord and that we are aspiring recepients of His causeless mercy.
    7) One must have a sikha to perform any kind of yajna. Therefore in Indian tradition all the brahmanas, Vaisnava or otherwise, keep a sikha. Although there seem to be no sastric injunctions regarding the size of the sikha, GaudiyaVaisnavas traditionally keep the sikha about the size of a calf's hoofprint, approximately 1.5 inches (5 – 6 cm.) in diameter.
    8) SrilaPrabhupada mentioned this in a conversation with some of his disciples in Hawaii (6.5.1972):
    “ GaudiyaVaisnavasikha is an inch and a half across — no bigger. Bigger sikha means another sampradaya…. And they have to be knotted”

    Source - IDT

    Your servant
    Dristadyumna Das
  • Hare Krishna!!!

    So, i am a born Brahmin and practicing Krishna Consciousness from last almost 2 years. Naturally, a born Brahmin should have kept Shikha but in my region they don't follow it for different reasons.

    What I did is- since I'm practcing Krishna Consciousness, in my new hair cut I kept Shikha but couldn't tie it because its too small to be tied. 

    I'm waiting to let it grow.

    Is it okay?

  • haribol prabhus,

    I have also been told that the shikha is meant to distinguish the brahma-madhva vaisnavas from the mayavadis and nirvisesavadis who keep no shikha. Also, in our brahma-madhva gaudiya vaisnava tradition the size of the shikha also distinguishes us from other vaisnava sampradayas. Gaudiya vaisnavas keept a shikha the size of a calves hoof near the back of the head, whereas the vaisnavas of the Ramnuja sampradaya keep a much bigger shikha covering the entire back of the head. They also have the different tilak.

    I don't know if there is a reference in sastra to give evidence to the reasons and style for the shikha.

    Maybe someone learned can confirm if there is any information in the Caitanya Caritamrta to support this or another book.

     

    pranams,

    KP

    • Volunteer

      Hare Krishna dear Devotees please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

      I heard also that when Devotee leaves body Krishna pulls the soul from the top most Chakra which is on the head under the shikha.

      According to the karma of a soul the living entity at the time of death leaves body from different places :-).

      from mouth, nose...

       But who leaves from that chakra attains high planets of Spiritual world.

      Also hair is needed to protect that chakra. But women do not cut their hair, because their other lower chakras are not good protected but if they have long hair they protect them with hair.

      Anyways, shaved heads and shikhas we do just to please Srila Prabhupada and Krishna!

      Your servant,

      • Hare Krishna Maral Mataji,

        This is very interesting. I have never heard this before. Do you know which sastra I can look to for to verify this information?

        Thanks 

         

        ys

        KP

         

        • Hare Krsna KP Prabhu - Hari bol.

          I am new here. But I have practiced other form of prayer - RajaYoga Meditation. What Mata Maral is telling can be understood from this perspective as well.

          If you may refer to:

          http://bhagavata.org/canto6/chapter8.html

          Read Text 8-10, it essentially tells you how to chant properly. Implied is you should keep shikha as it helps you identify the location of center of Chakra.

          Your servant,

          Sharanagat

          Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 6 - Chapter 8
          • Srila Prabhupada mentioned this in a conversation with some of his disciples in Hawaii (6.5.1972):

            “ Gaudiya Vaisnava sikha is an inch and a half across -- no bigger. Bigger sikha means another sampradaya.... And they have to be knotted”

            Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 6 - Chapter 8
        • Volunteer

          Hare Krishna Keshar Pista Prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances!

          All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

          about chakras mostly i heard in the lecture of a Russian Devotee who preaches to new comers and he is a yogi also.

          About that Krishna pulls the soul from shikha, if i do not mistake, i heard from the lecture of His Holiness Srila Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

          Books in English i do not know on this subject.

          Your servant,

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