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Sacred Thread

The Sacred Thread or Holy Thread is worn by Brahmans and includes the 3 x 3 sacred threads. It is linked with intitiation and the notion of twice born. Yajñopavītam has three threads each consisting of three strands. These threads represent Goddess Gayatri (Goddess of mind), Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of word) and Goddess Savitri (Goddess of deed). Cited from Website Wikipedia: Upanayama The Sacred Thread is spun by a virgin Brahmana girl and twisted by a Brahmana. The composition of the Sacred Thread is full of symbolism and significance. Its length is ninetysix times as the breadth of the four fingers of a man, which is equal to his height. Each of the four fingers represents one of the four states the soul of a man experiences from time to time, namely, waking, dreaming, dreamless sleep and absolute Brahmanhood (Turiya or the fourth state). The three folds of the cord are also symbolical. They represent the three Gunas (Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas) reality, passion and darkness, out of which the whole universe is evolved. It was done, so that the Sattwaguna or the good quality of reality may predominate in a man, and so he may attain spiritual merits. The three cords remind the wearer that he has to pay off the Three Debts he owes: 1.To the Rishis (ancient seers), 2.To the ancestors and 3.To the gods. Quoted from website: Sacred thread. The sacred thread hits three strands knotted together symbolizing the combination of three entities, viz. Cit., the individual soul; Acit, the material body and Iswara, the Supreme Lord, who is the indwelling witness. The three strands also denote the three functions of thinking, speaking and acting only for spiritual purposes. Quoted from Website: Tagneopavit
 
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