Science has proven that a number of factors are responsible for our existence. One of the prime factors is air and to be more precise, oxygen. It is the life force that not just keeps us alive, but also influences the energies around us.
Since the ancient age, a lot of beliefs have been prevalent in India. Some people negate these beliefs as superstitious; however, some of them do have some sound scientific reasoning behind them.
Let’s consider the first example, that of a cow, which is considered to be sacred in India. During various festivals in India, there is a tradition of worshipping cows throughout the country. Have you ever wondered where this belief originated from and why this practise is followed? Yes, the answer does have a scientific grounding – it is because cows produce more oxygen than any other animal in the world! When cows exhale oxygen, it is not in O2 form that can combine with carbon to form CO2, which is considered a waste gas to humans. So, in this way, they do give out more oxygen.
Now let’s talk about the river Ganges, it is India’s holiest river and is considered to be highly auspicious. This also can be attributed to the fact that the Ganges is very rich in oxygen levels and can quickly renew and purify its water, thus remaining fresh for a long time.
When we speak about more oxygen for our respiration needs, how can we not talk about trees? Trees exhale oxygen and inhale carbon dioxide. However, the Peepal tree is known to exhale oxygen throughout the day and even at night! It is for this reason that it is considered ideal for meditation by holy people. The famous ‘Bodhi’ tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment is none other than a Peepal tree. As this tree gives large amount of oxygen, it helps purify one’s thoughts and the environment around, which is apt for meditation.
Thus, an adequate amount of oxygen is favourable when we are looking to lead a healthy and harmonious life.