Can Black or White Be Auspicious or Inauspicious?

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Different cultures have a different representation of colors; especially black or white.

Let’s explore.

People wear white in Hindu funeral, while people black in a Christian funeral. Indian babies have applied a black dot on the forehead to protect them from the evil eye, while a temple for home is built with white marble. Throughout the world, black and white cars sell the most.

Cult practices like applying a black dot on the forehead still rule in India. The black cat is considered evil. This suggests that black isn’t a favorable color, or we can say it’s considered inauspicious. Then how come, black dress and a black car is favored? Why is the hair black? Even the stone lingam of Lord Shiva is black?

I’ve explained in my earlier blog post about the science and psychology of color. Color is purely based on perception and is pure physics. So, are colors; especially black or white, auspicious and inauspicious or is it in our mind? Is black and white good or bad, or is it in our distorted life values, our hypocrisy?

We give an adjective to each and every creature and phenomenon in nature. We give adjectives to animals and demean them. We do the same time, duration of the day, and disrespect natural process.

Is black or white the culprit or is it our dead conscience?

One thought on “Can Black or White Be Auspicious or Inauspicious?

  1. Color is purely physics you say! I ask you, can you imagine a color? If yes, what is the source of that imagined color and its wavelength?

    Color is one of the keys prescribed by ancients to unlocking wisdom levels in us. Color is not just color but associated with deity as well, in vedic lore. For example, SUN though has 7 horses(colors) is specially called “Haritasva” meaning the one who descends onto Earth on a green horse. Why? This is in relation to “Oshadhi” or “Vanaspati” – the plants. In Mahabharata, you will see the description of 6kumaras (seasons) rotating the wheel (of time) having 12 spokes(months) which weave a cloth of black and white threads(days and nights). So, color is not only as we perceive, but also how it effects our lives!

    Thus, YES there are auspicious colors and inauspicious colors, but that depend on what people define as auspicious and inauspicious. For me, there are colors and their effects! (good and bad are relative, but that does not mean there is no good or no bad)

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