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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji ke Fateh,

In Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji's JiwanGatha, Babaji mentioned that: "Nothing against any color. But in Sikhism White, Blue, and Saffron are acceped".

We can see that these 3 colors in widely used in Sikhism and many other religions.

We all know what these colors mean, their effects on our bodies, on spiritual stage etc....., but I am really looking forward if someone could shed some light on the history behind these colors.......like does the 5 fundamental elements (earth, water, fire, air, and sky) has any relationship with these colors? OR something like that.

These colors are considered as sacred, and scientifically these colors do affect one's mind, brain and other body parts and also spiritual stage. I agree with it......but what is the CORE reason behind that?

Anyone having knowledge (by reading vedas, or learning it by reading some books or through any other means) of this is requested to please throw some light on it.

For reference:

1. Nishan Sahib's cloth is mostly saffron, sometimes in certain Gurdwaras it's color is blue.

2. Most of the Sants wear white bana.

3. Guru Gobind Singh Ji's army is associated with blue color. Nihangs wear blue.

4. Siropa given in Gurdwara is mostly of saffron or white color.

and so on....

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Goto Amritworld.com there is a well researched article about the color blue in particular. it is under the 'Nihang tradition' or something.. sorry I don't have access to that site right now so can't b more specific.. the article was also posted on this forum.. do a search.. Niranjana was the initiator of the thread..

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Just something I learnt recently, more general fact than anythingelse, people generally think blue and red are opposites, it is apparently orange and blue that opposites, same as white and black (in a non-colour sense). Don't know, seems to bring some balance, as in miri piri...

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Sangat ji, please post on this topic as I need the information.....

In Sikhism: White, Blue and Saffron are given preference. So, please do NOT start the debate that Sikhs should or should not follow White/Blue/Saffron only. Please NO debate for Khalsa colors or not.

I need help from learned sajans...........Till now, I've collected the following information, but I still need something for Blue.........moreover, if there any thing that you have heard from a spiritual discourse from Sant/Brahmgyani or other religious person, then please post those valuable information.

I am NOT trying to determine the effects of colors on body/mind, instead I was wondering why these colors (White, Saffron, Blue) are widely accepted in Sikhism.

WHITE: It represents source of conscious creation. It represents everything (All colors include), in other terms it represents GOD which is everything. White transforms the delusion of agnorance into the wisdom of reality. Also, upon opening of Dasam Dwar, one sees the bright light only and feels the unexplainable enjoyment and this light is White.

SAFFRON: It is a color of sun/fire. It represents the pure thing. We lit desi ghee de JYOT during Akhand Path Sahib. Fire is considered the purest of the pure because it consumes all impurities but yet remains pure by itself. It is believed that the desi ghee de JYOT purifies the atmosphere.

BLUE: The 2 fundamental components (from Water, Sky, Fire, Earth, Air) are blue (actually sky-blue)......??????

Bhul chuk de maffi

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It is just for the reference as Xylitol has asked and it has nothing to do with Sikhism. I will appreciate if anyone could help me with my queries which is posted ABOVE this message.

Color has a profound effect on all of us on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Using the seven colors of the spectrum, Color Therapy aims to balance and enhance our body's energy centers / Chakras and also to help stimulate our body's own healing process.

For example, we all know that chakras help with spiritual levels. The following are the relations of chakras with colors:

Chakra Name - Color - Element

Base/Root - Red - Earth

Sacral/Spleen - Orange - Water

Solar Plexus - Yellow - Fire

Heart - Green - Air

Throat - Blue - Ether/Sky

Third Eye - Indigo - Light

Crown - Violet - White Light

Now, some of the effects of colors are as follows:

RED:

Red may help when:

*you need courage and self-confidence

*are anemic

*feel tired or indisposed

*have poor blood circulation

*you are cold

*need renewed energy

ORANGE:

Orange energy may help when:

*you want to increase appetite

*you need joy and well-being

*have stomach disorders

*nervousness

*skin problems

*asthma

*allergies

*vertical grooves in your nails

*lack working energy

YELLOW:

Yellow may help when:

*you feel nervous or tired.

*you are sad.

*you have parasites

*skin problems

*wieght problems

*suffer from ulcers

*poor digestion

GREEN:

Green Energy may help when:

*you need to soothe your nerves

*you have tension headaches

*need peace and harmony

*have chronic problems

*digestive problems

*need to calm down

BLUE:

Blue Energy may help when:

*you need to calm your mind and nerves

*have throat problems

*cannot sleep

*have menstrual problems

*eye, ear, nose, throat problems

*have had a shock

*have a fever

INDIGO

Indigo Energy may help when:

*you need to find inner balance

*calm nerves and lymphatic systems

*have hearing problems

*have sleeping problems

VIOLET

Violet Energy may help when:

*you have emotional problems

*want to clear an existing situation

*strengthen your spiritual values

*strengthen your creativity

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I'm not that type of Khalistani. Infact my basic question is:

Why White, Blue, and Saffron are widely accepted as auspicious and sacred (in relation to the 5 type of fundamental elements - Water, Fire, Air, Sky, Earth or in relation to some other generalized concept)

Just for example: Sikhism also we do prefer White, Blue, and Saffron........and same thing for Hinduism for whom Saffron/Kesri is most sacred.........and the explanation for these need not to be from Sikhism.......it could be from anywhere......from Vedas etc.....

As a matter of fact, I'm against the persons who outrightly reject anything coming from Vedas.............just like most persons calling themselves true Khalsa outrightly reject the concept of 14 loks - 7 worlds above earth, and 7 below earth (including earth)............they reject the concept of Savarg and Narak, because it is first defined in Hindu Vedas..........by saying that you are RSS agent and Vedas are nothing..............GURUji has asked us "NOT to say that Vedas are wrong".........but at the same time GURU Ji also asked us to follow only GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI.

GOD can achieved through ANY religion..........the ONLY requirements are:

1. Having GURU.

2. Person's devotion towards ONE GOD.

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Yes, the famous Baba Nihal Singh Katha, which conveniently spelt out everything that a certain Jatha choose to believe in and glosses over or completely misses out other areas.

I believe Baba Jee mentioned that Blue is the colour of warriors as one cannot fight wearing White...but I can't help wondering why Bhai Sham Singh Attariwala always fought wearing white, as did the Namdharis as did several others...guess those accounts must have been corrupted by those Brahmin type characters who maligned all our history books...

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I don't understand why we always start debate over why Nihangs wear blue and all that stuff.

I started this thread just to get the information related with three important colors that hold special meaning in many religions and NOT specific in Sikhism.

GOD created Maya and 5 fundametal elements (earth, water, fire, air, sky) for all religions. HE did not create colorless sky for Sikhs, saffron for Hindus, and green for Muslims.

HE created blue sky for everyone.

I might be wrong, but this is the information that was derived:

WHITE: It represent GOD's character of everything, everywhere, and truth. Everything comes from white and goes into white. White represents GOD color. White is for man de shanti, veraag, sacha-socha.

examples:

1. Mostly the saints wear white.

2. Good-spirits are also mostly dressed in white chola. (for those who have seen them)

3. Opening dasam-dwar, ones sees is ONLY the bright white light and feels unexplainable anand.

SAFFRON: It represent GOD's character of purest of pure and can make anything pure that comes into GOD's contact. Saffron also represents the color of fire and sacrifice.

examples:

1. A desi ghee jhot is lit during Akhand Path.

2. Shaheeds (not in physical bodies) are mostly dressed in Saffron and Blue, blue being the large portion.

BLUE: It represent GOD's character of universal and unlimited (RAAB da koi ant NAHI ha, there is no end and there is ONE GOD). Our blue skies represent the ONE and infinity. Nothing can be said for infinity and unexplainable.

examples:

1. Sky and sea are blue.

2. Shaheeds are mostly dressed in Saffron and Blue, blue being the large portion.

These colors can also be described in another way as follows:

WHITE: White being the color of veraag, being seperated from GOD. A person wearing white represents that he/she is seperated from GOD and wants to merge with ONE source GOD for always.

SAFFRON: Saffron being the color of sacrifice, represents that the person wearing saffron is willing to sacrifice himself in order to be on GOD's path.

BLUE: Blue being the universal color represents that the person wearing blue is available to help and fight for anyone and everyone without taking into account anyone's religion, caste, creed etc.

Bhul chuk de maffi

das

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A guide to colour therapy

by Dr Sarah Brewer

Colour therapy uses the energy of different light waves to balance and heal the body.

Although it is invisible to the naked eye, natural sunlight contains all colours of the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. It bathes us in a sea of colour, which can be seen when the light is split with a prism or atmospheric water to create a rainbow. Colour therapy is a complementary technique in which the energy of different light waves is used to balance and heal.

Just as all living things - including the cells in our bodies - vibrate at their own frequency, so do colours. As a result, colour can affect your emotions and wellbeing. Shades of blue, for example, are restful and can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve sleep and to reduce pain perception. In contrast, exposure to red light tends to have the opposite effect and can cause raised blood pressure and feelings of stress as it triggers the release of adrenaline. Red does have a role to play in colour therapy, however, because magenta is the colour of 'letting go' and may be used in small amounts to help free you from negative emotions.

Just as all living things - including the cells in our bodies - vibrate at their own frequency, so do colours Green is the calming colour of nature and has the ability to reduce anxiety and tension. Hence, if a person is recovering from stress or ill health a natural setting that contains green foliage, the healing process will accelerate.

How colour therapists work

The therapist will pinpoint imbalances in the energy vibrations of your cells and then use colour vibrations to correct those imbalances and restore wellness. Most therapists use a colour together with its complement (the hue that is opposite and balancing in its qualities and effects). He or she may ask you to pick three cards from a selection of eight and the colours you choose will reveal your current emotional and physical state. These colours may then be used along with their complementary shades to help balance your vibrational health. To assist the process, a special device may be used to beam coloured light on to the body.

In addition, the therapist may also encourage you to visualise certain colours, channel colour to you through his or her hands and advise you on which colours to wear - such as putting a base layer of white clothing underneath colours to filter out unwanted colour vibrations - which coloured foods you should eat and sometimes even which coloured drinks you should choose.

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Using colour

Certain colours do very specific things, so listen to your intuition, which will often let you 'see' the colours needed to heal your vibrational imbalances.

Use orange to stimulate emotional, physical and sexual energy as well as lift your spirits.

Use yellow to promote clear thinking, self-control, optimism, inner strength and to resolve unaddressed emotions and feelings

Use green for freshness, regeneration and growth.

Use blue to lower high blood pressure, calm over-excitement and to promote restorative sleep.

Use turquoise to increase your emotional resistance, boost immunity and to protect you from the influences and demands of others.

Use indigo to calm anger, lower stress-related high blood pressure and to help you overcome addictions.

Use violet to calm anxiety.

Relax and visualise a healing colour at times of stress – imagine being totally immersed in that colour and breathing it into your body.

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Color Psychology

Do different colors affect your mood?

by David Johnson

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Like death and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous. Yet what does it all mean? Why are people more relaxed in green rooms? Why do weightlifters do their best in blue gyms?

Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. And even in Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years. But today in the U.S., researchers have generally found the following to be accurate.

Black

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.

White

Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colors. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.

Red

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.

The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

Blue

The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.

Green

Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.

Yellow

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.

Purple

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.

Brown

Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.

Colors of the Flag

In the U.S. flag, white stands for purity and innocence. Red represents valor and hardiness, while blue signifies justice, perseverance, and vigilance. The stars represent the heavens and all the good that people strive for, while the stripes emulate the sun's rays.

Food for Thought

While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite.

Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.

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The Effects of Colour

The colour wheel

Red A warm colour is the colour of energy, excitement and vitality. It is also a good grounding colour. Red is a powerful healing agent for healing diseases of the blood and circulation. It will also help with depression but it can raise blood pressure or anxiety.

Red, used in a large space, can be welcoming, energising and invigorating, but it can radiate aggression. Red, in a small space, can be cozy, intimate, or claustrophobic.

Orange Orange is a warm colour, a social and exuberant colour and represents ripeness, warmth and happiness. If used extensively, orange can be a very forceful colour, but is also a good grounding colour. It is used to increase immunity, help in all digestive ailments and will have a gentle warming effect if used lightly.

Orange promotes feelings of excitement, can make you feel vibrant, improves appetite, and enhances social interaction

Yellow Yellow is a warm colour and the colour of intellect and it is used for mental stimulation, it will help you think quicker. It is also the colour of clarity and insight . It is he first colour seen by newborns and

couples fight more and babies cry more in lemon-coloured rooms

It is the brightest of all colours and has the greatest illuminating power. It is warm and cheerful and stimulates activity, communication, circulation and appetite. However it is not a good colour for nervy people or people easily agitated.

Green Green Is the colour of harmony and balance. It is good for tired nerves and it helps with the heart area. It will balance the emotions and bring about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing colour.

Green is a restful colour so will aid sleep, it also represents nature, and therefore promotes balance, harmony, peace, hope and stability.

Blue Is the colour of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind. Blue is good for cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting. Blue will help feverish conditions, it will help stop bleeding and it will help with nervous irritations. Researchers found that children tested higher on IQ tests in rooms with blue ceilings

Blue, if diluted to a lighter hue, can reduce stress and relieve tension. Is a colour of peace, tranquility and wisdom and can generate a sense of well-being. Blue gives the impression of space and coolness and represents serenity and loyalty.

Purple Purple is a colour that will connect you with your spiritual self. It is good for mental and nervous problems. It will assist very well with rheumatism and epilepsy. Purple is a calming colour and can comfort and relieve strain.

Purple is associated with noble traits such as love, truth and justice. It is dramatic, sophisticated, sensual and imaginative.

Pink / Mauve / Lavender The colour's of equilibrium. Lavender can help with spiritual healing and is used as a tranquilliser. All can aid sleep. Lavender is the colour of replenishing and rebuilding, whilst pink and mauve are restful and calming. While red may be considered an energizing colour, pink is the most calming. For this reason the California children's probation department found that violent children had fewer outbursts when placed in a pink room.

Being a tint of red, pink also affects us physically, but it soothes, rather than stimulates. (Interestingly, red is the only colour that has an entirely separate name for its tints.

White White is the colour of purity. It will purify the body on the highest levels and will bring peace and comfort. Regarded as restful and clean, but too much will appear stark.

White symbolises light, triumph, innocence and joy and it gives the effect of enlarging a space and creates an atmosphere of coolness.

Silver / Grey Silver is the colour of peace and persistence. It is the major purging colour so it is very good for removing unwanted diseases and troubles from the body. Grey, like white, is regarded as restful and clean, but too much will appear stark.

Pure grey is the only colour that has no direct psychological properties. It is, however, quite suppressive.

Black Black represents an absence of light and colour, but can be a deep and restful contrast. It is sophisticated, elegant, dramatic and formal and gives a feeling of solid strength. It can be powerful, aloof and intimidating.

Whether we are aware of it or not colour plays an important part in all of our lives it affects all our senses, sight, sound, smell, taste and feelings. Seeing colour can change our moods very effectively both on a conscious and an unconscious level, red for danger or white for peace. We even use colour in our ordinary everyday conversations, the sky is black, she's whiter than white or I'm green with envy.

We express our creativity through colour, what colour's we choose says a lot, not only about how we feel but how we would like to feel. Colour is also used in healing as it has such a powerful affect on the body. This means that all colour's can have a positive or negative effect. This effect depends on the individual, the extent of colour use, and the purity or saturation of the hue.

For example a room in which pure hues of contrasting colour's (those opposite each other on the colour wheel) are used is thought to be more stimulating - red and green - so this mix of colour's may be good to use in a nursery, but if you want to use them in the bedroom the colour's can be softened by using hues of that shade, such as pink and light mint.

A combination of colour's from the same "family" (those next to each other on the colour wheel) are thought to invoke tranquillity, so are good for babies or children's bedroom's.

Choose your colour scheme by deciding what the room will actually be used for. Every colour has warm and cool tones and you need to decide if you want a calm or stimulating environment, for example, warm colour's evoke activity and cool colour's evoke a tranquil mood.

The lightness and darkness of colour's can also affect mood, for example, a deep yellow will produce a more intimate effect than pale lemon.

Remember colour's appear to be more intense when set on a white or near-white background. Dark colour's look even darker when placed near light colour's.

Complementary colour's look more intense when used next to each other.

So what does each colour mean:

Red A warm colour is the colour of energy, excitement and vitality. It is also a good grounding colour. Red is a powerful healing agent for healing diseases of the blood and circulation. It will also help with depression but it can raise blood pressure or anxiety.

Red, used in a large space, can be welcoming, energising and invigorating, but it can radiate aggression. Red, in a small space, can be cozy, intimate, or claustrophobic.

Orange Orange is a warm colour, a social and exuberant colour and represents ripeness, warmth and happiness. If used extensively, orange can be a very forceful colour, but is also a good grounding colour. It is used to increase immunity, help in all digestive ailments and will have a gentle warming effect if used lightly.

Orange promotes feelings of excitement, can make you feel vibrant, improves appetite, and enhances social interaction

Yellow Yellow is a warm colour and the colour of intellect and it is used for mental stimulation, it will help you think quicker. It is also the colour of clarity and insight . It is he first colour seen by newborns and

couples fight more and babies cry more in lemon-coloured rooms

It is the brightest of all colours and has the greatest illuminating power. It is warm and cheerful and stimulates activity, communication, circulation and appetite. However it is not a good colour for nervy people or people easily agitated.

Green Green Is the colour of harmony and balance. It is good for tired nerves and it helps with the heart area. It will balance the emotions and bring about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing colour.

Green is a restful colour so will aid sleep, it also represents nature, and therefore promotes balance, harmony, peace, hope and stability.

Blue Is the colour of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind. Blue is good for cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting. Blue will help feverish conditions, it will help stop bleeding and it will help with nervous irritations. Researchers found that children tested higher on IQ tests in rooms with blue ceilings

Blue, if diluted to a lighter hue, can reduce stress and relieve tension. Is a colour of peace, tranquility and wisdom and can generate a sense of well-being. Blue gives the impression of space and coolness and represents serenity and loyalty.

Purple Purple is a colour that will connect you with your spiritual self. It is good for mental and nervous problems. It will assist very well with rheumatism and epilepsy. Purple is a calming colour and can comfort and relieve strain.

Purple is associated with noble traits such as love, truth and justice. It is dramatic, sophisticated, sensual and imaginative.

Pink / Mauve / Lavender The colour's of equilibrium. Lavender can help with spiritual healing and is used as a tranquilliser. All can aid sleep. Lavender is the colour of replenishing and rebuilding, whilst pink and mauve are restful and calming. While red may be considered an energizing colour, pink is the most calming. For this reason the California children's probation department found that violent children had fewer outbursts when placed in a pink room.

Being a tint of red, pink also affects us physically, but it soothes, rather than stimulates. (Interestingly, red is the only colour that has an entirely separate name for its tints.

White White is the colour of purity. It will purify the body on the highest levels and will bring peace and comfort. Regarded as restful and clean, but too much will appear stark.

White symbolises light, triumph, innocence and joy and it gives the effect of enlarging a space and creates an atmosphere of coolness.

Silver / Grey Silver is the colour of peace and persistence. It is the major purging colour so it is very good for removing unwanted diseases and troubles from the body. Grey, like white, is regarded as restful and clean, but too much will appear stark.

Pure grey is the only colour that has no direct psychological properties. It is, however, quite suppressive.

Black Black represents an absence of light and colour, but can be a deep and restful contrast. It is sophisticated, elegant, dramatic and formal and gives a feeling of solid strength. It can be powerful, aloof and intimidating.

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Although Guru Ji has indirectly refered to sound therapy (Naad), and obviously raags, and ghars etc, with a direct correlation to mood, I don't think Guru Ji has refered to colour therapy in bani.

Although I think, that white was originally the colour chosen for darmsala's - Ghur ghar built by our Guru sahiban.

Other references to colour in bani are simply representative of the culture of the time i.e. reference to red and brides etc...

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