Being a land of many myths and unfounded beliefs, the people of India do have a unique belief system that consists of certain superstitious thoughts. While a number of them can be believed, others simply don’t have any logic at all. Before we start questioning superstitious beliefs, we have to first understand what actually the term ‘superstition’ refers to.
“A ‘superstitious belief’ refers to any belief or practice whose roots lie in supernatural logic instead of modern science philosophy”.
Popular ‘Breaking of the Mirror’ Superstition
Amongst all the prominent superstitious beliefs like the cat crossing our path, hanging a thread with lemon & chilly at your doorstep, and much more, the belief related to the ‘breaking of the mirror’ is the most popular one in India.
Now if we go back a little bit in history, we can find the traces of this popular superstitious belief that is so prevalent in India today.
History of the Belief around the Broken Mirror
The history of the belief of bad luck arriving after breaking a mirror arose in the ancient time when humans first saw their reflection in the water. At the time, the common belief was that the reflections looking back at them were their own soul taking a peek into the real world. Another belief was that mirrors were powerful instruments that displayed not just the soul, but also had the power to tell the future.
When a person broke the mirror on accident, the belief was that the event broke the mirror’s power. This would cause the soul to feel overwhelming emotions, while the powers of the mirror would bring a lot of misfortunes for the person whose reflection is last held.
While many believe this to be true, others simply believe that because mirrors were a novelty back in the day, the ‘break a mirror, and invite seven years of bad luck’ was merely a way to scare people from damaging something as expensive as a mirror.
Vastu Shastra, on the other hand, talks a lot about keeping broken or cracked mirrors in the house. A broken or cracked mirror should be immediately discarded as it propagates negative energy in the house. Also, Vastu Shastra says that if a mirror broke suddenly, it was a warning of a big misfortune headed your way but escaped at the last moment. Another great reason for replacing that broken mirror.
While the logic for the 7 years of bad luck has no science behind it and is thus, effectively a superstition, keeping a broken mirror in the house is not a wise decision according to Vastu Shastra. For more insight on the topic of misfortunes and mirrors, you can get in touch with the best vastu consultant in Gurgaon, Pandit Pawan Kaushik. With 25+ years of experience and more than 10,000 happy faces, Pandit Pawan Kaushik has helped celebrities and industrialists with their lives. Book your appointment for a horoscope reading with Pandit Pawan Kaushik Today.