Indain culture is admired and respected all over the world for its beauty and depth. this features in simple terms, the various aspects of both beauty and depth in this culture. Almost every Indian custom and tradition has either a scientific, logical, historical, social or spiritual significance Understanding this lends meaning to an otherwise machanical following of the customs which are often misunderstood to be mere superstitions that fade away in time.

A Unique feature of indian culture is its selfrejuvenating capacity. Customs that are obsolete are gradually dropped as seen in the instances of human sacrifice as well as animal sacrifice to a large extent, sati, untoubhability etc. This culture tailors itself constantly to take the best of the modern, technological age without losing its roots. It is this adaptability that has enabled India to be reognised as one of the world's oldest living civilisations. The customs and traditions selected for these pages are simple, enduring ones, that have lasted the test of time and are an integral part of many an Indian home even today.

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji laid great emphasis on explaining the symbolism in Hindu Dharma in a manner that was logical, scientific and appealing to modern man, thereby creating a magnificent cultural renaissance.

The books is dedicated to this great master who spent his entire life in raising, the dignity of Indian Culture and philosophy in the eyes of the world.

Why do we light a lamp?

Why do we have a prayer room?

Why do we do namaste?

Why do we prostrate before parents and elders?

Why do we wear marks on the forehead?

Why do we not touch papers, books and people with the feet?

Why do we apply the holy ash?

Why do we offer food to the Lord?

Why do we do pradakshina?

Why wo we regard trees and plants as sacred?

Why do we fast?

Why do we ring the bell in a temple?

Why do we worship the Kalasha?

Why do we worship tulasi?

Why do we consider the lotus as special?

Why do we blow the conch?

Why do we say shaanti thrice?

Why do we offer a coconut?

Why do we chant Om?

Why do we do aarati?