DRISHTI DOSHAM, KARIMKANNU
Evil eye means a powerful, superstitiously attributed look thought capable of inflicting injury or bad luck on the person at whom it is directed. Effect of evil eye on victims vary – some cultures report afflictions with bad luck; others believe the evil eye may cause disease, wasting or even death. An evil eye can cause us to lose our aura, feel drained and disempowered.
A person is said to posses the evil eye if whatever he or she looks upon is harmed. A person with an evil eye need not necessarily be wicked; usually the effect of the evil eye is unintentional. Such people do not have any distinguishing physical feature to set them apart from the rest.
The idea expressed by the term causes many cultures to pursue proactive measures against it. The concept and its significance very widely among different cultures primarily the Middle east. The idea appears several times in translations of the Old Testament. It was a widely extended belief among many Mediterranean and Asian tribes and cultures.
A simple test to check if you are under an influence of evil eye: Under normal conditions olive oil floats in water, as it is less dense than water .Place one drop of olive oil in a glass of water, typically holy water. If the drop floats, the test concludes there is no evil eye involved. If drop sinks, then it is asserted that the evil eye is cast indeed. An alternative form of the test is to place two drops of olive oil in to a glass of water. If the drops remain separated, there is no evil eye, but if they merge, there is. This is usually performed by an old lady, who is known for her healing, or a grandparent.
Keralites believed that strange sculptures protected one from evil eye. Ancient Egyptians believed that the “eye of Horus” protected one from the evil eye. In Turkey, the blue amulet is sold everywhere and has become popular in India too. In Islam, god is the only one who can protect against the evil eye; it is tradition among many Muslims that if a complaint is to be made one should say “Mashallah” (“God has willed it”). The Japanese golden cat, waving her arm is believed to bring good fortune. Cats are also said to have the ability to frighten away evil spirits.
Good looking children, young boys and girls, brides and grooms, are considered most susceptible to the eye. Small children are generally made to wear special protective charms and lockets. Eye liner is applied to their eyes and a small black dot to their chin or forehead.
Waving salt or salt water over the head of the affected person and throwing it in fire or water is one of the common ways of removing the effects of the evil eye. Waving whole chilly over the person and throwing it in fire is another way.
Garlic and Rudraksha beads are very effective to prevent evil eye.
Nazar utarana of a more elaborate kind is performed by astrologers or professionals who do it with who do it with the help of secret and mystic rites.
Wear a black thread on your body and change it every 40 days and if you feel the intensity is very high keep or wear Onyx stone, it is a stone which protects and nullifies the effect of evil eye.