Does Long Hair Make you a More Spiritual Person?
There have been times where I have wondered… Why is it that most spiritual teachers, guru’s, and mystics have long hair as opposed to short hair? Is it to simply fit a certain style or look that has become associated with mystical teachers? Or is there some type of unseen connection to spirituality and the length of your hair? Something tells me there is a much broader connection between hair and spirituality than we may realize. Let’s take a deeper look and explore the idea behind hair and spirituality.
“I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” Evel Knievel
A Deeper Look at the Spirituality of Hair
Hair is an extension of the nervous system and can be seen as external nerves, feelers, or antennae. When the hair is cut, sending and receiving information to and from the environment around is hampered. It is believed by many ancient cultures adept in spiritual practice that uncut hair can actually raise your energy / Kundalini life force, leading to increased vitality and intuition. In fact, it was Yogi Bhajan that taught us by cutting your hair, you lose vital energy because the body must use that energy to regrow the lost hair. When the hair remains uncut this vital energy stays within you.
Throughout history it is well known that those who were captured and made to work as slaves were forced to cut their hair as a sign that they no longer possessed their freedom. Chopping off the hair was also seen as punishment as it would deprive the individuality of those who were captured creating a uniform look among all of the enslaved.
Have you ever wondered why the military cuts the hair to very short lengths of all their soldiers? They say that it is to protect soldiers in the rare case that they are captured and tortured by means of their hair. But is this really the case? Could it be that shorter hair makes you more susceptible to being controlled. This is something to reflect upon.
“Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” -Yogi Bhajan
The Story of Sampson and Delilah
This tale can be found within the bible, in the book of Judges chapter 16. The story of Sampson and Delilah begins by introducing us to a a man from Nazarite who possessed great strength, far beyond that of any other man. Sampson possessed a profound love for a woman that went by the name of Delilah. As the story unfolds, Delilah is bribed by the chief of the Philistines to find the source of Sampson’s strength. Initially Sampson is reluctant to divulge the source of his supreme strength because of his covenant with God.
Eventually, through many attempts at persuasion, Sampson gives in to Delilah and reveals the source of his strength which comes from the length of his hair. Upon hearing this Delilah orders a servant to cut the hair of Sampson while he is sleeping. Because he no longer has his long hair and his covenant with God is broken, Sampson loses his God given strength and is returned to that of a mere mortal. Captured and broken by this betrayal Sampson calls upon God to give him strength one final time so that he may topple the palace destroying himself and all of those around him.
My Take: Long Hair and Spirituality
The hair on your head and face can also protect you from the environmental conditions around you. Your hair can help to protect you from extreme conditions such as overexposure to the sun, or harsh weather conditions such as wind, rain, or the cold. All in all, the Creator gave us hair for a purpose and it is meant to be grow naturally. We all have the option to cut our hair and style it as we please because that is our free will. I however intend to let my hair grow freely the way the Creator intended. All the best to you and yours.