Vibhuti is also known as BhasmaVibhuti is also known by other names like Bhasma and Holy ash. The Sanskrit meaning for the word Vibhuti means glory and it gives spiritual power to those who apply. Vibhuti is also said to protect the people from ill health and evil forces and instead attract the higher forces of nature. The Vibhuti is also said to have high healing power and hence it is used in the field of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Tibetian medicines. There is a wrong theory which prevails about the origin of Vibhuti. This is not true. Vibhuti is got from burning cow dung along with milk, ghee, honey, etc. It is a fundamental vow in the worship of Lord Siva, representing His burning away of our ignorance to ashes. The Vibhuti or the holy ash is the belief of destroying and burning of our sins and then with humbleness remember the Lord. Vibhuti also means the fine power of authority lying behind the fact of creation.
Vibhuti Also Means Raksha for it Protects From all Fears and Evils-From vibhooti or bhasma, anything can be created by a tantric or aghora, because the potential of creation lies within it, and he has penetrated the law and controlled the elements. The literal meaning of Bhasma in Sanskrit is dissoution or disintergration where Bha stands for 'to destory" and sma means "to remember". Thus Bhasma means the transient life we lead. Bhasma also signifies that if we have to unite with God or the Supreme power one will have to first disintegrate and burn our ego to ashes and then constantly keep remembering him. Vibhuti also means raksha for it protects form all fears and evils. This is nothing but burning of our false recognition with the mortal body, and freedom from the limitations of the painfully illusive cycle of birth and death. It indicates the decayed kind of our body which at the end of its cycle is going to be reduced to nothing but ashes.
Vibhuti is Generally Taken With the Right Hand
-The ash or the bashma which is got from offering of oblations into the sacred homa signifies the burning of our ego and egocentric wishes into the fire of knowledge. Thus the ash got from this oblation represents the pure mind which has come after the disintegration of one's ego. Thus when we apply the ash on our forehead we should not fail to understand that we have to remove the false identification associated with our body and become free from the restriction of birth and death.Vibhuti is generally taken with the right hand and applied on the forehead as three horizontal lines where each line denotes various meanings. The first line denotes removal of pride, the second line stands for removal of ignorance and the third stands for removal of bad karma or actions. Apart from the forehead Vibhuthi is applied on other parts of the body like upper arms, chest etc. At times people might also eat a pinch of it.