Hinduism is an Indian Dharma or a way of life, widely practiced in South Asia. It has been called the oldest religion in the world. It contains the broad range of philosophies and linked by various recognisable rituals. Garbh Sanskar is one of them. It is an ancient practice that can be traced back to ancient scriptures and included in the Vedas. It is a sort of prenatal education that helps in the physical, mental and spiritual development of an unborn child.
What is the meaning of Garbh Sanskar?
Garbh Sanskar is a Sanskrit term that has been derived from two words. Garbh means the foetus in the womb and Sankar mean education. In simple words it means, educating the foetus in the womb. In Hinduism, it has been believed that “A child’s mental and behavioural development get started as soon as he is conceived. His personality begins to take shape in the womb and this can be influenced by the mother’s state of mind during pregnancy“.
During pregnancy, we can shape up our child’s first impression by doing positive things such as by listening good music, reading good books and with the help of positive thinking. Garbh sanskar is a set of practise that helps in achieving the same goal.
History of Garbh Sanskar
There are various well-known mythological stories has been associated with the performing Garbh Sanskar during pregnancy. Among them, “The story of Abhimanyu” is most popular. It has been believed that Abhimanyu, the son of Arjun learned how to enter the Chakravyuha (strategic arrangement of a worrier to entrap and defeat the enemy), when he was in his mother’s womb. He had heard and remembered the narration and technique by Lord Krishna to Subhadra during her pregnancy. And unfortunately he had not learnt how to escape from the Chakravyuha and that was the reason, he was killed during the war.
The science behind Garbh Sanskar
Physician, biologist and other scientist also agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being that involves a series of changes up to the birth of the child. There is scientific evidence that proves that a baby in the womb can respond to the outside stimulus and has the ability to listen.
Early experiences prenatally during birth and in the first year of life have a lifelong effect on health and happiness of the child. These experiences can affect the child in both positive and negative ways. Scientific research shows that babies can experience their parent’s intention and communication; even they do not understand the words. If a mother has a higher level of stress, fear or anxiety during pregnancy, it can cause a negative pressure on baby’s nervous system and negatively affect his sleep, communication, eating even motor and cognitive development.
That’s why it is very crucial that a pregnant mother should have a positive mindset and good mood during pregnancy and Garbh sanskar is the process that helps in achieving the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and social development within the mother and unborn child.
How is the Garbh Sanskar performed?
There are many ways of educating an unborn child and facilitate the proper growth and development in a foetus. Some of the popular ways are mentioned below.
Talk to your child
You can talk to your child and make a positive communication when he or she is in the womb.
It is always advisable for pregnant women to think positive and avoid excessive worrying and negative thoughts. Negative thoughts may cause a toll on the physical, mental and emotional state of pregnant women. Always think positive and try to retain a happy atmosphere around you, is useful for the health and personality development of an unborn child.
Reading good books
Reading good books that have a positive feeling and inspiring thoughts also helps in the spiritual development of the child.
Listening good music
Listening music not only soothes the mother, it is good for baby as well. It helps in removing the fear, anxiety and other negative feelings during pregnancy.
Yoga has various great advantages during pregnancy. It minimises the discomfort and complications faced during pregnancy. It improves the circulation of blood, which really helps in dealing with different functional changes occurring in the body.
Benefits of Garbh Sanskar
Garbh Vidhya or Garbh Sanskar is not only helping in educating the unborn child, it has a great impact on the health of the mother as well. The positive thinking and attitude promotes the physical well-being of an expectant mother and forms a strong mother-child relationship. By practising Garbh sanskar,
- · Baby will have better sleeping and breastfeeding habits
- · They are more alert and confident
- · More active at birth
- · They bond with parents better
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