A child’s rearing and development begins from the time it is conceived, rather than once it is born. In fact, all the basics of life are learnt through the pregnant mother. Her joys and suffering, her food and exercise, her thoughts and emotions, everything has an impact on the fetus. That is why since time immemorial they say that a mother during pregnancy must devote her time in spiritual/religious practices.
She should be kept happy and healthy. Before feeding the family, she should be well fed. She should surround herself by all that is positive. She must rest well, and exercise sensibly. Her sadness and sorrow, her pain and misery can affect the growth and development of the fetus. And moreover, the fetus s registering every experience the mother is going through.
All this is not just a part of Indian mythology and garbh sanskar, but even today’s medical research affirms whatever pregnant ladies would be told eras ago. Today, mothers-to-be, visiting their gynecologists are constantly reminded to keep themselves busy and their minds active, free of anything negative. They are encouraged to practice Yoga and Meditation, in order to bring calm and peace to the mind under all circumstances. In fact, educationists encourage those pregnant to read a lot of educative and value-building books, as well as listen to music that has happy and calming tunes. Some mothers-to-be in fact enjoy listening to enacted fairy tales and nursery rhymes in order to refresh their memories. And this also makes them very happy.
According to a famous tale in Indian Mythology, during the historic battle of Kurushetra, Arjuna’s son could courageously take up the challenge of entering the Chakravyu, which was a dangerous spiral plan laid by the enemy camp, because when his mother was pregnant she heard how the entire layout was. However, since she never heard the way of getting out of it, Arjuna’s son was killed on the battlefield. Thus, according to this tale, a child learns and recalls even what is heard while in the womb.
Parenting in India, has always been value based. For every family, the most important education for the child is the sanskars and values. Essentially, sanaskaars mean ‘impressions’. This implies the impressions in the mind that are inculcated because of teachings and experience; and these are fed into the fetal mind and continue to build up throughout life. Thus, the impressions and values are the basis of molding a fetus into a good human being, after which everything follows.
There is a misconception that states that Indian Mythology is religion based. However, this is not true. The entire pantheon of this countries mythology contains interesting tales that are nonetheless exaggerations of reality; but all the same contain practical lessons of life. After all, the human mind enjoys registering all that has an animated story with action and thrill. And this is the essence of each mythological tale. And yet, each story has something special to teach one. There are numerous tales that help those pregnant through their entire term, inducing important values and lessons in parenting. And these tales provide value-based education during the child’s formative years.
An essential part of fetal development is something known as garbh sanskar. This implies impressions created in the womb (literally: womb impressions). To explain this further, according to not only ancient scriptures, but also modern day scientific researches, the fetus in the womb registers everything that the mother goes through – mental, emotional, physical, etc., – it registers everything in the form of impressions that also form the basis of life. The fetus registers what makes the mother happy, and what brings her unhappiness. It is for this reason that various music companies have produced audio discs and cassettes that calm the mind and bring a feeling of harmony.
Thus, a pregnant one should remember that the true education is character building that begins with conception and continues through the entire pregnancy period. Once out of the womb, the life begins for the child where learning is about concrete concepts and experiences. However, it has been proven that the foundation of the human character is laid in the womb, through the pregnancy tenure.
For those looking out for various interesting tales to read during pregnancy, one could read about the role of Manu in Indian Mythology. He is considered to be the first man, who was self-created. He is considered to have penned the code of values for human beings, which is an interesting and educative read for the entire family. Apart from this there are numerous Indian fables. The way they have been written is entertaining and actually create animated pictures in the mind, making one a witness of all that is narrated. Authored Karishma Bajaj. copyright data 2007. Indianchild.com