Over the years as I read and research Hindu scriptures I became convinced that the science of personal growth can be applied during the prenatal development of a child. I kept noticing references made to prenatal care (mother and child) and highlights of incidents of education received by the child in the womb. Here are some basic points that I would like to share and that I believe every couple should pay attention to:
The Child in the womb
The child can receive and absorb mental impressions from the mother, father and people around as well as the environment. The ancient Hindus call these samskaras. However it is the mother who is the most influential. These impressions can shape various personality traits – interest, emotion, intuition, talent, mental disposition and character.
The ways a child in the womb gathers particular impressions are many. It can come from the mother’s feelings, experiences and perception of the world around her. I find cases where the child imbibed certain qualities from the stories the mother had told to the child during pregnancy. Study the lives of mothers of great heroes and warriors such as Shivaji Maharaj and Napolean Bonaparte and you will see how true this is.
In current times, there are examples found of young children being exceptionally skilled in playing musical instruments that the mother had enjoyed listening to during pregnancy. In most cases I find that these impressions contribute mainly toward the psychological, but I have also come to believe that they do influence the biological.
Knowledge on specific subjects can also be imparted to the child by a father or a teacher as seen in the stories of Abhimanyu and Prahlada. In Vedic literature, there are cases of children attaining spiritual wisdom and enlightenment through listening to the father giving discourses on high philosophy and meditation. Even today I have come across couples where the father reads to his wife the Bhagavad Gita daily. The mother listens attentively with an awareness that the child is also listening along. We also find that the child is particularly affected by sound. Vedic mantras and classical music have a positive vibrational influence over the child’s development. Listening to these can also be used as relaxation for both the child and mother.
The mother’s state of mind and emotion is probably the important factor here. Her feelings and vibration are directly communicated to the child. Her happiness and satisfaction positively affect the child’s development. She must take care to abandon negative emotions like hate, resentment, fear, worries and any form of self-abuse. Mothers should cultivate positive thoughts of compassion, peace, courage, forgiveness, generosity and truthfulness. Meditation and prayers are immensely beneficial. Spiritual practices create balance and support the mother’s mind and well-being. The spiritual energy also protects and promotes the child’s development. It is also a great idea for mothers to be engaged in creative activities and study of good books.
The mother’s aspiration can work wonders. Her boundless love and strong aspiration for her child’s well-being, wisdom, qualities and goodness moves nature to work and support her intentions. Communication between the mother and child is also important. Mothers can speak words of love and comfort to the child while gently touching the belly.
The father’s support, interest and participation in the activities involving the mother and child are equally significant. His effort to maintain a harmonious and loving relationship with his wife will give her the strength and sense of ease that she needs during pregnancy. It also comforts the child. The father too can communicate with the child in the womb to give assurance of his affection and protection. The father can take the leading role to promote positive emotion in the mother’s environment and display habits that he would like his child to learn. The father can also allocate some time daily together with his wife to participate in a selected activity for the development of the child. It is more enjoyable when the couple participates together.
Rakesh Nair (Yogi Rakesh) is a Vedic life mentor and teacher. A lifelong practitioner of Vedic philosophy and yoga, he trained for many years in the authentic Vedic tradition, following the lineage of Advaita teachers. He holds a Masters in Sanskrit studies, apart from a degree in Computer Science majoring in Software Engineering. He is the founder of yogirakesh.com. He specialises in connecting ancient Vedic knowledge to the needs of modern life. He currently teaches and mentors people through online classes.