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Jan
5
2012
Garbha Sanskar
Author: Gnaana

On the theme of beginnings this week…

Remember the story of Abhimanyu from The Mahabharata?  Arjuna taught him the technique to penetrate the complicated Chakravyuh war formation while he was in Subadhra’s womb (Abhimanyu later used this knowledge during the Kurukshetra).

The proponents of Garbha Sanskar usually point to this mythological story.  Garbha Sanskar literally means “education in the womb,” and is based on the premise that a child’s mental and behavioural develepment starts at conception.  To practice Garbha Sanskar, mothers are told to surround themselves with happy stimuli, meditate, eat nourishing foods and to play music and repeat mantras for the fetus.

It is an ancient practice that is being validated more and more by modern science. 

Read more about Garbha Sanskar here.  India’s Womb Institute offers a range of CDs and DVDs, as does Amazon.

 For an interesting read, check out Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives.

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3 Responses to “Garbha Sanskar”

  1. MomWithaDot Says:

    Completely believe in this concept. Used to chat a lot with my son when I was pregnant with him. Might seem silly talking to your belly, but its so worth it to experience the results, the bonding. Didn’t do that with my lil gal, because we had so much else going on then and I had health issues too. No prizes for guessing who listens to me better, though I bond equally with both of them.

  2. Aruna Says:

    Interesting – thanks for sharing. I always thought it was common sense and intuitive, but what do you know, our ancestors had document a whole practice of educating in the womb!

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