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Garbhaadhaan sanskaar:The ritual of conception


 Garbhaadhaan sanskaar:The ritual of conception
In Vedic culture, conception is considered to be a pure, sacred rite to beckon a new soul that possesses supreme qualities and characteristics. Just like a growing tree or a farm requires
fertile land, seeds, manure, water, air and special protection, in the same manner, summoning a healthy soul having fine impressions on it requires preparation on the part of parents even prior to
conception. 
 Garbhaadhaan sanskaar:The ritual of conception
According to Aayurveda, for conception, the minimum age of the man should be 25 years and that of the woman should be 18 years. It is considered even better if the age is even higher
because prior to age 25, a man's semen and prior to age 18, a woman's ova and uterus, are underdeveloped. In this immature state, conception cannot lead to the production of a superior
offspring. By Vedic belief, a couple can willfully (obeying the directions given in the scriptures) acquire a strong, beautiful, intellectual, dignified, dispassionate offspring possessed with good
impressions. For this, it is necessary to follow certain pre-requisites like continence, healthy and pure diet, regular study of scriptures and of self, excellent company, a strict routine, contemplation etc.
Scriptures based on the subject of Aayurveda contain a detailed description of these things. One should have a look at them.

It is said that when, after marriage, Lord Krishna asked his wife Rukmani what she wanted, she replied that she longed for a child like him. Lord Krishna explained that for this, both he and
Rukmani would have to practice continence for 12 years in isolation. They did so. And then was born the child, Pradyumn, who possessed qualities similar to Lord Krishna. Those 12 years had been spent for strengthening of the sexual fluids, development of excellent impressions and other such qualities. This clarifies that the physical as well as the mental condition of parents before conception and during fertilization has a profound effect on the impending soul. Keeping this in mind, saints have assigned several types of methodical directions. Besides the states mentioned above, the actual 10-month duration of pregnancy is also very important as the impressions incorporated in this tenure can
diminish the impressions of several previous births.

For instance, if some grass twigs are kept next to a case of saffron, they too acquire the fragrance of saffron in a few days. On the other hand, if a box of saffron - containing sweets is placed inside a basket of onions for a few days, the sweets acquire the foul odor of onions. The impressions once cast upon the child in womb during pregnancy are very difficult to change later.

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