Biologists over the ages have asked the question: does the genetic material of the fertilized egg already contain a full set of building specifications for the organism? The answer to the above question is now believed to be an unequivocal ‘no’. Genes and environment are no longer considered to exert separate influences, and development is viewed not as a gradual elaboration of an architectural plan preconfigured in the genes, but rather as a dynamic inter-dependency of genes and environment characterized by a continuous process of interactions in a place and time-specific dependent manner, and involving short- and long-term information storage. Here the genetic and epigenetic processes, at every step of development, become represented in the evolving structural and functional design of the organism [Ref: Pathik D. Wadhwa behavioral perinatology, University of California, Irvine, Calif., USA]
The cultural practices of keeping the mother in secure, harmonious, plentiful, pleasing and delightful environment were rooted in the subtle understanding of these various influences.
- Pregnancy should be by choice, and not by chance. If the couple is not in a state of mental stability and calmness, even if they are physically fit, they cannot give birth to a healthy child.
- Expectant mothers are to be nurtured in secure, harmonious, plentiful, pleasing and delightful environment for a calm mind set.
- This mental calmness and stability (“Sathwa Guna”) of mind is closely related to ones food habits and many other factors. Abstinence from spicy foods and addictive substances is advised.
- Intentional, directed, selfless, unspoken thoughts influence the foetus and this can be used for developing positive qualities.
- It is possible to give energy for the development of body, mind and soul of the child in the womb by exposure to calm sound vibrations, peaceful tones and good music.