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Concept of Rajaswala Paricharya: Tool to Enhance Fertility

Presentation made at SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 2019.
Dr. Roshni KP, Asso. Prof & HOD- Kriyasarira, SJS Ayurveda College, Chennai

Dr. Roshni speaks about the code of conduct that should be followed by a rajaswala stree i.e., during her menstruation period. Menstruation is a natural phenomenon in women’s lives and the female is called rajaswala during that period. It is considered to be the mirror of reproductive health. The charya or code of conduct mentioned for a rajaswala stree is termed as rajaswala charya, which is often most neglected in societal discussions on health. The Rajaswala Paricharya helps a woman to cope up with the psychological and physical changes taking place during the menstruation period. Dr. Roshni explains these paricharyas following which will help the woman maintain an equilibrium of health during the most sensitive period of menstruation and help her respond healthily to the drastic physical and cyclic changes.


Indian Wisdom Traditions on Prenatal Education, Pregnancy and Parenting – Significance for Today

Presentation made at SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 2019.
Dr. N. Kalyani, Founder – Dhyan Baby & KKG Empowerment Kids

Dr. Kalyani discusses the traditional processes that help in the physical, emotional and intellectual growth of a healthy child while it is still in the womb. She describes the Dhyanbaby programme that she has developed and has been practicing for several years as a therapist. To achieve a harmonious society, we need people with high levels of IQ, EQ and SQ. For this, it is better to start inculcating these things when the brain is being formed and when every sense organ is activated in different period of pregnancy in mother’s womb. Dr. N. Kalyani talks about the month-based therapies that are provided in her Dhyanbaby programme and how effective have they been proven as per the reports received by the satisfied and happy parents. She briefly describes about the programme which makes the expectant mother to focus and channelize her thoughts and actions through these therapies.


Citta-parikarma – A Yogasūtra Based Framework for Prenatal Education

Presentation made at SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 2019.

Dr. Jayaraman Mahadevan, Director, Research Department, Krishnamacyara Yoga Mandiram, Chennai

Dr. Jayaraman talks about the term Citta Parikarma as introduced in Vyāsa’s commentary on the Yogasūtra (1.33). Giving birth is a transformation from womanhood to motherhood. This transformation also needs preparation of various kinds. Mental preparation is the foremost preparation that is required. Parikarma means tools for preparing the mind referring to the set of seven methods (suggested by sage Patanjali) which prepare the mind for higher yogic pursuit called Samāpatti (Samādhi) which means becoming/transformation. Dr. Jayaraman discusses how citta-parikarma promises to be a useful contribution from the Yogasūtras which can open up a lot of possibilities of study, research and application in the field of prenatal education.


न्यायनयानुसारं नवजातशिशौ विभिन्नज्ञानानि प्रवृत्तयश्च

(Nyāyanayānusāraṁ navajātaśiśau vibhinnajñānāni pravṛttayaśca)

Presentation made at SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 2019.

Dr. N. Sridhar, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sanskrit and Indian Culture, SCSVMV

Dr. Sridhar explains about the tendencies of a newborn towards knowledge. Just like spiritual knowledge, the vast treasure of Sanskrit also encompasses the knowledge of science and philosophy. In the light of Nyāya philosophy, Dr. N. Sridhar discusses the concept of soul, the later existence and the cognitive process of the newborn.



Role of Antenatal Yoga in Post Natal Life

Presentation made at SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 2019.
Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (Director and Professor Yoga Therapy, Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research [CYTER], Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry)

Yogacharya Dr. Bhavanani gives an insight toward how Yoga plays a most valuable role in the development of the foetus. Yoga is a continuous preparation for the experience of one’s whole life. According to Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, motherhood is the ultimate Yoga Sadhna and the attainment of motherhood is the height of ego-less-ness, which is the goal of all spirituality. To be such a ‘Mother’, one who is consciously aware of the great spiritual nature of pregnancy and childbirth, Yoga becomes the most necessary part of regular discipline. When this is done, healthy and conscious conception is facilitated.


Prenatal Rituals in the Vedas

Presentation made at SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 2019.
Dr. R. Rangan, Visiting Professor, SVYASA Yoga University and Founder President, Shruti Ram Gurukulam and Vidyavati Veda Patashala

Dr. Rangan gives an account of the rituals (or samskaaras) mentioned in the Vedic texts that are said to be performed during pregnancy. Samskaaras are the Vedic rituals and ceremonies which are performed on special occasions like marriage, birth and death, to acculturate the psyche and physique of the being. As per tradition, there are 16 major rituals or samskaaras. Of these samskasras which are performed to prepare the mind, three samskaaras, garbhaadhaanam, pumsvanam and simanta-unnayanam are performed before the birth of the child and jaatakarma is performed immediately after birth. Dr. R. Rangan dwelves in these four samskaaras and their relevance as mentioned in the Vedas.


Felicitation at the Inaugural Ceremony

Address by Prof. S. Ramakrishna Pisipaty (Dean, Department of Sanskrit and Indian Culture, SCSVMV) at the Inaugural Session of SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 11-12, 2019 at Kanchipuram


Felicitation at the Inaugural Ceremony

Address by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra (Director, SAFIC) at the Inaugural Session of SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 11-12, 2019 at Kanchipuram 

In his address, Dr. Mishra reminded the audience that the inspiration for SAFIC’s project on prenatal education comes from the Mother’s words that the education of a human being must begin before the birth. He mentioned that the philosophical and spiritual traditions of India emphasised the significance of conscious or willed conception and conscious pregnancy and prenatal care in creating a conscious human being.


Keynote address at the Inaugural Session, April 11, 2109

Keynote Address by Dr. S. Ramaratnam (Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Jagadguru Kripalu University, Cuttack, Orissa)

At the Inaugural Session of SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Pre-Natal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 11-12, 2019 held at Kanchipuram, Dr. Ramaratnam spoke about the role of rituals and traditional sanskaras in prenatal and postnatal care. He briefly mentioned the various texts in which one can find the description of these rituals. He highlighted the deeper significance of some of the key samskaras, rituals and ceremonies. He also emphasised how the ideas of conscious conception, conscious pregnancy, and conscious parenting are critical to elevate the consciousness and self-confidence of our society and nation.


Presidential Address at the Inaugural Session, April 11, 2109

Address by Prof. VISHNU POTTY V.S. (Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SCSVMV)

At the inaugural session of SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Pre-Natal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 11-12, 2019 at Kanchipuram, Prof. Vishnu Potty V.S. shared some personal insights on why it is relevant for modern youth to explore these subjects such as prenatal and postnatal care for the mother and child from the perspective of Indian traditions.


Spiritual Dimension of Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth: Ayurvedic Perspective

Presentation made at SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 2019.
Dr. P. Ram Manohar, Research Director, Amrita School of Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (University), Kollam, Kerala

Fertility is a commitment of life to propagate itself. To preserve and propagate the experience, the wisdom that has been accumulated through the ages. When we think of fertility, we cannot but think of sexuality. In fact, there are three dimensions to fertility. The physical or sexual, the biological or reproductive and the spiritual or evolutionary. It is as if the three guṇas participate in harmony to fulfill the deeper purpose of nature. The sexual dimension of fertility is the Tamasic component, the pull of pleasure, the power of Māyā that Nature uses as a bait to serve the purpose of reproduction. The biological dimension of fertility is the Rajasic component, that brings forth a new life form by dynamic organisation of matter. Transmitting encoded information accumulated through generations by passing on the genes. But in human life, fertility also fulfills the most important Sattvic dimension of transmitting culture or samskāra, which is the quintessence of spiritual evolution in human life. In this plenary address, Dr. Ram Manohar discussed all these three dimensions from the perspective of Ayurveda.


Role of Prayer, Meditation and Other Spiritual Practices in Pregnancy

Presentation made at SAFIC-SCSVMV National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives, April 2019.
Dr. Tushar Dashora, Pediatrician, Neonatologist & NICU-in-charge, Soni Hospital, JLN Marg, Jaipur

Prayers can be considered as a sort of information exchange between the conscious and the superconscious. Indian spirituality has delved deep into prayer, its forms and its effects both on the microcosm as well as the macrocosm. Western neurological science also proves that prayer and meditation have a demonstrable effect on different areas of the brain. The pregnant mother has two brains – the brain of the mother and the brain of the developing foetus in utero. When the mother meditates or prays it releases neuro-chemicals in form of serotonin and oxytocin which then travel through the placenta to the baby, and when they enter the central nervous system of the developing baby the baby gets a feeling of well-being. In this presentation, Dr. Tushar Dashora discusses the effects of prayer, meditation, different types of sounds on mother-foetus duo, and eventually society and humanity as a whole. He suggests that prayer, meditation and mindfulness have the capacity of exerting ‘epigenetic’ effect on the presumably fixed ‘genetic’ blueprint.


The Evolution of Man-Woman Relationship


At the Sambhuti workshop held at Sri Aurobindo Fo undation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) in April 2018 in a session titled “Man-Woman Relationship” the speaker, Dr. Alok Pandey emphasised several aspects related to the topic.  In this part of his session, Dr. Pandey speaks of feminism as a means to bring the humanity’s attention to the intrinsic inner equality between men and women — an ideal which got lost in time because of excessive focus by the human societies on pursuing only the external lines of development which naturally create divisions based on external differences. He also briefly refers to the place held by women in ancient India, the deeper significance of Hindu marriage traditions, the gradual evolution of man-woman relationship within the context of marriage, and the necessity for an independent path of growth of each partner in the relationship.
To hear the full talk, click HERE.


First Step towards Conscious Parenting

At the Sambhuti workshop held at Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) in April 2018 in a session titled “New Age Parenting” the speaker, Dr. Alok Pandey emphasised several aspects related to the topic. In this part of his session, Dr. Pandey speaks of the necessity to reflect on some fundamental questions, questions that are often not asked even by the most educated individuals – why does one get married? Or, why should one bring a child into this world? Reflecting upon such fundamental questions in a sincere and objective manner helps an adult become more conscious of his or her choices when it comes to entering the householder stage of life. Dr. Pandey also highlights the fact that given the deep significance of parenting on a child’s growth and progress throughout life, this work must be done with a deep awareness and consciously. Only a fully conscious human being can become a conscious parent, so the real work begins by becoming conscious of oneself as an individual, as a human being, as a soul in evolution. 
To hear the full talk, click HERE.