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Welcome Address by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Sampadananda Mishra

Topic: Welcome Address

So far only the physical aspect of childbirth has been taken care of. The gynecologists have extensively talked about only the dos and don’ts of the physical aspect but have been completely unaware of the psychological aspect and the spiritual aspect of the process of child making. Introducing The Mother and Sri Aurobindo Dr. Sampadananda Mishra explained what maternity is and what roles a Mother has to play in the making of humanity. It is the conscious formation of the child and not child that happens by accidents. In the Vedic times, it was conceived that the father is the conceiver of the idea and the female is the formateur. It is the santaan, the extension of its own self. So it would be the extension of its own consciousness and its own psychological make. Hence when making a child the consciousness and psychological make of the parents have to taken into consideration to have a healthy child with healthy psychology resulting in healthy humanity.

Address by Prof Subash Chandra Parija

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Subhash Chandra Parija

Topic: Emphasis on the importance of creating a conscious humanity

Being a medical practitioner Mr. Subhash Chandra Parija stressed that in the medical aspect the psychological and spiritual aspect of the child formation has been neglected. And how in the medical practice only the focus is on the disease, disease process, and health status. He also stressed that in medical practices there should be a special place for human values which would provide empathy, care, help, and affection to the expecting mother instead of medicines and advices. According to him, spirituality is practicing good human values. Quoting the examples of Abhimanyu from the Mahabharat and Ustad Zakir Hussain he said how the internal and external environment of the expecting the mother can be utilized to bring about healthy humanity.

Keynote Speech – Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Ananda Balyogi Bhavnani

Topic: creating a conscious humanity in yogic way

In his talk on creating a conscious humanity the yogic way Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavnani spoke about the human beings being a ‘nimitta’ vehicles or instruments of bringing a child to this world. And in this process how yoga can help us become a sound instrument both biologically and psychologically to provide a conducive environment for the aspiring soul to be born. This includes proper attitude to be adopted by both the expecting mother and the father and exercises to be done during pregnancy, pre-pregnancy and post pregnancy period. He mentions about bringing all the systems of yoga together to help the would be mother to deliver a baby in good conditions not only biologically but also emotionally and psychologically. He discussed the role of yogic diet and the impact it has on the body, thoughts and feelings. Proper relaxation, its role and its need in today’s society how it can help the relationships to survive. In great details he mentioned some of the asanas beneficial for uterus and child bearing. Also, gravity, the role it plays in reducing the stress level during delivery, the posture involved in delivering a child and other factors like apana vayu and heart rate. One very important factor was labor pain. It is a common practice among women to talk about the fears of child bearing, the complications involved and post-natal complications. He explains that fear creates more pain but with proper attitude both can be avoided. In post-natal period women go through hormonal, psychological and physical changes and that in turn bitters the relation of mom and child. To save that bitterness he mentioned the practices that help regain healthy pelvic floor and the normal health conditions. He also elaborated upon the experiments being conducted with the chanting of mantra on the pregnant mother and its positive results on the child as well as on the mom.

Keynote Speech – Dr. Tushar Dashora

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Tushar Dashora

Topic: Abortion-karmic and dharmic perspective

He spoke about the karmic effects abortion has on an individual and the people who support abortion. When the foetus is killed because of ill-intention then bad karma is created. And eventually manifests in the form of impotence or being differently-abled or other such factors. He says to kill the baby inside the womb is Brahma hatya hence it is against the dharma.

Keynote Speech – Dr. P. Ram Manohar

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Ram Manohar

Topic: Garbhashariram – Creating Nurturing Life consciously in the view of Ayurveda

It deals with the deeper expressions of life. The human aspirations not just the anatomy physiology of the growing being. It is not mere the formation of the body but the formation of the residing place of the spirit. Training in Ayurveda begins from the witnessing of birth, the coming of the manifestation of the spirit hence be a part of creation that in turn gives joy and compassion. The three elements bhasma, sandal and kumkum represents sat, tamas and rajas respectively which means the expansion of consciousness hence the marriage means union and expansion of consciousness on physical level.

Introduction by Dr. Julie Gerland

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Julie Gerland

Topic: The Sacred Marriage of Spirit and Matter

We as human beings, our mission is to birth the soul in matter and give rise to a golden age. She quotes her own experiences and explains how cells respond to our belief system and are conscious beings. Our cells are constantly imbibing all that we think, feel and believe. They are as conscious as any individual. In her meditation she experienced talking to her lump of unhappy cells and eventually learnt to make peace with them. This she says is an important factor in healing oneself uptil the last cell in our bodies and harmonizing our entire system and letting the unconditional love within us come forward. This can especially be taken up by aspiring parents to make their cells conscious and consciously form the new being in them involving the happy cells and participating in a happy creation.

Keynote Speech – Dr. Julie Gerland

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Julie Gerland

Topic: The Sacred Marriage of Spirit and Matter

We as human beings, our mission is to birth the soul in matter and give rise to a golden age. She quotes her own experiences and explains how cells respond to our belief system and are conscious beings. Our cells are constantly imbibing all that we think, feel and believe. They are as conscious as any individual. In her meditation she experienced talking to her lump of unhappy cells and eventually learnt to make peace with them. This she says is an important factor in healing oneself uptil the last cell in our bodies and harmonizing our entire system and letting the unconditional love within us come forward. This can especially be taken up by aspiring parents to make their cells conscious and consciously form the new being in them involving the happy cells and participating in a happy creation.

Paper Presentation – Dr. Geeta Auropremi

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr.Geeta Auropremi

Topic: Ayurveda and Conscious Creation of a Being.

While explaining the importance of garbha-samskara for conscious humanity she tried to link garbha-samskara with integral yoga. With the use ayurvedic procedures and mantra how the body and mind can be purified and this can lead to a healthy pregnancy. She has quoted the ways from Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Ashtangahridaya. She has conducted experiments with yoga and music therapy which she says has given marvelous results.

Paper Presentation – Dr. Gurvinder Ahluwalia

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Gurvinder Alhuwalia

Topic: The Role of Spiritual Practices by Expecting Mothers in Creating Awakened Civilization.

She talks about spiritual intelligence and explains that it is not about rituals that we perform day to day but it is about connecting to our own higher self. That leads us to our own true existence from our material existence where we are now. It focuses on personal growth, moral and emotional development and interpersonal development. Through Karma, Gyana and Dhyana yoga one can enhance ones level of consciousness and expand one’s horizons and same way help bring up a conscious child.

Paper Presentation – Dr. Manjubala Dash

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Manjubala Dash

Topic: Exploration of Spiritual Health and its Impact on the Unborn Foetus.

Spirituality is in us. We need to become conscious. As Indians we have been chanting mantras almost every day and that if we do the same consciously, she says can have a positive impact on our lives. Laying the emphasis on acting consciously and not mechanically she says mantra chants can be used to purify the mind of anxiety and bad thoughts which actually affects the functioning of the body. This purification can help reduce the crime rate in the society, if parents birth their child with purified consciousness instead of lower consciousness. Further she says anxiety affects the hormones and these in turn affect the rest of the functioning of the body hence the aspiring mothers should be taught the importance of being calm and its impact on their own bodies and the child they are going to form.

Paper Presentation – Dr. Nivedita Mondal

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Nivedita Mondal

Topic: A Journey into a Child’s World- The Path of Medicine Lit by the Glow of The Mother

To avoid the discord between the parent and the child a need is to be felt by the parents to understand the mind of the child. It is to be understood that their child is a growing individual and has a psychology of its own. Quoting The Mother she says that the parents’ own bad behavior has a very bad impact on their child. She also says that its important for parents to understand a bit of child psychology and practice introspection as it has been found that one’s own bad childhood impressions has a bitter impact on one’s child. Parents are not to forget that they are the role model for their own children and they must have control over themselves first before controlling their child.

Paper Presentation – Dr. Nutan Pandit

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr.Nutan Pandit

Topic: Bach Flower Remedies: Harmonizing Body Mind and Soul

She spoke about the flower remedies devised by the allopath doctor Edward Bach. These medicines are a product of his intuition and his deep love for nature. To this she adds that the peace of mind and harmony with the soul are the greatest recovering aid and one should not let the mental conflicts interfere with the body’s inner power to heal and one must follow one’s inner conditions. Because conflicting states of mind eventually lead to ill health. These medicines work on the pranic or the chi level, the vibratory mode of the origin of discord in the body and does not interfere with other disciplines of medicines.

Paper Presentation – Dr. Shashidhara Gangaiah

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Shashidhara Gangaiah

Topic: Living in the Present as a Scientific Way in Creating Conscious Beings

He talks in detail about the ever-present to create true maternity. He mentioned about the foundations we need to be able to live in the ever present; such as relative existence, truth of present life, realization of ever present, everybody’s unique design, inner satisfaction. We need to keep our minds occupied with present affairs and not on the misery. Eventually he said we need to practice eco spirituality, to live in harmony with the environment and ourselves.

Paper Presentation – Dr. Usha Rani

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Usha Rani

Topic: Development of Matru Shishu Yoga for Mother-Infant Dyads

when the Mother has a Mental Illness She explains the ways of bonding that can be practiced by mothers who are mentally ill and tend to lose the awareness of themselves and their surroundings. Some of these practices are skin to skin touch, eye to contact and talking to the child. Maternity disorders are of different types and based on that the treatment is suggested.

Paper Presentation – Monica Gulati

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Monica Gulati

Topic: Looking at the Light in Disguise of Darkness

She explains from her own experience about living a new life after overcoming her own pain. She says science in itself is not enough to cure a human being of his maladies. One needs to go deep into the patients’ thoughts and emotions as well. One needs to explore the dark parts in us which need to be attended and which we are unaware of in our day to day life.

Paper Presentation – Ms. Divvya Nirula

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Divya Nirula

Topic: Seven Questions Guiding Us Towards the Sustainability of the Self and Human Relationships.

One needs to use the language of the heart to be better connected to each other. Through a series of activities, she led the participants to experience the oneness among each other. Through that, she explained the meaning of vasudhaiva kutumbakam, the world as one family.

Paper Presentation – Rubai Saha

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Rubai Saha

Topic: True Maternity from a Spiritual Perspective

The land of India has given birth to the great sages and the rishis. In one of the hymns of the Veda the rishi perceived of a deity who called herself as the empress of the universe. And since the world is governed by the empress, it is very natural for the mothers to occupy a very special place in the lives of the people. Quoting from The Mother she mentioned how a woman needs to prepare oneself psychological emotionally, mentally and physically to be able to form a conscious human being inside her. A man she says is equally responsible for the child as is the mother. He too needs to purify himself of all that degrades his consciousness. With the example of the birth swami Vivekananda she explained the importance of purification practiced by the mothers.

Paper Presentation – Rutu Baldha

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Rutu Baldha

Topic: Auro Navjeevan Sanskar Shikasha Kendra: A Revolution Towards Conscious Creation of a Being.

She talks about helping the expecting mother to learn about pregnancy and to help her participate in the development of her child. Various creative activities are conducted which are aimed at training the mind, body and emotions of the mother. These in turn enable an easy bonding between the two. Some of the activities for mental development are solving of sudoku and maths puzzles; activities for emotional development are like conversation with the baby and creating items for the baby such as origami, quilling and others. Mothers are also encouraged to read the stories which enable character building.

Paper Presentation – Saify Saraya

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Saify Saraya

Topic: Health without Medicine

In his talk he focuses on body’s natural ability to heal itself. One needs to understand the signal that the body gives us and not to load it with medicines unnecessarily. For example, fever. It is body’s reaction to throw out something undesirable. At this time it is desired not to take medicines and interfere with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Body is intelligent and not a mere piece of inanimate clay which needs to be moulded, but quite the contrary it needs to be heard and understood. It is the mind that controls the body and hence one needs to strengthen and train the mind in order to have a healthy body.

Paper Presentation – Sheela Govindharaaj

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Sheela Govindharaaj

Topic: Conscious Pregnancy and Celebrating Motherhood.

She shed light on the importance of mother’s environment who is expecting a baby and drew attention towards the impact that her own thoughts, feelings and attitude towards pregnancy, has on the child. She explains how helping a mother grow into a multidimensional human being helps the child to be born with a well balanced personality as well. She also mentioned the practices which help to de- stress herself as it is seen that the external and internal environment both have an impact on the child.

Plenary Session – Dr. Prabhjot Kulkarni

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Prabhjot Kulkarni

Topic: Role of a Teacher as a Yogi in Preparation of Conscious Humanity.

She has focused on the main attitude of the teacher towards the whole process of education. Teacher has a great influence on the child’s personality. Quoting from The Mother and Sri Aurobindo she mentions that nothing can be taught. Further she says that the education goes on throughout the life and is not limited till the degrees. A teacher is more a facilitator than a preacher and should help a child to learn for himself. She suggests that a radical change in the teacher education program is necessary if any significant change has to be effectuated. And further she adds reflective teacher practices are indispensable to bring out efficient teachers.

Plenary Session – Shivakumar

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Shivakumar

Topic: Education for Conscious Development in Early Childhood.

If the education of the child begins before its birth, it enables the blossoming of his own capacities. When the child is helped to grow in its own nature, it can get in touch with its inner being gradually. The growth takes place in three levels, mental, emotional and physical. If the growth is not multidimensional then it leads to lop sided growth of the being. For the growth to be multidimensional it is required to provide the child with an environment in which all his faculties can get nourished.

Keynote Speech – Ms. Paula Murphy

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Paula Murphy

Topic: Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri: A Guide for Mother’s, Father’s and Midwives.

Inspired by Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri she has tried to put into practice what Sri Aurobindo has said about the future of humanity. She talked about the importance of delivering a baby in a spiritually conducive atmosphere than in a hospital, under the knives of doctors and a good dose of medicines. Sharing her experiences of being a midwife, she explained how the labor-period of a pregnant woman can become a pleasant experience.

Keynote Speech – Dr. François Gerland

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Francois Gerland

Topic: A Universal Spiritual Vision on Creating a Conscious Humanity.

Giving the example of the effect of the sundown till the very rocks on earth, he explained the importance of the spirit or some deeper light has on a human being. The light of the spirit has energy. It triggers the intellect and intellect further triggers the emotions in us. Then that emotion puts us into action and action leads to its consequences. He also explained in detail about spiritual galvanoplasty where he says its time that women realize their roles in being the instrument for creating god’s kingdom on earth.

Keynote Speech-Deepa Vaitheeswaran

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Deepa Vaitheeswaram

Topic: Maternity and Spiritual Practice

Quoting from Devi Mahatamya which is an invocation to the universal mother she explained the importance of a woman in shaping the individual and hence the society. She has highlighted the concept of a woman as a shakti, the creative power. She ended her talk by showing a comparison between the Kalari pit and the womb, where the warriors are made. A womb is capable of nurturing a warrior by proper development and capable of changing the course of history. With the example of Ashtavakra and other children she brought to light the difference an atmosphere can make to the personalities of the growing child inside the womb

Plenary Session – Dr. Sampadananda Mishra

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Sampadananda Mishra

Topic: Understanding Man and Woman Relationship: A Necessary Condition for Creating Conscious Humanity

Dr. Mishra elaborated upon the meaning of a relationship and the purpose of marriage. Mentioning about the ancient texts he mentioned about the purpose of marriage as – prajatantum ma vyavacchetsi – do not cut the thread of the progeny. Therefore, according to the texts, keeping up the creation was the purpose of marriage. Further he quoted the two kinds of kamas – dharma viruddha and aviruddha kama- from the Gita. This means that the desires fulfilled for the fulfilment of Dharma should be performed and not the ones that are performed for the satisfaction of one’s own lust. Quoting from the Mother he explained what the three slaveries of a woman are and what according to Her is the true meaning of marriage. Marriage is all about coming together of two souls in common aspiration. Hence the child born from the aspiring parents would contribute to the conscious humanity contrary to the child born from unconscious parents.

Keynote Speech – Dr. Alok Pandey

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

Name: Dr. Alok Pandey

Topic: Conscious Parenting in the Light of India’s Spiritual Tradition.

Through a number of stories from the epics and puranas, he highlighted the importance of a human being as he is than what he does. That is, the state of consciousness one lives in, is more important than what one does outwardly. Sri Krishna says in the Gita that it is the intention behind the work done that matters and not just the outer activity. Bringing our attention to this point he mentioned of the various births in the past where great heroes were born to the mothers who were of lower-caste and were maids. Their outer caste was of no importance when it came to their inner state of consciousness. Hence parenting he says is not about accomplishing the task as per the human rules but in reality, it involves self-growth and expansion and as a result, helping the child grow in his own consciousness. Giving birth and fulfilling duties and being authoritative is not parenting. Every human being has something of divine within himself and one’s life must be spent in pursuit of that. Becoming conscious of oneself first as a human being can only help in growing oneself into conscious parents. Diving deeper into oneself and growing as a human being, he says, is true tradition of Indian spiritual seeking and also the only way of conscious parenting.

Panel Discussion

International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October, 2019

The last session of the conference was a panel discussion with eight nursing students from Mother Theresa Post Graduate and research institute of health science, Government of Puducherry.

The topic of discussion was “Bringing consciousness approach into medical education: Implications for patient care” and was moderated by Pragya Upadhyay.

The discussion highlighted the following:

– Bringing in Empathy by lecturers to make knowledge gaining an engaging process.

– Consciously using different teaching techniques.

– How a small act of compassion which does not cost time or money can bring in a big difference to the patient.

– Promoting Equity vs Equality in education and the medical field.

– Qualities of a teacher and how students can provide feedback to them.

– Communication with the patient where even a gentle touch can bring comfort to the patient.

– Suggestions for clinical teachers to bring in more exposure and hands-on experience for students.

– Challenges in the profession and how spirituality has to be made part of it.

The discussions were based on personal experiences and observations. One such project that they are involved in is based on the observation of hesitation of expectant mothers who came for vaginal tests. They have provided recommendations on how it can be handled emotionally and mentally to make it more comfortable for mothers.


Significance of the Post-natal Ceremonies according to the Gṛhya Texts

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

Presenter: Dr. S. Ramaratnam, Vice Chancellor, Jagadguru Kripalu University, Odisha.

In his paper, Dr. S. Ramaratnam gives a brief account of the important post-natal ceremonies that are described in the Gṛhyasūtra texts, and also describes their significance. The post-natal ceremonies had great significance in early times when the child mortality was very high. Out of the many ceremonies (samskaras) that are performed at various stages of life, there are six major ceremonies that are performed during the post-natal period. These are the Jātakarma, Nāmakaraṇa, Utthāna, Annaprāśana, Upaniṣkramaṇa and Varṣavardhana. These ceremonies are believed to go a long way in ensuring a healthy and long life for the children and contribute to the growth of their intellect and prosperity. Ultimately it will benefit the entire family.


Soumanasyam Garbha Jananam – Healthy Mind and Fertility

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

Presenter: Dr. Anita Patel, Assistant Professor, SJSACH, Chennai.

In Ayurveda, health is defined as equilibrium of Dosa, Agni, Dhatu as well as healthy status of mind. Mind and body are inseparable. Pregnancy requires adequate physical and psychological training to ensure healthy child. In Ayurveda, it can be seen that the mental instability has given very well importance for not getting conceived. Thus, Dr. Anita Patel discusses this relationship between the good health, healthy mind and proper fertility. As per contemporary science, looking at conceiving from psychological view is not only stress reduction but also encompasses the importance of mindset and impact of our thoughts, beliefs and actions that can have on conception. Thus, a healthy mind is considered as the best non-medicinal component of healthy progeny.


षड्भावाज्जायते जीवो प्रकृतिश्च तदाश्रिता

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

Presenter: Dr. Vinoth M, Researcher, Dept. of Indology, French Institute of Pondicherry & Dr. S. Thiagarajan, Teaching Assistant in Sanskrit, Dept. of Sanskrit and Indian Culture, SCSVMV

It is quite evident that a child is born with whatever traits and qualities, are the direct result from his/her parents. These qualities develop in the child right from the time he/she is in the mother’s womb. These are developed into the child from the elements of both the parents and are not capable of undoing. Dr. Vinoth M and Dr. Thiagarajan S write about these characteristics qualities which are of six types and known as ‘Shadbhava’. These are Matrja, Pitrja, Atmaja, satmyajaa, rasajaa, and satvaja. These shadbhavas determine the nature of the child.


Importance of Rajaswala Paricharya in Supraja Janma

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

Presenter: Dr. Mrudula KS, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Prasuti Tantra and Stree Roga, Yenepoya Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital, Mangalore.

Ayurveda has given utmost importance for women’s health. There are particular paricharyas i.e., rules and regulations exclusively mentioned for women during various transitional periods of her life. Rajaswala paricharya is referred to the rules and regulations to be followed during menstruation. Rajaswala is the largest and the most important period in the lifetime of a woman as it is the fertile period necessary for reproduction. The paricharyas prescribed for this phase help a woman to adapt well to the physiological and psychological changes taking place in the body during the menstruation and thus prevent occurrence of diseases. It also helps in conceiving a healthy offspring. Dr. Mrudula KS discusses about the possible clinical significance of rajaswala paricharya as garbhadhana purva samskara. Rajaswala paricharya can be considered effective preconception measures as it fulfils the need of shuddha aartava and shuddha beeja for the attainment of shreyasi praja.


Garbhini Paricharya: Dietics, Regimen and Psychological Care in Pregnancy – Insights from Ayurveda

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

Presenter: Dr. Megha Udai, Asst Professor, Dept of Prasuti Tantra and Stree Roga Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Medical Sciences.

Dr Megha Udai, in her paper, talks about the various ways in which a woman has to be taken care of during her pregnancy. She takes insights from the Ayurveda which mentions these under Garbhini Paricharya. Garbhini Paricharya refers to the complete spectrum of antenatal care including Aahara, Vihara, and Vichara for pregnant women for the benefit of both mother and foetus. She lists various detailed systemic and monthwise regimen for garbhini to prevent various complications and to provide a safe management o the pregnant lady and her growing offspring as explained by various Acharyas. These ahara-viharas are proven to be totally scientific and help in Supraja as natural sources of essential nutrients during pregnancy.


Tapping Traditional Secrets on Sutika Paricharya

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

Presenter: Dr. Kavya S.R., Asst Professor, Dept of Prasooti Tantra and Streeroga, Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Life Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka.

After the delivery of the child, followed by delivery of the placenta, woman is called sutika and this period is said to be the most sensitive and an utmost care has to be given to her. Acharyas have mentioned different time period for a sutika woman during which specific dietics and ode of life has to be followed so that she reverts back to her normal pre-pregnancy state both anatomically and psychologically. According to our ancestors, 40 days if female baby and 41 days if male baby is considered as Sutika period. As people follow different sutika parocharyas, Dr. Kavya S.R. reveals out some traditional secrets relating to sutika which would bring out tremendous changes in a woman, increase her immunity and strengthen her both physically and mentally relieving her from all ailments and make her a strong mother.



Anuvamshiki Siddhanta – The Concept of Inheritance through an Ayurvedic Perspective

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

Dr. Indusree C Suseelan (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Shareera Rachana, Sri Jayendra Saraswasthi Ayurveda College, Chennai)

Here Dr. Suseelan briefly discusses the theory of Anuvamshiki Siddhanta, which is very similar to the concept of inheritance. This theory propounds about the factors such as beeja (seed), beeja-bhaaga (part of seed) and beeja-bhaaga-avayava (portion of part of seed) which influence the occurrence of hereditary diseases such as deformities in growing foetus, infertility, sterility and sexual perversions. These can be avoided by following the regimens mentioned in Ayurvedic classics during ovulation and pregnancy period, which will lead to the formation of healthy offspring.



Understanding Concepts of Shadbhavas – with Special Reference to Suprajanana

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

Dr. Geetha Kumar (Reader, Department of Rachana Shareera, SJSACH, Chennai)

Here Dr. Kumar speaks of pre-conception measures mentioned in Ayurveda which help minimize the risks and help in healthy conception. According to Ayurvedic principles, proper preparation of the parents is an essential prerequisite for a healthy progeny. For meeting this objective, Ayurveda gives importance to six procreative factors (shad-garbhakara-bhaavas) which are: maatrija, pitrija, aatmaja, rasaja, saatmyaja and sattvaja. Preconception counseling can play a vital role not only in achieving the goal of a healthy progeny, but also in preventing congenital and genital disorders.


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, 2019

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, 2019

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.