Garbha sanskar is a Sanskrit term, which literally means ‘education in the womb’. It is traditionally believed that a child’s mental and behavioural development starts as soon as he is conceived. His personality begins to take shape in the womb, and this can be influenced by the mother’s state of mind during pregnancy. This knowledge can be traced back to ancient scriptures and is included in the Vedas.
“There has been recent scientific interest on the subject, and some evidence
suggests that a baby’s brain develops up to 60 per cent while in the womb.”
According to Garbha sanskar, your baby is able to sense and respond to outside influences like music and other sounds as well as your thoughts and feelings. That is why well-meaning elders in the family, talk about the importance of staying positive and relaxed durin g pregnancy.
How does Garbha sanskar work?
To help a mother remain in the best possible frame of mind in the interest of her growing baby, Garbha sanskar suggests a set of practices and way of life.
This includes reading or seeing things that make you happy, communicating with your baby, performing spiritual activities like meditating, Yoga & Pranayam, Healing, Shothing, Music, Healthier Life style.
You may have seen a pregnant mother caressing or talking to her baby bump and perhaps even found it strange. She may well be practising Garbha sanskar.
Can my emotions and thoughts really influence my unborn baby?
It is also becoming more and more apparent that an unborn baby is able to respond to outside influences such as sound, light and movement. Opinions, however, differ on whether you should actively try to stimulate your baby’s development or not and how that would work.
Traditionally, staying happy and doing things that keep you peaceful and fulfilled were believed to influence your unborn baby in a positive way. So if, for example, you watch a funny movie while pregnant, and it makes you happy and cheerful, it is believed that some of that positive emotion passes on to your baby. Such positive experiences are believed to help shape your baby’s earliest impressions in a constructive manner, hopefully making him a well-balanced and happy person.
Whether or not this is scientifically true, it will definitely be a step towards a happier and fulfilled you. You will have already created a beautiful bond with your unborn baby, as well as a wonderful environment for your baby to be born in.