According to Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in India, daily meditation practice during pregnancy improves birth weight, reduces premature births, and overall medical complications for newborns.
Meditation can also reduce need for surgeries, drugs, and anesthesia during delivery. Research showed that ladies who meditated had cesarean section surgery down by 56 percent and use of epidural anesthesia down by 85 percent.
Meditation makes one reach another world which is so different, calm and soothing than the world we are living in right now. That is when one experiences taste of holy nectar. Sri Guru Granth Sahib describes the taste of this nectar as the one that makes you forget all other tastes. It’s the taste one gets addicted to, and craves for it every time he sits in meditation.
Ram ras piya re, eh ras bisar gaye ras hor – Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 337
According to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, while being in mother’s womb, baby has direct connection with the divinity. He questions God who his real parents are and for what purpose he is being sent on Earth. Like a video, he is shown flashes of his previous births and deaths (84 lac non-human births) and reminded what the real goal of his birth as human is. Seeing this, he gets scared and promises God that he will never forget him and will always work towards improving his spiritual life but the moment he comes out, he loses connection to the divine and gets immersed in Maya (pleasure of material world). Alas! he forgets the lord.
Kat ki maai, baap kat kera, kedu thaon hum aaye. Agan bimb jal bheetar nipje kaahe kam upaye? – Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Gauri cheti, Mehla 1.
Being in mother’s womb is very painful for baby due to fire (heat) of womb.
Mother’s meditation, chanting mantras, listening devotional music, singing hymns throughout the birth of the child can help ease its transition from the ethers to the world.
It is mother’s duty to not let the child forget what he committed to God while in womb. Her role starts the day she conceives. Mother can perform this job only if she herself is aware of religion and holiness.
Shiv Puran emphasizes on importance of Gyan (knowledge), Bhakti (devotion) and Vairagya (dispassion) to lead high quality spiritual life.
You are teaching your baby to meditate from the hour of conception.
Transmitting the beauty of art to the unborn baby stimulates the baby’s soul to attune with her highest spiritual origins.
When the baby hears and feels divinely inspired music, his consciousness and the very atoms, cells and electrons of his body vibrate and band together around the patterns of this music.
After the baby is born, mother should continue to listen to hymns and read scriptures while sitting close to baby. Though baby will not understand them, yet he will be surrounded by positive energy that you create, consequently nurturing his mental growth.
As the child grows, he automatically gets onto spiritual path, making all mother’s efforts and duties successful.
Benefits of meditation for both mother and baby
- You become calm and forgiving.
- As you are able to calm your mind, you tend to tackle all your problems confidently.
- Your attitude becomes positive. You learn to happily accept everything that comes your way.
- Meditation makes you identify and follow right path. When you follow right path, you feel content.
- Regular practice makes one more intuitive.
- You are able to let go and let nature take its course.
- You become more mentally present all the time and are focused.
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