Skip navigation.
कृण्वन्तो विश्वमार्यम्

THE SIXTEEN SANSKARAS MAKE AN IMPRESSION ON OUR SOULS FOR LIFE HERE AND HEREAFTER

AUM
PAINSTAKINGLY PREPARING PROGENY PROGNOSIS
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
Of the sixteen Sanskars of an Arya male and female, the one considered an important one from the individual and social angle is the VIVAH SANSKAR, also called the Panigrahan Sanskar. In a Vedic wedding, the overriding factor is to have children in wedlock. When the bride and the groom take seven paces in the Ishan direction, they affirm and reaffirm their resolve to have Santan to carry on the mission of the Vedic Dharm forward from one benchmark to another,r making progress .In the eye of the Hindu Law, as affirmed by courts of law from time to time, it is the last and seventh step of the Saptpadi that makes the bride and the groom husband and wife in the eye of law.
Sexual intercourse between the married couple is the basis to beget a baby. In the Vedic concept of begetting a baby, due importance is given to the man and the woman being in a proper frame of mind exuding happiness that is generated by a spiritual atmosphere. The couple may let it be known that they are proceeding to perform the Garbhadhan Sanskar after performing a Havan and singing bhajans in praise of Param Pita Parmatma and, of course praying for physically strong and mentally robust progeny to preserve,protect and defend our Vedic dharm and Sanskriti from present and potential enemies.The devotional music like other forms of music basically touches the chord of sensuality too. Moreover, music brings singers and instrumentalists closer to each other.Thus the couple planning to copulate are close to each other through the medium of music. No wonder, Shakespeare wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on...” You and I may vouch for it from our own experience that Music sublimates Sex and the Garbhadhan done successfully will beget an issue that the humanity will love to have.
Contrary to what has been written heretofore, think of an issue that was the result of a conception that took place after a rape, a Rakshasi Vivah ( Demonish marriage solemnised by using force or giving threat or inducement), or after a vigorous act of sex when the couple was drunk on alcohol or was high on banned drugs and was subdued by baser instincts. If more babies were born in that manner, the nation concerned is bound to drown itself in sorrow as there would be no generator of joy. Sex in a drunken state or in a state of hangover has never been a source of joy because it is not a thing of beauty. “A thing of beauty is a JOY forever” said Keats and I have no reason to disagree with the great Romantic poet.
The couple, after the Havan and allied rituals, transform themselves to an amorous frame of mind and the two have love-chats ,pouring emotionally amorous thoughts into each other through light Sparsh or touch that may titillate them. Sexual arousal is a sine qua non of a good intercourse generating maximum sensual pleasure for a fairly good period of time leading to orgasm. What is the prescribed period of a healthy sexual intercourse leading to Garbhadhan? It is kind of hard to tell as it may vary from couple to couple. Any period upwards of five minutes should be a good guess.
At a question=answer session at an Arya Samaj, a knowledgeable person put a pertinent question, “Will Havan and sex go together?” Why not? That was the counter question. Havan is the soul of a Sanskar and Garbhadhan is a sex-oriented Sanskar to procreate. Thus the Havan and Sex go hand in hand in the Garbhadhan Sanskar. We have Rishi Dayanand’s book on the subject, Sanskar Vidhi, to provide intellectual and practical support to our line of action. One should not abhor Sex as an act contrary to Vedic concept of purity nor consider Havan to be an out-of-this-world Vedic ritual. Once this fallacious mindset is forsaken for good, irrelevant doubts will, ipso facto, be removed.
VEDIC SANSKARS ALL THE WAY
Right from the Garbhadhan Sanskar to the Antim Sanskar or the Daah Sanskar; there are sixteen sanskars listed by Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati. When an individual undergoes these sixteen sanskaras, his soul bears their impression. It is indelible. The impression of Sanskars remains on the soul in this life and in the life hereafter. At this stage, a reader of the present article may like to know what these sixteen Sanskaras are. Let us list them here and now. The sixteen sanskars are:
GARBHADHAN – THE HAVAN, MANTRA – MANAN, CONFLUENCE OF PRAYER AND ACTION FOR CONCEPTION.
PUNSAVAN – ANALYTICAL MEANING OF PROCREATION. IN OTHER WORDS WHAT DOES PROCREATION STAND FOR.
SEEMANTONNYAN - MENTAL GROWTH AND ITS ANALYTICAL MEANING.
JAAT-KARMA – IT IS A CEREMONY FOR THE NEWBORN. MANTRAS SHOULD BE ANALYSED.
NAAMKARANAM – THE NAMING CEREMONY OF THE NEWBORN. Indeed it is the privilege of the parents of the newborn to hold the baby and aso choose an appropriate name
NISHKRAMAN – UNDERSTANDING AND GELING WITH THE OUTER ENVIRONMENT.
ANNAPRASHAN – The newborn is introduced to cereals for the first time.
CHOORAKARMA – TONSURING HAIR CEREMONY.
KARNA VEDH – PIERCING OF THE EAR CEREMONY AND WEARING A GOLD OR SILVER EAR-RING.
UPNAYAN OR INVESTITURE WITH THREE SACRED THREADS JOINED TOGETHER.
VED-AARAMBH – CEREMONIAL COMMENCEMENT OF STUDY OF THE VEDAS.
SAMAVARTTAN – ON GRADUATION FROM THE GURUKULA, THE BRAHMACHARI RETURNS HOME AND CHOOSES THE NEXT COURSE OF ACTION FOR CARRYING ON WITH LIFE OR MAKING A LIVING.
VIVAH OR PANIGRAHAN - THE GROOM AND THE BRIDE ARE RITUALLY UNITED, AFTER THE SAPTPADI OR SEVEN STEPS- AND BECOME HUSBAND AND WIFE.
GRIHASHRAM – THE COUPLE ENTER THE STAGE OF LIFE WHERE THEY EARN A LIVING, PROCREATE AND RUN A HOUSEHOLD. It is on this aashram that the other three aashrams are dependent.
VAANPRASTHA – also called the third stage of Life. The husband and wife continue living together in the same house, under the same roof but gradually they detach themselves from this world. Of course, they may continue serving the society to the best of their ability.
SANYAS – RENUNCIATION OF MUNDANE WORLD AND RELATIONSHIP THEREOF. On entering the Sanyas Ashram, an individual even changes his name so that his life starts anew with total detachment with his achievements and worldly possessions.
ANTYESHTI OR DAAH SANSKAR – BODY OF THE DEAD AND THE DEPARTED IS CONSIGNED TO FLAMES AS PER THE VEDIC INJUNCTION.
Thus from Garbhadhan to Antyeshti, there are sixteen sanskars and their observance indeed paves the way for a better life here and hereafter
IMPACT OF CHANGING TIMES
Change is the law of Nature and that is why we say that the only constant is change. Never mind, if our rituals and Sanskaras too have undergone some changes. Our Vedic Sanskriti has survived the onslaught of Time and ferocious attacks of barbarians from Central Asia because it could Change with the Time. Flexibility gave the Aryas of yore and the Aryas of present age a unique concept of maneuverable mission. Notwithstanding rolling over of international boundaries of Aryavartt many a time by invading hordes, Aryavartt itself survived and the sixteen sanskaras continue to be Veda-based. In some countries where Aryas migrated to and still observe the sixteen sanskars, abridgement, of course, has been resorted to. The fast moving life and the cut-throat competition mandated the purohits to retain the basic essential steps and do away with the non-essentials. Such abridgements did receive the nod of the Aryan social order and mutual bickerings were done away with.
Our Aryan Heritage enjoins on us to continue with the Sanskaras that we have inherited from our ancestors. They keep our Vedic Dharma live and pulsating, the Sanskaras give our succeeding generations a sense of belongingness to a rich and hoary past and motivate us to pass on the Baton of Vedic Sanskaras to the next generation.
UPVANOM 609, Sector 29, Noida – 201303, INDIA. Mobile: 0091-9811173590
Email: upvanom@yahoo.com or sawantgchitranjan@gmail.com