Ayurveda, the Divine Science
This article is one in a remarkable series on Ayurveda by Prof. K. K.
Bhaumik, Chairman of Coordinating Council of Association of Astrology &
Allied Sciences. A renowned figure on astro-occult sciences, he is an
internationally acclaimed authority in this field. Since time immemorial, man
has shown an overwhelming preference for sons over daughters. This preference
has traditionally been very overt in India. The progress of science and
society, establishment of gender equality, women's liberation and spread of
education in India notwithstanding, the preference for sons has continued
unabated in every strata of society. Ayurveda holds some answers.
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Today, the preference for sons has become almost an obsession for the average
Indian. So deep is the obsession that many parents in India do not even
hesitate to go for infanticide of a female foetus. The Government has been
forced to bring in legislations banning prenatal sex determination of the
foetus in the wake of growing cases of infanticide of the female foetus. In
some Indian societies, a girl child is still treated as a burden and thus
treated with utter neglect.
Desire For Sons
One of the strongest desires of the Indian male is that after him there should
be someone who would carry his and his ancestors' name forward and offer
libations of water (tarpan) to their spirits. And that can only be a
son. In order to obtain a son, Indians observe all kinds of fasts, give
donations to Brahmins and saints, go on pilgrimages, and make vows to Gods and
Goddesses. Behind all this is the customary social belief among the Hindus
that, if the son lights the pyre of the father, then only may his spirit rest
in peace and attain salvation, permitting his genealogical tree to bear fruit.
The desire for sons and preference for male over female children in India has
been long predominant, irrespective of caste, creed, economic status and
education. Yearning for male children in India is as old as the civilisation
itself. In Satyuga, the mighty king Dashrath performed a yajna
for obtaining a son, which resulted in the birth of Rama, Lakshamana, Bharat
and Shatrughana. In the medieval ages, the Mughal emperor Akbar offered a
fervent prayer at the Dargah of Mohammad Chishti at Ajmer-sharif and offered Chaddar
there, praying for a male child. Prince Saleem-Badshah Jahangeer was believed
to have been born following the prayer.
If we look at this from the astrological angle, there are specific and
definite yogas for the birth of children, which depend on the prarabdh
(that portion of the accumulated Karma allotted for this birth ) and the
planetary configuration at the time of the native's birth in this lifetime.
That is why some couples remain childless. If there are children, they are
short-lived. Some couples have only sons, while some others have only
daughters and they long for a son throughout their lives.
Today, modern science enables people to have children according to their
preferences. But where was genetics thousands of years ago? Yet people in
ancient India could have sons or daughters according to their needs and
According to ancient Indian Ayurveda, sexual activities undertaken on the
fourth, sixth, eighth, tenth or twelfth day following the first day of the
women's menstrual cycle would help in conceiving a son. For
example, if the menstrual cycle of a woman begins on the seventh day of the
month, the fourth day after the beginning of the menstrual cycle would be the
eleventh day of the month. This is the first auspicious day for a married
couple for cohabitation for conception of a male child.
For conceiving daughters or female children, the cohabitation should ideally
occur on the fifth, ninth and eleventh day following the commencement of the
menstrual cycle. It is to be noted that the seventh day is considered
Karma and Planetary Configurations
Birth of a child is also decided largely on the basis of karmas -- virtuous
deeds, sins or curses, and blessings earned in previous lives; and the
planetary configuration at the time of birth. A clear and detailed description
of this is given in the ancient Indian literature on astrology and other shastras.
Even the determination of sex of the child is described on the basis of Aadhan
Lagna. Nonetheless more research work in this area is needed.
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