It is important to note that each of the Sanskar is performed with Gayatri
Yagya and the oblations are offered to the sacred fire (agni devta) with
specific mantras. The vibrations of Gayatri Mantra and other mantras
purify the child’s subtle and astral bodies. Inhalation of the vapors of
herbs soothingly condition their brain as well as their body. This is an
excellent pre-schooling training. This procedure for cultivation of ideal
tendencies in the children provides refined characters to the society.
The team of scientists at Brahmvarchas research center – established by
Acharya Sharma at Shantikunj, Haridwar in India – has conducted research
experiments in its yagyopathy, hematology, biochemistry and psychometric
laboratories on the effects of different Sanskaras.
Punsavan (Baby Shower)
Performed during the period of pregnancy, invoking blesssings for
Divine protection for his/her bright future. This sanskar is performed
when the child is in the form of a fetus – three months old in the
mother’s womb, to achieve maximum benefit. However, there is no harm in
performing it after three months. A specific herbal preparation energized
in the sacrificial fire of yagya is given to the mother to reach the
fetus. This special ‘treatment’ performed with chanting of mantras during
a yagya strengthens healthy development of the gross (physical), subtle
(mental) and astral (conscious) body of the child.
The experiments on the Punsavan sanskar have revealed startling results:
the mothers, who were prone to abortion or whose earlier issues were
subjected to metabolic system’s deficiencies or to some genetic disorders
since birth, have delivered healthy babies after this sanskar. It has now
been accepted by the researchers that the charu or purodash (herbal
preparation) processed under the vitally charged vapors of yagya affects
the cellular and molecular (including genetic) systems.
Namkaran (Naming Ceremony)
The ceremony of naming the child – Baptism – A sacrament for imposing
of divinity in newly-bron human child. The naming ceremony of the child.
Generally it is performed on the tenth day after birth, but can be
performed within a month. It is also a sacrament for imposition of
divinity in a newly born child. During this ceremony, the importance and
education is given to parent and other family members that the child
should be given the atmosphere where his/her inherent qualities can be
awakened and undesirable traces of previous birth can be uprooted. The
child should be named in a manner that is meaningful and reflects a noble
Annaprashan (Rice-eating ceremony)
Administering food to the child for the first time – Sowing the seed of
purity in Annamaya-Kosh of the child. Performed at the age of 6 months or
when a child starts eating solid food for the first time. The food is
offered to Yagya Bhagvan first and then given to the child. The education
for eating leftovers of yagya means sacrifice for the animal kingdom and
the poor in our society, as mentioned in Geeta. The aim of this sanskara
is sowing the seeds of purity in Annamaya Kosh of the child and is
performed for healthy growth and strength of the body. It teaches the
importance of piousness of Anna. Scriptures say, “Aahar shudhou
satvashudhihi” meaning if you eat pious food your mind will be pious. Food
is not for the taste but for healthy growth of the mind.
Mundan (Tonsure ceremony)
The tonsure ceremony of children – Eradication of beastly tendencies &
sowing seeds. It is performed at the age between 1 and 3 years regardless
of gender. Nowhere in our scriptures are mentioned the differences between
a girl and a boy. In fact, the Vedas say, “Dash putra sama yasya shilvati
soota”, meaning a moral girl is equivalent of ten boys. It aims at
eradication of beastly tendencies and sowing seeds of cultural
consciousness in the child. It is also performed for harmonious
titillation of the nerves and proper development of the brain. It is said
that birth hair carries undesirable ideas and traits from past birth. So
they need to be removed and new ideas full of eminence should be grown in
its place. Parents are given education that the success of life is in
using our talents, capabilities, and intelligence to benefit the world.
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Vidyarambh (First day of learning)
To initiate development of mind and install intellectual competence in
the child.This sanskar is performed at the age when a child starts initial
schooling- generally between 4-6 years. The Vidhyarambha sanskar is indeed
the righteous initiation of knowledge. It is performed to initiate
development of mind and to instill intellectual competence in a child.
School and College teaching may make a child ‘learned’ and help attain
material prosperity, but true knowledge comes through the arousal and
training of the sentimental core, righteous orientation of thoughts and
appraisal and aspiration of the divine purpose of life. Attainment of
Vidhya meets these objectives in a natural way.
Yagyopaveet (Thread ceremony)
The sacred thread ceremony – Installation of the principles of Indian
culture – taking pledge to lead disciplines, dignified spiritual life. The
most important sanskar for teenagers and youth, regardless of gender. It
indeed gives “new birth” (dwijatva) to a person. The development of
personality coherent with the dignity of human-being begins only after one
adopts certain moral values and disciplines of humanity and enlightens
his/her mind as well as inner self. The Yagyopaveet sanskar is performed
to channelize this development. The initiation of the Gayatri Mantra and
experiments of spiritual elevation is associated with this sanskar.
Acharya Sharma eliminated all misconceptions and illusions associated
with Yagyopaveet and Gayatri. He revived the methods of performing this
sanskar and propagated the universality of Yagyopaveet and Gayatri and
made that knowledge available and attainable for all humans, without any
discrimination of sex, caste, religion, creed, or social status. He also
invoked the discipline of maintaining shikha (hair knot) on head. This
shikha is placed at a point, which is very important for positive impact
of yoga and meditation. It lies at a special junction of many nerves,
which are linked with intellectual processing and memory registration in
the brain and is found to have a controlling effect on harmonious
functioning of the endocrine system.
To invoke patronage of the Divine Power – dedication of the disciple to
his/her Divine Guide.
The Marriage ceremony – Sacred union of two souls – An entry into the
dignified family life.
Vanprastha (Dedicating the retired life to the community
A unique feature of Divine Indian culture – Pledge to devote the
remaining period of life in the service of humanity.
Shraddh (Prayers to the departed soul)
To remember and pay homage to the deceased, departed ancestors for
seeking their blessings.
Antyesthi (Last Rites)
The cremation of mortal remains – Inculcation of belief in the
immortality of soul and transience of physical body.
Birthday celebration – A sacrament to contemplate upon the significance
of the human life and chalking out plans for future developments and
Vivah Diwas (Marriage Anniversary)
Ceremony to celebrate the day of marri
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