Pregnancy – A Crucial Time

Pregnancy – A Crucial Time
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If you study the foetus, every foetus has its own characteristics. Even in the mother’s womb their behaviour is different. In the same mother, two different children behave differently. So they have already formed their personality. The personality is born with the first moment of wrong identity of a boundless being with a limited body. When this first moment happens, a kind of personality – maybe a very rudimentary personality – is born. And from there on it is building up into different levels.

If you study the foetus, every foetus has its own characteristics. Even in the mother’s womb their behaviour is different. In the same mother, two different children behave differently. So they have already formed their personality. The personality is born with the first moment of wrong identity of a boundless being with a limited body. When this first moment happens, a kind of personality – maybe a very rudimentary personality – is born. And from there on it is building up into different levels.

Depending upon what type of life you live, to that extent the personality becomes strong. If you have been successful, you have a very strong personality because it becomes dead sure of everything. If you have not been so successful, you have a slightly weak personality because nothing has worked so it is a little confused. Your personality is an acquired trait. You accumulate many impressions right from the time you are in the womb.
Actually this accumulation starts even before that, but we will leave what is not in your experience. From the moment you are in your mother's womb, it is happening.
This is why in India, so much care was taken about what should be around when a woman is pregnant. What type of people she should or should not see, what she should read and not read, what type of smell should get into her; her whole atmosphere was controlled.
These days it is all gone. Pregnant women are walking on the street, going to the office, sitting in the cinema, sitting in the bar – it is a different scene now. Otherwise, once a woman was pregnant, she was taken care of like she was a precious jewel because that is what makes the difference as to what kind of impressions you put into the foetus.
What kind of impressions the woman puts into herself also go into the child that is being born.
Not only that, it is also very important how you keep yourself before the foetus has taken on life, because you want to attract a life which is better than yourself.
So conception itself was taken care of. If two people got married, before any kind of consummation happens, the first thing was they went to the temple and spent time there. Only then were they supposed to consummate and conceive, because they do not want to produce a child who is just like themselves. They want to attract another life which is a little better than them. So on every level, from conception to all aspects, care was taken so that life happens in the best possible way right from day one.

Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and visionary, and a prominent spiritual leader. www.ishafoundation.org
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