Recently, my friend Anmol Mehta posted the article, How to Make a Baby the Right Way- With Illustrations! on his blog. He talked about his own experiences in having children using the Vedic mantrAs (See sanskrit transliteration scheme). Check it out! It is a very informative article written in a humorous tone.
That made me think, if there are any additional techniques that could help ensure the results the way a couple want. We are different people with different attitudes towards life. Therefore, different techniques are given in the SAstrAs (means “scientific documents” in sanskrit). I have been studying and contemplating on siddhar tirumUlar‘s tirumandiram for a while, off and on. The verses are difficult to understand in a simple read, since they have many layers to them. Naturally, with this question, I turned to it for guidance.
Every yOga practitioner knows that prAnAyAma (or breath control or life-force control via breath) improves one’s physical, mental and spiritual health and propels one towards enlightenment. How can this spiritual discipline help the society? Siddhar tirumUlar revealed techniques to have healthy and extraordinary progeny through the proper use of prAnAyAma, before, during and after sexual union, so that the society is populated with extraordinary individuals.
I refer to and quote from a translation of tirumandiram by Dr. D. Natarajan and M. Govindan, in the following discussion.
Determining the Sex of the Baby
Siddhar tirumUlar says the following in Tantra Two—agastyam, Chapter 14, in verse 478,
Gender Determined at Union
The masculine flow dominates, the infant is male born,
The feminine dominates, the infant is female born.
Using present day scientific notation we can interpret the above verse as follows: A man’s sperm is of two types, some containing ‘X’ chromosomes, and some containing ‘Y’ chromosomes, and a Woman’s ova always contain ‘X’ chromosomes. Therefore, a man determines the sex of the baby. Siddhar tirumUlar says that if a sperm with dominance of ‘Y’ chromosomes (the masculine flow) enters the ovum, then a male child will be born and if a sperm with a dominance of ‘X’ chromosomes (the feminine flow) enters the ovum, the a female child will be born.
He, then, says the following in Tantra Two—agastyam, Chapter 14, in verse 482,
Breathing at Union Determines Gender
If breath flows leading on nostril right,
The infant born will a male be;
If on the nostril left,
A female will be born.
This verse suggests that if, in the male partner, the prAna or life-force force is through the right nostril (or pingaLa nADi on the right side of the central channel), then a male child will be born. If the prAna flows in the left nostril (or ida nADi on the left side of the central channel), then a female child will be born.
Now, putting together these two verses we can conclude that man’s breathing pattern determines the sex of the baby. Breathing pattern (which nostril is dominant) determines the winning sperm—whether sperm with ‘X’ chromosomes dominates or that with ‘Y’. The winning sperm fertilizes the ovum to become male or female child.
Determining the Life-Span of the Baby
Siddhar tirumUlar sings the following in Tantra Two—agastyam, Chapter 14, in verse 479,
If after emission,
The male’s breath five finger-length extends,
The infant born lives a hundred years;
When breath to four finger measure stretches,
To age eighty the infant lives;
The Yogi who knows the science of breath control
If in sex act He indulges,
He, the vital flow, according regulates.
This verse talks about the duration of inhalation and exhalation by man, after emission and how it affects the life-span of the new born. If the man’s inhalation (or exhalation) take 5 seconds, then the new born will live to be 100 years (this is also a blessing given in Hindu tradition, “To live for 100 years.”). If the man’s breath takes 4 seconds, then the baby born will live to be only 80 years of age. So, a yOgi who perfected prAnAyAma can regulate the prAna to have a progeny that he wants.
How a Handsome Baby is Born
In Tantra Two—agastyam, Chapter 14, in verse 483, he further talks about a way to obtain a exceedingly handsome baby.
If in Male and Female breath runs
In measure equable,
The infant born will exceeding handsome be;
When in both breath rhythm falters,
No conception will there be.
In this verse, we should interpret “exceeding handsome” as, “extraordinary in physical and mental abilities.” Siddar says that if breath rhythm (duration of inhalation and exhalation) in both man and woman is near equal, then extraordinary children are born. However, “if the breath rhythm falters,” meaning “prAna is not circulating well” then there will be no conception.
Siddhar tirumUlar further discusses how the baby is taken care of in the womb, reasons for birth defects and diseases, but they will be discussed in a later article.
From these verses we can gather the following conclusions:
- Destiny is what we make of it. If you want particular type of children it is up to you to have them. You cannot shape their spiritual self (it is up to them to do that after they are born), but you can create a prefect physical vessel into which they can incarnate, grow and move towards their spiritual goals. As parents, this is the least we could do for our children.
- Breath control or prAnAyAma has more benefits than usually known.
- Even if you to practice prAnAyAma and become perfect at it just to conceive a child of your choice, it will also propel you towards your inner self—your enlightenment. So, the practice has multiple benefits.
- My wife and I will be using these techniques when we decide to have our second child. Our first child turned out to be extraordinary as well. 🙂