A conscious change in the human birthing and parenting can be an important and undeniable way to enable the creation of a conscious humanity.
In the Guiding Light feature we present selected passages from the Mother on the meaning of true maternity, conscious conception, pregnancy and parenting.
The Mother explains that even when the soul has come consciously and has participated in the formation of the physical body, so long as the body is formed in the usual animal way, it will have to struggle and correct all those things which come from this human animality.
Briefly describing the dharma of a householder, this essay highlights the relevance of the Indian view of gradual human development through stages of life.
We speak with Vijayalakshmi C. about her experience in consciously preparing herself for pregnancy and childbirth. She shares with us how her study of the writings of the Mother and our ancient practices of Sanatana Dharma guided her in this journey.
This issue is dedicated to prenatal education. It features some important insights from ancient Indian perspectives. A recent book on historical and cross-cultural perspectives on menstruation is reviewed. Also included are next three parts of the ongoing essay from archives of Sri Aurobindo Circle.
A few insights from the Mother’s works on topics concerning conscious conception and true meaning of maternity are presented in this issue’s Guiding Light section.
The sexual dimension of fertility is the tāmasic component, the pull of pleasure Nature uses for reproduction. The biological dimension is rājasic component that creates a new life form. Fertility also fulfils the sāttvic dimension of transmitting culture or samskāra, enabling spiritual evolution.
Beloo Mehra highlights main contributions of Nithin Sridhar’s book, in two key areas: a) menstruation related discourse in India, and b) connection between culturally grounded understanding of menstruation and a woman’s sense of identity and self-worth.