Let there be Peace in us! Let there be Peace in our environment! The Garbha Upanishad states that, the fetus promises God, that he will not repeat his evil deeds. So the learning process continues.
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Thirty Minor Upanishads , tr. Narayanasvami Aiyar, , at sacred-texts. The body is composed of the five elements ; it exists in the five objects of sense, etc. Why is the body said to be composed of five? Because there are five elements in this body viz.
Then what are the five objects of sense, etc.? The ear exists in sound, the skin in touch, the eye in forms, the tongue in taste, and the nose in odour. Then the mouth exists in speech, the hand in lifting, the feet in walking, the anus in excreting, and the genitals in enjoying. Thus these perform their respective functions. Whence the six supports? There are six kinds of rasas essences or tastes —sweet, sour, saltish, bitter, astringent, and pungent. The body depends upon them while they depend upon the body.
There are six changes of state viz. Then there are seven kinds of sounds, viz. In whomsoever these substances arise and increase, the rasa essence is the cause of the one following and so on as stated below. Being stationed in the heart, it is led. Each by itself is neutral or is powerless.
But in their combination a son is born when the father's seed preponderates. A daughter is born when the mother's seed preponderates. Should both be equal, a eunuch is born. Since females have more of passion, on account of their deriving more pleasure than males from sexual union , a greater number of females are born.
Action corresponds to the mental state of the actor. Hence the child born takes after the thought of the parents. From parents with minds full of anxieties at the time of union are born the blind, the lame, the hunchback, the dwarf, and the limbless. From impregnation during the eclipses of the sun and the moon, children are born with defective limbs.
From a well-conducted intercourse or union , the child being born with the form of the father possesses, his qualities, just as the image in a glass reflects truly the original. Among mankind, five embryos only can be formed at a pregnancy in the womb. A womb with one embryo is common. There are some with two. Those with three are only to be found as rarely as one in a thousand. Where there is a frequent pouring of seminal fluid into the womb , a greater number of limbs is produced in the child.
When the pouring within the womb is only once, then the child becomes dried up or contracted. By pouring within more than once, couples are sometimes born. Then, viz. It cognizes as the one letter. In the ninth month, it is full of all attributes. It then remembers its previous births, finds out what has been done and what has not been done, and discriminates between actions, right and wrong.
Then it thinks thus: Many thousands of wombs have been seen by me, many kinds of food have been tasted by me , and many breasts have been suckled by me. All parts of the world have been my place of birth, as also my burning-ground in the past. I have been often born and have often died. I have been subject to the cycle of rebirths very often. I have had birth and death, again birth and death, and again birth and so on. There is much suffering whilst living in the womb. Delusion and sorrow attend every birth.
In youth are sorrow, grief, dependence on others, ignorance, the non-performance of what is beneficial laziness, and the performance of what is unfavourable. In old age anxiety, disease, fear of death, desires, love of self, passion, anger, and non-independence—all these produce very great suffering.
This birth is the seed of sorrow, and being of the form of sorrow is unbearable. I am sunk in the ocean of sorrow and find no remedy for it. I shall attain wisdom from a guru.
If I get myself freed from the bondage of the womb, I shall perform great penances. I am burnt through actions, good and bad, committed by me alone before for the sake of others, whilst those who enjoyed the fruits thereof have disappeared. Through non-belief unspirituality , I formerly gave up all fear of sin and committed sins. I now reap their fruits. Then this being, who had entered many hundreds of female wombs of beings in the previous births , comes to the mouth of the womb wishing to obtain release.
Coming into contact with the earth, it becomes fierce-eyed and debased. The evil of the eye after it is rubbed with or cleaned by water vanishes; and with it, vanishes memory of birth and death, good and bad actions and their affinities. When they are in their proper state, they produce health: with their disturbance, diseases are generated. It should be known that one becomes capable of knowing through a proper quantity of bile; through having a little more or a little less of it, he comes to know more.
When the bile is changed otherwise , he becomes changed and acts like a mad man. And that bile is agni. And of how many kinds is that agni? It has three seats, the spiritual eye itself being the primary seat, and the eyeballs being the accessory seats.
In this sacrifice , the body is the sacrificial place,. All who are living in this world are the sacrificers. In this body, there are sixteen side-teeth, having each a membrane as its root and fifteen openings. It the body is measured by ninety-six digits. Above the navel, two digits to the left of it, is seated the source of bile. The urine dividing itself into two, spreads to the left below the navel.
Hence the semen and blood are produced from food and drink. Through it, one inspires and expires and moves his limbs. Without it, no limb of the body will be. Then he becomes freed and gets no more body. If not, an ignorant man becomes subject to the cycle of re-births, etc.
Therefore knowing all this, one should be averse to worldly objects. Next:
Garbha Upanishad - English Translation
Garbha Upanishad. English Translation by Saravana. This Upanishad is part of the Krishna Yajur Veda and is told to Sage Pippalada by Brahma when the former asked questions about fetus and its growth. May He protect us all together; may He nourish us all together; May we work conjointly with great energy, May our study be vigorous and effective; May we not mutually dispute or may we not hate any. Let there be Peace in us! Let there be Peace in my environment! Let there be Peace in the forces that act on us!
Garbha Upanishad of Krishna-Yajurveda
Human beings are born with a specific purpose, which they even remind themselves of in the womb. But they lose all sense of it when they get stuck in the cycle of life and death without a guru, writes Yogi Ashwini. Gyan flows from Guru to shishya, there is no book or kriya or mantra that can replace a Guru. It is the Guru-shishya parampara that has bestowed Bharatvarsha with the reservoirs of gyan in the form of Upanishads. Just sitting in the company of Guru can reveal truths so profound and deep that even till date many parts of the Upanishads are yet to be explored by modern scientists. Given at least 4, years ago by Rishi Pippalaada, the Garbha Upanishad details how conception takes place, factors that determine gender and traits of the baby, the environment inside the womb, the stages in development of embryo and what it goes through. It might come as a surprise but in the womb itself, the being starts making promises.