“Rishis, the ancient seers of India, prescribed a set of 16 actions called Samskaras to be undertaken at critical points in the course of human life. Nine of these, including three before physical birth, are to be completed before a child reaches 2 years of age. This period maps completely to the Golden period of 1100 days.”
INSPIRED BY THE WISDOM OF OUR SEERS ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Our seers have expounded and simplified the understanding of Human Development through the concept of Sanskaras. These are milestones that give guidance on the psychology, education and many other paradigms of development during the particular stage.
Rite of passage is an anthropological definition of any important act or event that serves to mark a passage from one stage of life to another. In Bharatheeya Sanskriti, rite of passage or Sanskara is much more than a ritualistic celebration. In fact, the meaning of Sanskara is also education. Sixteen Sanskaras are specified and are collectively called Shodasa Sanskaras and are defining points in human life.
Sanskaras have significances that are emotional, social, economic, familial, ritualistic, emotional, intellectual, psychological, psychosomatic, neurological, educational and cosmic. These are genetic milestones that mark a huge opportunity for change at the subconscious level and opening new channels of life.
Sanskaras in a simple and spiritual way creates an understanding of the cycle of interdependence, dependence and interdependence. In each phase, between the Sanskaras, lies a redefinition of Human and Universal relationships. Performing Sanskaras for others is a Divine responsibility of every Bharatheeya and is taken up with sincerity by the society.
During Infancy and Childhood parents, family and society influence the human being who grows on to become an influencing adult. The transition stages defines Character, Personality and Individuality of a human being. The celebrations and traditions differ from community to community as also within the same culture. However, the Sanskaras represent genetic threshold points where the Mind is mellowed and the subconscious is receptive to inputs.
Shivanetra Trust conducts knowledge sharing sessions and provides guidance to parents and educators who seek the true meaning of Sanskaras.
|SANSKARA||MILESTONE||STAGE OF LIFE||EDUCATION||RELATIONSHIP
|Garbhaadanam||Conception as an Intention||Prenatal||Universal||Universe|
|Pumsavanam||Gender Identity||Third Month of Pregnancy||Cosmic||Universe|
|Seemantonayanam||Completion of Human Awareness||Seventh Month of Pregnancy||Spiritual||Universe|
|Jaatakarma||Health and Immunity||Upon Delivery||Spiritual||Nature|
|Nishkramana||Contact with Nature||Neo natal||Sensorial||Nature|
|Naamakarana||Being Named||Neo Natal||Sensorial||
Parents and family – Influenced
|Annapraashna||Intake of Food||Infancy||Sensorial||Parents and family – Influenced|
|Karnavedana||Bipedal Movement and Balance||Infancy||Sensorial||Parents, society and family – Influenced|
|Chudakarma||Completion of Brain Development||Infancy||Sensorial||Parents, society and family – Influenced|
|Vidyaarambha||Initiating Literacy||Early Childhood||Verbal||Parents and Family|
Initiating Spiritual Awareness
|Initiating Disciplic Learning||Childhood||Spiritual||Guru|
|Attaining Puberty||Teenage||Spiritual / Transactional||Guru|
|Samaavartana||Initiating Role in Society||Youth||Spiritual / Transactional||Guru|
|Vivaaha||Initiating a Family||Adult Life||Spiritual / Transactional||Spouse, Family and Society – Influencer|
|Antyeshti||Moving ahead from the Physical Body||Death||Vibrational||Universe|