Different modes of conception in the Mahabharata

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Are test-tube babies and in vitro fertilization wonders of modern medicine? Or were these a part of a deep science that was known to our civilization since thousands of years? Let’s look at what the Mahabharata says.

(From talks at Vikasa, Rishikesh, December 2016)

(Smrithi ji) So even when we talk about Kunti, the way she conceived Karna, at least when I delved in the Mahabharata and looked at it, the modes of conception were not just limited to the physical aspects as we see it today. There are different dimensions of it, which I can throw light upon.

(Adi ji) See in the Mahabharata and the other texts as well, it is mentioned conception or birth just through the womb is one mode of conception, which is through the physical aspect. But there can be conception through touch, through sight, through thought transference – all this is recognized as valid. For example, the birth of Drona, or Kripa or Kripi, all these if you look at, they were not born through a womb. Drona is called Drona because he was born in a pot. These might sound astounding, but if you start understanding how reality works, for example, the Rishi Nara, is explained as coming out of the body of Rishi Narayana. And hence Krishna and Arjuna are so closely bonded. Krishna says,”Hey, Arjuna, I cannot live without you. If you were to die, I will end my life.” That is how closely bonded they are, because they always come as twin phenomena, to establish dharma. That is also mentioned. It is not very fantastic to see this, when you understand the underlying dynamics of how it operates. Even now we have so many species on earth that don’t necessarily produce offsprings by the only means that we understand. Biology states this. We just need to expand our vision and you will see, all these that are described are available for our evidence. Evidence-based research, it is available even now. In fact, this is the reason why we have been able to develop womb-like environments. For example, the meditation space here (in Kriya Babaji’s ashrama) is called Hiranyagarbha. In temples the sanctum sanctorum is called Garbha griha. See those are very powerful energy spaces. You consecrate them in such a way that a new consciousness can arise. That is why it is called a Garbha griha. Exactly just as we embody, a new consciousness being born. Hiranyagarbha. Likewise the womb space is actually consecrated along such lines.

All the Kauravas were born not within the womb of Gandhari. In fact, Gandhari was in sort of a hurry to give birth, because she heard of Yudhishthira being born,”Oh no! My sons will not occupy the throne.” So in a fit of rage, she gave birth to a mass of flesh. And hence Vyasa Maharshi intervened, split it up into a 100 parts and she had the desire that,”One girl” Because a girl child is also very important, you know. So 101, Dushala was also born. So he had strict instructions as to how to take care of the…it was a vessel of ghee and various arrangements were made, it was in a cold, cellular structure without light and so on and finally it emerged. Now we have incubators for not fully formed foetuses. There are incubators. See those advancements also show….you have test tube babies. See there are such things, where you understand the principle with which you are able to master that process. That is fully displayed in our itihasa puranas. It is just that we have an understanding that there is an idea of linear progress: past – barbarians, now – civilized, future – super. Why is that? Because the time scale that we have assumed is hardly 2000 years. That is the damage that has been committed. If you expand the time scales, it need not be linear. No progress is linear, if you see it. But our idea of progress is right now linear.