Householder Life Parenting

Importance of Garbhadhana Samskara

“To beget a child in a godly atmosphere is known in the Vedic scriptures as Garbhadhana-samskara. If the parents want a child in the godly qualities they should follow the ten principles recommended for the social life of the human being. In Bhagavad-gita we have studied also before that sex life for begetting a good child is Krsna Himself. Sex life is not condemned, provided the process is used in Krsna consciousness. Those who are in Krsna consciousness at least should not beget children like cats and dogs but should beget them so that they may become Krsna conscious after birth. That should be the advantage of children born of a father and mother absorbed in Krsna consciousness.”
– Bhagavad Gita 16.1-3

“From the point of begetting a child up to the point of death, there are samskaras, or reformatory process. By that process a human being is made perfect. That is called daśa-vidha-samskāra, ten kinds of processes. This upanayana, this initiation, offering the sacred thread, that is also out of those ten processes. The beginning of the process is called garbhadhana, begetting a child. It is not sex enjoyment; it is a process by which you produce nice child. If you produce nice children, then the world is peaceful. But if you produce cats and dogs, how can you expect peace and prosperity? Therefore that is a process, garbhadhana-samakara. In this way the Vedic system is the perfect process for creating civilized human being.”
– Gundica Marjanam Cleansing of the Gundica Temple, Lecture-  San Francisco, July 4, 1970

“There are ten kinds of reformation. The first reformation is garbhadhana-samskara. Garbhadhana-samskara means when the father is going to give birth to a child, it is not a secret affair. It is open affair. “Now this is the good, auspicious day, and today the father will implant the seed of the son in the womb of the mother.” There is great function. That is called garbhadhana-samskara. And there are witnesses, all the brahmanas, that “This day, such and such time, this king or this person has begotten this child.” Just like when the child is born, it is recorded in the government book, similarly, when one is going to give birth to a child, that is also recorded. That is called garbhadhana-samskara. Not that like cats and dogs in secrecy we have sexual intercourse, and if there is pregnancy, give some contraceptive pill or kill the child. Oh, how rascal and animals have been introduced in the human society. Just see. Here the garbhadhana-samskara, a child has to be born. How it will be nice? When the mentality of the father and mother is completely Krsna consciousness, so that when there will be sexual intercourse, the mentality of the child will be Krsna conscious. This is the garbhadhana-samskara.”
– Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.16.1- Los Angeles, December 29, 1973

“According to the Vedic system, therefore, before a child is conceived, the garbhadhana-samskara is performed. This ceremony molds the mentality of the father in such a way that when he plants his seed in the womb of his wife, he will beget a child whose mind will be completely saturated with a devotional attitude. At the present moment, however, there are no such garbhadhana-samskaras, and therefore people generally have a lusty attitude when they beget children. Especially in this age of Kali, there are no garbhadhana ceremonies; everyone enjoys sex with his wife like a cat or dog.”
– Srimad Bhagavatam 5.2.2

“Too much salt, chili, onion and similar food is forbidden for the pregnant mother because the child’s body is too delicate and new for him to tolerate such pungent food. Restrictions and precautions to be taken by the pregnant mother, as enunciated in the smrti scriptures of Vedic literature, are very useful. We can understand from the Vedic literature how much care is taken to beget a nice child in society. The garbhadhana ceremony before sexual intercourse was compulsory for persons in the higher grades of society, and it is very scientific. Other processes recommended in the Vedic literature during pregnancy are also very important.”
– Srimad Bhagavatam 3.31.5

“It is to be concluded that while conceiving a child one’s mind must be very sober and devotional. For this purpose the Garbhadhana-samskara is recommended in the Vedic scriptures. If the mind of the father is not sober, the semen discharged will not be very good.”
– Srimad Bhagavatam 3.16.35