Vedic Sanskars Influence Chromosomes

May - Jun 2006

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     As per the research findings of the modern sciences, the current civilized and developed state of man is a result of a long series of evolutionary changes. This has taken about 400 to 500 thousand years for the ascent of human race to the present state and women have made significant contributions in civilizing the primeval humans. This important role played by women is getting clearer and better established by the discoveries in the field of human genomics.

It is a well-known scientific fact that offsprings acquire good and bad qualities of their ancestors through the chromosomes. The language of genes written in the chromosomes of the cells of the offspring determines his/her form, color, body structure and other attributes and characteristics. The cells in human body have 46 chromosomes. Among these, 23 chromosomes come from the mother and the other 23 come from the father. On one side these chromosomes display the specific qualities and attributes of the offspring, and on the other side they also determine whether or not the offspring would be afflicted by any of the 2000 diseases that have been considered as genetic. These include several kinds of cancers and other fatal ailments.

The creator of this world has written specific messages in the chemical language of chromosomes. About 32.5 million letters of these genetic codes have been read and the human genome (compendium of genes) has been made available on the Internet. However, only about 40 thousand genes of these have been identified till date. It is still not known what kinds of roles most of these genes play in the human body. Till date about 95 percent of the genome is uncharacterized and because of the redundancy of its sequence across the human population, many researchers consider that they are not of any significant use in Nature’s molecular machinery.

But thinkers and scientists who look at the aspects of human consciousness with equanimity do not agree with this view. The wise men who have faith in synergy of science and spirituality believe that extrasensory capabilities and the secrets of spiritual powers may be hidden within these 95 percent unknown DNAs (Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid). It is known that DNA is that super chemical which forms a letter of the genomic language by picking up any three of the four nucleotides – Adenine (A), Thiamine (T), Guanine (G), and Cytosine (C). Definite sequences of these letters constitute a word in the form of 20 amino acids. A gene is that sentence which translates into some form of protein or the other. For this reason after human genomics, research is now being carried out on human proteomics in which Indian scientists are also participating.

Among the 23 pairs of chromosomes in human body, X- and Y-chromosomes are included which determine sex. If the foetus receives one X and one Y chromosome, it takes the form and shape of a boy and if both the chromosomes are X then the foetus takes the form of a girl. Woman always has X-X chromosomes so she contributes X chromosomes only and Y chromosome exists in man’s body only. So man plays a decisive role in determining whether the offspring would be a boy or a girl.

It has now been established by scientific research that the diversified quality of creativity that exists in human race has its origin in woman. According to this, the source of creativity in human beings is the X chromosome, which is the mother’s contribution. How did it happen that boundless human capabilities of art and science got tied up in the X chromosome? This might have something to do with the natural power of creation gifted to the women and the inference, drawn by evolutionary statisticians that most of the bright and talented men and women choose only compatible counterparts so the genetic recombination in the mating process would have led to compounded accumulation of these qualities within the X chromosome. In fact, all men and women have X chromosomes. Women have two and men have one X chromosome, meaning that within each person infinite capabilities of creativity exist, but these blossom up only when they are nurtured with good education, virtuous sansk³ra (deep mental impressions) and conducive environment.

In any case the hypothesis appears valid that if women had not accumulated the genes of creativity within their X chromosomes, human beings would still be jumping around in jungles like monkeys and the glorious flowers of civilization and culture would never have blossomed in human life.  In view of the recent finding of a direct relationship between mental disorders and the X chromosome it appears that most of the mental disorders are also transmitted by the mother into her offspring via her X chromosome. A research hypothesis was proposed 30 years back by Dr. Robert Lehrke at the Brainerd State Hospital located in Brainerd, Minnesota, USA, that several genes that are related to human intellect are located within the X chromosome.

Noted geneticists Dr Horst Hameister and U. Zechner from Germany have confirmed the above hypothesis by their research work and have published their results in the 17th edition of ‘Trends in Genetics’. According to them, for the developed state the human mind is in today, humanity is indebted to those great X chromosome bearing women who chose intelligent, handsome and brave men not for their outward appearance and strength but for their virtues, knowledge and intelligence.  If they had kept on choosing stupid but handsome men or unintelligent bodybuilders then humans would not have been able to post so many records in the areas of knowledge and science which they continue to do now. In their research conclusions they write that those genes whose abnormal condition creates mental disorders, their normal (homologous to those in the healthy people) form would be responsible for the normal state of human mind too.

This group of researchers, after extensive churning of the genomic database from the Internet, has found 958 genes, which are related to mental disorders, and 202 of these were related to the X chromosome. Though this amounts to just 4 percent of all the human genome, the largest number of genes related to mental disorders and physical abnormalities were found on the X chromosomes only. The genes responsible for these abnormalities were found 2.5 times more on the X chromosomes as compared to any other chromosomes. At the same time all these genes were not in their original form (as in people with healthy minds) but in an altered or mutated form. However if they were in their original form they would have produced a normal child. Even if these kinds of genes are distributed over all 23 chromosomes, the genes related to mental ailments are present almost 31 times more on the X chromosome.
Thus the secrets of the future of a child are largely hidden in the genes and womb of its mother. To ensure that the state of the genes on X chromosomes is fertile for the best characteristics (traits) it is necessary that desirable food and lifestyle, sansk³ra and ambience be provided to the ‘would be mothers’. Of the sixteen Vedic Sacraments (Shodas Sanskars1) propounded by the rishis, the Punsavan and J³tkarma Sanskars for the expectant mothers are meant for this very purpose. These are devised with the sublime scientific view of conditioning the genetic environment.

The Shodas Sanskaras are excellent experiments on sadhana and mantra- and yagya- therapy; the rituals and teachings implied by them are also aimed at creating appropriate ambience and effectuate psychological conditioning of the persons whose sanskara is being performed. The Charu (an Ayurvedic preparation with milk + special kinds of herbs) cooked in yagya fire and ‘treated’ with mantras during the Punsavan and J³tkarma Samskars is also required to be drunk by the mother afterwards. This is assumed to have soothing effects on the growing brain and overall health of the foetus. According to the experts of the deep knowledge of Himalayan herbs/plant medicines and yagya therapy, some special charus, medicinal woods and plant medicines also have potentials to rectify genetic aberrations.  Thoughtful men and women who aspire for children who would grow up into ideal citizens must understand this fact and must not delay or procrastinate in adopting the life styles propounded by the ancient Indian sages.

1. Reference (for detailed reading on Samskaras):

Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya: Shodas Sanskaras.  Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya Vangmaya Vol. 34. Publishers: Akhand Jyoti Sansthan, Mathura. 1995.

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