Garbhini Paricharya and Garbha Sanskara
When you admit a child to school you are taken through an intensive orientation programme for parents. Thus parents understand the teaching methodology and are prepared to contribute and participate in the child’s education. Your orientation does not imply that your child has completed the grade. Similarly, Garbhini Paricharya is your orientation and Garbha Sanskara is your child’s education.
Many ideas and practices are popular in the context of pregnancy. It must be clearly noted that not all practices are meant for or reach the prenatal child. Most prescriptions on diet, usage of cosmetics, lifestyle and the like are meant for well-being of the mother. In the pristine Indian context all these would go under the banner of Garbhini Paricharya or well-being of the pregnant woman.
Prenatal Education, however, is a completely different concept and practice. The difference between Garbhini Paricharya and Garbha Sanskara is quite stark in terms of the effect on the child. The effect of the Garbha Sanskara is on the child in the womb. It causes the child to remain insulated from the harmful effects of the mother’s physical and emotional condition.