The Sangh has set a target by 2020 to have thousands of ‘ideal infants’ on the production line.
The first page of the website of Garbhvigyan Anusandhan Kendra – a project of the RSS’s health wing Arogya Bharati that is now providing parents with a kit that includes 10 CDs and books with mantras from ancient Indian texts to be used by expecting mothers – welcomes us with the following words:
“Garbha Sanskar is not a new concept in India. Today, science has proved that intrauterine baby cannot only listen, touch, feel but also can respond on its own. More than 60 per cent intellectual development occurs in intrauterine phase. Garbhasanskar – are special scientific procedures performed to stimulate baby’s senses genteelly, because during intrauterine phase, cortical development is maximum. Health, body built, Intellect, talent all depends upon mother’s prenatal care. Mind, body and intelligence are synchronised and these have special value in life.”
This reasonable scientific elucidation soon segues into the area of pseudoscience which the RSS is notorious for. (And out goes the grammar too as it warms to its theme.)
“You can invite divine souls to take birth as transition phase is going on. Spiritually during this time, all the divine souls are keen to take birth. Divine souls come with good learning to perform good acts in this world. Hence, are constantly looking for the right parents, perfect environment where they are groomed in such a manner so that they can continue with their noble work which may be purpose of re-birth.”
Therefore, the couple has to increase the good karmic level to such an extent that the divine soul chooses it to be its parents. Since all this is possible only during the pregnancy phase which we strongly believe is one of the most important, precious and delicate phase in the lifetime of any mother. People who follow our most advanced garbh sanskar antenatal classes sincerely get desirable results.”
Among others, the Jamnagar-based centre has what they describe as “medical astrologers, yoga and music experts” in their team of consultants.
Says the kendra’s manager, Rekha Gaur. “Every parent wants to have a good quality baby. Parents want their child to be bright and smart. But how can that be achieved? The answer lies in our sanskriti (culture) and values… If the parents want their child to be like Shivaji Maharaj, Rana Pratap or Aryabhata, then they will be provided with necessary suggestions. There is a whole range of sanskar prakriya (ritualistic procedure). There are different procedures if someone wishes to have a fair and tall baby or a smart and intelligent baby.”
The RSS’ love for a race which is of “fair” complexion is part of its ideological heritage that Indians are Aryans; fair, tall, honourable, respectable and noble who speak Sanskrit. RSS stands for Aryan supremacy and believes that only Hindu Brahmins of north India are from that stock. The most prominent ideologue of RSS, Guru Golwalkar, while addressing a gathering of faculty and students of the School of Social Science of Gujarat University on December 17, 1960, shared the wisdom that Namboodri Brahmins from north India were sent to Kerala to improve breed of Hindus there. According to him: “Today experiments in cross-breeding are made only on animals. But the courage to make such experiments on human beings is not shown even by the so-called modern scientists of today. If some human crossbreeding is seen today it is the result not of scientific experiments but of carnal lust.
Now, let us see the experiments our ancestors made in this sphere. In an effort to better the human species through cross-breeding the Namboodri Brahamanas of the north were settled in Kerala and a rule was laid down that the eldest son of a Namboodri family could marry only the daughter of Vaishya, Kashtriya or Shudra communities of Kerala. Another still more courageous rule was that the first off-spring of a married woman of any class must be fathered by a Namboodri Brahman and then she could beget children by her husband.”
The RSS’ belief of Aryan superiority has been borrowed from Hitler and his Nazi Party of Germany. Adolf Hitler even before becoming chancellor of Germany was obsessed with ideas about race. He believed in racial “purity” and in the superiority of the “Germanic race” which he described as Aryan “master race.” He declared this Aryan race must remain pure in order to rule the world one day which was not far away.
According to Hitler, the ideal “Aryan” was blond, blue-eyed, and tall. According to Dr Hitesh Jani, convenor of Arogya Bharati, another offshoot of RSS which is part of the project, “If the proper procedure is followed, babies of dark-skinned parents with lesser height can have fair complexion and grow taller”.
When Golwalkar’s fascination with Hitler came up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha on May 6, 2002, the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee dismissed Golwalkar’s openly fascist views as “his own (weh unke apne vichar the)” and added that the BJP had “nothing to do with the book (us pustak se hamen kuch lena-dena nahin hai)” and that his party “had never given its stamp of approval (sangathan ne kabhi un vicharon par mohur nahin lagayi)”, which was, of course, as untruthful as the undertaking of the RSS to Sardar Patel that it would remain a “social organisation”.
Yet Golwalkar’s “apne vichar” keeps coming back like a bad penny, and this time around with government collusion. The next counselling sessions to create Übermensch Hindus like the Nazi Lebensborn project, are slated to be held in Kolkata, Rohtak and Gurgaon. The RSS has set a target by 2020 to have thousands of ideal infants on the production line.
So, what are these ancient and venerable texts that will have little Rana Prataps and Shivajis gamboling around our Elysian fields of the future? Here’s an example from the Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad in its fourth section which describes the Putramanthanamantra rites by which a house-holder can get a worthy son or a worthy daughter.
“Atha ya ichched-ooduhitaa me panditaa jaayeta sarvamaayuriyaad-iti tilaudhanam paachayitva sarpish-mantam-asneeyantaam-eeswarau janyitavai ( verse 6-4-17)
If the husband and wife wish that a daughter should be born and that she should be learned and live full term of life, they should prepare rice cooked in sesame and they should eat with clarified butter. Then they will fulfil their desire.”
Here’s a passage from the Ayurvedic astrological conception chart calculation: “The lagna of the conception chart is the seventh from the child’s janma lagna. That which was the seventh house of the conception chart becomes the lagna [or navamsha lagna] of the individual. There is a great revelation hidden in this technique. The seventh house of the conception chart shows the mental and emotional qualities between the parents at the moment of creating the individual. This seventh house sign then becomes the rashi or navamsha lagna of the individual’s birth chart. In this way, the guna (levels of rajas and tamas) and doshas (levels of the elements) of the parents dominant at the time of conception influences the nature of the child as stated in the Ayurveda texts.”
There’s a lot more which will make any 21st century educated person’s toes curl in embarrassment. But the irony of the passage recommending the ideal conditions in which to conceive the sonnenkinder boy child is unmistakable, given the zealous Hindutva drive against non-vegetarian, and specifically beef.
“Atha ya icchet putro me pandito vigeetah samitimgamah susshrooshitaam vaacham bhaashitaa jaayeta sarvaan vedaan anubraveeta sarvam-aayur-iyaaditi maa(m)s-audanam paachayitvaa sarpishmantam-asneeyaataam-eeswarau janayitvaa aukshena vaarshabhena vaa (verse 6-4-18)
Those who aspire for a son should be born to them, who should be a reputed scholar, who should be frequenting the assemblies of learned scholars, who would be speaking delightful and valuable words, who will be a master of all the Vedas and who will live a long life, then both husband and wife should eat with clarified butter meat of a young bull or of a bull advanced in years. Then they will succeed in their ambition.”