In this book we have given you very practical ways to consciously nurture the life force in your body from the moment of conception. We hope you will utilize these approaches so that your new family will be a beacon of peace, harmony, and love that inspires others in your community to follow your example.
For us, there is a deeper meaning and purpose in writing this book. We have spent decades of our lives studying the ancient wisdom traditions of the world. We have been most influenced by the great healing tradition of Ayurveda, which holds that a human being embodies the most creative expression of the universe in evolution. We are the instruments through which the universe has chosen to be self-conscious. With the birth of every child, the universe chooses to look at itself with fresh eyes. Although you may believe that you look out at the world through your sensory apparatus, the deeper reality is that you are an outcropping of universal intelligence looking at itself through your senses. The Upanishads declare, “Yatha pinde, tatha brahmande,” which translated into English reads,
As is the atom, so is the universe.
As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.
As is the human body, so is the cosmic body.
As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.
We are at a critical period at this moment in evolutionary time. The predatory instinct survives in us and frequently dominates. At the same time, our deep creative impulses impel us to participate in the harmonious interaction of elements and forces in the cosmos, inspiring us to take the next evolutionary step. The choice is ours. As predators we can ravage the planet, causing the extinction of other species in the web of life, ultimately risking our own extinction. As creators, we can participate in the next evolutionary expression of cosmic intelligence.
The world we see “out there” is our creation. If we have wars, it is because we have agreed to use violence as a means to settle our differences. Ecological devastation, crime, economic disparities, cruelty to animals, and violence in all its forms are the consequence of human choices. The seeds of these destructive impulses reside within each of us, precipitating into collective expressions that are played out locally and globally as acts of terror, tyranny, and environmental pollution.
But we must not forget that even the worst terrorist, tyrant, or polluter was once a child. Each child arrives as a gift from the universe. The wisdom tradition of Vedanta holds that death and birth are interwoven creative acts of the soul. When the physical body gets to the point when it can no longer creatively express the innate wisdom of the soul, the soul goes into incubation in the nonlocal domain, beyond the dimensions of space and time. After a period of incubation, the soul takes a quantum creative leap, choosing to be born again to express its latent potentials, developed over eons of experience.
Love is all that’s needed for a new soul to blossom. With loving nurturing the soul finds its next creative expression. But if this loving nurturing is denied, an imbalance between the forces of creativity and inertia results in wounded individuals and a wounded planet. We hope that by embracing the principles in this book, you will make a deep commitment to restoring balance in your own life, while creating an atmosphere of love and nurturing for your child and your family.
We also hope that you will recognize the deep connection between your family, the human family, and the planet as a whole. The future of our planet depends upon who our children become as adults, and it is our responsibility to teach and share with them awareness of the divine intelligence that is the source and sustainer of all life. In The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran says,
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself . . .
The souls of our children are the potential for tomorrow’s world. Our earth is not just a capricious anomaly in the vast sea of space, but a cosmic manifestation of divine intelligence. Through leaps of imagination, it will continue to express itself as new realities. Our job as parents is not to interfere with this creative process, but to align with it by nurturing our children in body, mind, and spirit. The great Indian poet Tagore once said, “Every child that is born is proof that God has not yet given up on human beings.” We ask you to join with us and with God to help create a world of peace, harmony, laughter, and love that is worthy of our beloved children.