Q：How can we make the process of giving birth to be gentler?
When the child comes out of the womb, it is thegreatest shock of his life. Even death will not be this big a shock, becausedeath will come without warning. Death will come most probably when he isunconscious. But while he is coming out of the mother's womb, he is conscious.In fact, for the first time he is becoming conscious. His nine months' longsleep, peaceful sleep, is disturbed -- and then you cut the thread which joins himwith the mother. The moment you cut that thread that joins him with the mother,you have created a fearful individual.
This is not the right way; but this is how it has beendone up to now. Unknowingly, this has helped the priest and the so-calledreligions to exploit man. The child should be taken away from the mother moreslowly, more gradually. There should not be that shock -- and it can bearranged. A scientific arrangement is possible.
There should not be glaring lights in the room,because the child has lived for nine months in absolute darkness, and he hasvery fragile eyes which have never seen light. In all your hospitals there areglaring lights, tube lights, and the child suddenly faces the light. Mostpeople are suffering from weak eyes because of this; later on they have to useglasses. No animal needs them. Have you seen animals with glasses reading thenewspaper? Their eyes are perfectly healthy their whole life, to the point ofdeath. It is only man.... And the beginning is at the very beginning. No,the child should be given birth to in darkness, or in a very soft light, candlesperhaps. Darkness would be the best, but if a little light is needed, thencandles will do.
And what have the doctors been doing up to now? Theydon't even give a little time for the child to be acquainted with the newreality. The way they welcome the child is so ugly. They hang the child upsidedown with his feet in their hands and they slap his bottom. The idea behindthis stupid ritual is that this will help the child to breathe. In the mother'swomb he was not breathing on his own; the mother was breathing for him, eatingfor him, doing everything for him. But to be welcomed into the world hangingupside down, with a slap on your bottom, is not a very good beginning.
But the doctor is in a hurry. Otherwise the childwould start breathing on his own; he has to be left on the mother's belly, ontop of the mother's belly. Before the joining thread is cut, he should be left onthe mother's belly. He was inside the belly, underneath; now he is outside.That is not a great change. The mother is there, he can touch her, he can feelher. He knows the vibe. He is perfectly aware that this is his home. He hascome out, but this is his home. Let him be with the mother a little longer, sohe becomes acquainted with the mother from the outside. From the inside heknows her....
And don't cut the thread that joins him till he startsbreathing on his own. Right now, what is done? We cut the thread and slap thechild so he has to breathe. But this is forcing him, this is violent, andabsolutely unscientific and unnatural. Let him first breathe on his own. Itwill take a few minutes. Don't be in such a hurry. It is a question of a man'swhole life. You can smoke your cigarette two or three minutes later; you can whispersweet nothings to your girlfriend a few minutes later. It is not going to harmanybody. What is the rush? You can't give him three minutes? A child needs nomore than that. Just left on his own, within three minutes he starts breathing.When he starts breathing, he becomes confident that he can live on his own.Then you can cut the thread -- it is useless now -- and it will not give ashock to the child.
Then the most significant thing is, don't put him inblankets and in a bed. No, for nine months he was without blankets, naked,without pillows, without bed sheets, without a bed -- don't make such a changeso quickly. He needs a small tub with the same solution of water that was inhis mother's womb -- it is exactly ocean water: the same amount of salt, thesame amount of chemicals, exactly the same.
That is again a proof that life must have happenedfirst in the ocean. It still happens in ocean water. That's why when a woman ispregnant she starts eating salty things, because the womb goes on absorbing thesalt -- the child needs exactly the same salty water that exists in the ocean.So just make up the same water in a small tub, and let the child lie down inthe tub, and he will feel perfectly welcomed. This is the situation he isacquainted with.
In Japan, one Zen monk has tried a tremendousexperiment to demonstrate that a three month old child can swim. Slowly he hasbeen coming down: first he tried with nine month old children, then with sixmonth old children, now with three month old children. And I say to him thatyou are still far away. Even the child just born is capable of swimming,because he has been swimming in his mother's womb.
So give the child a chance, similar to the mother'swomb.
译自《 The Alpha and the Omega》
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