Monday, March 8, 2010

Chapter 13- Pindotpatti – The Lifecycle of Embryo

Veerambotlayya said, “Mother! Listen from me carefully the stages and sequence of Pindotpatti. Whatever a human consumes, that comprises of three parts. First one is the one which is visible and is called Sthulam (Gross). Second one is which is not visible but is felt through taste it’s called Sookshmam (Subtle), and third one is the energy which is contained in the food. It’s called Anu (Atomic). Whatever we consume; like food, water, ghee etc gives madam to the body, capability to the soul and desire to the mind. Out of these when madam gets excessive, it grows potency in male and females in the form of suklam (male seed) and sonitam (female seed)”.

He continued, “Thus, when husband and wife conjugate during the Rutukalam (fertility period), if the suklam becomes comparatively excess then a male child is born. On the other hand if wife’s sonitam is found in excess, then a girl child is born. If both are in same proportions, it leads to a eunuch child. After first conjugal mating, if still the partners do not get satisfied and again immediately get involved in coition, then based on the proportions of suklam and sonitam one male-one female, or two females, or two males kind of twins are born. Alternatively, some females have certain no. of layers inside the yonikamalam (lotus like vulva). When suklam drops inside such vulvas, it gets sometimes divided and again leads to formation of twins on aforementioned basis. Due to presence of such layers inside the vulva lotus of few animals we find pigs, dogs, cats giving birth to more than one offspring in one time”.

Rutukalam is the period till 16 days after a lady takes bath post menses cycle. In the period initial 3rd and 4th days are prohibited for conjugation. If conjugated on the 4th day, the progeny would be a beggar or untidy one, or an atheist who wouldn’t believe in any shastras. Now in the remaining 5th day to next 12 days period, 11th and 13th days are also prohibited for coition. If coition is done on odd number days, it leads to a girl child offspring, while coition on even no. of days gives male child as outcome. Coition should not be done during day time. If done, the offspring would be born poor, short lived, arrogant, wouldn’t have respect for elders”.

“During rutukalam before mating, if the couple eats good satwik food, worships God and guru, follows the procedure given in Putra Kameshti scriptures and then conjugates, a very good offspring with all pious and good qualities would be born”.


“The night when husband’s Suklam (semen) falls inside his wife’s Yoni (vagina), it unites with Sonitam (ovum) and remains as a water bubble for 5 days. After 10 days it looks like a hen’s egg. When it attains one month age, it remains as a tough pindam and first of all head gets formed. After 2 months hands and legs are formed, after 3 months stomach is created. After 4th month miscellaneous organs are formed while after 5th month feet and toes are formed. In the 6th month nose, eyes, ears and other nava-randhras (nine holes) are formed”.

“In that embryo, soul enters in the 7th month. That time onwards the pindam remains upside down. It remains covered with a layer which protects it from the jatharagni (heat inside the mother’s stomach). In the 8th and 9th months, Jeeva (Soul) has all knowledge of his previous lives; and seeing the disgusting urine and faeces it feels very sad to stay there and repents for his past bad karmas, pleads to the God saying he would never do any bad deeds again and would at least in this life be very wise and pious person devoted to Dharma and god. This way he promises to God in various tones of sadness and requests god to free him from that hellish place which seems so disgusting to him”.

“But as soon as he comes out of the womb to the actual world, due to Maya/Illusion as soon as he cries for the first time, he forgets all his previous knowledge and becomes totally ignorant!”

“He remains helpless and all the time depends on his parents for all help. He can neither move on his own, nor can he tell clearly his problem. Slowly he attains age and again falls into illusion and does the same bad karmas against his promises to the god. And thus, this cycle of birth and death continues forever. Only few people who actually realizes the importance of coming out of illusion, they reach a good guru and understand all the scriptures, follow Dharma, remain devoted to god, service every fellow living being with care and affection, and love everyone. Only such people make their life as the last birth, get liberated after death and attain ultimate bliss after union of soul with the god”.

Veerambotlayya stopped and said to his mother, “Mother! So break all your attachments with these bodies which are made of Panchabhoota (five elements) and always think of the Satchidananda Swaroopa Sarveswara in every stage of your life”.

Veera Papamamba got fully freed of illusion and speaks like this, “My Son! I have clearly understood the sequence of formation of body by your grace. But also please enlighten me about what elements this body gets comprised of and how”.


This science of embryonic development is also available in one of the Upanishad called as ‘Garbhopanishad’. However on comparison, the particulars mentioned by ‘Veerambotlayya’ are found to be in greater details.

In Shiva Geeta which is present in Padma Purana, Lord Shiva preaches Geeta to Sri Rama where, one of the chapters discusses about the human birth secrets. There we find verses which are strikingly similar to what we read in Swami’s discourse in this chapter. Let’s visit few verses from ‘Shiva Geeta’ which details few important factors which could shape the future of a child. Purpose of presenting the below verses and meaning here is that; If these are known to parents beforehand, they might be able to control or plan the future of their offspring in a better way.

शुक्रशोनितसंभूत वृत्तिरेव जरायुजः

स्त्रीणां गर्भाशये शुक्रंवृतुकाले विशेद्यदा

रजसा योषितो युक्तं तदेव स्यज्जरायुजं

बहुलाद्रजसः स्त्रीस्य शुक्राधिक्ये पुमान भवेत्

शुक्रशोनितयोसाम्ये जायतेधनपुन्सकः

ऋतुस्नाता भवेन्नारी चतुर्धदिवसे ततः

रुतुकालस्तु निर्दिष्ठः आषोदशदिनावधि

तत्रायुग्मदिने स्त्रीस्यात्पुमाम्यग्मदिने भवेत्

The body formed by the union of ‘Shukra’ and ‘Shonita’ (male and female seeds), is known as 'Jaraayujam'. When Shukra enters woman's womb and unites with her Shonitam during the Rutukaalam (fertility period), it creates Jarayujam. If Shukram becomes excess, male child, if Shonitam becomes excess a female child, and if both remain in equal quantity, a eunuch is born. Starting from the menses period of a female, for next sixteen days is called as 'Rutukaalam' (fertility period). During this period starting from the fifth day on any odd numbered days (5, 7, 9, 11, and 13) if she unites with her husband during night time, a female child would be born. If a female unites with her husband in night, from the fourth day of menses on any even numbered day (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16), she would give birth to a male child.

षोडशे दिवसे गर्भोजायते यदि सुभ्रुवः

चक्रवर्ती तदा राजा जायते स न संशयः

ऋतुस्नाता यस्यपुन्स स्साकान्क्षं मुखमीक्षते

तदाकृति र्भवेद गर्भ स्त त्पष्ये त्प्वामिनो मुखं

If a woman gets impregnated on her sixteenth day of fertility period, her son would become as majestic as a king or emperor, there's no doubt in that. On the day of 'Rutusnana' (4th day) whichever man's face a lady stares with desire, her offspring would carry that man's characteristics if coition done on 4th day by her husband. That's why on the fourth day of menses cycle, a woman should only look at her husband's face. This is the reason why scholars and the 'Kamashashtram' prohibit copulation on the 4th day. If done; the progeny would be short-lived, or beggar or untidy one or an atheist. As per the scripture 'Kamashashtram' if coition done on the 5th day, it produces a girl child with good character, 6th day gives a son with good character, 7th and 8th days give a daughter and son respectively who would be very rich, 9th and 10th days would give a daughter and son respectively who would remain highly pious and sacred, 11th day would produce a highly beautiful daughter, 12th day would bestow a son with a long lifespan, 13th day would produce a prostitute kind of daughter, 14th day would produce a son with good qualities, 15th day would bless with a daughter who would be righteous and spiritual, 16th day would bless with a son who would be a Gyani (wise), long lived, rich and royal.

These are the detailed rules of uniting during the fertility period of sixteen days. After these sixteen days uniting with the wife would be useless. Hence a person who unites with his wedded wife only during her fertility period of sixteen days and after that if he abstains from copulation, then such a man is called as a 'Brahmachari (celibate)' by scriptures. So, even a householder can be called as a celibate if he follows the aforementioned rule strictly.

पुत्रश्चे द्दक्षिने पार्श्वे कन्या वामे च तिष्टति

नपुन्सकस्तूदरस्य भागे तिष्टति मध्यमे

If the fetus develops towards the right side of the mother's womb, it means it is a male child. When it develops towards the left side of the womb, it indicates a girl child, and when it remains in the middle of the womb, it indicates the offspring would be a eunuch.

Likewise many more details are mentioned in the eighth chapter of Shiva Geeta which stands out of scope of this book.


  1. Wonderful post!
    just small doubts:
    1) In the original post you said rutukalam is a period of 16 days starting right after the rutusnana day (which will be the day after the 3 day menses period), but in the footnotes, it says it is a period of 16 days starting from the menses itself i.e., it is 4 days in advance to that in original post. Which is correct?
    2)suklam or sukram which is correct?
    3)While there is no wrong if one is greater than the other (i'm referring to suklam and sonitam), why is it wrong if both are equal? (I'm saying it wrong, since a eunuch will be born in that case which is undesirable)

    And I think there is some problem with Google's transliteration as it is not producing correct output e.g., jalaayujam

  2. Dear Srinivas Das,

    Thanks for the wonderful doubts.
    1) Your first question i am unable to answer, since I don't have a practical experience. Only a lady can answer what is the exact Rutukalam (Fertility period). I'm sorry for not having been able to answer this.
    2) Suklam and Sukram both are correct. The word is interchangeably used by different scriptures.
    3) This is not wrong. ofcourse one may feel undersirable to have an eunuch child, but that is the part of Karma one brings with oneself. Some things are not in control of humans. if one is destined to born as eunuch then the sulkam-sonitam of his parents would stand equal 9without teir notice) and he would be born like that. probably due to such reasons only earlier days people used to have some sacred rituals before impregnating the wife. "Garbhadanam" is the procedure which used to be done after doing some rituals etc. God's grace is highly important for anything sinc ehe stands above all of our capabilities.

  3. Thanks for clarifying...