Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
President, Heart Care Foundation of India
1. Both sexuality and spirituality have been mentioned in mythology to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. An educational art was created at Khajuraho which talks about “multiple positions with one are better than one position with many.”
2. Asexual reproduction – Lord Ganesha’s birth from the skin of Goddess Parvati represents a form of asexual reproduction using pluripotent cells.
3. The birth of Kartikay from Shiva can be linked to success story of in vitro fertilization. Shiva throws away white sparks (semen) in the air (centrifugation), they fell down in river (petri dish) become five petal flower (5 cell zygote) adopted by local Kartikayan girls (in vitro fertilization) and Kartikay was born.
4. Artificial insemination of semen was well described in mythology. The birth of Dashrath’s children, Hanuman all were probably examples of the same.
5. Sexuality and spirituality are opposite to each other. No Tirath Sthan is ever used as honeymoon place.
6. Bull or Nandi represents sexual desires and is always placed outside Shiva Mandir. You cannot enter a spiritual place without sexual desires on.
7. Polygamy was the need of the day at that time as is evident by three wives of Dashrath and five husbands of Draupadi.
8. Santoshi Mata Ka Vrat was created to prevent iron deficiency anemia in child bearing age ladies. They were made to eat Gur (iron) and Chana (protein) every week to prevent recurrent abortions and death by anemia.
9. Ashrams were created in mythology as part of discipline. Brahmcharya was the period for education and Grihastha for active sexual reproductive life.
10. Dharma Artha Kama Moksha were the four purposes of life which meant earning money righteously to fulfill all our desires which leads to inner happiness.
11. Sex education at that time was through sculptures.
12. The Science of Kamasutra was the classical textbook which promoted sexual hygiene.
14. Marriages were not solemnized in Chaturmaas as during this period the mind is always in a negative state with more chances of divorce.
15. The marriage months have been the month of Maagh, Vaishakh and Kartik. These are spontaneous months with increased fertility.
16. To enhance fertility Shahi snans were advocated which involve exposure to sun so that vitamin D deficiency can be avoided.
17. Marriage seasons used to start with Tulsi Vivah which meant that Shyama Tulsi seeds are good for fertility and make the semen thick.