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Chapter 1: Medicine and Meditation

A doctor called Lamaze has trusted in human consciousness and has managed thousands of painless deliveries of babies for women. This method is of conscious cooperation - that the mother tries to cooperate meditatively, consciously, during the delivery, that she welcomes it, does not fight against it or try to resist it. The pain that is produced is not because of the childbirth but because of the fight the mother makes against it. She tries to constrict the whole mechanism of childbirth. She is in fear that it will be painful, she is afraid of the labor. This fear-centered resistance is preventing the child from being born while the child is trying to be born; there is a tussle between the two; there is a clash between the mother and the baby. This conflict is responsible for the pain. This pain is not natural: it is only from the clash, from the resistance.

There are two possible ways to solve this problem of resistance. You can sedate the mother, if you are working at the level of the body. But the thing to remember here is that a mother who delivers her child in a state of unconsciousness can never become a mother in the fullest sense. And there is a reason for this. When a child is born, not only is a child born but a mother is also born. The birth of a child actually is two births: on the one hand a child is born and on the other an ordinary woman becomes a mother. And if the baby is born in the state of unconsciousness, we have managed to distort the basic relationship between the mother and the child. The mother will not be born, only a nurse will be left behind in the process.

I am not in favor of delivering a child by sedating the mother with the help of chemicals or using superficial means. The mother should be fully conscious during the delivery, because in that very consciousness the mother is born too. If you realize the truth of this matter, then it means that the mother’s consciousness should be trained for the delivery. The mother should be able to take the childbirth meditatively.

Meditation has two meanings for the mother. One is that she should not resist, should not fight. She should cooperate with whatever is going on. Just like a river which flows wherever there is a depression in the earth, just as the winds are blowing, just like the falling of the leaves - no one gets an inkling of it and the dry leaf just falls off the tree - similarly she should be in total cooperation with the process that is unfolding. And if the mother gives her total cooperation during the delivery, does not fight against it, does not become afraid, becomes fully and meditatively immersed in the event, then there will be painless birth - the pain will simply vanish.

What I am telling you has a scientific basis. Many experiments have been done using this method. She will become free from pain. And remember, this will have far reaching results.

Firstly, we start harboring an ill feeling towards the thing or person that produces pain in us from the very first moment of contact. We fall into a sort of enmity with the person with whom we encounter a struggle in our very first experience. This becomes an obstacle to forming a friendly relationship. It is difficult to create a bridge of cooperation with a person with whom we fell into conflict from the very beginning. It will be superficial. But that moment when we will be able to deliver a child with cooperation and in full awareness. This is very interesting: until now we have only heard the expression “labor pains,” we have never heard the expression “labor bliss” - because it has not taken place so far. But if there is full cooperation, then “labor bliss” will also happen.