Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
The Vedic concept of time informs us when to do what, in order to avoid trouble and get the best possible result. For example, the time period during an eclipse is said to be contaminated, therefore we are advised to avoid contamination by chanting the holy names of the Lord and other purificatory acts, rather than eating for example. Nowadays, because of a decline of faith and culture in general, people are not very apt at following regulations according to the calendar which were strictly followed before. Still in India people plan important events like conceiving a child and marriage according to auspicious dates in the Vedic calendar and moments of the day as well. And they would consult the local priest for a good time to conceive a child, and after birth its horoscope would be made. We'll look at some practical examples from the Bhagavatam in regards to election of time.
The first instance is the case of Diti conceiving a child with Kashyapa Muni at an improper moment (muhurta) of the day called saayam sandhya or evening twilight (dusk). "The learned Kashyapa said: Because of your mind's being polluted, because of defilement of the particular time [doshaat mahurtikaat], because of your negligence of my directions, and because of your being apathetic to the demigods, everything was inauspicious." (SB 3.14.38)
Srila Prabhupada comments that, "According to Vedic society, there is a suitable auspicious time for sex life, which is called the time for garbhaadhaana." Before conceiving a child, the Vedic rite (samskara) called Garbhaadhaana is to be performed for auspiciousness in this regard. For choosing an auspicious day of the month, auspicious and inauspicious stellar influences are considered according to the science of astrology (jyotish). The specific time of the day (muhurta) must also be considered. In consideration with one’s individual karma, auspicious moments for electing an activity, as well as the times to be avoided for the same, must be determined. The logic of this is the same as checking the weather forecast before going out on a picnic. One would like to avoid a rainy evening, and rather chose a sunny morning for example. In the same way, the moment chosen by Diti for conception was like one choosing a rainy evening for having a picnic; not very suitable.
His Divine Grace also mentions in purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.12.12, "The samskaaras of the school of sanaatana-dharma (man's eternal engagement) are highly suitable for creating an atmosphere for taking advantage of good stellar influences, and therefore garbhaadhaana-samskaara, or the first seedling purificatory process prescribed for the higher castes, is the beginning of all pious acts to receive a good pious and intelligent class of men in human society. There will be peace and prosperity in the world due to good and sane population only; there is hell and disturbance only because of the unwanted, insane populace addicted to sex indulgence."
Krishna willing we shall relish more nectar from the Bhagavatam in regards to time, in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Amogha-drk Krishna dasa,
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