Birthing | HOLY FACTS – Deepak Chopra

Birthing | HOLY FACTS – Deepak Chopra

Hey everyone! I’m Gotham Chopra and this is
Holy Facts, the show where we take you on a tour of the weirder side of religion and
spirituality, from Jedi priests to the Illuminati. On this episode, we’re taking a closer look
at the spiritual side of giving birth. And although passing a 7-pound baby through your
body, all the while screaming at your loving and devoted husband Gotham that “YOU DID
THIS TO ME!” doesn’t seem all that spiritual to me, many people around the world believe
it is. So, sit back, relax, and let us know if you need any ice chips. And stop yelling
at me, honey! Historically speaking, childbirth and religion
have always had a close working relationship, from ancient tribal fertility rituals to the
Christian belief that God punished Eve for eating the forbidden fruit by cursing women
with painful childbirth. And sorry, ladies, but it seems like no amount of talking and
praying to the man upstairs is going to make him change his mind on that score.
But despite the pain, people around the world still venerate fertility and childbirth. In
the Philippines, participants in the annual Obando Fertility Rites still dance in the
hopes that the “spirit of life” will enter the wombs of childless women. And in England,
a figure carved into the hillside called the Cerne Abbas Giant, which dates back to the
1600s, is said to have magical properties. Childless couples dance around the figure,
and having sex atop it was said to cure infertility. Which, beats the popular American fertility
cure of a bottle of red wine and a night in a moderately-priced hotel.
In Tamil Nadu in India, mothers-to-be participate in the Valaikaapu, or “bangle protection
ceremony” during which the women place colorful bangles on the pregnant woman’s wrists to
ward off evil spirits. No word on whether the bracelets also ward off stretch marks
and morning sickness. During childbirth, some women choose to let
their bodies move to the music. Many believe that belly dancing originated as a Mesopotamian
method of easing the pain of childbirth, a practice known as the Birth Magic Ritual.
It’s also making a comeback with Western moms-to-be as a means of aiding with flexibility,
strength and breathing during pregnancy and labor. No offense, but belly dancing just
skyrocketed to the top of my list of Least Sexy Activities. Once the baby is born, Muslims believe that
the “adhaan,” or call to prayer should be the first words a child hears, so the call
is whispered in the baby’s right ear, usually by his or her father. It isn’t until after
the first few days at home that the father begins whispering instead “Please sleep
through the night.” In Egypt, new parents practice a ritual called
el-sebou’ on the seventh day of their baby’s life. Egyptians believe that babies are born
gender neutral and the sebou’ marks the point at which gender is defined and the baby’s
sex is publicly announced. It’s not just a centuries-old Egyptian custom, it’s also
a clever way to make sure you don’t get a bunch of annoying bubble-gum pink onesies
if you’re having a girl. After the birth, Hawaiians plant the placenta
in a religious ceremony[ZS2] as[SB3] a means of binding the child to his or her homeland. Although,
it’s probably a lot easier for a kid to feel connected to his home when that homeland
is the most beautiful paradise on planet Earth. When the placenta is planted with a tree,
the tree is believed to provide insight into the child’s well-being. Healthy tree, healthy
child. As a parent, I can say that there’s nothing
more spiritual than having a kid, but it’s not just that “having it” – which of
course I can’t speak to as a man – it’s raising it, witnessing a baby’s consciousness
expanding and seeing the universe slowly imprinting itself on your child that is truly a profound
spiritual journey. And an exhausting one. I’m rambling, but you get the point, right? Was your child’s birth a spiritual event?
Let us know in the comments section below or by uploading a response video. [ZS1]Gotham, do we want to be careful about
offending here. It’s your call here but I think this one is forced.
[ZS2]I know we are taking a global approach here to sharing some of the alternative birthing
rituals but I would be curious to know about some of the alternative practices here in
the U.S. that women are choosing over a hospital. [SB3]Zack: I would love to include some of
that stuff, but this video is already running way long so I don’t know what to cut to
allow for a section on American alternative practices. If you can advise, I can make the

26 thoughts on “Birthing | HOLY FACTS – Deepak Chopra

  1. Gotham explores how many cultures around the world celebrate the sacredness of birth, from ancient tribal fertility rituals, pregnant belly dancing, and the whispering of scripture into the ears the newborns. 

  2. So here is where we get it all off our chest? lol. Thanks Gotham, but too little space for how awesome and terrible it was. The spiritual, I would say, was not in the experience but in the sudden slip out of it. It is stunning to observe the messy and emotional process of creation… from beyond. The Being kind of can't believe its eyes and senses when it gets so intense, which is a good way to transcend. Might be the best, lol. God is a genius 🙂

  3. giving birth to a baby is (in my subjective experience) hard labour. As always hard labour will give complete fulfilment when the job has done. But then, as you rightly state at the end of the video, the real work begins. Am ever so happy to have that behind me lol

  4. and as a grandmother it is ever so fulfilling to not have that responsibility of raising my grandkids again but just enjoying every growing stage they are in, enjoying it much more consciously than as a mother……… Well if that is spiritual or not, am having the time of my life with my grandkids!!


  6. Although the actual process of giving birth did not feel as much spiritual as it did hard painful work, nothing has surpassed my sense of connection to my creator than the moment I first held each of my children. I agree with TheHeartphone that I am much more consciously enjoying my grandchildren than I did my own children.

  7. Spiritual comment amount having a baby? Well, I was relatively shallow about spirituality prior to having my daughter two years ago. I've been forever changed. Each time I look into her eyes, I am filled with the beauty of all that is, as I see the reflection of my own soul within. She has silently reminded me of who I've always been.

  8. I too planned to have my son bron with the midwives, music was picked out, possibly a water birth at their center. I bonded with all of the women involved and took all the right classes; read the right books. But 17 pass due and huge they decided I would need to be in the hospital. All of a sudden I have tubes and BP cuffs. NO WATER or FOOD 🙁 then they induced and for 11-12hrs dbl peaking contractions 30sec-2min apart). I couldn't focus on relaxing my breathing &was thirsty and hungry. Denied..

  9. I was told to get the epidural bcuz i was so tense &dialted only 1cm after12 hrs. I was clinging to hope of delivering naturally but the 20pg doc I signed gave them the right force a Csection if I refused the epi. So I got it & fell asleep for about 4hrs & woke up ready to go(still no H20). The ep ran out & new nurses were panicing to find the anesthisiologist w/no luck. I did it anyway 9lb1oz & Im in love immidiately. I have dreams yrs later &never had another child. Midwives know better 🙂

  10. What a powerful and harrowing story…Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Such a blessing that things turned out alright in the end! Be well.

  11. I'm Australian woman who gave birth in Holland & so like lots of other Dutch mums, I gave birth at home. I never had a mother in my life as she passed when I was a baby, & I often had concerns about the type of mum I would be. When I felt the first contraction I felt a warm certainty fall over me: this physical pain I was about to endure was going to transform me into a mother, & this made me smile. Being a parent, watching your child live is the most beautiful and painful experience I encounter

  12. Haha and through becoming a parent myself I was finally able to see my father as a human being. A human being that makes mistakes as well as triumphs…

  13. Very informing, just the filming of it get's a little too trivialising. Flashing disconnected pictures on and off too much can mislead the mind. Though I totally agree with the basic message: Wicca is a religion like any other–it can be used for good or bad intentions.

  14. Has anyone put a spell on me? They'll put a spell on you only if you believe in it. Our own minds are much more magical than most of us think them to be.

  15. Spells=prayers, magick =miracles, all things connected and the kingdom within you….all contain the true "breath"  "essence" or spirit of God….use of the quantum knowledge to produce benefits. Its been around a lot longer than any monotheistic religion….we know the world if billions of years old and mankind as well, where religions only keep a history of about 6,000 years… ie the first written thoughts of how things work was Judaism….hence ONLY a history of THEIR beliefs…they also believe in magick -Moses, Solomon, healings etc They also have an androgynous god, both male and female. Wicca is a reawakening of the ancient beliefs of power of the mind, the energies around you, herbal healing, and doing good.

  16. Ok I love Deepak. But, in my humble opinion, his son needs some acting lessons or training of some kind to loosen up a bit, so he can get the message through in an either fun, warm, interesting or whatever way. This video just reminded me of a high school presentation of some kind.

  17. Wonder how people like Deepak chopra unaware of the great tamizh civilization. & It's then scientific practices

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