Thursday, January 17, 2019

What should you do when your wife gives a birth?

As per our tradition as soon as the baby is born, and the moment you tie umbilical cord and disconnects, say the following:

“Oh, my child, you are born out of love,
May you live for a hundred years,
May you see a hundred autumns,
May you live long and be glorious.
May the nine evils be destroyed,
May you have prosperity, happiness and wealth.”

Than wash the baby in scented water (Saffron). Wrap the baby with a cloth that is incensed to deter demons. 

Before baby is breast feed, mark the syllable ཧྲཱི (Hri) on the baby’s tongue by hand and than allows it to suckle. It is believed that the baby will possess a very sharp mind and good vocal.

Collect the placenta; take to far away place and burry deep in the ground so that dogs or wild animals cannot dig it up. Don’t leave in hospital that land in dustbins.

Burry the placenta in the correct direction as per the following month to avoid harm to your wife:

a.     1st, 5th and 9th (East)
b.     2nd, 6th and 10th (West)
c.     4th, 8th and 12th (South)
d.     3rd, 7th and 11th (North)

Than after 3 days, to avert inauspicious occurrences in the house call a Lama and perform Lhabsang Thruel Suel.

There are other procedures as well (viz. sleeping direction, baby naming, baby taking out of the house for the first time etc) but this much I think is sufficient.

Cultivate Generous Thought and practice giving gifts to the Sanghas.

The Buddha once explained that it is a meritorious act even to throw away the water after washing one's plate with the generous thought:...