Did you know? From where the concept of CLONING & TEST TUBE BABIES AND SURROGATE MOTHERS evolved? In this post, I would discuss some unbelievable correlation between some Hindu mythological stories and the science of cloning and test tube baby.
The Concept Of Cloning & Test Tube Babies In Indian Mythology
In Srimad Bhagavatam, it has been mentioned that when His Excellency Nimi was dead, the seers by process of Mantha, (perhaps, human cloning in modern idioms) created a new baby from his dead body. The baby was called Janaka, as it was out of (mantha) cloning of his father. It was called Videha, as it was born out of a non-sexual process. More stories mentioned in our old manuscripts.
TEST TUBE BABIES
It is believed that Kauravas “were products of a technology that modern science has not even developed yet”. The epic Mahabharata describes Gandhari as a mother of 100 sons who were called Kauravas, the eldest of them being Dhuryodhana. The Kauravas were created by splitting the single embryo into 100 parts and growing each part in a separate kund (container).
A verse in Mahabharata under the chapter Adiparva that actually describes how the Kauravas were created from a single embryo from Gandhari.
The Surrogate Mother
In the Bhagvata Purana, there is a story that suggests the practice of surrogate motherhood. Kansh the wicked king of Mathura, had imprisoned his sister Devaki and her husband Vasudeva because oracles had informed him that her child would be his killer. Every time she delivered a child, he smashed its head on the floor. He killed six children. When the seventh child was conceived, the gods intervened. They summoned the goddess Yogamaya and had her transfer the fetus from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini (Vasudeva’s other wife) Thus the child conceived in one womb was incubated in and delivered through another womb.
The Hindu mythology is full of such scientific innovations towards which we are still taking baby steps. We still not have reached the level which was mentioned in those old manuscripts.
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