The Vēdic rituals performed by the parents and the teacher on the son or daughter from the time of conception till marriage so that they may perform balanced [Sāttvik (Sattva predominant)] actions are referred to as the sanskārs (rites). There are sixteen important sanskars.
‘A process of increasing the potential. The origin of the word sanskar is sam (सम् ) + kru (कृ) + ghyan (घञ्) = sanskar (संस्कार). Thus the word sanskar is formed by prefixing the preposition sam denoting balance, to the verb kru and suffixing ghyan to it. Continue reading