A Spiritual Perspective on Menses (Part-I)

– Dr. Athavale & Dr. Nandini Samant


Menstruation is basically a physiological phenomenon unique to women. In many parts of the world, menstruation is still related to a number of myths and taboos. For example, it is believed in Afghanistan that showering during menses causes infertility. According to a cultural belief held by some sushi chefs in Japan, women cannot be sushi chefs because of menstrual cycles. They believe that menstruation causes an ‘imbalance in taste’ and therefore sushi cannot possibly be properly prepared by a woman. Menses is thought of as a disease in Iran. Traditional beliefs in Bolivia misinform young women and girls that the disposal of their menstrual pads with other garbage could lead to sickness or cancer, according to UNICEF. Such myths and taboos about menstruation present in many societies adversely impact on women’s emotional state, mentality and lifestyle.

Vedas have also advised women with menses to refrain from entering holy places, cooking, etc. However, this advice is from a spiritual perspective alone and needs to be understood in that spirit. Any distortions in the implementation of the spiritual science are man-made and need to be recognized as such. However, due to a lack of understanding of the underlying spiritual science the advice of the scriptures is vastly misunderstood and hence frowned upon by society in the present times.

This resistance happens in the case of other sciences too. For example, modern medical science advises people suffering from a contagious disease like flu (Influenza), to rest and to keep to their room to prevent infecting other family members. They are asked to cover their nose with a tissue while sneezing for the same reason. When the disease spreads rampantly in society to an epidemic level, such as the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and Swine flu pandemic of 2009, infected people are forced to remain in isolation, away from society. All this is advised in the interests of the individual, family and society at large. It is not discriminatory to the person suffering from flu. We understand this because we are well aware of the science behind the restrictions. However, if an uneducated person from a tribal area traveling to a city suffered from flu and was advised to keep away from others, he could well feel ostracized. What would we think if he refused to believe the science and demanded to be shown the influenza virus! We understand that it would be in his best interests to believe those learned in that area, namely, the doctors. Similarly, Vedas are the authority in Spirituality. In this article we have explained the spiritual science underlying what the Sanatan Dharma says in the Vedas about menses and corroborated by research using modern scientific equipment. This is solely from the perspective of creating awareness in society about the spiritual aspects of menses.

Here, we will understand the basic principles of Sanatan Dharma and What happens at the subtle level during menstruation ?

Later (in upcoming article ) we will discuss the following topics –

A. Why is menarche celebrated ?

B. How can women by avoiding cooking or touching food during menses benefit themselves and society ?

C. How can women refraining from spiritual activities such as pooja or entering a temple during menses benefit themselves and society ?

D. Understand the underlying spiritual science and benefit from the advice of scriptures

Basic principles of Sanatan Dharma

To understand how Sanatan Dharma looks upon menstruation, let us get acquainted with some of its basic principles relevant to our topic.

A. Sanatan Dharma looks upon life as a continuum of births till the jīva (Embodied Soul) attains Mokṣa (Final Liberation or God-realisation). All efforts during one’s lifetime are looked upon from the perspective of ultimately moving towards Mokṣa.

B. Spiritual purity (Sattva subtle component) is looked upon as the foundation of any success or achievement. Subtle is that which is beyond the perception of the five senses, mind and intellect. Bhagawan Shrikrushna speaks of the 3 subtle basic components of the universe, namely Sattva, Raja and Tama

सत्त्वं रजस्तम इति गुणा: प्रकृतिसम्भवा: |

निबध्नन्ति महाबाहो देहे देहिनमव्ययम् ||

(Śrimad Bhagawadgīta Chapter 14, Verse 5)

Sattva is the component that represents spiritual purity, equanimity and knowledge. Raja represents action, excitement and passion, while Tama represents ignorance and inertia. Each person is made up of a proportion of these three subtle components. Depending on which subtle component is predominant in a person, he or she would be either Sattva-predominant (Sāttvik), Rājasik or Tāmasik. His or her value system, attitude and behaviour will be aligned accordingly. That is why, Sanatan Dharma advises spiritualisation of all aspects of life. Spiritualisation means making every aspect of our life such as our home and premises, bath, dress, diet, jewellery, music, dance, office work sāttvik and enriched with Divine consciousness (Chaitanya). This way our day to day efforts in life lead us to eternal bliss (God-realisation).

What happens at the subtle level during menstruation ?

According to Scriptures

The Scriptures refer to a menstruating woman as ‘Rajaswala’. This is because during menses the Raja subtle component in her is increased. The increased Raja is in anticipation of conception to nourish the baby. When fertilization of ovum and consequently conception does not take place, the excess of Raja is excreted from the body in the form of menstruation.

According to Ayurveda

As per Ayurveda, during menses the Apāna Vāyu is activated in the woman. ‘Prāṇa’ is the subtle vital energy which drives the various actions at the level of the various koṣas. There are 5 Prāṇas, each with a specific action. Activation of the Apāna Vāyu causes movement in the downward direction to facilitate the excretion of uterine tissue and also body toxins (Aām). The high Raja subtle component in the woman during menses causes an imbalance of the 5 Prāṇas.

Subtle picture of a woman during menses

The true measure and analysis of what happens in the subtle dimension can only be through the medium of the sixth sense. At the Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay (Maharshi Spiritual University), we have seekers in our spiritual research team who can actually perceive subtle vibrations emitted by an object or individual. After studying these vibrations they sketch them on paper. We call these sketches ‘Subtle pictures’. They serve as spiritual x-rays and provide clarity about the true nature of the object or individual. The readings are then confirmed or corrected by H.H. (Dr.) Athavale to get the accurate values. The following subtle picture of a woman during menses gives us an idea of what happens during menstruation in the subtle dimension.

The above subtle picture shows how there is emission of Raja-Tama subtle vibrations from a woman during menses. As a result the environment gets charged with the distressing Raja-Tama vibrations.

Universal Aura Scanner study of a woman during menses

The Universal Aura Scanner (UAS) is a scientific instrument that has been invented by Dr. Mannem Murthy, a former nuclear scientist from India. We have used this instrument extensively since 2014 and have recorded more than 10,000 readings in various experiments. It is our experience that it gives accurate readings. We have presented scientific papers based on these studies since October, 2016 in 15 National and 48 International Scientific Conferences. For more details about experiments done using UAS please refer to http://www.ssrf.org/. For more information on the instrument and its usage, please refer to http://www.vedicauraenergy.com/universal-scanner/

Please note that an average object or person can have negative energy, but it is not necessary that the positive energy be present. The negative energy readings are of 2 types and are denoted by ‘IR’ (Infrared) and ‘UV’ (Ultraviolet). IR denotes a lesser form of negative vibrations, while UV denotes a more intense form of negative vibrations. The total measured aura (TMA) is a measure of the object’s or person’s negative energy, positive energy in addition to other miscellaneous components. The TMA of an average object or person is 1 meter. When the TMA of a negativity emitting person or object (which does not have any positive energy) is high, this high TMA is a reflection of its high negativity.

We used the UAS to measure the positive and negative subtle energies and the total measured aura around a woman during menses, after chanting for 15 minutes after this reading and after her 5th and 7th day head bath. This pilot study was conducted on 1 subject only.

From the above table it is apparent that during menses high proportion of both types of negative energy with complete absence of positive energy was found in this subject.

Negativity eliminating influence of chanting

We can also see that after 15 minutes of chanting ‘ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय।’ both the types of subtle negative energies in the subject were completely wiped off. Besides, positive energy was also found in her. This shows that if a woman, though high in Raja during menses, does chanting as much as possible along with her regular activities, the negative influence of menses at the spiritual level can be reduced.

The table also shows that on the 5th day of menstruation, after the subject had taken the head bath as prescribed by Scriptures, her IR negative energy reduced by nearly 40 percent, while the more intense UV negative energy disappeared entirely and positive energy was found in her. This subtle IR negative energy further reduces or disappears in the following days with an increase in positive energy as is apparent from the last column in the table.

(continued to Part-II)

 Dr. Athavale M.B.B.S., Clinical Hypnotherapist & Dr. Nandini Samant M.B.B.S., D.P.M. (Consulting Psychiatrist), Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay

30 thoughts on “A Spiritual Perspective on Menses (Part-I)

  1. Thanks for a scientific research and presentation. This article has cleared many doubts and misconceptions.
    Such more articles on spirituality are really needed.

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    • Thank you Mr Rajesh ji. We are glad that you found the article helpful. Awareness is definitely needed in today’s society, hence, our university constantly makes efforts to create awareness about how to increase sattvikta in the world. Please let us know if you would like to read more such articles.
      Spiritual Research Team
      Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay, Goa, India

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  2. Very enlightening article. It’s now easy to understand why our grandmothers considered this time of month as taboo. Appreciated the spiritual science behind it. Looking forward to reading its continuation.

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    • Dear Anu ji,
      Yes we are glad that you found the article helpful. We will update our next article soon.
      Spiritual Research Team
      Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay, Goa, India

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    • Dear Dipti ji,

      Yes, very true. Spiritual practice helps one to remain protected from any kind of distress and helps to remain calm and stable during difficult times. Regardless of whether one needs it or not, everyone should do regular spiritual practice to have a better quality of life and to increase the Sattva component in himself or herself and the surrounding environment.

      Spiritual Research Team
      Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay, Goa, India

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  3. Very nice article as it clarify all misconception about Menes . It has given new perspective to look upon this natural phenomenon in scientific and spiritual way

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  4. This was an enlightening article which clearly established how chanting can change an individual’s configuration to increase sattva thereby creating more balance , clarity and purity. Many thanks for this article.

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    • Dear Mr Sriram,

      Thankyou for your feedback. Our ancient scriptures have all the required spiritual knowledge. We are just reviving it and bringing it forward in a way that can be easily understood and implemented.

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  5. How nicely explained in a simple, easy to understand manner! Such articles should be shared widely so that our current generation understands the spiritual basis behind Hindu practices and starts implementing them to see the benefits.

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  6. Thank you for the elaborated discussion on this not much talked topic. But as in this age of 21st century we find some particular restrictions or impositions on women on certain days every month. Some call it taboos, some call it myths or superstitions related to menstruating women but these are still exists in our present day society. Some common practices that are prevailing like ‘Don’t enter kitchen or touch food items’ ‘Don’t cook’, ‘Don’t touch pickle’, Don’t enter temples, Wash your hair etc. Even today many Indian women end up imposing such restrictions on themselves every month as they presume themselves as ‘impure’. For these beliefs our society holds either spiritual reasons or gynecological reasons (fertility etc.).

    Today is ‘Menstrual Hygiene Day’ (29th May, 2021) and there is a heading in today’s HT City Delhi Edition Newspaper- ‘ Put An End To Period Shame’. Many hygiene related drives are going on but what about the feeling of shame and awkwardness associated with this? Is this due to restrictions that are imposed?

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    • Namaskar Dr. Aparnaji,

      Very nice to see your curiosity and eagerness to learn about this whole subject. I have tried to answer your question in the best possible manner. Hope it is not too long. Please see if it helps you.

      First let’s take up your view that ‘Many Indian women end up imposing restrictions such as ‘Don’t enter kitchen or touch food items’, ‘Don’t enter temples’ etc. as they presume themselves to be ‘impure’’. Well, Sanatan Scriptures use the word ‘ashaucha’ (as explained in the article). In this regard, I would urge you to check if the words ‘impure’ and ‘ashaucha’ are the same? Impure is not an entirely appropriate translation of ashaucha. A state of ashaucha happens in men too (again as explained in the article). The advice to not cook, not do puja etc. is based on spiritual science, which has been validated by the studies shared in the article using modern scientific instrument. Hence, one can say that these ‘so-called restrictions’ are actually wise precautions to be followed. This is akin to taking precautions for protecting ourselves from the Corona virus such as wearing of double masks, social distancing, staying at home, etc. One can take these as ‘restrictions and impositions’ and complain about them or understand the underlying science and take them positively that they are in the best interest of our families and the society. Thus, it is upon us to decide !

      Next, with regards to your question on the issue of feeling ‘shame’ and ‘awkwardness’ during this period. Good you asked this question as many women may be going through this and can benefit by knowing how to overcome it. Firstly, I would say that it is understandable to feel this way as most of us were brought up in this manner when the whole issue of menses was hush hush; restricted between the daughter and mother. But if you see the current times, women and men are almost equally educated about this subject. Hence, there is no reason for a girl to hide the fact that she is in menses, nor to feel any shame about it !

      We, the educated and liberated women, are proud of being women and all the attending aspects like menses, pregnancy and menopause, as it is unique to us. In medical terms, we can say that just as there is no element of ‘shame’ in saying ‘I was unfit for surgery because of low haemoglobin or high blood sugar’, similarly why should I feel shame that ‘I am unfit to do puja during menses’?

      Best Regards,
      Dr. Nandini Samant

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