CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF SEVEN DO NOT INCUR SANSKARAS
Generally, children up to the age of seven do not incur sanskaras. Their life until seven years of age is passed through according to, and depending on, the push of the sanskaras in their previous life. They are happy or miserable in accordance with the push being smooth or violent.
The spiritual meaning behind the ceremonies of the Hindu Munj and the Parsi Naojote [which may be likened to the ceremony of First Communion in the Christian religion ed.] is that after they are seven years old, children begin contracting sanskaras. The underlying spiritual significance of these ceremonies is to signal the child's entrance into the seriousness of life and to make the child aware of his responsibilities. But such ceremonies have become routine and useless these days because no one understands the spiritual purpose.
People attach great importance to these ceremonies which they perform on a
grand scale with much pomp that is, those who can afford it. But it
is all purposeless a tamasha a show!
LORD MEHER, 1st ed, Vol. 4, p. 1255, Bhau Kalchuri
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