Hinduism and Overpopulation

by Sulaiman Razvi

India is the second most populated nation after China with 1.2 Billion people. Hinduism encourages begetting several sons. It is mentioned in RigVed,

Rig Veda 10.85.45 O Bounteous Indra, make this bride blest in her sons and fortunate. Vouchsafe to her ten sons, and make her husband the eleventh man.


Rig Veda 3.24.5 Grant, Agni, to the worshipper wealth rich in heroes, plenteous store, Make thou us rich with many sons.


It is mentioned in Grihya Sutra,

Sankhayana Grihya Sutra 1.19.6 ‘Give birth to a male child; may after him (another) male be born; their mother shalt thou be, of the born, and (to others) mayst thou give birth…

It is mentioned in Upanishad,

Khandogya Upanishad, 1 Prapathaka, Kanda 5, verse 4. ‘Him I sang praises to, therefore art thou my only son,’ thus said Kaushitaki to his son. ‘Do thou therefore sing praises to the breath as manifold, if thou wishest to have many sons.’

It is mentioned in the Purana that Hindu god Krishna had ten sons from each wife,

Srimad Bhagvatam (Bhagvat Purana) 10.61.1 Sukadeva Gosvami said: Each of Lord Kṛiṣhṇa’s wives gave birth to ten sons, who were not less than their father, having all His personal opulence.

Swami Prabhupada writes on this verse,

”Lord Kṛṣṇa had 16,108 wives, and thus this verse indicates that the Lord begot 161,080 sons” He also writes on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.19



He wrote,

”…The birth of a human being is a great science, and therefore reformation of the act of impregnation according to the Vedic ritual called Garbhādhāna-samskāra is very important for generating good population. The problem is not to check the growth of the population, but to generate good population on the level of Vidura, Vyāsa and Maitreya. There is no need to check the growth of population if the children are born as human beings with all precautions regarding their birth. So-called birth control is not only vicious but also useless.” A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.19 http://vanisource.org/wiki/SB_3.5.19

He also wrote,

“…In every state all over the world, such activities are encouraged by the government in the form of birth control. Women are supplied pills, and they are allowed to go to a clinical laboratory to get assistance for abortions. This is going on as a result of sense gratification. Actually sex life is meant for begetting a good child, but because people have no control over the senses and there is no institution to train them to control the senses, the poor fellows fall victim to the criminal offenses of sense gratification, and they are punished after death as described in these pages of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.” A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.30.21 http://vanisource.org/wiki/SB_3.30.21

Shankaracharya Vasudevananda Saraswati of Badrikashram tells Hindu women to produce 10 children. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-now-shankaracharya-vasudevanand-says-hindus-must-produce-10-kids-for-narendra-modi-to-become-pm-again-2053573


Hindu religious and political leader Sakshi Maharaj asks Hindu women to produce 4 children. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30706431



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Abortion is clearly prohibited in Hinduism,

Garuda Purana 1.105.48 “Willful abortion and hatred of the husband are great sins in women without any expiation. Hence, she shall be shunned from a distance.” Tr. Board of Scholars, edited by J.L. Shastri

Parasara Smriti 4.20 What sin is incurred in killing a Brahman, abortion causes a sin twice as great; there is no atonement for that sin. The abandonment of such a woman has been ordained by law.

Gautama Dharma Shastra 21.9. A woman becomes an outcast by procuring abortion, by connection with a (man of) lower (caste) and (the like heinous crimes).

Vasistha Samhita 28.7. Those versed in the sacred law state that there are three acts (only) which make women outcasts, (viz.) the murder of the husband, slaying a learned Brâhmana, and the destruction of the fruit of their womb. 


Now a days Hindus are mocking Muslims of having ten children which isn’t true, after reading this will they still criticize Muslims with such taunt? Maharishi Manu also had ten sons,

Vishnu Purana 3.2 …and the ten sons of the Manu will be Sukshetra, Uttarnaujas, Harisheńa, and others.


It is mentioned in Devi Bhagvatam

Devi Bhagvatam 8.4.1-4 The Risi Narayana said :– The eldest son of Svayambhuva, Priyavrata served always his father and was very truthful. He married the daughter of the Prajâpati Vis’va Karma…He begat ten sons, very spiritual and well qualified and one daughter named Ûrjasvatî….

It is mentioned in Mahabharata,

Mahabharata 1.115 “Vaisampayana said, ‘Meanwhile, O Janamejaya, Dhritarashtra begat upon Gandhari a hundred sons, and upon a Vaisya wife another besides those hundred. And Pandu had, by his two wives Kunti and Madri, five sons who were great charioteers and who were all begotten by the celestials for the perpetuation of the Kuru line.’

Hindu god Shiva had eight children, Ganesha, Jalandhar, Kartikey, Ashok Sundari, Ayappa, Andhaka, Manasa, and Jyoti. So its not other religion but Hinduism which encourages couple to have more children.