WHY HINDU FEMINISM? A revival of divine feminine consciousness
“The whole world is being mesmerized by your powerfulness. And you not by the whole world Is the Real Hindu Feminism” - His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam
For as long as we can remember, gender has been the cause of much confusion and pain - whether it is "men shouldn’t cry" or labeling girls who like sports as "tomboys" or accepting violence against women as “boys will be boys.” Across the world, gender discrimination exists on a spectrum ranging from subtle discrimination to overt brutality. It could be watching your brother eat a full meal and go to bed while you get less food and do the dishes. It could be at the workplace, trying to negotiate family leaves without destroying your career. It could be outright, brutal violence against women or the deeply rooted belief that same-sex relationships are unnatural and deserve “punishment.”
It is time to heal these wounds. It is time to break free from the clutches of gender imposed by society and destroy every ounce of guilt at its very root. It is time to create a life of power, a life where everything we dream of will just manifest as a gift from the cosmos.
Modern-day feminism reminds us of the historic injustices done to us as women. It shows us the violation and abuse we are put through every day. But are there solutions beyond telling us the many ways in which the patriarchy constantly holds us all to unfair standards? And when women are finally able to conduct their lives just like men and without consequences, will it bring us the ultimate fulfillment?
These ideas of societal equality are only surface-level solutions which will ultimately create a deep divide between men and women. There is nothing to be gained from constantly reinforcing old prejudices; it will only keep women rooted in the anger and injustices of the past.
Hindu feminism, as taught by sacred Vedic texts and delivered to us by His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, is about empowering women with the superconsciousness of enlightenment. It is about reminding them that just by their existence, they can move the universe. It is a reminder that chastity is not about the body, but about unwavering integrity. It is about ferociously burning every ounce of the violation, since it doesn't belong in an enlightened body. It is a call to realize that chastity, softness, and grace are powers. And when we stop feeling the powerlessness of the past, we will be empowered to live as enlightened beings, Jeevan muktis.
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This edition of the Journal of Hindu Feminism contains some of the pre-work you have to complete before you begin your mentorship program. During the program, daily homework will be posted on the Facebook page and groups. You can also check our official website for updates. Start following them today!
TIP OF THE DAY
Swamiji says, “By keeping your stomach clean you will become enlightened. You don’t need any other practice. The power of the solution feels smaller than the power of the problem just because of your stomach. The whole thing boils down to your body’s hormonal situation, your body’s chemical space, balancing your body’s chemicals. I tell you, just keep the stomach clean.”
Enema is a fool-proof way to keep your stomach clean and cool. It is a great way to clean the intestines thoroughly.
Our stomach region is directly connected to our worries. It stores our thoughts and root-patterns that limit us from experiencing the real jewels of our creative, potential energy. Enema, by clearing these residual matters, helps us experience optimum health. It keeps the navel center healthy and worry-free and cools the digestive system, the fire energy, ‘jataragni’ that is responsible for digesting food.
With an enema, energy flow in the body happens without any blockage. This also helps you to come out of many chronic diseases and skin allergies.
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THE TRIPLE TEST
Socrates once met an acquaintance, whose first question was “would you like to hear something about your friend?”
Immediately, Socrates said, “before you share this with me, does it pass the triple filter test?”
“The first filter is – are you sure what you’re sharing is true?”
His acquaintance said “I don’t know. I just want to share the news with you.”
Socrates said, “the second question is – are you going to say something good?”
The acquaintance shook his head.
“The third question. Will this be useful to me?”
Again, the acquaintance had nothing to say.
When we share gossip, we think of it as harmless fun. It gives us a pleasure we can’t fully understand, but that we are almost addicted to. We don’t care for the people we hurt or for the conflicts we put our own inner space through.
Watch this video and internalize the truths about the secret of holding a powerful inner space: https://youtu.be/WPFUTEuOzao
At your core, you are Mahadeva. Nothing else matters.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJtzC_ggc3c
The first principle of integrity is cherishing the thought currents you hold, not the words you give to others.
We tend to think of integrity as truthfulness, or the ability to keep promises. For example, if someone asks us for the time, we check the clock and tell them. If the clock is slow, we haven’t told them the correct time. This is not what Paramashiva defines as lack of integrity.
To keep it very simple, it isn’t about one specific incident being right or wrong. It is about the underlying thought current: I will first verify the time to the best of my abilities and then pass on the information. The words you utter are superficial; whether they are right or wrong doesn’t matter. The thought current pushing you to utter these words is what matters. Pay attention to it.
Watch this video at least five times for this cognition to become a part of you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJtzC_ggc3c
Rani Padmini was the Rajput queen of Chittorgarh in the 13th - 14th century. She was a legendary beauty and her husband, Rawal Ratan Sen, was a noble ruler. A patron of the arts, he had a poet named Raghav Chetan in his court. But once he caught the artist performing black magic, he had him banished.
Humiliated, Raghav Chetan left for Delhi but promised to take revenge.
At that time, Delhi was under the rule of Allah-ud-din Khilji. Raghav Chetan sang songs describing Rani Padmini’s beauty, which caught the ruler’s attention. Khilji fell for the description and decided to see her at any cost. First, he went to Chittorgarh and forged a friendship with Rawal Ratan Sen. He then requested to meet Rani Padmini, and since Rawal Ratan Sen couldn’t refuse a guest, he accepted.
Rani Padmini, a wise and brave Rajput woman, refused. Finally, she conceded to meet Khilji but only allow him to see her reflection. It was finally decided that she would appear at the window and her reflection would be seen in the pond below.
One glimpse of her and Khilji declared that she was more beautiful than she was described. He was determined to have her. He then asked Rawal Ratan Sen to accompany him up to his camp.
On reaching the camp, Rawal Ratan Sen was captured, and news was sent that Rani Padmini was to be given to Khilji in exchange. She agreed. The next day, 150 palanquins left the fort towards the camp. On reaching the camp, Rajput soldiers dressed as women jumped out, fought the enemy and freed Ratan Sen.
Khilji was furious; he now wanted to crush Chittorgarh. He laid a siege to the fort which lasted for many days.
At this point, it was decided that the Rajput men would fight until the last man fell. The women, led by Rani Padmini, had to protect themselves from capture and rape. Not wanting their dead bodies to be used for the soldiers’ pleasure, they performed Jauhar – self-immolation. When the gates opened, the men were led to their last battle. In the fort, a huge pyre was lit. Rani Padmini was the first to jump.
Khilji won the battle and went into the fort to meet Rani Padmini. What greeted him was the smell of burning flesh. Even her dead body would not be used for his perverted desires.
Till date, the fort of Chittorgarh stands testimony to this incident. Was jauhar forced on these women? Was it a “morality” test? And in a feminist world, what could we stand to gain from these incidents?
Jauhar was never forced on the women; it was a step they chose to take in order to ensure that their bodies were not violated. It was never to preserve any morality, it was simply to ensure that their DNA didn’t carry the memory of sexual exploitation. They chose to burn their bodies instead of drinking poison because it would ensure that the invaders would not even have a chance to violate them in death.
Jauhar is remembered today as a testament to the persecution Hindu women went through in the hands of invaders. It is used to tarnish the name of Hinduism, and many international publications love to use these examples to confirm their bias against Vedic culture. Today, we don’t glorify or recommend Jauhar; we simply ask readers to take a moment and understand the kind of suffering Hindu women have been put through. Jumping into the fire was a better alternative than the lifetime of rape that would greet them if their husbands were killed in war.
PRE-WORK FOR NEXT WEEK
Watch this video on integrity and internalize the truths shared: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJtzC_ggc3c
Identify the thought currents you have cherished until now
List three things about your inner space that you would like to change as a result of this exercise
If you have experienced a powerful understanding as a result of this exercise, mention it in five statements or less
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