The Journal of Hindu Feminism - Volume IV

WHY HINDU FEMINISM? A revival of divine feminine consciousness

"The whole world is mesmerized by your powerfulness And you not by the whole world Is 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 labelling 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 social 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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INTERNALISE THIS!


How can Hindu feminist principles bring about a shift in the collective consciousness? How can we heal an entire gender from historical injustice and abuse to radiate their highest possibility and lead the world into stability? 

No matter how hard we try, we won’t find true liberation with modern feminism. The main reason is that their understanding of gender itself is rigid and puritanical. Hindu theology doesn’t categorize people into hard-and-fast boxes of “male” and “female,” expecting them to follow a certain set of roles. Today, if we see Indian society reflecting that sexism, we should know that it is a product of internalized colonialism, not authentic Hindu principles.  Hindu principles are not based on time; they are based on oneness and universal consciousness. They teach maturity and stability. They help women break from the boundaries of exploitation and guilt to manifest a life of powerfulness. 

His Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam guides us to operate from our peak possibility - divine feminine consciousness. He shows us how we can rewrite our life by breaking the past -- not by feel-good teachings or psychoanalysis but by a cognitive shift that changes the way we perceive ourselves entirely. 

A stable woman can stop the world from spiraling out of control. It’s only when women become stable leaders that the violence in the world can be healed. Ultimately, what are stability and maturity? It is the ability to create situations that you envision and take responsibility for this life.  

PRE-WORK FOR NEXT WEEK

Watch this webinar – You Are Empowered! – and internalize the truths shared: https://youtu.be/1ls1P4ydXj8

Answer the following multiple-choice questions

1. What are Hindu principles based on?  a. Time  b. People  c. Oneness and universal consciousness  d. None of the above 

2. Where can our ultimate success come from?  a. Taking decisions from a space of power and knowing that we take any action only because it brings us fulfillment b. Analysing feedback from everyone and trying to see how we can improve based on these opinions  c. Breaking away from relationships that don't bring us joy  d. All of the above 

3. Historically, how has Hinduism seen women?  a. As representations of divine feminine consciousness  b. As second-class citizens who stayed in the kitchen or the bedroom  c. They were not allowed to make administrative decisions  d. None of the above 

4. What is the powerful cognition to practice if you want to stop fighting and competing with other women?  a. The idea that resources are limited is in itself a delusion; as a result, there is no need to compete for anything  b. I am clear that my future is in my own hands; there is nothing to be gained from these childish games  c. Other women are my strength and support system. How can I be jealous of them?  d. All of the above 

5. How do we enter the drama of life?  a. Enter life situations and improvise the script as and when applicable  b. Enter life with the script ready; the climax we write will happen someday or the other  c. Rewrite the script to have the climax we choose; now, enter the drama of life  d. Both B and C 

If you have experienced a powerful understanding as a result of this exercise, mention it in five statements or less  


Submission Date:  Upload to Google classroom by June 7, 2019.



TIP OF THE DAY – Start the day with a nasal rinse

Jala Neti: Yogic nasal rinse to open up your breathing 

Jala Neti cleans the whole respiratory track – from your nose to your lungs. It purifies the breathing process, removing all. As a result, we inhale and exhale deeply, absorbing more prana (life energy) from the air.

This process removes all the dirt and mucus from the nasal passage, reducing mouth-breathing tendencies and reducing the risk of asthma and bronchitis. It also helps drain out the sinus cavities. If you practice this regularly, you will be able to reprogram your body’s natural defense mechanisms against hay fever and allergies. 

Instructions:

1. Fill your Jala Neti pot with lukewarm, clean, non-fluoridated water and add a pinch of non-iodised Himalayan salt to it. 2. Now, keeping your body in a straight posture, tilt your head forward a little and bend it to the left, to insert the Jala Neti tube slightly into your right nostril. Gently pour the water with a slight movement of your hand holding the Neti pot. 3. Allow your mouth to remain slightly open to breathe. 4. You will now feel the water flowing from your right nasal track up to your head, and pouring out from your left nostril. You can occasionally stop to sneeze out the mucus that begins to release out from your whole respiratory tract.

People who do the process daily have a smooth outflow of water from the other nostril, indicating a clean and healthy respiratory system.

This kriya should be done every morning, along with eye cleansing and enema. You can repeat it 2-3 times a day if you feel the need to clean your breathing.  

Jala Neti helps flush the tear ducts and improve vision. It is also beneficial for certain types of ear disorders. It improves the sensitivity of the olfactory nerves and has an overall cooling effect on the head.  

Practice this simple technique and watch yourself overcome long-term allergies and sinus infections easily!



EXEMPLARY HINDU FEMINIST – SITA DEVI

Sita Devi’s unwavering resolve to stand by her husband, Sri Rama through all the trials they faced stands as a lesson to us even today. Sita was the daughter of King Janaka. When the time came for her to be married, he arranged a Swayamwara (a ceremony in which a bride chooses her groom from the men who have assembled). In the middle of the courtyard was a bow that Lord Shiva himself gifted to Janaka. It was impossible for even the strongest of people to lift the bow; yet, Sita would regularly play with it as a child. It was clear that the man who could lift and string the bow would be her husband. Rama passed the test; he knelt before the bow, prayed to Shiva, and was the only one who would effortlessly lift the bow and string it.  Rama was the eldest son of King Dasharatha. When it was time to crown him King, Dasharatha’s third wife, Kaikeyi, was worried that her son, Bharatha, would lose opportunities. She had been brainwashed by her maid into seeing Rama as her enemy. King Dasharatha had once granted her two boons, which she decided to use today. First, she said, Bharatha was to be crowned king. Second, Rama was to be in exile for 14 years. Rama had no choice but to leave. He asked Sita to stay behind in the comforts of the palace but she refused. She decided that her place was beside Rama, and she would go wherever he had to. She was eventually kidnapped by the demon-king Ravana, who kept her hidden in a forest and instructed female demons to guard her until she agreed to marry him. In the hands of the demons, Sita went through untold torture. She still continued to tell Ravana that there was no hope that she would ever consider marrying him. Sita’s integrity to her principles manifested in nature obeying her will. Jatayu, an old vulture, saw her being kidnapped and fought Ravana with his life. Before he died, he managed to tell Rama what happened and pointed him in the right direction to find her. He also dropped some of Sita’s jewels to the monkeys – who came together and built a bridge to Lanka with their bare hands, for Sri Rama to cross.   It's easy to look at events superficially to find reasons for outrage. It is the reason certain anti-Hindu forces referred to Rama as misogynistic. He is the physical manifestation of one who always stood by what is right. Sita is an embodiment of ferocious, unwavering integrity to her principles. She is an example of the statement “chastity is a power, not a suffocating principle.” Her chastity is nothing but a pure, conflict-free will to stick by Sri Rama’s side. Neither Ravana’s promises of luxury nor his demons’ torture would change her mind. Our first response is to throw a tantrum. To immediately see something as a suffocating rule and yearn to break away from it. Tantrums lead to delusion, which leads to bigger tantrums. It is a vicious cycle which gives you the illusion of resistance, but in reality only leads to your destruction. Sita did not throw a tantrum; nor did she meekly stay put until she was rescued. She made a decision to stick to her husband and through every difficulty that came her way, she did not once consider a different option.



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