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 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 fulfilment?
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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TIP OF THE DAY
What is an “incompletion”? It is nothing but an unfulfilled action. If you didn’t get the job of your dreams, or your friend didn’t live up to your expectations, it creates an incompletion in you. By our nature, we are hardwired to continuously repeat an action until it is complete – consciously or unconsciously. Until then, we cannot be liberated. It is important to heal yourself of all the hurt, anger, and fears of the past. Once you have freed yourself, your life truly begins.
Completion is nothing but sitting with yourself and really listening to yourself. It is not about “following your heart” or apologizing to yourself or even to others. It is about freeing yourself from the unconscious patterns that have fooled you into thinking you are limited.
This completion exercise is called the sva-poornatva kriya.
Here are a few things to do before you start:
Identify a repetitive pattern within you which makes you experience low energy again and again. Do you always reach the last step of an exciting project only to have it fall apart? Do you always find reasons to run away from whatever you are doing? Write it down.
If you do not remember repetitive experiences in your life where the same conflict has happened, again and again, answer this: What makes you experience low energy and low emotions in your life?
Make a conscious declaration with integrity: “I am now complete.”
Now, find a mirror. Please understand that the person in the mirror is the incomplete half of you. Often that incomplete half of you is a small child – only a few days/months/years old. When you complete with the “little you” in the mirror, you restore completion inside you as well. This is what you should do:
Sit in a comfortable position facing the mirror
Connect with the person in the mirror
Look directly into the eyes of the person in the mirror
See the 1-year-old or 2 years old or the 3-year-old or the 4-year-old or the 10-year-old in the mirror which is the incomplete half of you.
Go back to earliest memories of your life and relive incidents/situations in your life where you have experienced low-level energy emotions such as anger, guilt, frustration, and agitation with yourself (incompletion in some form) from those incidents/situations
Now take responsibility for liberating yourself from this incompletion you are carrying within you which you have kept alive all this time.
Re-live those incidents/situations completely. Then, talk aloud with the person in the mirror till you experience completion happening both for you and for the person in the mirror.
Note: Repeat re-living the incidents/situations and continue talking again and again till you experience being free of the low-level emotions inside you.
Completion is more than just “feeling good.” It is a tangible feeling – of lightness, of getting rid of a burden, of understanding that it is a blessing to live in your body. Until you get to this feeling, repeat this exercise. Do this every day.
INTERNALISE THIS! At your core, you are Mahadeva. Nothing else matters.
When we think of someone who has “renounced,” we immediately assume they have decided to run away from responsibilities. Or that they have decided to choose poverty over wealth.
Renunciation is not about choosing poverty or running away from wealth and relationships. It means choosing a lifestyle that is not fuelled by these things. When you are not fuelled by money, it will always be around you. A perfect example of this was Sri Rama – king of Ayodhya. Whether he was surrounded by riches or exiled in a forest, he served his purpose with unwavering integrity. There was no attachment to his title, his royalty, or his wealth. If these things helped him serve his purpose, he would use them.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna beautifully says “do your work without thinking about its fruits.”
Whether we realise it or not, attachment to results causes conflict. We are only happy as long as we achieve what we think is the result. Otherwise we are suffocated, suffering, and beating ourselves up as failures. It is important to come back to the truth: that the best way to live is to walk our paths with authenticity and no expectations.
Let’s take an example. If you want to expand your business, you have to take certain actions. You must invest in it, you must explore new territories. If you are attached to a result, like making a million dollars in a year, all your actions will be dictated by this result. All your emotions will be dictated by this result. You will spend more time wondering if you will fail, or if a natural calamity will take away your money. The person who has renunciated will still invest in the business. They will just work to achieve the target without fear or greed; just for the joy of creation.
Swamiji is the best modern-day example of non-attachment to results. He just keeps working towards his purpose – giving humanity a superconscious breakthrough. Everything else – people, resources, infrastructure – is just a result. He has no greed towards bringing in more, nor does he have the fear of losing what he has accumulated.
Whether you are married, unmarried, or living as a sannyasi, just build this cognition of renunciation. From this space, all your actions will come from the joy of creation and not the space of expectation. And it may seem paradoxical but it is from this space that you will achieve everything you yearned for – and more – just as a ripple effect of your authenticity.
Renounce what you don’t have!
We never suffer because of what we have. We suffer only because of what we don’t have. Spiritual growth is nothing but renouncing what you don’t have. It is about understanding the concept of Maya – that which does not exist but still troubles you as if it exists.
Don’t renounce your relationship; renounce the fantasy that comes in between you and your relationship. Don’t renounce your house; renounce the “dream house” that comes in between you and your house. Live with whatever you have – don’t allow what you don’t have to interfere.
Just renounce your dreams, your fantasies that are constantly torturing you. That is more than enough. Just watch how different your life becomes! Watch this video at least five times: https://youtu.be/_uoebZE67DI
PRE-WORK FOR NEXT WEEK
Watch this video at least five times and internalise the truths shared: https://youtu.be/3Z2qWRIj52I
Answer the following questions:
What is the cause of suffering? A. Dreams B. Fantasies C. Reality D. Unfulfilled desires E. a & b
What is renunciation? A. Giving up what you have B. Giving up what you don’t have C. Giving up the attachment to the objects you have D. Giving to charity E. b & c F. a & d
Identify at least five unfulfilled desires that you want to renounce. Apply the principle of renunciation as guided by Swamiji in the lesson video. Do the completion process to make this exercise smoother.
After a week, introspect and assess the results of this exercise. Write a short summary of what you realized.
Chinna Pillai, named as Madhurai’s Iron Lady, helped an entire village break its cycle of poverty and exploitation by spreading community-based microfinance across Tamil Nadu. She was married into a small village, Pullucheri, at the age of 12, and was soon working on the fields in the Madurai district. She and her husband had two sons and three daughters to support; they soon became landless labourers who were buried under the predatory debts of landlords. Until now, there was no choice but for the farmers to accept their fate unquestioningly. But, for Chinna, allowing someone else decide her fate was never an option. So she started requesting her landlord for better wages for the farmers. Some would call her annoying or nagging but to her, it was nothing but persistence in the fight for what was fair. Her efforts paid off – the village, Pullucheri, is now a model of self-sufficiency. It has its own banking system—Kalanjiam—a microcredit movement, which has empowered hundreds of women and their families in the last three decades now. Her efforts caught the eye of development activists, who offered more effective solutions. One of them came up with the idea of multiplying the small savings of these women into large returns that could holistically benefit the community. It started with 15 women contributing Rs. 20 every month. The cumulative amount was lent to any group member who needed it the most. That member was charged an interest of 60% per annum. This may seem like an unusually high rate but is, in fact, a blessing compared to the 300% interest rate imposed by landlords. In a matter of six months, the Kalanjiam self-help group was lending as much as Rs. 1000 a month. Members were now not just using the money for emergencies, but also to launch new businesses. Community leaders began to spread the world and it has now impacted at least 1.2 million families. Chinna Pillai’s relentless fight made her one of the five women to receive the Stree Shakti Puraskar in 1999. Former Indian Prime Minister touched her feet in respect for what she achieved. She may never have had a chance to educate herself, but she ensured the financing of millions of women’s education for generations. Swamiji beautifully says, “Ganga breaks the Himalayas, not by her force but by her persistence.” Chinna Pillai is a modern-day, living example of this persistence. She stood firmly by what would benefit everyone around her, without succumbing to any of the limitations she could have used as excuses.
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