The Journal of Hindu Feminism - Volume VI



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 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. The modern-day ideas of social equality are the surface-level solution which at the moment is stagnant after creating a deep divide between men and women. 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. chastity is not about the body, but about unwavering integrity and stability to the decisions we take in Life 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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Thoughts to Chew!

Krishna was visiting a rich devotee's house. The devotee was excited and invited him with all the grandeur. He showered Krishna with flowers, made sure he had the best food and made him very comfortable. In the end, the devotee asked Krishna for more wealth and success; Krishna gave his blessing. With time, the devotee became even richer. A few days later, Krishna went to the home of a poor devotee – an old woman whose only sustenance came from her cow. She sold the cow’s milk and lived from those earnings alone. When Krishna paid her a visit, she did all she could to shower him with whatever she was capable of giving. She finally asked for oneness with him, and Krishna blessed her. A few hours later, her cow died. Does God favor only the rich? Why the poor have to suffer more and more! Life is unfair God is Unfair! Krishna gave a beautiful answer to this when he was questioned. He said “the rich man wanted more wealth, so I gave him more wealth. The poor lady wanted oneness with me, so I simply took away what was standing in her way of melting into the divine – the cow.”

How do we know we are thinking right? How do we know we are arriving at the right conclusion – not one that is clouded by fear, greed, or mistrust? There is one simple but powerful technique to help us center ourselves.

● Lie down on the floor, on your back. ● Inhale – not from your lungs, but from your gut. Inhale slowly and deeply. Fill your lungs as much as possible. ● Exhale completely and pull your stomach in. Hold your breath as much as possible, for as long as you are comfortable. Do not overdo this. ● Repeat 7 times.

Do this on an empty stomach or at least three hours after food. This technique expels toxic, self-destructive thought currents that stand in the way of taking the right decision. It is not a feel-good technique, it is a deep cleanse. It will center you and any decision you make from this space will always be auspicious.

PRE-WORK FOR NEXT WEEK

After you do the breathing technique, sit with yourself, look in, and identify moments from your past that left you with low energy or any other form of powerlessness. Now, use the completion technique to bring yourself back into the space of powerfulness. Note the differences you feel in your mood for one week. Here is a quick recap of the technique:

● 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




TIP OF THE DAY - Reduce your spice intake!


In the Agamas, Mahadeva explains taste: If your whole mouth and tongue experience saliva, that is taste. That will never happen through the foods which give you the pleasure of gratification through agitation. Spicy foods don’t allow the whole mouth to work. If you are a little conscious while eating spicy food, if you look a little deeper, you will see the effects of the food a few minutes after you eat. You will be a little tired, depressed, bored, ready to rest. This is the immediate effect of spicy foods. This is the effect of the wrong kind of food on your being. Don’t gratify your tongue with foods that give you temporary pleasure and long-term destruction. Stop cherishing spice and with time, you will notice that you automatically stop cherish your mood swings as legitimate.




EXEMPLARY HINDU FEMINIST – KANNAGI

Kannagi (Kannaki) is a legend from Madurai, India, and a central character of the great Tamil epic Silapathikaram. She is a living example of the truth –chastity does not mean weakness. Kannagi was known for her beauty and when she was young, was married to Kovalan, the son of a wealthy merchant in Kaveripatnam. They were living happily until Kovalan fell in love with a dancer – Madhavi. He forgot about his wife and spent his wealth on the dancer. Finally, when he was left with no money, he returned to Kannagi. By now, their only asset was a pair of anklets filled with gems. Kannagi gave them to Kovalan willingly. With these anklets to their name, they set off to Madhurai, where Kovalan hoped to recover his wealth. At this time, the city of Madurai was ruled by the Pandya King Nedunj Cheliyan. An anklet belonging to his wife, the queen, was stolen around this time and bore a similarity to the anklets Kovalan was carrying. As Kovalan took the anklets to the market, it was assumed that he stole the anklets and was immediately beheaded by the king’s guards – without a trial. When Kannagi found out, she became furious and set out to prove her husband's innocence to the King. She came to the King's court, broke open the anklet seized from Kovalan and showed that it contained rubies, as opposed to the queen's anklets which contained pearls. Realizing their fault, the King and the Queen died of shame. Unsatisfied, Kannagi tore out a breast and flung it on the city, uttering a curse that the entire city is burnt. Due to her utmost chastity, her curse became a reality. Madhurai was burning until Goddess Meenakshi herself requested her to withdraw the curse. “Chastity” always brings with it the connotations of guilt. It is seen for its societal and moral meanings, and always evokes a sense of unfairness. But in the Vedic context, chastity has nothing to do with morality. In fact, it has nothing to do with the body itself. It has everything to do with integrity to your decision. Kannagi made a decision to be with her husband. It may seem unfair that she “had to” forgive him for his adultery, but it was her decision to stick by the choice she made even when it seemed like it was crumbling around her. She demanded justice directly from the king and even called him unenlightened as she faced him. Her chastity was not her weakness; she was no meek woman. Centuries later, Kannagi is worshipped as the goddess of chastity.



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