Women in Hinduism – Part 2
By Arise India Forum Staff
Adapted from www.hinduwisdom.info with permissions
“Hindu have venerated the feminine element under its different manifestations: Mahalaxmi, Mahakali, Mahasaraswati, Maheshwari – and even India is feminine: “Mother India.She is the consciousness transcending all things, she is the emptiness beyond all emptiness, the smile beyond all smiles, the divine beauty beyond all earthly beauties.”
“Countries such as France or the United States, who are often preaching India on “women’s rights” never had a woman as their top leader (President), whereas India had Indira Gandhi ruling with an iron hand for nearly twenty years; and proportionately they have less MP’s than India, which is considering earmarking 33 % of seats in Parliament for women, a revolution in human history!”
Thus in India – and it is true that it is often a paradox, as women, because of later Muslim influences, have often been relegated to the background – the feminine concept is a symbol of dynamic realization. She is the eternal Mother, who is all Wisdom, all Compassion, all Force, Beauty and Perfection. It is in this way that since the dawn of times, Hindus have venerated the feminine element under its different manifestations. Mahalaxshmi, Mahakali, Mahasaraswati, Maheshwari – and even India is feminine: “Mother India.”
(source: Arise O’ India – By Francois Gautier – Har Anand publisher ISBN: 81-241-0518-9 p.11-13). For more on Francois Gautier refer to chapter Quotes221_250). Refer to the chapter on Symbolism in Hinduism.
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