Never look down upon any woman. They are most virtuous. With all sacred feelings in your heart, respect women and be respected. – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Life is good only! [Source]
Everyone is fundamentally and latently good only. Everyone wants to be loved. Everyone, without exception, readily takes solace in the shower of love. Who doesn’t respond in kind to a consoling word, a caring action or a comforting look?
If everyone is seeking love only, then why all the cruelty I painfully see in the world?
There is cruelty because we disrespect women. Cruelty comes and thrives wherever there is disrespect to women.
Mother – the character manual[Source]
Wherever I find cruelty, if I were to do a root cause analysis, I would not be surprised to find there was a disregard to the clear-cut guidance of a mother, a derision towards the counseling words of a wife or a disrespect to the silent wisdom of a grandmother.
The character of a human being is molded at the hands of women only. God may be Love. But I experience it first and first-hand only from a woman, the mother. A child – it may be a boy or a girl- sucks in the seed of character with every single drop of milk from the mother and with every single gentle caressing she does while she feeds.
The power that a woman has is something extraordinary. It is quite different from what is invested in a man. Much like the sunshine, this power shines forth unobtrusively and silently. It sustains the human society itself. I have, happily and without exception, observed it in visits to several cities, small towns and villages around the world. This experience of observing first-hand how women are truly the society’s back-bone was an eye-opener for me!
The vedas term this unique power of a woman as “purandhi“. purandhi means generous, bountiful, prolific, liberal, kind. The Rg veda says,
- Women are the radiating treasure of generosity and kindness
- This is the nature of birth as a woman
- Respect women with sacred feeling, so these auspicious qualities can spread to strengthen the welfare of all
- A young boy who does not respect women grows up to be a cruel person
purandhi yoshaa jaayataam sri yuvati priyaa bhaavukaa priya abhaavukaa – yuvaa pumaan apriyo bhaavukaa
Its the mango season here, as I write this post. As I bite into a mango and relish its sweetness, I couldn’t help but hear the whisper of the seed’s sweetness in it. In the same way, when I interact with people of good conduct and character in my life, I can’t help but hear the whisper of the women who molded them that way.
This is the true eminence of a woman – building the character of a person, of a home, of a society, of a nation and of the whole world.
With sacred feelings in heart, respect women. Then there’ll be no cruelty in the world.
This is the call of the vedas.