Shri Mataji's talk on the global problems
facing women today
Address by Dr (Mrs) Nirmala Srivastava to
the Inter-regional Round Table Fourth World Conference
on Women, Beijing, September 13, 1995
Brothers and Sisters of the World,
It is a great honour for me to talk about global problems of women in front of
this distinguished assembly. First of all I would like to offer my profound
gratitude to the government and the people of our host country, the People's
Republic of China. I have had the privilege of visiting China on two previous
occasions and I am a great admirer of the wisdom and culture of this great
nation that I have visited.
This is, beyond my imagination, the most glorious time in the history of the
world that at this time we are so much aware of the problems of women. Women
as a whole have definitely suffered over the ages because we have not
realised what their importance is and what their proper role is in human
society. Society itself, which is her creation, tries to control
or put down the womanhood.
In the East, we can say, that due to fundamentalist
influence women have been under great pressure and their morality is based
on fear rather than freedom. In the West they have fought for their freedom,
but what they have attained is spurious freedom. The women in the West have
the freedom to abandon all social and moral values. Thus in the East, we can
say, that most of the women are timid, oppressed and cannot express themselves,
while in the West we find most of the women are reduced to a sex symbol. They
are keen to expose their body; their anxiety is to appear in fashion advertisements
and very cheap popularity. Most of them accepted this position because otherwise
they could not have survived in that chaotic world of the West.
What most of the women in the East would regard as very humiliating
and degrading is regarded as
something very glorifying in the West. I have seen both the worlds very deeply
and I feel that unless and until you bring a new culture by which women from
the East and women from the West can both rise in their own esteem and express
themselves in such a way that they create high moral standards for their society,
women neither in the East nor in the West will rise to their full stature of
feminine speciality. The speciality is that if women are respected for their
womanhood, understanding what they are capable of and how they can empower
themselves with all the education needed, all the security will be provided
to them and they will provide security to the society.
All the fundamentalists who talk of religion expect women to be absolutely
moral and the men can do whatever they like. I feel we have to educate men
more than women. I must admit it is not difficult to collect money for poor
women in the developing countries and help them to get out of their poverty,
but unfortunately, my knowledge is that the money we are collecting may not
reach the poor women but may end up into the pockets of the corrupt ministers,
bureaucrats and other people in charge.
I do not want to criticize any UN organization because I know they are very
honest in their purpose, but they must be made aware of what is happening
under the table. We in India have two very big states called as Uttar Pradesh
and Bihar which are very much helped by UNICEF as well as the World Health
Organization. UNICEF started a project called Angan, meaning courtyard, where
the children were to be educated and brought up in a proper shape. This
project is not at all working for the children but all the money goes into
the pockets of all the corrupt people who are in charge of that project and
the children do not get even two percent of what is being sent for them.
Same with the World Health Organization, which is sending medicines and
equipment to India. These medicines are sold in the market and are completely
used by the recipients for their own gains. The same happens to WHO equipment.
So the poor people never get any benefit and they remain all the time helpless.
One has to have a very good network of people, specially women, who are
involved and who are honest, compassionate and who would like to make the
best out of this money, helping the women to achieve social equality. The
main work of womanhood is to create a good society.
Immorality and corruption are the two horrible monsters which are eating up
our society. I would blame the mothers of these immoral and corrupt persons
because they failed in their duty as mothers in their childhood. The loving
training of the mother is the first and most effective influence in shaping
the children into beautiful citizens. Mothers who have never tried to guide
with great concern and love, or the wives or the daughters who are falling
into the fear of the men or of the destructive culture, have not done their
duty as integral members of the family to strengthen the moral fibre of the
It is important also to see how children are treated in these two
cultures of East and West. What we see in the East is that children would
listen to their mothers if they are not under fundamentalist culture. This
culture relegates women to the level of an inferior human being, fit to be
dominated by men and children. In the West also the same thing happens.
Children don't respect their mothers neither do they listen to them.
I feel this is because, generally, the Western women spend more time looking after
their body and looks than on looking after and loving their children. The
nexus between the mother and children weakens and breaks. It is for this
reason that many children become street urchins. Fortunately there are
still many families in the East and some in the West who deeply defy the
corrupting trends of today and look after their children and bring them
But still I must say that the children in the East are not that much ruined
as they are in the West. The reason, also, is that in the East there are
many people who have not taken to fundamentalist culture or to the Western
culture and have a very good society and produce children who are exceptionally
good although this number may not be very great. But whatever culture they
have inherited, since long, traditionally, is very much ingrained in them and
to them the moral value system is the highest, more than money or power.
The West is now full of problems. Though they have money, they don't have peace
within and without. The truth is that women are the potential power of every
civilization and every country. It is evident that women are the creators and
the preservers of the entire humankind. This is the role that the almighty God
has assigned to them. Seeds cannot create anything by themselves. It is the
Mother Earth which provides the flowers and the fruits and other bounties.
Similarly, it is the woman who creates the child, who nurtures the baby and
eventually brings up the citizen of tomorrow.
Women must therefore rank with Mother Earth as the edifice of the entire humanity. Unfortunately, men have
utilized muscle power to gain a dominating position over women. They have not
recognized that women are complementary and equal but not similar partners
in human endeavors. A society that does recognize this fundamental truth and
does not given to women their rightful role is not a civilized society.
In my own country there is a saying in Sanskrit, "Yatra nayra pujyante
tatra ramante devata" , which means that "Where the women are respected
and respectable, there resides the Gods of our well-being". So it is for
us, at this moment, to recognize the value of this great power that is given
to us by our Creator. But what do we find? Whether in the East or in the West,
women have not been able to give a full manifestation of their greatness.
I am not suggesting at all that the only role of women in society is that of
the Mother, the pro-creator and preserver of children, or that of a wife, or
Women have a full right to participate as equal partners in every
aspect of life; social, cultural, educational, political, economical,
administrative and the rest. In order to prepare themselves for this all
pervading role, they must have the right to education in all branches of
knowledge. But if they are mothers, they have a great responsibility towards
their children as well as their society. Men are responsible for the
politics and economics of the country but women are responsible for the
society. Women can also support men and they can take leading part, of
course, in any position but, it is very important that they should not
forget that they are women who have to manifest deep motherly concern
and love. If they become manly and aggressive the balance of society
cannot be maintained.
At the same time I must submit that while we ask for the rights of women
we must also stress the fundamental duties of women to the human society.
The women in the West, or those who are educated in the West, have gone
to the other extreme when they are taking to political, economical or
administrative role. To compete with men they have become much too s
elf-willed, self-centered and ambitious. They have no more their soothing
and pleasing qualities which can keep the balance. On the contrary, they
become dominating, pleasure-seeking individuals. They are far more worried
about their physical attractions than having a pleasing, sweet and
dignified personality. They give into their baser self much faster than
men, wittingly or unwittingly.
All this leads to chaotic societies and children grow up into street
urchins, thieves and even murderers as we read everyday in the paper.
What we need is a balance between the two
extremes. We need women as equal but not similar partners wit h men,
but with a subtle understanding of the nature of men and how to bring
them into the centre with inner balance. We need balanced women in order
to have a balanced human race with peace within itself. You might say
all this is excellent in thought, but how do we achieve this state of
balance? How do we stem the tide of diseases, corruption, immorality
and immaturity. How do we end the present state of conflict and confusion?
How do we bring about peace within every mind and heart?
I very humbly submit that there is an answer to these questions.
There is a new way.
Whatever I am going to tell you now is not be taken for granted. You should,
of course, have your minds open like scientists and treat whatever I am
stating as a hypothesis. If this hypothesis can be proved, then you have
to accept it as honest persons as the absolute truth because it is for
your benevolence. It is for the benevolence of your family, It is for
the benevolence of your country and for the benevolence of the whole world.
I am here to tell you about the last breakthrough of our evolution. This
breakthrough of our evolution in our awareness has to happen in these
modern times and has been , moreover, recorded in the writings of many
seers. These are the times called as the "Decadent Times" last called
by the great saint Vyasa who has written the Gita, and it is the
decadence of humanity that we see around in every way possible.
Now I would like to tell the secret knowledge of our inner being which
was known in India thousands of years back. For our evolution and
spiritual ascent there is a residual power within us which is located
in the triangular bone at the base of our spine. This residual power
is known as Kundalini. Though the knowledge of this power was
available thousands of years back in India, the awakening of the
Kundalini was done, traditionally, on an individual basis
only. One guru would given awakening to one disciple.
As a result of that awakening, what happens is that you achieve your self-realisation,
your self-hood. Secondly, when this power is awakened, it rises and
passes through six subtle energy centres in your body, nourishing them
and integrating them. Ultimately, this power breaks through the fontanel
bone area called as the Talu or the Brahmarandra and
connects you to the all-pervading power of Divine love, which is
described in the bible also as the "cool breeze of the Holy Ghost"
also in the Koran as "Ruh" and also in the Indian scriptures
as "Paramchaitanya". Patanjali has called it as "Ritambhara
Pragya". Whatever the name, this is a power which is all-pervading,
which does all the subtle works of living process, of evolutionary
process. The existence of this all-pervading energy is not felt before
realisation but after self-realisation you can feel it on your finger
tips or at the centre of your palm or above the fontanel bone area.
Moreover, this process has to be spontaneous, "Sahaja". "Saha"
means "with" and "ja" means "born". That means the right to get
this union with the all-pervading power of Divine love is the birth
right of every human being. Our mental energies are limited. Our limited
mental energy, which is linear in movement and has not sustenance of
reality, reaches a point and stops. From there it boomerangs and all
that mental, linear movement comes back to us as a punishment sometimes.
So now we need more energy, higher energy, deeper energy and for that
this happening has to take place.
I must say that in the West, I have met many people who are true seekers
of Truth and are fed up of artificiality of the Western life. Also they
didn't know what they were seeking sometimes and they have made lots of
mistakes. They have gone to false gurus who have taken lots of money
and the people have become bankrupts and mentally and physically
handicapped. The one thing you must note is that the awakening of the
Kundalini and thus achieving self-realisation is a living
process of evolution for which we cannot pay anything. It is like
putting a seed in the Mother Earth. It sprouts because Mother Earth
has the power to sprout it and the seed has an in-built germinating
quality within it.
In the same way we have this germinating power in the triangular bone
which Greeks called as Sacrum. Actually in some people you can see this
triangular bone pulsating and the Kundalini
very slowly rising, but where there are no obstructions and if the
person is a balance being, the Kundalini rises form the Sacrum
just like a jet and passes through the fontanel bone area to become
one with the all-pervading power. This Kundalini is the spiritual
mother of every individual and She knows or has recorded all the past
aspirations of Her child. She is anxious to give second birth to Her
child and during Her ascent, She nourishes six energy centres. When a
person is not connected to the all pervading power, he is like an
instrument which is not connected to the mains and has no identity,
has no meaning, has no purpose.
As soon as it is connected, all that is built in inside this instrument
starts working and manifesting itself. When this Kundalini rises
it connects you to the all pervading power, which is vital and which is
an ocean of knowledge as well as an ocean of bliss. After the awakening
of Kundalini, you experience many
coincidences which are miraculous and extremely blissful. Above all
Kundalini is the ocean of forgiveness. So what ever mistakes
you have committed in the past are forgiven and instead you get your
self-realisation as a blessing.
The consequences of the awakening of the Kundalini and thereby the
attainment of self-realisation are numerous. First and foremost, such a
person is constantly in contact with or is in fact a part of the all
pervading Divine power. He seeks the truth by using his new awareness.
And truth is one, all self-realised persons see this same truth. Thus
conflicts are avoided. Purely mental activity without self-realisation,
leads to conflicting ideas and even wars. All this is avoided after
Now, let us see how many other things happen in a person
who gets realisation. Firstly you start feeling the cool breeze of the
Holy Ghost on your fingertips, which represent the subtle energy centres.
Thus you know the truth on your finger tips. You transcend all the
limitations of race, religion and other ideas and you go beyond your
mind to see and feel the reality and understand it. The next thing that
happens is that you become thoughtlessly aware. We live in the future
and the past through our thoughts. They come to us from these two areas
of time but we cannot be in the present.
While these thoughts are rising and falling we are jumping on the cusp of these thoughts. But when
Kundalini rises She elongates these thoughts and thereby creates
some space in-between which is the present, which is the reality. So the
past is over and the future doesn't exist. At that time you have no
thoughts. You reach a new state as you become thoughtlessly aware about
which Jung has written clearly. At this moment whatsoever happens is
recorded in your memory well and you enjoy every moment of this in
reality. When you become thoughtlessly aware then you become completely
peaceful within yourself.
A person who has achieved this peace also emits peace and creates a
peaceful atmosphere around himself. This peace is very important.
Unless and until we have this peace we will never truly understand
whatever our ideas are, whether universal or just limited. You can
feel your own seven centres on your fingertips. Also you can feel
the centres of others because you develop a new level of awareness
which is called as collective consciousness. When such new awareness
is established into you, you start feeling also the centres of others.
I must tell you that these centres are responsible for our physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual well being and when they are affected
or they are in jeopardy, people suffer from one disease or another.
As a result of the awakening of the Kundalini and the nourishment
of these centres, an important development would be that you will feel
an inner balance and you will enjoy good health. Many diseases, even
some incurable ones, have been cured by the awakening of the Kundalini.
Even the data base of the inherited genes may be restructured after
self-realisation through the awakening of the Kundalini. As a
result, a person who might have inherited genes indicating criminal
tendency might become a good man.
Our attention also becomes very pure. In the light of the spirit we can
see things much more clearly than when we were blind. For example, a
person who goes with his blind eyes and feels an elephant and then
another comes in and a third comes in, all of them have different
ideas about the elephant, depending on whichever part of the elephant
they have touched. But if they open their eyes then they can all see
the same thing, the reality and there will be no quarrel and fights.
A self-realised person can feel the absolute knowledge on the fingertips.
Supposing someone doesn't believe in God. A self-realised person can
suggest to the non-believer that he should ask the question: "Is there God?"
The questioner will get, you will find, a very nice cool breeze coming into
his being. He may not believe in God but there is God.
Unfortunately, so many of those who believe in God are also absurd, hypocritical, cruel,
weird and so immoral that people have lost faith in God, But while those
who represent God may be wrong, God himself exists and his power also
exists which we call as the all-pervading power of Divine love.
This is the power of love and compassion and not of aggression and destruction
when it is imbibed in a yogi or in a self-realised person, it works in
a very different way like an angel. Such people can cure others and cure
themselves. Even mental cases have been cured. Not only that. Even those
who have been to wrong gurus in their search of truth have achieved
their spiritual stability after leaving false gurus and coming to the
path of self-realisation.
In the next stage, you become thoughtlessly aware, when your Kundalini
is stabilised and you know undoubtedly that you have achieved your
self-realisation, that you have attained all the powers that can be
utilised. You become very powerful because you can raise the
Kundalini of others. You become very active and you don't
feel tired easily. For example, I am seventy three years of age and
I am traveling about every third day, but I am quite alright. This
energy flows into you and fills you up with vitality. You become
extremely dynamic and at the same time extremely compassionate,
kind and mild. You feel that you are protected and thus you are
confident but not egotistical. Your whole personality changes.
This is the kind of global transformation which is taking place
with such a speed all over that I, myself, am surprised at how it
is working out so fast.
Actually, this knowledge existed a long time back but my contribution,
if there is any, is that we can now achieve en-masse realisation.
Thousands can achieve mass realisation. It is a gift of this time
where it was predicted that such global transformation will take
place. In as many as 65 countries, thousands of people have attained
their self-realisation through Sahaja Yoga.
The power of Kundalini is the pure desire of attaining your
selfhood. If someone doesn't want to have it, you cannot force him
because the Divine respects the freedom of that person. If he wants
to go to heaven, he can go there, or if he wants to go to hell, he
can go to hell. Self-realisation can be attained easily if the people
have a sincere and pure desire to get their self-realisation. But if
they stick to some of their ideas, which are fixed, the Kundalini
won't rise. Also it cannot work for idiots or for immature people. It
works for people who are wise, who are more in the centre, and it
works very fast.
I was amazed to see that it has worked even on
people who were drug addicts , who were alcoholics and who were
very immoral. But they all had an intense and pure desire to secure
self-improvement, self-realisation. So many of such people achieved
their goal of self-realisation. Overnight, they gave up their drugs,
their alcoholism . Thus you become very powerful and at the same
time you understand that you are now glorified and you start behaving
in a very dignified and a very sensible manner.
This is how a new culture is born and this new culture takes you , in a way, into a
new style of life where you become innately, I say innately, righteous.
Nobody has to tell you: "Don't do this" and "Don't do that". It is all
achieved through your enlightened attention. This enlightened attention
is also full of power. Wherever you put your attention it works, it
creates peace, it creates harmony and also it creates a new dimension
of collective consciousness.
So to blame your genes for your mistakes is not going to work out anymore
because these genes can be changed in their database and can be brought to
the level of a very righteous, angelic personality. The ego and the
conditioning of a person gets dissolved by the ascent of the Kundalini
and he becomes really a free bird. Absolute freedom is achieved in reality
and his behavior changes tremendously with great faith in himself. He
becomes a witness of the whole drama of life.
When you are in the water you are afraid of getting drowned, but supposing you get into a boat,
you can watch the same waters with enjoyment. But if you learn how to
jump in the water and save others then it is even a higher situation and
so we have a higher awareness which we call as doubtless awareness. Above
all, we fall into the ocean of joy. Joy is absolute. It doesn't have
duality. It is not like happiness and unhappiness. It is a singular
thing and once you jump into it you learn easily how to enjoy everything,
whether it is beautiful or ridiculous. In one case you see the beauty;
in the other you see the humour as to how people are ridiculous.
The remarkable thing is that Sahaja Yogis have become great musicians, great
writers, great speakers, great administrators. In every way they have rise
very high, specially in their attitude toward others. They respect everyone
and they know what is wrong with other people so that they can approach
them carefully, gently to see that this person who has these problems can
be easily evolved and become a self-realised soul. It is like one candle
lighting another candle. This work is going on all over the world and
there is great hope that it will also start in China.
Before this, somehow, I could not start my work but the Divine coincidence has given a chance to
me by this conference to talk to Chinese people, who I find very wise and
sensitive, about the great treasure of spirituality. This is not a
coincidence. It was inevitable and has been brought about by this all-pervading
power. In your life also you will notice lots of coincidences but you will not
know how to connect them to something that is Divine unless and until you
get connected to the Divine power.
Confucius has taught the humanity how we can improve our relations with
other human beings. But Lao Tse in China has very beautifully described
Tao, meaning the Kundalini. And I have had a voyage through
the Yangtze River through which Lao Tse had gone many times. I know he
was trying to show that this river which is the Kundalini, is flowing
towards the sea and one should not be tempted by the nature that is around.
The nature around the Yangtze River is very, very beautiful, no doubt, but
one has to go through the river. Also there are lots of currents which flow
and can be quite dangerous and we need a good navigator who should take his
ship across to the point where it is nearer the sea. At that stage it becomes
very silent and extremely simple in its flow.
This country has been endowed with great philosophers, I would say the greatest
was Lao Tse, because humanism was for the preparation of human beings for
their ascent about which Lao Tse had spoken. But because of the subtle
subject it was not described in such a clear-cut manner as I am talking
to you. It is such a pleasure for me to talk to this august gathering here.
After traveling all over the world, I realise that China is one of the best
countries as far as spirituality is concerned.
May the Divine bless you all.
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