I’m terribly sorry but whoh is the goddess.
We were a country that revered women. With the advent of the Bhakti cult, somewhere it vanished. Krishna, Rama became the icons, even fiercely independent woman like Savitri has been tamed like the Katherine in Shakespeare’s taming the shrew. Well actually even Taming the Shrew is such a horrifying play of power display of siphoning the thinking and power of one human by the other.
The prompt for the week end says women need not be given the position of a goddess just treating her as a respectable human being is enough. Well, let’s get this right respectable is also comparing to a standard. This is respectable this is not who decides the respectability standard?
I would say treating every individual as individuals in their own right accepting them just the way they are would be a great achievement but I know I am asking for Utopia.
Women who have inspired me are many right from grandma Singari to my daughter Jahnavi, each one is an inspiration. But to call them goddess? Yes I would because each of them is epitome of the primordial feminine. But before we even go into it, maybe it is a great idea to explore what the civilizations have thought about goddess…
Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred them as a god or goddess giving them an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to think. They just obeyed orders. Today people hear a commercial for potato chips and rush out to buy, this is called free will. Think of it the Greeks were more honest.
The symbol of goddess gives us permission. She teaches us to embrace the holiness of every natural ordinary, sensual dying moment. Patriarchy may try to negate body and flee earth with its constant heartbeat of death, but Goddess forces us back to embrace them, to take our human life in our arms and clasp it for divine life it is – the nice sanitary, harmonious moment as well as the painful dark splintered ones.
If such a consciousness truly is set loose in the world, nothing will be the same. It will free us to be in the sacred body, on a sacred planet, in sacred communion with all of it. it will infect the universe with holiness. We will discover the divine deep within the earth and cells of our bodies, and we will lover her there with our hearts and souls and all our minds.
Before we say society, let us understand we part of this society; Islam in Uzbekistan was kept alive by the women of the Zenana. So mothers can mould the thinking of their sons and daughters.
If we pause to think were this dichotomy arise? It starts with the lopsided power equations were at home the children see a mother who is dominated by the male while at school they are asked to respect women.
The increased reports of violence against women could be due to increased media reporting, and the acts could also rise with altering power equations. Women taking responsibility of their economic status has created a disrupt in the fabric. This is bound to happen and has to re-invent itself.
I am giving you the link to one of my most recent blogs. — https://parwatisingari.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/bennekudru-mulamahastree-ammana-gardi/