female swami
“About the women of America, I cannot express my gratitude for their kindness. He said, “No man shall dictate to a woman nor women to a man… Women will work out their destiny better than men can ever do for them. These are a collection of his thoughts and quotes on women. They do not tend to nobler ideals.”, “Nowhere in the world are women like those of this country. No sooner are a young man and a young woman left alone than he pays compliments to her, and perhaps before he takes a wife, he has courted two hundred women. It was left to Gandhi to meaningfully attempt to draw the two paths closer. You always criticize the women, but say what have you done for their uplift? Rather, it was an attempt to suitably come to grips with and circumvent emerging modernist critiques that bemoaned the despicable status of the Indian woman and the burden of various social and cultural obligations that society placed on her. In the self-understanding of most male reformers, what was at stake here was the notion of the woman’s chastity (satitwa) which, in their perception, was one of the pillars supporting Hindu society. Otherwise you will find that in the Vedic or Upanishadic age Maitreyi, Gargi, and other ladies of revered memory have taken places of Rishis through their skill in discussing about Brahman. Women must be put in a position to solve their own problems in their own way. Wife and children may desert a man, but his mother never. It is wrong, a thousand times wrong, if any of you dares to say, I will work out the salvation of this woman or child. “I am the Power that manifests everywhere”, says the Mother — she who is bringing out this universe, and She who is bringing forth the following destruction. Swami Vivekananda and many men of his generation were caught in the critical dilemma of choosing between political liberation and the social. Also read: The Varied Notions of Motherhood. It is the women who are the life and soul of this country. To emancipate myself from earthly ties and attachments so that there will be no re-birth for me. All learning and culture are centred in them.”. All learning and culture are centred in them.” Vivekananda in letter to Swami … were greatly offended and worried by the newly-educated woman allegedly falling prey to a growing consumerism and making unreasonable demands on already paltry, clerical budgets. The principal reason why your race has so much degenerated is that you have no respect for these living images of Shakti. History repeats itself. How dare a man venture so far, and how can you women permit it? Vivekananda warned Nivedita to steer clear of the influences of the Tagore family which, allegedly, was spreading “erotic venom” among an already effeminate people. No Hindu can be a priest until he is married, the idea being that a single man is only half a man, and imperfect. This ‘question’ did not adopt an argumentative framework that was meant to empower women – at least not in the foreseeable future. He also told, “The ideal womanhood of India is motherhood— that marvelous, unselfish, all suffering, ever-forgiving mother.” He understood the day India started neglecting their women, the downfall of the nation started. On this question, the most conservative voices were simply horrified by the alleged ‘unfaithfulness’ of the widow.


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