Friday, March 8, 2013


DON’T FORGET TO CELEBRATE! The calendar is overflowing with occasions to mark. It seems like there's a special day for almost everything. For example, September 19 is celebrated by some as International Talk Like a Pirate Day. But the surplus of observances shouldn't detract from the really important ones, like Friday, March 8, International Women's Day. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911, but it was international only in the technical sense that women in four European nations marched. 
These activists were ahead of their time in thinking about women's economic and political equality; they may not have been so far ahead of their time that they envisioned what it has come to mean for many of us today. Now, International Women's Day represents a movement that is for every woman and girl, no matter where they live.

This year, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee in history by risking her life for the cause of universal girls' education. Her courage has inspired women across the world. Some of the bravest, most revolutionary voices about empowerment are coming from women and girls like Malala who are calling the world's attention to social norms that prevent women from realizing their full potential. Here is the reality we must confront on International Women's Day: The decisions women make about their families are the key to improving life for many of the poorest communities in the world. 
The evidence shows that in the developing world, women play a different role than men and are more likely to take care of their family's health care and nutrition, things that children need to become productive adults and contribute to the economic and social development of societies. In fact, research has shown that a child's chances of survival increase by 20% when the mother controls the household budget.

Today we celebrate International Women's Day by highlighting favorite quotes from famous women and recognizing their rights in many countries, however, in several places sexual violence is still used as a weapon of war, forcing tens of thousands of women to flee the war-torn countries. Zillah Eisenstein, a feminist theory writer, says "Although many women have more choices today than their mothers did, there are also greater economic inequalities and therefore greater burdens to bear." Despite all the supposed "equality among sexes", the world needs to recognize that the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women is still an outstanding debt. The body of man or woman is external, temporary and it doesn’t touch the real self. We must understand that we are all spiritual sparks, parts and parcels of God. 

Who is a woman here may not be a woman there in that higher realm; who is a man here may not be a man there. The body is only a dress. The soul has its mental dress, and according to that, we wear this physical dress, the flesh dress. Sexual identity means the flesh and the mind. In the soul, who will represent which type of sexual identity there, is uncertain at present here in this plane. But women there in the higher realm have a higher prospect, a brighter prospect in the spiritual world. 
In the spiritual realm, those souls that are female - who have attained that formation of the soul's realization - hold a better and higher position than men. Here in the plane of exploitation, men hold the better position. But there, in the plane of submission and surrender, the female form of mind is more rewarding than the male's form of mind

Śrīla Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Mahārāja : 
“Subjective Evolution of Consciousness”
Chapter Nine: ‘Spiritual Evolution’
Bhaktivedanta Memorial Library

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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