Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Women AND Men

A new post in the series – Satyam Shivam Sundaram

A series featuring inspiring words from various sources, words that speak of timeless truths, words that remind me of the deeper and hidden truth behind surface events and phenomena, words that shine light when all seems dark, words that are just what I need – for this moment and for all times to come.
Ardhnarishwara at Airavateswara temple, Darasuram: Photo by Suhas Mehra

A special post for International Women’s Day

 

In his volume on social philosophy, Sri Aurobindo writes that an individual

“is not merely a social unit; his existence, his right and claim to live and grow are not founded solely on his social work and function. He is not merely a member of a human-pack, hive or ant-hill; he is something in himself, a soul, a being, who has to fulfill his own individual truth and law as well as his natural or his assigned part in the truth and law of the collective existence….[A]s the society has no right in suppressing the individual in its own interest, so also the individual…has no right to disregard the legitimate claims of society upon him in order to seek his own selfish aims.”

A truly complete, an integral approach to feminism will emphasize the individual’s need for inner development and growth instead of only existing to fulfill society’s demands. It will allow complete freedom to the individual soul to grow and evolve in a multi-faceted and harmonious way. It will be primarily concerned with: 
  • the evolution of consciousness in the individual woman, at the same time recognizing that this evolution is also an integral part of the evolution of societal consciousness. 
  • the integral development and transformation of inner and outer nature of all individuals – women AND men. 
Only a truer and deeper connection between individual and collective in the evolution of consciousness can be the basis of equality and liberty for all individuals. But the first and foremost thing is to consider oneself as a human being, to get acquainted with one’s innate humanity. What comes first is the human being and not man or woman.

“Let woman liberate first her human being within, thereafter the time will come for her to understand and decide that she is woman.” ~ Nolini Kanta Gupta

 
Because ultimately, as the Mother explains: 

“The problem of feminism, as all the problems of the world, comes back to a spiritual problem. For the spiritual reality is at the basis of all others; the divine world…is the eternal foundation on which are built all the other worlds. In regard to this Supreme Reality all are equal, men and women, in rights and in duties; the only distinction which can exist in this domain being based on the sincerity and ardour of aspiration, on the constancy of the will. And it is in the recognition of this fundamental spiritual equality that can be found the only serious and lasting solution for this problem of the relation of the sexes.” 

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