When you live in an over-populous country like India, a human being is no more than a cog in a machine and he invariably lives his life as the society determines to be right for him, without the consciousness of right or wrong. Ever noticed that more violence happens through a mob than through an Individual because that is an Individual’s moment of not being confronted with his conscience?
And, as well, just what kind of world are these foolish people creating for their sons – one in which they are unlikely to find a wife, among other things, because there are more women than men. Talk about unenlightened self-interest!
The treatment of women in many parts of the world is nauseating even to contemplate, let alone witness. When my Indian lady guide excitedly said that her daughter’s marriage was fixed, I had no clue what was she going to say next. She told me her story of how her mother-in-law tormented her to abort the baby girl she was pregnant with. Then she was pregnant with her second baby. Her mother-in-law who celebrated her firstborn, a baby boy, was equally unhappy about this baby girl that was yet to be born.
“We went to the doctor and he did the procedure. I came back and still, after one month, I have realized that the baby girl that was growing in my womb was still growing”. The woman just carried on talking. Apparently she was so scared to reveal this news to her mother-in-law and her husband that she went to find the doctor to try and kill the baby in the womb again. Unfortunately for her and fortunately for the baby, the doctor was away from there for a month. She had no choice but to continue with the pregnancy and delivered the defiant baby into the gloomy, unhappy family.
These kinds of stories are not at all uncommon in modern India. Girls are still synonymous with the term “responsibility”. A girl means an unproductive future investment for her parents, for she will be gone to her husband’s family once she grows into an adult. And very often, long before she is an adult.
Young girls under the age of ten get sold to old men, and the parents are happy to receive money for them. It also happens that these old men die and the young girls become widows at a tender age. They then have to enter a sort of “house” wearing a white robe, and their heads shaved till some such time as they have become obedient enough to be sent as prostitutes to the homes of wealthy men wanting young bodies.
The female body has the capacity to give birth and by doing so bringing the light of a soul into a physical form. Denying the importance of the feminine qualities of nurturing and caring as opposed to destruction, abuse, and harm has had severe spiritual consequences.
The spirit is fully aware of the interconnectedness of all life and the mysterious interaction between the seen and the unseen realms. Men and women need to realign with the source of life. The problems we are facing in this world, whether in India or anywhere else, cannot be solved by the same masculine mindset and corrupt cultural dogmas that have created the problems.
In each human being, there are both feminine and masculine qualities. Within most societies, the male qualities seem to be valued more, and much more in certain societies. We are confronted with the wounded feminine in women and the wounded masculine in men. It is obvious that most human beings have not yet learned to live according to their highest true nature and thus becoming an expression of the inner Light.
What most people do to women, they also do to the Earth itself. They are likely to destroy us all.
About the Author
Yilmaz Alimoglu is a Canadian author, philosopher, poet, and scientist. Having grown up in Turkey, he spent 15 years working as an electrical engineer, wrote the novel Deserts and Mountains, and currently writes on topics including philosophy and Sufism. Visit his website www.yilmazalimoglu.com.