THE THEOLOGY OF WOMANHHOD
ARDANARISHWARA! Lord Shiva, is Ardanarishwara, that is, His
other half is Parvati. Shiva is the male principle, Parvati the
female principle. And thus, when a Westerner moves out of the
cultural space of the Semitic religions of the Middle East (Judaism,
Christianity, Islam) where God is man only, his mind contemplates
a most profound change in the trinity of the spiritual pantheon.
Before the creation, in the total Oneness of the Parabrahma,
there was no space for anything but solid divinity, no space for
our cosmos. Creation of the Universe, explains Shri Mataji Nirmala
Devi, started when He and She separated in order to share their
love with a creation yet to emerge. In other words, the space
for the Universe to exist was generated by the space they put
between themselves. In short, they separated for the love of us,
to enable us to exist.
In that separation there is already an aspect of renouncement.
It is typical of Divine love that, from the onset, it expresses
self-sacrifice in a grand movement of generosity to share love.
Various incarnations show this. Sita is abducted by Ravanna so
that this would eventually lead to the destruction of his evil
kingdom and relieve the earth from his rule. Radha has to let
Krishna go as he leaves Gokul and Vrindhavan to assert dharma
in the world of the warring princes. Mary sees Christ on the cross
and he tells John "behold the Mother": behold how much
She shared and gave so that Her son could open the narrow gate.
Our divine parents are reflected at all levels, including in
the dance of particles and waves within matter. They are spirit
(purusha) and matter (prakriti). But what about their representation
at our level as human beings? They are of course the Self (Atma)
and the Energy (kundalini). But most of us unfortunately have
not experienced Self-realisation and thus we ignore this.
If we would know that God is also a Woman, what would it mean
Could it be that, we men, would truly respect women?
And those women would be respectable?
Wouldn't this lead to equal and fulfilling relationships between
man and woman?
Wouldn't this prepare the foundation for happy families?
Wouldn't these families provide the basis for harmonious and healthy
There is a price to pay for messing up with theology.
This price is the one dimensional, one-legged male world and
its legacy of conflicts.
The divine parents separated to create the space for us to exist
and evolve. May be we are all meant to join to find our way back
to them. Man and woman, families and nations.
May be this will be possible when we will find that we are also
built within like them; we are sun and moon, yin and yang, male
and female, we have it all within as cryptically stated in the
apocrypha evangel of Saint Thomas.
A concluding footnote: spiritual oneness is of the consciousness.
It is beyond sex. Freud and the tantrikas were pathetic: they
got it all wrong. And, by the way, for a man, finding his feminine
self does not mean he has to become gay. It means being loving
and compassionate, giving and generous, sustaining and sharing.
He feeds others, like a real mother does. Awakening our feminine
side means being in touch with our emotions.