Excerpts from Shri Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari’s speech to youth at Roorkee on 7th March, 1995.
“So you see, our tradition lacks basic humility of accepting a mother who brought us in to existence, even though the famous Veda begins with the statement ‘matra devo bhava’. The most abused thing in India is its women. I am not saying it for the first time – no less a person than Swamy Vivekananda has said it himself, in his famous lecture on the women of India. It would be well for you all to read it once, even if you have read it already. Hat is this ‘matra devo bhava’ business? And then we revile our women, we abuse them, we misuse them, we degrade them, we corrupt them, and the women, poor things, because of the economic dependence in the past have been patiently bearing this enormous burden of abuse, and there fore you find them more and more in prayer halls, meditation halls, in temples.”
Shri Chariji – Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Sahaj Marg.
Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighbouring kingdom.
The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.
The question was:
*What do women really want?*
Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man. And to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men, and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.
Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.
The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but first he would have to agree to her price.
The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table, and Arthur’s closest friend. Young Arthur was horrified.
She was hunch-backed and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc.
He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden.
But Lancelot, having learnt of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life. And the reservation of the Round Table. Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered.
Arthur’s question thus:
“What a woman really wants?”
She said, “A woman wants to be in charge of her own life.”
Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth, and that Arthur’s life would be spared. And so it was. The neighbouring monarch granted Arthur his freedom. And Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding.
The honeymoon hour approached and, Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him.
The most beautiful woman he had ever seen was sitting by the bed.
The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth become her horrible and deformed self only half the time, and be the beautiful maiden the other half.
“Which would you prefer?” She asked him. “BEUATIFUL during the DAY… OR at NIGHT?”
Lancelot pondered the predicament and then said to her that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.
Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time, because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.
“It is a definite need of the moment in our history of this country that there should be a balance between the male and female too. So balance means on a total scale. There is no use worshiping an Ardhanareeshwara in a temple, where you have a idol spil down the middle, one half is male, the other half is female, and pretend that you are worshiping the male and female together. It is a rabid form of corruption that we fallen in to, a moral degradation, telling lies to even our gods and goddesses. ‘Matra devo bhava’ – so much for Vedas.
Master Chariji – Youth: A time of promise and for effort. http://www.srcm.org
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