God created the universe; beautiful and mesmerizing in every aspect. He filled it with light and bounties of different sorts for its creatures to enjoy and relish. Mother Nature was given the task to govern the well-being of this creation. And then in his own reflection; he created men and women – both dependent on each other; no one’s superior or inferior but equally unique in all aspects.
I ask - Who bears fruits? A tree – but isn’t the tree dependent on the earth which holds its roots; air and water which provides nourishment. If the earth becomes barren; would it not result in the tree dying? Do we not have miles of lifeless deserts and barren snowfields?
This entire creation is dependent on each other for its survival and furtherance. You take away one element from the equation and the planet would descend into a catastrophic chaos.
In the past few years, I have seen an alarming rise in the struggle of equality between men and women. What I fail to understand is how two entirely unique creations can wrestle for equality. It’s a failed concept.
Men and women are not equal. As the time has passed, behavioral sciences have effectively proven that women are better in people related roles and men are better in high-risk environment. It has also been proven that they both have equal intelligence.
For thousands of years, men and women have held hands together and fought the perils of the world and survived. One cannot exist without the other – and this in itself is a greater truth than equality. We are interdependent. We cannot survive without each other.
Something divinely unique about women is their capacity to bring new life and nourish it.
In order to advance their own personal propaganda popular culture and corporations; force this idea on women to imitate men. It’s nothing more than a marketing gimmick.
Women who fall prey to this false reality end up imitating men in dressing style, physical strength, and long hours at work etc. They fail to realize that it’s not a competition.
Ayurveda states, there are three basic types of energy; universal principles known as the doshas. In many ways, the doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha—are the building blocks of the material world. All three of them can be present in everyone and everything, but in different proportions.
Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, menstruation, and expulsion of foetus in females, ejaculation in males, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mind and much more.
Pitta governs all heat, metabolism, and transformation in the mind and body. It controls how we digest foods, how we metabolize our sensory perceptions, and how we discriminate between right and wrong.
Kapha governs all structure, integrity, bonding, and lubrication in the mind and body. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and formation of all seven tissues — nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues.
All of our ancient texts are filled with references and provide deep insights into how should women conduct themselves during menstruation to make their mind and bodies healthy.
Women deserve a break during menstruation because it’s a time of high Vata which needs to be balanced and moving downwards. Excessive activity, stress, travel, strenuous work, anxiety can lead to Vata moving abruptly in different directions leading to various diseases like PCOD, Endometriosis, infertility etc. To maintain the characteristic Kapha qualities of women like bonding, love, strength, regeneration, integrity etc. intact, we need to calm down aggravated Vata.
To balance Vata, she needs to stop, have a break, rest, relax, minimize physical and mental exertion as much as possible; stay away from heavy exercises, eat warm unctuous meals, soups etc. Our ancient traditions; sadly misunderstood as superstitious, tried that by restricting females from the kitchen, work, wells, temples, etc.
Sanitary pads advertisements emphasize women to run; do what men do during periods; you are no less but I emphasize do what your body and mind needs to do at that time because you are unique and a goddess.
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