Celebrating Women

The 2nd International Women’s Conference

Date: June 8-10, 2007

Sri Sri speaks: His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s inaugural address on June 8, 2007

Good ideas come to you when you are relaxed. For your intuition to be heightened, for the Gnana Shakti, Iccha Shakti, Kriya Shakti to be evoked in you, you need to be relaxed. You may think it strange, how you can relax when there are problems and issues to be resolved? I tell you, that is the skill in action, that is spiritual strength; to be relaxed when you are faced with a problem.

It is then that you can think of ideas, when you need to be relaxed and when you can come back to your Self. Women have silent, quiet strength and power. Do not wait to be given power, assume it.

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s inaugural address on June 8, 2007



In India the earth is called “Mother Earth”; you don't call it Father Earth. Mother Earth is in danger; the environment is in real danger today. We all have to put our minds together, our ideas together to find out how we can save our environment, how we can reduce pollution and of course how more and more women can represent our society in all fields of life.

Though there is a positive trend, it is far from satisfactory. So, when we all sit together to discuss, that is Gnana Shakti, and when we make the commitment to do something about it, that is Iccha Shakti, then move on to action or Kriya Shakti .

Every conference should have two aspects. One is a discussion, brain storming session, but often conferences end where they begin. I know this conference will not end that way, but will end with an action plan. There should be an action plan made in every corner of the globe. What is it that we can do? How can we reduce domestic violence? How can we contribute towards educating the girl child?

What about human rights violation? Wherever that happens, please step up, speak openly and suggest solutions as to how women from all over the world can join together to make their voices heard, to join hands and strengthen their resolve to achieve their goals. That would be very productive and useful. And during these deliberations have some fun as well!

Good ideas come to you when you are relaxed. For your intuition to be heightened, for the Gnana Shakti, Iccha Shakti, Kriya Shakti to be evoked in you, you need to be relaxed. You may think it strange, how you can relax when there are problems and issues to be resolved? I tell you, that is the skill in action, that is spiritual strength; to be relaxed when you are faced with a problem. It is then that you can think of ideas, when you need to be relaxed and when you can come back to your Self.

Women have silent, quiet strength and power. Do not wait to be given power, assume it.

Unfortunately most of the feminine movements today are demanding rights. From whom are you demanding? You are asking from an empty chair, you have equal rights, own it, you simply have to assert your rights, you don't have to go and ask somebody, it is all there for you.

Indian Mythology has placed tremendous amount of power in women. In fact, power is equivalent to women. The power or the Shakti is the life force behind the whole creation. Each one of you is power, and you have all come together; so bring prosperity, happiness and joy to the world in whatever way possible!

 

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