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  1. Gurudev, if the combination of all three, i.e., Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth), Saraswati (the goddess of knowledge) and Durga (the goddess of power and strength) was not possible, and if you had to choose only one, then which of the three forms should a woman choose in today’s day and age.

    Listen, the Indian mythology gave all the power to women. All the important ministries were assigned to womenfolk. The ministry of finance, defense and education were given to women. So a woman plays all these three roles.
    With kids, she is playing th ...
  2. Women will be playing a very important role in the next years as the new era progresses. So, how can they develop Shakti (strength) so that they can be more empowered to do a better job? (Márcia De Luca: Specialist in Yoga and health from Brazil)

    First thing I would say is, they should watch their food. More healthy food, more organic food.
    Second is, they should not stop singing. In this country, if you see in the villages, when women go for working in the fields, they keep humming and singi ...

  3. Gurudev, what do we have to do to make the stubborn mind shift from a mechanistic reductionist fragmented thought that is leading to so much violence against the Earth, between people, and against women. The violence against women is so intimately connected to this division and separation. (Vandana Shiva: Author and Environmentalist from India)

    I would say, if people become scientists, if they all become physicists, they can see life from a bigger context. Then there is no way they will indulge in violence. It is lack of education, lack of scientific and spiritual education that makes people s ...

  4. Can ladies chant Gayatri mantra?

    Yes. Nowhere it is said that ladies cannot chant.
    It is unfortunate that somewhere in the middle ages, these rights of women were taken away. We have reinstated this in the Ashram. Many ladies are learning.

    See it was a male dominated society. The ...

  5. In the Japanese society, there is a thought usually that women have less commitment than men, especially if they get married and have a family. What is the best way to go about empowering them here?

    Women have a very important role. One is to keep the institution of family. She is the central focus of the family. Like Japan, India is also women centric.
    Women play a very important role in keeping the family and culture intact. That does not mean ...
  6. It often feels and appears that yoga and Hinduism exclude women, and this makes me think that we are not yet ready for a spiritual revolution. What can you tell us about this, and the role women play? Why are mostly men around you, while women cook and clean?

    Listen, there is no such thing. In Yoga, Hinduism, and Vedic wisdom, they don’t exclude women at all. Men and women are given equal status.
    In India, the tradition is, mother comes first and then comes father. They say, ‘Matri Devo Bhava ...
  7. It often feels and appears that yoga and Hinduism exclude women, and this makes me think that we are not yet ready for a spiritual revolution. What can you tell us about this, and the role women play? Why are mostly men around you, while women cook and clean?

    Listen, there is no such thing. In Yoga, Hinduism, and Vedic wisdom, they don’t exclude women at all. Men and women are given equal status.
    In India, the tradition is, mother comes first and then comes father. They say, ‘Matri Devo Bhava ...
  8. You have already told that women are naturally good leaders, but there are not enough women leaders. Can you tell us, what are the barriers for becoming a good leader?

    I want to tell you that India has more women leaders than any other part of the world. Do you know that?
    We have many women members of Parliament, many women in the legislative assembly, and many states ruled by women. The whole country has been ruled ...
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