The dignity of women:
A Spiritual Approach
By Garda GhistaPerhaps one of the most renowned sayings of Shri Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar is thatwomen are the most dignified section of society. Let us briefly examine theimplications of this momentous statement. In His book Ananda Vacanamrtam, Pt. 30on page 75, he explains in a nutshell the spiritual foundation of dignified living. Whensomeone rushes towards Supreme Consciousness, forgetting all else, and becomeselevated through this process, she or he is known as a sanctified being. When thatsanctified being does selfless service to those around her or him, then that person isknown as a dignified being. Sarkar has further stated in this book, that this is thereason why He referred to women as the most dignified section of human society.
"The evolutionary forces have not stopped. The theatre of action has shifted to thepsychic level. Evolution is now expressing its power in the daily struggle of men andwomen everywhere to attain dignity."SarkariWhen it comes to family and work relationships, dignity means not degrading oneself by becoming petty, abusive/ vindictive, cynical/amoral or corrupt. In other words,not losing the innate feeling of love for everyone, as a form of love for the SupremeEntity. This love is called neo-humanistic love, as it metamorphoses physical,emotional and mental beings into new, divine human beings who are activelysurrendering to and loving their dearest Lord in each and every object of thisuniverse.Living in capitalist economic systems makes this difficult to achieve, as capitalismnurtures selfishness and self-centeredness. Women are surviving this assault onhuman dignity better than men are. Sociopathy is primarily a male phenomenon.Men commit the majority of murders. Men commit the majority of violence andrapes. Cooperative living is easier for women, because men are often verycompetitive and thus find it very difficult to work together over a long period of time.Misanthropy or hatred of humanity is increasing everywhere, but is exhibited moreby men.While the numerous programs of Prout fight against the exploitation that engendersthis social malaise, He always emphasizes that true dignity, true progress can only beachieved by becoming more and more spiritual. History has recorded so many rebelswho, when later in power, became reactionaries. This is because they were not realrevolutionaries, or what Sarkar calls nuclear revolutionaries or sadvipras. A nuclearrevolutionary is someone who is a revolutionary in each and every aspect of sociallife, be it in morality, work habits, art, music, engineering, domestic life, cooking,farming, and so on. Sarkar extols their glory, saying,"Theirs is a valiant and relentless fight against the obstacles created by
(the illusive force of utter ignorance) which try to detract them from the path of theattainment of Brahma (Supreme Consciousness), their cherished goal, their finaldesideratum, their polestar, the only ideal of their lives. In the social sphere theystruggle not to reform society for the sake of reformation, but to combat the defects