The feminist teachings of Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz on women’s empowerment are still ahead of the curve in the women’s movement. In 1982, he recorded a talk titled Women, Men and Self-Realization. It opens with these take-no-prisoners statements that set the foundation for his stance on the power of women and their ability to achieve Enlightenment:
It is much easier for women to attain to spiritual liberation than it is for men to do so. A woman's subtle physical body accepts light, in this world, much more readily than does a man's. It seems a curious fact, then, that throughout the short-lived history of spirituality in this world that there have been very few self-realized, enlightened women. There are a number of reasons for this, and whether you are a man or a woman it is essential that you understand these reasons, accept them and utilize them. As a man you can further the realization of all women when you understand these basic principles. As a woman you can of course advance yourself and all other women when you understand these basic principles…
To begin with, let us establish that there is no difference between men and women on the deepest levels. Each one of us has a soul, a jiva, a Self. That is to say, beyond the surface there is a particle of being, which is larger than eternity, which is our existent and extant reality. It is neither masculine nor feminine; it's both. Yet in a particular lifetime, in a particular incarnation or series of incarnations, we will manifest as male or female, and just as the physical body of the male and female are somewhat different, so the subtle physical body of the male and female are different. But on the deepest levels there is no difference. We are all one.
The subtle physical body of a woman is very different than that of a man. While both are composed of luminous fibers of light, the subtle physical body of a woman conducts light, or vibrates with light, at a different rate than that of a man. The subtle physical bodies of men are much denser. They're much more tightly packed. The subtle physical body of a woman is much more pliant. So, in my estimation, it's much easier for a woman to absorb and retain light and to change. In other words, the subtle physical body of a man is more fixed, a woman's is more pliant and that's the most important thing in self-realization, in enlightenment—the ability to make tremendous and rapid transcendences, to constantly change and reshuffle ourselves again and again in the white light of eternity.
In other words, the basis for Rama’s assertion regarding the power of women is structural. The more pliant subtle physical of a woman is more conducive to conducting power.
He explained the issues that have arisen from a deep misunderstanding and fear of the power of women in a subsequent discussion in 1983, Why Don’t More Women Attain Enlightenment?:
Women exemplify, from a spiritual point of view, power. The power of the kundalini energy, the energy of life, flows through them in a very different way than it does through a man, innately. In a fallen world, in a world of fear and darkness, men have reacted very negatively to the power that is inherent in women. Rather than realizing that that power is also indigenous to themselves, that they have the same power, only it manifests in other ways, they have rejected that power and sought to convince women of the exact opposite, that they are powerless. They have done this through sexual repression, economic repression, political repression, social repression, ideological repression and spiritual repression. Women have been given a description of the world that they are taught from childhood, which they believe is true, as are men. We are taught by our societies, by our parents, by the examples of those we see.
There is really no such thing as a woman or a man. There is a physical body, a subtle physical body, a soul. But there is no such thing as a woman or a man. What we consider to be a woman is an idea. This idea has been formed through history, culture, politics, art, religion—the same is true of a man. These ideas are out of balance. They are not true or accurate. Women have been taught that they are not powerful, as a matter of fact, they've been given an opposite description—that they are, in fact, weak. The word “effeminate” implies weakness, stemming from feminine. Women have been taught that they are not particularly sexual. Who has taught them this? Men.
Men have taught them so in a world of darkness because they were afraid, because the thing they wanted the most they feared the most—power. When you wish to subjugate a people, you have to convince them of their own inherent weakness. If they believe that they are weak, they will not rebel. If they believe that they are strong and intelligent, they will rebel. So the social repression and ideological repression of women began with depriving them of education, political decisiveness, mobility and essentially [creating] sexual slavery—in marriage, through childbirth and in many other ways.
Throughout his teaching career, Rama emphasized that women are innately suited for dealing with power and in fact exemplify power. Women played leadership roles in his organization. He only accepted male students who would not seek to diminish the power of his women students.
Rama offered many practical suggestions to his students to stop losing their power, to store power and to gain power. These suggestions included:
- Take a break from serial relationships if going from one relationship to another
- Cut out negative sexual partners, as during sex, in a state of openness, you are likely to absorb the mindstate of her partner
- Become financially independent through a successful career
- Dress well to look professional, not to attract sexual attention
- Get in top physical shape through martial arts or other means
- And much more.
Rama taught that the fast spiritual path for men is to focus on love and humility (rather than power, as they are taught by the world).
Rama stated that the repression of women, violence against women and the gender imbalance in our world today is the main reason for disharmony throughout the globe. When women regain their innate capabilities to express and utilize power, and men focus on love and humility, the planet will return to a more peaceful state.
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