The core pillar of Vedic Dharma is Matruvat Paradareshu – All women are my mother. Even husband and wife are supposed to love each other in same manner as a cow loves its newborn calf.
To regard a woman as deserving anything except the respect that we accord to our mother is a recipe for doom. To depict or exploit women for lustful purpose deserves harshest punishment as per Vedas. A society that commoditizes women is bound to breed terrorism, violence, hatred, tragedies, fear and death. The best example is the world today.
Western world, with its obsession for immoral lifestyle, is becoming a society of maniacs and psychopaths. The Muslim world is becoming breeding ground for terrorists and fanatics because women are not allowed to have competence and authority to act as first teachers of the child. Hindus are a society of contradictions. Though they know their foundations of Vedas vaguely, the genes of slavery for 1000 years and tendency to seek solutions from outside rather than inside make Hindus as hypocritical as the western world. Thus while Hindus would agree to consider woman as mother, many a fools would go to any length to prohibit for woman the right to recite Vedas or perform rituals. Due to such a mindset, it is a matter of utter shame that the land that preserved Vedas for millenniums cannot boast of better quality of life, status and education for women compared to men.
Vedic code of law asserts that punishment is more severe for the more capable. Thus it is perfectly in sync with natural laws that Bharat aka India is among the most spineless nations of the world. What more can you expect from the land of sages when half the female population is illiterate, gender ratio is significantly skewed, bigamy laws are virtually non-enforceable, rape does not carry death-penalty and even ministers indulge in such acts and even educated women are denied rights to study Vedas by those claiming to be defendants of Dharma. And that when symbolically woman is worshipped as Goddess in popular mythology!
Vedas however have a different stand. As per Vedic Dharma, the first and foremost criteria for success of a society is that women are accorded the high respect thatthey rightly deserve. Without that eventhe otherwise noble deeds would be fruitless. The Vedic Woman has to be respected as Mother. Period.
Saraswati, Mata, Usha, Aditi or Devi do not refer to some divine forms that no one ever witnessed. On contrary, they refer to the woman living on this earth. It is mark of a fool to discard the diamonds in his home and pray for pebbles to be showered from skies!
So instead of offering dhoop to a Durga sitting on a lion, society would be performing true worship of the divine if it works to make each woman among us into a brave warrior and leader. Instead of offering batasha to a Saraswati sitting on a lotus, we need to work towards nurturing Vedic experts from woman who enlighten the society and stay above the garbage of society like on a lotus. Instead of chanting ‘Jai Mata Di’, we need to proclaim loudly and proudly that we would respect ALL women as our mothers through thoughts, words and actions – regardless of age, caste, religion, geography etc.
The status of woman as MOTHER, in Vedic culture, is accorded not only to an aged lady or someone who has a physical child but to a female in general – be she a child, girl, youth or elderly. This is because a woman acts as mother in a variety to ways beyond biological motherhood. The family or society becomes worth civilized living because of presence of woman. Criminal or immoral tendencies are significantly reduced due to woman. If you review any statistics on crimes, narcotics, abusive language, violence etc, this fact would become evident. A woman brings us gift of noble innate qualities. It is upon all of us now to decide whether to benefit from them or plan our own destruction by refusing to respect the motherly woman.
Here are a few mantras from Vedas on glory of Woman – the Mother. May we take inspiration from them and accord all women the respect that they rightly deserve. And may all women inspire themselves to get rid of all ignorant acts and rise up to fulfill the great responsibility that they owe to the society.
Rigveda 10.17.10: O Mothers! Purify us with your compassion, understanding and enlightenment. The women cleanse us all from all our sins, corruption and defects. We come out firm, pure and noble from their blessed company.
Yajurveda 6.17: O pure and blessing Mothers! Cleanse us all from sins, immorality and pollution. Purge us from falsehood, hatred, jealousy and frustrations.
Yajurveda 6.31: O pure and blessing Mothers! Satisfy our mind, speech, life, eyes, ears, soul and society with nobleness.
Atharvaveda 3.13.7: O pure and blessing Mothers! I am your beloved son. O powerful mother, please guide me towards fulfillment of my noble aspirations.
Rigveda 6.61.7: O enlightening Mother! You have the potential to destroy the evil. You have a character as pure as gold. You have the potential to destroy the clouds of frustrations and doubt. You are brave and you only aspire for our well-being and success! We are indeed blessed!
Atharvaveda 7.68.2: O enlightening Mother! May you always shower your blessings in form of peace, happiness and success. May you always be pleased with us and may we never conduct any act that excludes us from your blessing gaze.
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