THE WOMEN POTENTIAL (part 3)

« Whether in the East or in the West, women have not been able to give a full manifestation of their greatness. »

In my own country there is a saying in Sanskrit, « Yatra nayra pujyante tatra ramante devata » , which means that « Where the women are respected and respectable, there resides the Gods of our well-being ». So it is for us, at this moment, to recognise the value of this great power that is given to us by our Creator. But what do we find? Whether in the East or in the West, women have not been able to give a full manifestation of their greatness.

I am not suggesting at all that the only role of women in society is that of the Mother, the pro-creator and preserver of children, or that of a wife, or a sister. Women have a full right to participate as equal partners in every aspect of life – social, cultural, educational, political, economical, administrative and the rest. In order to prepare themselves for this all-pervading role, they must have the right to education in all branches of knowledge. But if they are mothers, they have a great responsibility towards their children as well as their society. Men are responsible for the politics and economics of the country but women are responsible for the society. Women can also support men and they can take a leading part, of course, in any position but, it is very important that they should not forget that they are women who have to manifest deep motherly concern and love. If they become manly and aggressive the balance of society cannot be maintained.

Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi,

September 1995 at the 4thUN interregional round table Beijing.