Duration: 3:48 min

Why are menstruating women discriminated in India?

Sadhguru tells us the ‘real’ reason why traditionally in India, women were given a break for 3 days, during the time that she was menstruating. This was something which was done for her well-being, but over a period of time it has become a process of discrimination.

Now this you made a very sweeping statement. A prejudice from the spiritual dimension. I want you to understand, spiritually – there is no mention of menstrual cycles anywhere, because spiritually you cannot have menstrual cycles. Only physiologically you can have, okay. So it’s physiological issue, which reflects as a psychological factor, in a certain segment of women. I wouldn’t say everyone. But quite a substantial segment of women, find a reflection of their physiological process in their psychological makeup. Which is a fact that has to be taken care of. If this is being said only because some temples and other things have said, women cannot enter at that time, you need to understand this from where this comes from. Today’s woman, you forget about her, okay. How she is equipped, how she is capable of handling her bodily needs, and other things are a different matter. I want you to look back a thousand years ago. What kind of sanitary facilities did she have? What kind of processes did she have? So there could be issues about that, isn’t it? It’s only for that reason they said, and above all you need to understand the level of physical activity for a normal woman in those days -cooking for 15-20 people, taking care of the cows, taking care of the children, everything is hers. It’s a tremendous amount of physical activity. So, the woman who is going through a certain process, of her cycle, she gets three days, four days break, from everything. Isn’t that a wonderful thing? Because that’s a time where, it is almost like a moulting period for a woman on one level, it’s not as big as moulting, but it’s almost like that. That’s a time where she needs to be cared for, protected, taken care of. Somebody else cooks for you, which never happens in her life. Every day she cooks. For those three four days, somebody else cooks for her, somebody else serves her food. She sits alone by herself, she meditates, she sings, she does prayer. Isn’t this a good way of doing things, I’m asking? Do not consider this as today’s life. Look back a thousand years ago, when these things were made. It was a very good way of protecting our women. But over a period of time somebody makes this a discriminatory process. A woman should not come here, she should not come there. That is just out of ignorance certain things happen. It has nothing to do with the spiritual world, because if my mother did not have menstrual cycles, I wouldn’t be born, okay? Yes or No? We are born from that. If that is impure, our very birth is impure, and the creation is impure. It’s a ridiculous thought even to think like that. It is not because of purity and impurity this has come. It has come for practical reasons. Even today I meet thousands of women, who suffer a lot at that time because they still have to go to work, they still have to deal with everything. There are many of them who are on medication at that time, just to keep their psychological balance. They would definitely enjoy rest. They would definitely enjoy a little bit of seclusion from everything that they are doing. But thinking it is pure and pure question is coming in a very rudimentary mind. It is no sense, no fundamental sense about life.

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