The British writer and Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature, Sir William Golding, made the following statement: “I think women are foolish to pretend that they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she will give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any [rubbish], be ready to receive a ton of [garbage].”
In the Manu-samhita 3.56, we find the following statement:
“Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased; but where they are not honored, no sacred rite yields rewards.”
Even the sankirtana yajna will not have good results, and Lord Chaitanya’s sankirtana movement will not flourish unless we deeply understand the important role women are playing. Thus women as a class have to be highly respected, honored, protected, and cared for.
In a culture where sense gratification and especially sex life are the overall goal in life, women are seen as an object for enjoyment and thus disrespected. A culture of sense gratification always goes hand in hand with a culture of disrespect. Unless we disrespect others, we will not want to use them for our own gratification.
However, in spiritual culture women are highly valued as being the jewel within human society - the Laxmi Devis. Once again, the two cultures are as different as day and night.
Once I heard a lecture given by one of our Sannyasis on the topic of women's powerful energy. At the end a brahmacari asked the question what it means for a brahmacari to treat a woman as a mother. Maharaja's answer was striking: "Women are very powerful. If they want, they can finish you off! So you better respect them.....!"
I offered several programs in Cologne: the Sunday feast lecture, a SB class and a lively house program at Mother Dhara's home, who knows the art of attracting many nice people to her sangas by creating a homely atmosphere and feeding everyone with delicious prasadam - just like a mother....
And I spent my days with devotees in private discussions - accompanying them through their challenges by lending them an open ear. Simply having time for others and hearing them can be a full-time service....
On the 21st of October I flew off to Delhi....
Your servant, Devaki dd