Today, during the Janma-astami morning Srimad Bhagavatam lecture, I came across very important sentence with completely defeats gender equality proponent, Spineless Jelly Swami and many other so called Swami’s who preach similar nonsense:
Over and over again, Vasudeva glanced at his child, and he considered how to celebrate this auspicious moment: “Generally, when a male child is born,” he thought, “people observe the occasion with jubilant celebrations, and in my home, although I am imprisoned, the Supreme Personality of Godhead has taken birth. How many millions of millions of times should I be prepared to observe this auspicious ceremony! (KB 1, Chapter 3 Birth of Lord Krishna)”
In today’s world of “gender equality”, this kind of statement is considered extremely politically incorrect. Why celebrate when male child is born? Why not say “when child is born”?
This is because men are supposed to be masculine, and birth of son means that future leader of the family appeared.
In today’s world, ignorant people insist than men and women should have equal social roles. They also imagine things such as “cooperative marriage” for example, where husband and wife need to make all decisions “together”. How exactly is that supposed to work? What if husband and wife don’t agree on some decision? Who will win?
Marriage can work only if the man is strong, and he protects the wife, maintains her, and takes charge. And there should be children. And wife should take primary role in taking care of the children.
If man is a weak, spineless jelly and woman is a crazy feminist, marriage will not work. Because, on the long run, opposite energies attract each other, men are attracted by feminine features, women are attracted by masculine features. If men are weaklings, and women are puffed up body builders, marriage will fall apart.
Therefore, in his books, lectures and letters, over and over again, Prabhupada reminds us of the natural order of things, where man takes charge, and wife is subordinate to him. Male superiority is woven through the entire vedic scriptures, and can not be avoided by any sincere reader of Prabhupada’s books:
It is the duty of the husband to liquidate his debt to his wife. The wife gives her sincere service to the husband, and he becomes indebted to her because one cannot accept service from his subordinate without giving him something in exchange. The spiritual master cannot accept service from a disciple without awarding him spiritual instruction. That is the reciprocation of love and duty. Thus Devahūti reminds her husband, Kardama Muni, that she has rendered him faithful service. Even considering the situation on the basis of liquidating his debt toward his wife, he must give a male child before he leaves. Indirectly, Devahūti requests her husband to remain at home a few days more, or at least until a male child is born. (SB 3.23.52p)
Prabhupada also often mentions husband and wife relationship when explaining other philosophical points:
Prakṛti means which is controlled, which is under… Prakṛti, real meaning of prakṛti is a woman or a female. Just like a husband controls the activities of his wife, similarly, the prakṛti is also subordinate, predominated. (Lecture NY, Feb 19-20, 1966)
And many, many times, Prabhupada goes directly against feminist nonsense and equal rights:
Kṛṣṇa, God, is never equal to anyone. Asamaurdhva. Asama means “not equal,” and urdha, “always the top.” Asamaurdhva. That is described in the Bhagavad… So we should remain tad-adhīna, always under Kṛṣṇa. That is our perfection. If we remain just like in Western countries—they rebel. If a woman is advised to remain under the control of the husband, that is insult to them. They cannot tolerate it. But actually we see in India that a wife who remains under the guidance of the husband, she is happy. That’s a practical fact. That is a practical fact. And therefore in the Manu-saṁhitā it is advised, na striyam svatantram arhati. Women should be always protected. That is… Protection does not mean negligence, no. Protection means to give him (her) all facilities. That is protection. Just like father gives protection to the chil… That does not mean neglecting. Similarly, a woman should be protected. It is not that neglecting. They misunderstand. In the Western countries maybe there is misbehavior, but actually we have seen, still going on in India, the woman is… That is the ideal given by Lord Rāmacandra, how woman is given protection by the husband. Sītādevī was kidnapped. Rāmacandra is the Supreme Lord. He could have married many thousands of Sītā, but as the dutiful husband, to rescue one wife He killed the whole family of Rāvaṇa. This is protection. He killed the whole family of him. He became… This is. So woman requires protection, and the husband is responsible to give protection, the father is responsible to give protection, and the elderly children, they are responsible to give protection. (Lecture SB 3.28.18, Nairobi Oct 27,1975)
This article originally appeared on Lasting Impression website