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Nature's Menstrual System

I can safely say that over the years teaching yoga to males and discussing the differences between males and females, that males know very little about female reproduction. The interesting part of this is that a male can go through an entire lifetime and not have a clue about the menstrual situation and its effects on female feelings and responses.

To make matters worse, males, many males, are born with a presumption that they understand the world better than females.

Okay let us give the males the benefit of the doubt and so that they do know the world better, but then if one challenges the male to explain the menstrual cycle, one will probably get an answer that describes the external signs of periods and a little may be said about mood swings.

I recall years ago, when I went to visit Arthur Beverford. There was one occasion when I sat on the floor in their bedroom. There was a little disagreement over some topic between Beverford and his wife. Later that day, outside the building Beverford felt the necessity to explain what happened. He said this, “Mama is on the rag. It happens once per month.” He smiled as if to say that this would explain everything.

At the time, I had no idea what on the rag meant because I did not grow up in a society which used that American slang. Some time after, years after, I realized what he meant.

Do I know something about menstruation?

The answer is that I know very little about it in terms of experiencing it myself. Whatever we know about it nowadays is due to advances in observation of human bodies by the medical scientist. Imaging that!

Before science we were in the dark about so many things, so shabby, so ignorant!

Many young men whom I spoke to over the years are complete dummies on the subject of women’s menstrual cycle. I grew up in a house with two adult and one minor female. One of these used to put her menstrual pad under her bed frequently. Because I had the chore to sweep the area, I frequently found the soaked pads or the dried stained pads. I had no idea why they were there, nor how they were used, nor for what purpose.

The sad part of the whole menstruation thing for men is that they are not equipped with the experience or knowledge to understand anything about it. They see it as a woman’s anxiety and responsibility. That is how men are designed. Anyway, I found this article which I think is informative. The link is below.

Buddha is said to have pursued enlightenment as a solution to trauma. So much for him. If I am ever enlightened, people can say that it was because I failed to find a way to convince men that women are a different species. Yoga keeps failing again and again, because men are not open-minded about women. Men will not give up their position to submit to the truths about women. Men use themselves as the standard instead of approaching the woman topic with the view that they, (the men) know very little if anything about women. This is a major cause of failure to become enlightened as far as I am concerned.

These attitudes about women are hurting them more than ever and cause them to fail in the bid for liberation. Any way I got to accept that so far I failed in this effort to bring men to the understanding that women are different and are worthy of fresh research and an open mind.

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    • Well, whether male yogis will get it or not some perhaps as few as those genuinely evolving as humans are making progress it seems.

      There is now talk of menstrual leave at the work place:Spain May Legislate Menstruation Leave

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      I find this last paragraph to not only be thought provoking but also very loaded coming from the guru: 

      These attitudes about women are hurting them more than ever and cause them to fail in the bid for liberation. Any way I got to accept that so far I failed in this effort to bring men to the understanding that women are different and are worthy of fresh research and an open mind.

      I'd love for this to be more unpacked, especially in regards to the actual implications of the statement. So men are non equipped or ill-equipped for the task. This is causing me to have a slew of questions, some of which are listed below, and they are just questions I am putting out there.

      Does that need to simply be accepted as a mandate from nature (not being up to the task)? Do lack self understanding and awareness that would permit intuiting the need to understand their female counterpart the main issue?

      How and why is understanding the difference with female key to their liberation? Could men also benefit from this elaboration, evolution or advancement in understanding of the other version of the human form?

      What are some differences between understanding women's internal functioning and some spiritual orders that foster harmonizing one's energies in order to make advancement, as it is helpful in overcoming identification with the form?

       

      • Suryananda,

        Does that need to simply be accepted as a mandate from nature (not being up to the task)? Do lack self understanding and awareness that would permit intuiting the need to understand their female counterpart the main issue?

         

        For the above query, please restate it.

         

        How and why is understanding the difference with female key to their liberation? Could men also benefit from this elaboration, evolution or advancement in understanding of the other version of the human form?

         

        Since the female humans are an integral part of the creation, it is not possible to become liberated without appreciating them. It is not so much understanding them as it is appreciating them. But the understand facilitates the appreciation. Nearly every one of the male deities have female consort(s). One has to have the right attitude towards these consorts if one is to be compatible with the male deites.

         

        What are some differences between understanding women's internal functioning and some spiritual orders that foster harmonizing one's energies in order to make advancement, as it is helpful in overcoming identification with the form?

         

        Please restate this or break it into several other questions? These topic are difficult to sorts and understand.

         

        • With the restatement of the paragraph below along with the answer provided regarding the dieties, the answers I was looking for are mostly satisfied.

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          I omitted/mistated 2 words in this paragraph:Does that need to simply be accepted as a mandate from nature (men not being up to the task)? Are the lack self understanding and awareness that would permit intuiting the need to understand their female counterpart the main issue?

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          What are some differences between understanding women's internal functioning and some spiritual orders that foster harmonizing one's energies in order to make advancement, as it is helpful in overcoming identification with the form?

          Some orders believe the yin and yan need to become harmonized for liberation. Does that come to play here?

          • Suryananda

            The ying and yang concept is confusing but it is also presented in a simplistic way which is of little use in spiritual life.

            In nature we find that hostility is a recuring force. Disruption recurs. Chaos recurs. Physicists prove that the basis of this is entropy or disorder. Hence to say that order or balance must be everywhere is silly. Suppose you bring something to order, how long will you keep it there?

            Nature eats away at every arrangement humans make. Nature is relentless in this pursuit, to damage whatever is freshly created. We are resigned to disorder but we fight back for the time being, whenever nature has a slot in time, where it relaxes its hold on circumstances for chaos.

            Males cannot harmonize if they are not supported from within. But they can agree to realize their prejudice and hasty conclusions as being incorrect. That may not remove their innate feelings but in another part of the mind, they can decide to go against what their false intuition is telling them,

          • Madhva Wrote: These attitudes about women are hurting them more than ever and cause them to fail in the bid for liberation. Any way I got to accept that so far I failed in this effort to bring men to the understanding that women are different and are worthy of fresh research and an open mind.

            My Response: A wake up call!! I was raised by, and grew up primarily around women. It’s evident that my exposure to them didn’t transfer to my understanding and fully accepting their perception of life. Instead, I continue to demand that they see life the way I, a male, may perceive it. This is my attitude, eventhough there’s awareness that in various situations, they see things totally different. A failure on my part to assimilate the insights that yoga facilitates. Perhaps I need to “submit to the truths about women” and stop using myself “as the standard” etc. 

            Thanks for bringing this to our attention. 

            • Marcia Beloved,

              Thanks for the request for clarity on that ambiguous sentence. It  should read like this:

               If I am ever rated as being enlightened where I am relieved of the duty to teach human beings about spiritual origins, people can say that it was because I failed to find a way to convince men that women are a different species, and my authorities withdrew my mission because it got nowhere. 

               

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