शनिवार, 17 अगस्त 2013

Place of women in our vedic culture

Only Five Points Define

1."Women must be honored and adorned by their fathers, brothers, husbands, and brothers-in-law, who desire their own welfare. Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased; but where they are not honored, no sacred rite yields rewards. Where the female relations live in grief, the family soon wholly perishes; but that family where they are not unhappy ever prospers.

2.the men who seek (their own) welfare, should always honor women on holidays and festivals with (gifts of) ornaments, clothes and (dainty) food." (Manu Smriti III.55-59)

3.Grandfather Bhishma explained: "O ruler of the earth
 (Yuddhisthira) the lineage in which daughters and the daughters-in-law are saddened by ill treatment, that lineage is destroyed. When out of their grief these women curse these households, such households lose their charm, prosperity and happiness." (Mahabharata, Anushashanparva, 12.14)

4.  Atharva-Veda 14.1.43-44  says, when a woman is invited into the family through marriage, she enters "as a river enters the sea" and "to rule there along with her husband, as a queen, over the other members of the family."  This kind of equality is rarely found in any other religious scripture.

5.many a woman is more firm and better than the man who turns away from Gods, and offers not." (Rig-Veda, 5.61.6)  

--------Collected  By Alaknanda Singh

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