Princess Gouri in her third talk with Zuzana speaks about female energy, power within us & empowerment of the women.
Ayurveda God Dhavantari was a male form, but in Kerala we had matriarchal system in which the woman had lot of power. So things like treatment, which is a household matter really, was in the hands of the woman. Woman decided which way the family would go. My mother was personally very very interested in ayurveda.
THE TRAVANCORE ROYAL FAMILY is the ruling house of the Indian princely state of Travancore. The family lost the ruling rights in 1949 when Travancore Kingdom merged with the Indian Union and their privileges were abolished by a constitutional amendment in 1971. The Travancore Royalty could be also considered descendants of the ancient Cheras, Ay-Venad, Pandya and Chola dynasties, due to consistent intermarriages with these lines over the centuries. The Travancore royals are among the rare breed of royals who follow the matrilineal system.The members of the family are based in Trivandrum, Kerala and are the ones who keep alive the traditions and rituals of their ancient dynasty including the upkeep of the famous Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple. Read more >>
Shakti – it is basically a power. A power, a knowledge, a capacity – all these together forms ‘Shakti’. According to me, Shakti does not mean physical strength alone.
There are a lot of talks about 'Woman Empowerment'. What exactly is this ‘Woman Empowerment’?
We are what we are! There is Shakti in us. I do not think we need any extra empowerment. We have to be aware of the Shakti that is within us. We should bring it out and use it in the sensible way.
Yes! In Germany you would say 'Fatherland' - the land of one's ancestors. In France you would say 'Patrie' - land of the fathers. But for us, this is 'The Mother' - The Earth Mother, The Birth Mother, and The Divine Mother. Bhumi is a divine and she is a Goddess. Bhumi is described as 'Sarvan Saha' – the one who bears everything, who takes on everything and she still protecting you, nurturing you and supporting you. So I think it is a beautiful thought.
But, Zuzana, female and male, they are complementary. There is no life without the male and the female. We have a tendency to see it as sort of competition. It is not a competition. They have to melt; they have to go together to be of use to the society.
But, Zuzana, female and male, they are complimentary. There is no life without the male and the female. We have a tendency to see it as sort of competition. It is not a competition. They have to melt; they have to go together to be of use to the society.
We, humans, we are not much evolved. In our scriptures, we say, that the power of God is everywhere. There is a saying (in Malayalam language): "The God exists in the pillar, in the piece of rust, in the stones, in the thorns and in me and in you."
The God is everywhere, but this omnipresent concept is difficult for the average human being to absorb. The God is described through the symbols. Hindu religion is much misunderstood. They say we have so many Gods and Goddesses, but we do not. The God is only one and we were given the freedom to worship the power, which is God, in any form you like.
Imagine, you get up in the morning, you are rubbing your eyes, in your nightdress, sleepy… not at your best… in the morning – that is 'you'. You have a shower, you put on clean cloth, you are dressed for a day – it is still 'you'. Maybe you are mother and you are making breakfast to the family, packing up the children lunches – that is still 'you'. If you are going out to work, as part of the work force, again it is 'you'. You come back home, you are the homemaker, the teacher, you are the mother, you are the one, who nurture, but it still same 'you'! So there are many forms of 'you' – whether you are wearing a dress, whether you are wearing a sari, whether you are wearing pants and the T-shirt, whether you are wearing a dhoti, it is all still 'you'.
So that freedom to choose – and wonderful thing about the Hindu religion is, that the God has no gender. We never say just 'he'. God can be 'he', God can be 'she'. That is your women’s empowerment, when divinity can be female. That is the highest compliment you can pay to womanhood.
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The Travancore Kingdom Royalty are considered the descendants of the Gods and ancient Cheras, Venad, Pandya and Chola dynasties, who brought the philosophy of ayurveda to the world.
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