NEW DELHI --
Women give us birth,
writes Swami Anand Kul
Bhushan Kulive Kulove Kulaugh.
They feed and love
us, cuddle and care for us till we can fend for ourselves.
When we grow up to become boys, other women come into our
lives: sisters, cousins and aunts who play with us, guide us
and prepare us for life.
As teenagers, young women excite us men, tempt and
As our girlfriends, fiancés and wives, women stimulate
us, provoke us, motivate us, persuade us, encourage us, and
inspire us, among many other things.
And yet so many men mistreat them, bully them, abuse
them, deprive them and enslave them. Look at how we pay
women less wages and yet so often, rape and abuse them.
The unequal treatment of women makes sorry reading with
horrible facts emerging from around the world, including the
so-called developed world.
Killing them in the womb before birth, mistreating them and
denying women proper education and health facilities is
Hence highlighting their plight and achievements despite
their built-in disadvantages during just one day in the year is
not enough. Women’s plight and empowerment are highlighted
throughout the year in many ways.
Much more needs to be done in our daily lives about how
women must be treated with respect and ensuring their
Osho says, "If all over the world the woman is allowed
freedom to grow to her potential, there will be many, many
women enlightened; many, many women mystics, poets,
"And they will enhance not only the woman’s part of the
world – because the world is one – they will enhance the
whole world. Life will become richer.
Osho adds: "It is for the betterment of both man and
woman that the woman should be given every freedom and equal
opportunity for her individuality.
"Then there will be a sense of humour.
"And the woman can laugh more gracefully than man, she has
every potential for it - but it is repressed, condemned,
"She has lived a life of such misery that you cannot hope
that she will show some sense of humour.
"But the day is not far away... then the whole earth will be
full of laughter.