Category Archives: Women

Economic Democracy: The Foundation of a Neo-Humanistic Family

GAYATTRII GHISTA
 
In 1986, Shrii Sarkar revealed a new mission for humanity – economic democracy. He noted that in no country does there exist an economic democracy. At certain times in history, economic democracy may have existed for a brief period without any conscious awareness and without any clear principles. Later in1989, Shrii Sarkar also gave the mission to …

Equal Rights for Men and Women

By P.R. Sarkar

(August 1984, Calcutta) – Everything in this panoramic world is changing. There is a saying that as one bank of a river collapses, the other bank builds up. From the dawn of human civilization until today so many new, prosperous human settlements, so many impressive towns and cities, ports and metropolises have sprung up. After a period …

The Importance of Cultural Identity to Empower People: The Example of Barlovento

By Didi Ananda Sadhana, Director, Centro Madre, Barlovento, Venezuela
Translation of her presentation at the First Global Prout Conference in Venezuela, "Building a Solidarity Economy based on Ethics and Ecology", July 7-9, 2011, Caracas. Translated by Eugenio Mendoza and Dada Maheshvarananda.

Good morning. I would like to share with you my experience with a community project in Barlovento (in the …

The Dignity of Women: A Spiritual Approach

Garda Ghista
Perhaps one of the most renowned sayings of Shri Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar is that women are the most dignified section of society. Let us briefly examine the implications of this momentous statement. In his book Ananda Vacanamrtam, Pt. 30 on page 75, he explains in a nutshell the spiritual foundation of dignified living. When someone rushes towards Supreme …

From Matriarchy to Patriarchy

P.R. Sarkar
(1986, Calcutta) – The status of women in prehistoric human society was the same as that of independent females of any living species. The women, just like the men, spent their days in the lap of nature singing, dancing, laughing and playing. These conditions continued throughout the period when there was no human society as such and continued …

The Oldest Form of Slavery

Garda Ghista
“Today the clattering chariot wheels are turning. That din is making the hearts of the opportunists quake. This is the decree of fate. The pace of change is fast accelerating. Women in many communities of the world still do the household chores, but the men are earning the money. That is why the men are in an advantageous …

The Path of the Yoginii

A quest for spiritual and social freedom

Cetaná
Cosmic consciousness is bodiless, beyond sex or gender; however, spiritual aspirants, living in our everyday world, are not. Most humans cannot conceptualize a genderless entity. Consider the terminology, ‘in Him,’ or ‘God the Father’. In certain Buddhist and Hindu traditions, the female form is considered inferior to the male body, rendering women …

The Slave Trade in Women in Bengal

P.R. Sarkar
In the coastal areas of Bengal, the Portuguese carried out piracy. Their main business was to kidnap children and young men and women from the coastal areas if Chittagong, Noakhali and Bakharganj districts of eastern Bengal and sell them to wealthy families of western Bengal. They made huge profits out of this trade. The ealthy families of Burdwan, …

Social Justice for Women

P.R. Sarkar
In the sphere of society building we come across different sections of people moving in different ways. Looking at the whole social structure, these diversities carry a special significance. Had there been no diversities, human society would not have even arrived at the Stone Age, let alone the present civilization. We will have to recognize, we will have …

Women at the Mercy of Globalization – I

Globalization – an Introduction

Garda Ghista
We need to understand clearly, what is globalization. It is not an abstract academic or intellectual word. Globalization means global capitalism. In the most simplistic terms, capitalism means this: If you have 20 apples and 20 people, and if 1 person eats up 18 apples, then naturally his tummy will be full and happy. …