The End of Patriarchy -Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 1: 41-44

“Because of this [see previous verses], the family women are defiled. When the family women are defiled, caste becomes intermixed.

“The family women are defiled”

The word for ‘woman‘ here is stri, which means, ‘bearer of children’. There are other words for women, but women are mentioned specifically in this verse as the bearers of children. There is concern regarding the progeny of the male leaders of society who would lose control over the continuation of their line (‘family law’) if they were to lose control of the women. A woman knows who her children are, but a man can only know this if he controls the woman. This takes us back to the previous installment and the mention of “the destruction of family” causing the “family laws to be lost”. What would be lost is a clear male family line.

(Ladies: For an interesting interpretation of this, read this Translation and the Purport. Scroll down to page 83, and fasten your seat belts.)

“This intermixture is hell for the destroyers of the family and for the family as well, and indeed, the ancestors also fall, deprived of offerings of rice and water.

“By these wrongs of the family-destroyers, producing mixed caste, caste dharma disappears along with family dharma.

Dharma – laws, customs, traditions.

The word for caste means ‘race, species, kind, sort, character, nature, property, or quality’ and can be applied to people or things. Here it is referring to social classes into which the characteristics and abilities of people can be generally categorized, and which eventually became fixed and determined by birth, as was the case in the time of the Mahabharata war. The four castes are, Brahmin (God-people), Kshatriya (warriors and leaders), Vaishya (farmers, merchants, businessmen), and Shudra (servers).

In this verse, Arjuna is saying that the loss of family dharma (‘family laws’) would cause confusion about an individual’s caste. Because the caste system has become fixed and is determined by birth, this system would no longer be reliable with the destruction of controlled family lines based on male lineage.

“Men whose family laws have been obliterated, O Agitator of Men [Krishna], dwell indefinitely in hell, thus we have heard repeatedly.

We are to understand that this situation would be an unending hell for a man whose male family line has been destroyed. Another translation of this verse is, “Thus men whose family lines have been destroyed always live in hell, subordinate to women (literally, ‘one who waits on a child’, mothers).”

Maintaing ‘family laws’ has been a means of keeping society righteous, prosperous, and spiritually and morally virtuous. However, it is assumed that this can only happen in a patriarchy, but, much to Arjuna’s distress, here we have Krishna urging a war that will end all this.


Once again, unaware of the significant departure from the norm that this war represents for him, Arjuna resorts to what he has been taught. What he has been taught was valid and adequate when he learned it in the past, but he doesn’t realize that it is not sufficient for what he is up against now. What he sees as he looks upon the two opposing forces, is the destruction of those he holds dear, and the destruction of the proper order of things, a destruction that he believes will bring only suffering.

To understand these verses as they pertain to surrender yoga sadhana, we must begin to think beyond the concepts of ‘family’, hereditary ‘caste’, and ‘ancestors’ in the usual way. Considering the similarity of these, this statement from the previous installment reminds us of their place in understanding yoga: “…at another level ‘family’ (including caste and ancestors) brings to mind a genetic pool. DNA is one way of looking at the evolutionary force (kundalini) in its physical form, so we might assume that this ‘war’ will affect some transformative change (‘destruction’) within ‘the family law of the human body’ (DNA).”

We are being told that once the evolutionary force that Arjuna is about to deal with gets its way, things are going to change. As a result of this, there will be a new order, and the body is going to go through some interesting changes to get there.

Jaya Bhagavan,
Durga Ma


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The Power of Emotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 18, Continued

The Power of Emotions

The most mutable aspect of human embodiment is emotion.

The Power of Emotion

One might ask, Why do emotions seem to be avoided, and even denigrated, by yogis, gurus and authors of scriptures? I think the answer is simple: All scriptures have been created by men for men, and in times not long past, yoga sadhana and the study of scriptures have not been an option for women. Now, don’t think this is a denouncement of men, but quite the opposite. It is the recognition of a heavy burden.

What makes a fetus become male is the rush of a large quantity of testosterone, which promotes sexual avidity, action, aggression and anger, and proceeds to wipe out a good portion of the empathy center in the brain. All this happens about halfway through pregnancy.  

This can make yoga sadhana more difficult for men than for women. Men have a harder time dealing with sexual cravings, aggression and acting on anger than women do. More effort at self-control is needed in order for them to reach and practice yoga at higher stages, so willpower is needed in the beginning to a greater degree than for women.

While we women were being been left out altogether in the past, men have been dealing with this burden by willfully avoiding us and suppressing their emotions (which is easier to do for them than for us). This has resulted in considering emotions to be inappropriate. I think this kind of thinking is just an issue of ignorance associated with the age in which we live (kali yuga), and that it will one day turn around naturally.  

Change, and therefore progress, is easily accomplished when suppression is abandoned.

The Energy of Emotion is not limited to the physical body, the mental body (etheric) or even the emotional body (astral). It is Prana-Shakti. The Energy of Emotion is the energy of experience, and it is everywhere, constantly going out from every one of us to everyone else. [Illustration from Meditating Naturally]  

  • Emotion is a natural function of the body to support survival by producing feelings.
  • Feelings are the experiences of emotions.
  • Empathy is a function of Emotional Energy by which one experiences the feelings of others.

Empathy is a function of Prana-Shakti, the Energy of Emotion. When your Emotional Energy expands to others and shares their feelings, we call it ’empathy’. Like emotions, and even life itself, empathy is based on your relationship with others.


Emotions exist solely because of your relationship to others. Emotional Energy is what it is because of you and other-than-you. It is all-powerful for the same reason. What you experience emotionally (feelings), including the feelings of others (empathy), affects everything about you: your body, your mind, your feelings and every cell in your body. 

EMPATHY 3The effects of emotions are powerful beyond words. When we truly love, we will sacrifice anything for the loved one. When one is desolate to the point of suicide, a power that can cause a person to end their own life must be very powerful indeed. These are extremes, but that is the nature of emotions: they can be very extreme … because of the extreme Power of Emotion.

Because the Energy of Emotion is present in the body and beyond without limit, and because its power is based on you and anything that is other than you that you can be conscious of, the importance of this energy for spiritual advancement should not be overlooked. 

Emotions & Spirituality

Healing and well-being come the same way. The Energy of Emotion affects everything from atoms to Earth. Every experienced emotion moves things, changing things in your body and mind, and subtly affecting everyone else. Emotions are activities of the emotional (astral) body, which extends beyond the physical body. Emotions are energy in motion. 

Spirituality requires progress. Progress requires change. Change is inherent in emotions. 

Emotional Energy 2.1The Energy of Emotion is constantly changing you, and because it is mutable, you can change it. By adding the power of Attention into the mix, you can use this energy to change your life.

The heart, which is the center of emotion and feelings, generates the largest electromagnetic signal in the body, 5,000 times greater than the brain, and takes in information that much faster. It is madness to disregard or minimize emotion and its powerful force and assume you are making spiritual progress. The heart, the seat of Prana and the seat of Emotion, is the central guidance system for the entire body and brain. What would become of us (and everyone else) if we were to disregarded it?

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Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma

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