Hindus believe in spiritual equality of males and females on an existential level as a representation of enlightenment. This theme of spiritual equality within Hinduism is best described by the overcoming of ignorance through knowledge. In particular, the Stetassvata Upanisad states “knowledge and deliverance do not differ between sexes.” Furthermore, the overall principle of the atma found in a Sruti text declares we are all clay pots composed of clay (the infinite) implies equality. Therefore, contemplating the true meaning of atma or self one can logically conclude, if males and females are composed of identical spiritual matter, we are created as equals.These doctrinal premises allowed gurus to justify spiritual equality between genders yet both in the United States and India inequality still exists. My question became if knowledge and deliverance are not different why should there be two different spheres of men’...
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... work (Rambachan, 2015, 108). The question remains why do religious leaders advocate for gender spiritual equality while condoning social inequality?
Additional support for the misguided discrepancy of spiritual verses societal gender equality in Hinduism is the Festival of Holi. During the festival, traditional roles of servitude are reversed. Women can assault their husbands, abstain from doing chores, and are allowed to make decisions as a representation of “how Krishna taught us to love.” If Krishna, a reincarnation of God, taught humans to love through role reversals, shouldn’t the ultimate display of love be social equality and undefined gender roles? Further, if love is understanding each gender others perspectives, wouldn’t sharing responsibilities and decision making daily be the ultimate pathway to not only demonstrate love, but gain liberating knowledge?
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