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OSHO ON WOMEN AND REDEFINING FEMINISM BY SWAMI SATYA VEDANT - TOMORROW: 5 PM - 7 PM

From: Zorba S.
Sent on: Friday, February 1, 2013 9:36 PM

OSHO ON WOMEN

REDEFINING FEMINISM, BY SWAMI SATYA VEDANT

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WEEKEND PORGRAMS WITH SWAMI SATYA VEDANT

 

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Swami Vedant, long time disciple of Osho, meditation facilitator, doctorate and scholar from India is with us in Dallas for an extended period of time. We will like to use this opportunity to arrange as many as programs to receive his guidance and insights on timeless topics such as meditation, awareness, relationships and emotions.

Every Saturday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 
Everyone is encouraged to participate and be audience in live talk by Swami Vedant that will be recorded in video for LivingOsho.com ( A website dedicated to people who have been living close to enlighten master Osho and his teachings.) Program may followed by brief question answers and slient meditation with Swami Vedant.

Swami Vedant will talk one of these topics every Saturday in series:

1. What is the purpose/meaning of Life?

2. What are the benefits of Meditation? Why meditate?

3. What is Freedom?

4. What is Awareness?

5. What is Education?

6. Is it possible to change?

7. What does it mean to be in relationship?

8. How one can be happy?

9. What does it mean to work?

Every Sunday

Time: 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM 
Our regular mediation programs will be facilitated by Swami Satya Vedant. Program will be followed by community lunch as usual.

Please note- All the programs are subjected to change depending upon availability of Swami Vedant. In case he is not around, program will be replaced by some other meditation activity.

Cost to attend

There is no cost obligation to attend the programs; your love donations are happily accepted. We encourage everyone to contribute reasonable amount to help us keep going and bring more meditation focused activities in the area. Suggested amount is $20. No one will ask you for the money. Please put your contributions in the box near the front door. Suggested contribution for monthly membership is $55.

Location:

Zorba Studio 
3207 SKYLANE DR STE 102 
Carrollton, TX 75006

email: [address removed]

About Swami Satya Vedant

Swami Satya Vedant was initiated into Sannyas by Osho in 1975. Osho appointed him as Chancellor of Osho Multiversity, Pune.

He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, U.S.A., and another Ph.D. degree from M.S. University of Baroda, India. Vedant has given numerous public lectures and has held workshops around the world including at the United Nations, The World Bank, the Pentagon, as well as at Dr. Deepak Chopra's program in San Diego. In the corporate world, his workshops have been mainly focused on Stress Management and Managerial Effectiveness, Leadership, Human Relationship, Women and Self Empowerment, Education, and Health Enhancement for everyone.

Vedant's publications include books and a wide range of articles published in journals, magazines, and newspapers in India, USA, and Australia.

Swami Vedant’s lectures and programs are often relayed on TV in India. Click here to watch (Please note- Programs are in Hindi language)

Click here to RSVP

February 3, Sunday

Time: 6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Osho Evening Satsang with Swami Vedant in Fort Worth

Johnson Hall, across street from Unity Church Fort Worth Sanctuary Building, 5051 Trail Lake Drive, FW 76133

Directions: Access Johnson Hall by traveling south on Trail Lake from the I[masked] freeway. Follow Trail Lake short distance to lighted intersection: Trail Lake Dr. & Woodway Dr. Go straight on Woodway to next street - go left. Unity parking lot on your left.
Turn left at end of parking lot and travel in the parking lot, back toward Woodway. Johnson Hall is set a bit back off the parking lot next to the Administration Building. There is a flagpole in the yard without a flag.

Not affiliated with Unity Church.

Suggested love offering - $10.

Bring cushion if you want to sit on the floor

Chairs provided

Click here to RSVP

Osho On Women

 

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‘‘The future belongs to women, not to men—because what man has done, down through these ages has been so ugly. Wars and wars and wars—that is his whole history.’’
—from The Book of Wisdom

‘‘My own vision is that the coming age will be the age of women. Man has tried for five thousand years and has failed. Now a chance has to be given to the woman. Now she should be given all the reins of power. She should be given an opportunity to allow her feminine energy to function. Man has utterly failed. In three thousand years, five thousand war—this is man’s record. Man has simply butchered, killed, murdered; he has lived as if only for war.’’

—from Dhammapada: the Way of the Buddhas

 

Click here to read The book of woman by Osho

 

In the article below Swami Vedant share his views on osho’s insight on feminism

THE FEMININE, THE ECOLOGY, AND THE INNER TRANSFORMATION:
REDEFINING FEMINISM

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- Satya Vedant (Dr. Vasant Joshi)

 

Meditation Retreat in West Coast with Swami Anand Arun - March / April 2013

Swami Arun will be visiting Los Angeles, San Francisoco and Vancouver, BC to conduct several residential meditation retreats.

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The dates are as follows.

Los Angeles/San Diego: March 29, 30, 31

San Francisco: April 5, 6, 7

Vancouver : April 12, 13, 14

The Fabric of Life—On the Songs of the Mystic Kabir, Osho

Translated and edited by Vasant Joshi, PhD( aka Swami Satya Vedant)
Published by: OSHO Media International

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Click here to read reviews

July 2013

Osho Meditation Retreat with Swami Arun

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Dates and Details coming soon

Oct 4-6, 2013

Osho Meditation Retreat in Dallas with Milarepa and Band

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Milarepa and his Music Online

www.OneSkyMusic.com

www.MilarepaMusic.com/

 

Large Osho Retreat Centers in Nepal and India

Osho Tapoban, Kathmandu, Nepal

www.tapoban.com

Osho Dham, New Delhi, India

www.oshoworld.com/

Osho Nisarga, Himachal Pardesh, India

www.oshonisarga.com/

Osho Meditation Resort, Pune, India

www.osho.com

 

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Check out:

www.OshoViha.org

Osho News Online Magzine

www.OshoNews.com

Osho Radio on Internet

In English and Hindi

http://www.oshoradio.nl/

OSHO Hindi Internet Radio

http://radiohindi.osho.com/

 

Osho Events in North America

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www.OshoNA.com/

Osho North America (NA)

 

Read, listen and watch Osho Discourses Online

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Among scholars as well as lay people discourse on women’s place in the family and society and opinions on women’s issues are inspiring a sense of rediscovering the mysterious inner and outer workings of woman’s power and energy. Female energy has always perplexed people. For no lesser a person than Freud, a woman has been nothing short of mystery. He says: “Despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, I have not been able to answer…the great question that has never been answered: what does a woman want?”

Throughout the centuries, however, woman’s strength and qualities instead of being appreciated for itself have been largely ignored, taken for granted, or outright exploited to the benefit of man. Despite much advocacy of women’s rights, women have not yet achieved the power to influence and control their own course of life. Their efforts to overcome impediments to freedom and equality have made very little inroads in raising the human consciousness worldwide making their vision even more elusive.

The current century has the potential of women achieving equality, but only if they recognize the significance of what Naomi Wolf calls – the “historical self-awareness”. Women are today at a turning point, what historians call, “an open moment”. A lot more women are shining at professional levels of great diversity – from Aerospace to Business, Corporate Leadership to Politics, Sports to Science and Technology. Nevertheless, what would really determine the outcome of their marching forward is the level of historical awareness without ever losing the sight of it.

The word “feminism” is often seen as taboo; and yet, does it really matter if one calls oneself as “feminist” if one is actually living feminism? Feminism need not remain just a label; it must become a way of life. This, however, is possible if women do not become indifferent to their role and responsibility towards history. Dissent and disagreement shown by women across the whole spectrum of human life need not be a reactionary phenomenon, but rather a healthy sign of diversity and strength.

Shirley Mac Lane said at the 1992 Ecological Global Forum at Rio de Janeiro that, the approach to our environmental/ecological problems is left-brained, it is dominated by male mind. The male mind is based on conquest, achievement – at any cost; success at any rate. Ms. Mac Lane, instead called for more of the “feminine” spirit”, that is, intuition, patience, foresight, caring and nurturing. She asked to be involved emotionally without embarrassment. She said: “We shouldn’t have to apologize for feminine feelings. It is time for these feelings to be recognized”. She spoke of feminine crisis and the need to “make the jail break from the male, left-brained attitude”.

It is evident that today both feminine crisis and the ecological crisis have coincided – globally – and women now have a responsibility to save the planet Earth. Women can understand and relate with the problems of the Mother Earth better because a woman carries qualities of a mother. She can easily resonate with the pain of Mother Earth than anyone else can.

The Chinese mystic, Lao Tzu, has given a remarkable insight into Ecology. He says: “The nature of existence, the environment around us is more like a female”. Lao Tzu is not saying the existence is “female”. He is not giving a slogan for any particular ideological movement. He is actually pointing at a certain quality; he calls it the “creative principle” – like Earth, a woman is a creative principle, the most marvelous being in the universe.

A more realistic and a sustainable vision related to women and their contribution in the evolution of human consciousness can find its ideal manifestation in recognizing the natural kinship between feminism, ecology, and the inner transformation. Supported by modern science, such philosophical and spiritual framework is rooted in the perception where meditative awareness, healing power, and ecological responsibility come into a dynamic interplay transforming individual as well as collective consciousness.

Despite the much talked about “women’s liberation,” the fact of the matter is that women are seriously and systematically discriminated against almost universally. The examples of such discrimination abound in terms of education, employment, salary, opportunity for higher positions but especially in terms of extending simple courtesy and respect.

It is ironic though, that, since infancy, along with female the male also depends for protection and nourishment upon one woman or another. Ordinary common sense would, therefore, dictate that such an important person be given the due respect, attention and a special place in the overall scheme of life. But that does not seem to be the case. What does emerge, however, is ambivalence on the part of man in his attitude and demeanor toward woman.

The strategy of man has been to keep her stuck in the image created by him for his own vested interest – whether as a grihalaxmi or as his property. First, man convinced her into seeing herself within this framework, and subsequently, the woman got so conditioned to seeing herself accordingly that she couldn’t perceive herself differently. She complained, she cried, she begged for relief but never dared to get out of the imprisonment of her image. So, first the man was conditioned to perceive women in a certain way, and then the woman too got conditioned to perceive her on the same lines and accepted it without any hope for a better life.

Concerned with women’s plight several reformers in India, for example, came forward, but they came with the assumption of helping the “weaker” gender. Whether it is an issue of child marriage, widow re-marriage, or any other form causing women to suffer, they sincerely tried to help. Their help, however, was extended within the same parameters of religion, caste, morality, ethics, social norm – they gave protection and shelter to the suffering women but not freedom from suffering.

Although the rise of the modern feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s has broken some of the sociological and psychological barriers toward women in some countries, the impact of the movement appears to be losing its power when in its zealousness women seem to want to be equal and similar to men.

The contemporary visionary and prolific author, Osho, totally disagrees with this kind of feminism. Women, in his vision, are neither inferior to men nor similar -- they are different. Even though in his progressive view he is all for woman’s freedom and equal status, however, he also makes it clear that women have their own uniqueness, their own place, their individuality. He says categorically, “Drop the idea of the women’s liberation movement, because they are also putting nonsense into your minds. Their nonsense is that they are trying to prove that men and women are equal. They are not -- and when I say they are not, I don’t mean that someone is superior and someone is inferior. I mean that they are unique.” (Sermons in Stones, Ch.17, Ch. Title: The Poetry of the Feminine)

According to Osho, lesser the polarity between men and women, greater will be the possibility for a creative tension. They need to be different so that they can be complementary. Men and women are equal, but not similar -- they are different. They are unique in their own ways. Both need equal opportunity -- an opportunity to grow. Women’s uniqueness must be recognized, respected, supported. A woman must have equal opportunity, but not the opportunity to imitate man’s quality -- rather opportunity to develop her own qualities. If women don’t realize this then they will be either slaves or helpless followers.

Although over a period of time women have attained education, more economic and political freedom, nevertheless, a woman’s existential problem is still the same: she is still not free from within -- free from fear and insecurity, free from jealousy and anxiety. Osho has given this inner freedom by introducing her to meditation, through the science and technology of inner transformation. Meditation gives her inner strength. Meditation makes her free from her conditionings, social and psychological trappings, low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence.

Osho is essentially provoking women to tap their inherent potential. His emphasis is equally on women’s as well as men’s liberation. He would like to see them not as co-dependents but as co-creators. The redefining of feminism, therefore, depends not only on women rediscovering themselves; men will also need to redefine their role and restructure their attitude vis a vis women.

The feminine qualities of caring, nurturing, empathy and creativity are urgently needed today to save humanity from the brink of self destruction. Mesmerized by the material greed, the male mind will have to be encouraged instead to focus on feminine perception of seeing relationships rather than just seeing things. We need women showing their historical awareness in spiritualizing humans by, what Osho says: liberating both male and female from their age old conditionings.

“The freedom of women is going to be the freedom of men too. The day the woman is accepted as equal, given equal opportunity to grow, man will find himself suddenly free from the bitchiness that he used to feel from the woman. It is time....We can create a world together, with men and women sharing their insights, their visions, their dreams. Because they are different, their dreams are different; their contributions to the society will be different. And if a society can be created in which men and women have participated equally, that will be for the first time the richest society in the world.”
(Sermons in Stones, Ch.5, Ch. Title: Laughter – As sacred as Prayer)


--Dr. Vasant Joshi Ph.D. University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D. M.S.
  University of Baroda Visiting Professor,
  Cleveland State University,
  Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 

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