Amazing how much the ego tentacle finds a way to latch on no matter what your intention is to just "be." Growing up and living in a culture where women have probably their strongest foot hold in respect, equality, and opportunity, it is something that shows up on my radar screen with the lack of these conditions in India. In principle, it doesn't effect the one molecule (or less) of real estate that I presumably occupy, but is that practical while inhabiting a body? Gurudev does warn of being in India and paying attention to safety. There is a global degree of this, but some places are more safe than others. I will be presumptuous and say that if you grew up without it, you probably wouldn't be looking for it. That isn't to say that the opportunity to grow beyond the norm or the surroundings is always an option. With the interconnectedness of the globe everything is possible.
(And there is still a longs ways to go: Women in the Obama White House: sexism and progress - CNN.com*)
Yes, yet another layer of attachment on a personality level has shown up--the ease of being in and around men and women of all nationalities. I observe Gurudev with both sexes. I don't see any signs of male dominance, discrimination, or lack of respect. It appears "normal" on my radar screen. When I have asked him about it, he attributes it to where we are in our evolution, education, and consciousness. I guess I will take out a permission slip for humanity and do my part not to lose focus on deepening into a state of being, acceptance, and love. While sitting with this, the download came in to keep putting faith in the Divine and not get caught in the human quagmire. Found this quote:
Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ's compassion for the world is to look out;
yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good;
and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.
--Saint Teresa of Avila