From a young person to turning into a mother, menopause and seniority women experience distinctive periods of existence with numerous real changes. These distinctive periods of women life are accompanied by several ups and downs in personal and professional life. These situations are further supplemented by the patriarchial society which ascertains the Do’s & Dont’s of their life. Although the rise of feminism has wrecked the patriarchy but only to a minor level. A major battle remains to be won and this battle is not to be taken up with hatred and defiance towards others but by loving and embracing self.
Nisagradatta Maharaj Ji was an Indian Guru of Shiva Advaita (Nondualism), belonging to the Inchagiri Sampradaya, a lineage of teachers from the Navnath Sampradaya and Lingayat Shaivism. He explains the true nature of life based on his major teachings evolved from ‘I am that’. It was crucial to quote him here to convey the soul of the discussion, i.e. finding out who you really are.
He quotes, “Go deep into the sense of ‘I am’ and you will find. How do you find a thing you have mislaid or forgotten? You keep it in your mind until you recall it. The sense of being, of ‘I am’ is the first to emerge. Ask yourself whence it comes or just watch it quietly. When the mind stays in the ‘I am’, without moving, you enter a state, which cannot be verbalized, but which can be experienced. All you need to do is to try and try again. After all the sense of ‘I am’ is always with you, only you have attached all kinds of things to it- body, feelings, thoughts, ideas, possessions and so on. All these self-identifications are misleading, because of these you take yourself to be what you are not.”