Monday, March 10. 2008
For past few days or so you might read the real life stories of some amazing women in history. But today you will read about the life of those women who have played an important role in the history of all Faiths. And again I owe it to the classes which I have attended to;
“Exemplary women: The Nurturer and The Advocate
Among the immediate followers of each Founder were two especially praiseworthy women –one of whom exemplified ‘responsive-nurturing’ roles, while the other exemplified ‘active-assertive’ roles. Taken together, these women provided models which helped to balance the patriarchal societies in which the major faith traditions developed
“Each of the major world religions has developed…a female figure who acts as a role model for women…. a role that has emphasized the virtues of comforting and nurturing. This s figure has often been the mother or wife of the prophet-founder…. (But there is also) an alternative role model, one that takes them out of the home and is more socially active. This has usually been the figure of a female disciple of the prophet –founder of the religion who took an active role in the organizing and promotion of the religion in its early stage. “
1-Moses’ sister Miriam was a nurturer and Deborah was among the greatest of the ‘judges’ instituted by Moses for leadership during the conquest and settling of the Holy Land; she was also esteemed as a ‘prophetess and poetess’.
2-Zoroaster’s mother Dughdao was His nurturer and protector, and Zoroaster’s daughter Poruchista was a fearless missionary for the ‘good religion’ (Zoroastrianism)
3-Krishna’s first and most helpful wife, Rukmini, was the very essence of devotion, faithfulness and service. Drapaudi, was a courageous heroine who supported the just side in the Mahabharata War and dismantled the warrior caste.
4-The Buddha’ mother, Mahamaya, though she died soon after His birth, was the most receptive and nurturing woman in Buddhist tradition, because she cared for the Buddha from her heavenly abode, and bested the gods in her understanding and support of the new Dharma, the most active and assertive woman in Buddha’s story was Mahaprajapati, His step-mother and aunt, who overcame the Buddha’s initial resistance to establishing an order of nuns.
5-Jesus’mother, Mary has been the most revered woman in both Christian and Muslim history (astoundingly), honored as a saint, and held up as the exemplary ideal of loving devotion and nurturance. Mary Magdalene ministered to Jesus in the Galilee, served as ‘apostle to the apostles’, and was honored as a pioneering representative of women’s ministry in the early Church.
6-The first wife of Muhammad, Khadijah, encouraged Him to embrace His role as prophet of the Arabian people, was the first to embrace Islam, and was the mother of Fatimah (the most lauded Shiah Muslim woman). Aisha was Muhammad’s second wife after the death of Khadijah; she was an intelligent, assertive, well-educated source of many Islamic traditions and a matriarch of the early Muslim community.
7-Tahirih, the Bab’s only female disciple, was perhaps the most courageous, eloquent and spiritually gifted woman in religious history, who championed the new Faith and established decisively the cause of women’s equality in the new age of humanity’s maturity. Bahiyyih Khanum, Bhaa’u’llah’s daughter, was a very nurturing and supportive figure in the formative decades of the new Faith, cultivation positive relationships with many officials and even heading eh Faith on several occasions.”
Notes: the above women, whom were living in different centuries, time wise, and in different places, were walking on a same path toward the Light and/or Faith. That is why they were doing the same things each time a Manifestation of God was appeared in this world.
The way they had lived they touched the core of existence. They are not only present in history‘s books or /and religious books but rather living in the hearts and the minds of humanity.
Their life stories are like reading myth’s stories with one big difference that in myth’s stories we know end. But here, in real world, we don't see the end which is invisible. We might not feel the King’s Presence in our life, Who is surrounding us, but the above women saw Him in different time and space, felt His present and at the end they rushed to their Beloved. Baha’u’llah says in Hidden Words:
O SON OF JUSTICE!
WHITHER CAN A LOVER GO BUT TO THE LAND OF HIS BELOVED? AND WHAT SEEKER FINDETH REST AWAY FROM HIS HEART’S DESIRE? TO THE TURE LOVER REUNION IS LIFE, AND SEPARATION IS DEATH. HIS BREAST IS VOID OF PATIENCE AND HIS HEART HATH NO PEACE. A MYRIAD LIVES HE WOULD FORSAKE TO HASTEN TO THE ABODE OF HIS BELOVED.
There is another name for those who were/are martyred and/or they spent all their lives severing humanity, they call them ‘Shahid’ which means someone who was/ is witness to something. To be witness means to see all!!! So they might be suffered physically and they did but their spirits were witnessing something beyond this world at the time of suffering. And now we feel their love in our hearts. Their love has its own roots in every heart and if we call upon them the ‘root’ and /or the ‘rope’ will be shaken and they will turn their face towards us looking at us and/or they might pulling our spirits up to the heaven for a short time visit and/or to see the end, time to time!!!