Gender 3
In this week’s Spot Sadhguru writes from iii, TN, his reflection on the recent Indian Supreme Court decision to recognize transgender as a third gender and the excitement of the spring season at iii.
 
 
 
 

Ladies and Gentlemen and all those who have not made up their minds; the Supreme Court of India has recognized a third gender and has legalized their existence. It is a social and legal validation that has been long overdue. Right from ancient times, the third gender was a recognized factor in Indian culture, there never was any persecution but there was no equal status either. Though this is a welcome decision by the highest court in the nation, it also opens up a gamut of issues of public office, marriage, property, cultural implications to bathroom use. Justice to the third gender is good but sensitivities of ladies and gentlemen have to be taken into account.

One way of describing consciousness is - your identity has shifted from body parts to cosmic proportions.

Ardhanarishwara, as Shiva is known, is not of the third gender but the peak of the masculine and feminine. Neither this nor that is not the goal, but the peak of both is. A balance between the two is not obliteration or the birth of the third. Being beyond the duality is not in denial of the dual nature of physical existence. On one level, Yoga also means the Union of masculine and feminine within oneself. There is no need for strong identity with any one of these, as life is a manifestation of both. All of us were born because of the meeting and mingling of male and female. In turn, our being male or female need not be carried in our minds in a big way; the body will do it anyway. Male-Female is body’s business. There is no need to extend it beyond the body. It is not an identity but a body structure. Due to the ignorance of strong identity with the body, male-female ideas and prejudices have dominated the social fabric.

Strong sense of being man or woman means that you are too identified with your reproductive organs. If you must be identified with some part of your body, try the brains. It could work out better for you and a more healthy social fabric could be woven. One way of describing consciousness is - your identity has shifted from body parts to cosmic proportions. In this lies the possibility that the very intelligence of the cosmos can be harnessed.

Here I am at iii, TN. Spring is just about bursting. Spring is about fresh leaves, flowers, birds and bees, pollination and repopulation. Ladies and gentlemen, human species is not endangered, no need to feel encouraged.

Let us make it happen,

Love & Grace

 

 
 
 
 
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4 years 2 months ago

Every human being is born with spiritual possibility. Our life is Yoga. Either we conduct unconsciously or consciously. If we conduct consciously and life has ripened us reasonably, the longing has come into our conscious existence, Guru will become revealed. It's not that Guru was not there before this, we just did not have enough perception to know His guidance and Grace.

4 years 2 months ago

"No need to feel encouraged" :)

4 years 2 months ago

I am sexually a man who is sexually attracted by men but I never wanted to put myself in a category of identification of gender, nor sexual orientation or anything else for that matter. This article is a little confusing. "Justice to the third gender is good but sensitivities of ladies and gentlemen have to be taken into account." What does this mean?

4 years 2 months ago

Thank you Sadhguru. But, I would like to know which theerthakund they will use or will be allowed to use when they visit the yoga center.

4 years 2 months ago

That's veritably true, but I haven't heard of any Master who initiated someone from the Third Gender. The spiritual possibility could be available to them, but is Sadhguru's technology of Inner Engineering available for them? That's what I intended to ask :-)

4 years 2 months ago

Super opening line from sadhguru

4 years 2 months ago

Ignorance is thy name. Bless you.

4 years 2 months ago

The following is a logical deduction, a theory which I was exploring and
discussing with a friend a few weeks ago:

Ida and Pingala / Shiva and Shakthi / Yin and Yang represent the duality of
existence and the energy body being 50% masculine and 50% feminine in both men and women. Irrespective of being a biological man or a biological woman one may express masculine or feminine tendencies more dominantly depending on the underlying makeup of the energy body. Impressions from past lives, sort of a “vasana” that Sadhguru speaks may directly influence the tendencies in their outer expression. These tendencies find expressions in many levels and not necessarily limited to sexual orientation. For instance, expression of motherly tendencies is common among fathers and vice versa.

Sadhguru opens the article by writing “Ladies and Gentlemen and all those
who have not made up their minds;” and the crucial word being the “mind” Extrapolating the logic a little further to include the role of the mind, it appears that the ego / personality driven mind can manipulate these tendencies, can distort these tendencies to the extent that a person finds a comfortable outer expression. Transcending this superficial mind, the society’s garbage bin (using Sadhguru’s words) is one of the objectives in sadhana. In this context, I have heard some spiritual teachers talk about curing unacceptable sexual orientations. If such a cure is possible, it should probably be at the level of aligning and balancing the energies and also transcending the limitations of the ego / personality mind. If not, one may end up choosing not one of the three gender categories, but some 50+ gender classifications that our Facebook, the biggest social network is proposing to employ.

Pranam

4 years 2 months ago

Every gender has a spinal cord and a head with 7 chakras. So, Inner Engineering and every other path should work.

When we are set for Yoga and aim for dissolution, just like any other identity that makes up our personalities, sexual identity of male, female and all that is in-between also should dissolve.

4 years 2 months ago

So, is Sadhguru going to offer the spiritual possibility to the Third Gender also? Is it possible to offer them this technology?

4 years 2 months ago

There's no exception to the rule that we need to consciously play with our identities rather than getting stuck to them, including our sexual identities. But, in terms of body, each one of us has come with a different capability. For instance, Sadhguru said that women will have a disadvantage if they choose kriya yoga, one hundred per cent, as their path. He was telling how some of the previous Masters designed practices which were suitable only for the male body since most of their disciples were men; given the social milieu of that time. Likewise, he said that there are some practices that are designed only for the female body. In the foregoing context, I wanted to know how Sadhguru would offer them the technologies that he has developed.

4 years 2 months ago

And a thoughtful advice at the end.

4 years 2 months ago

On a lighter side, You should consider doing Yoga full time so you can avoid the troubles at home!!!

When Sadhguru says, man / woman is only body's business, his point is rooted in Yoga and Realization. The sentence should be read from the context of sadhana and not what happens in our social and family situations.

Yes, men and women are different otherwise how would they get attracted to each other? Male and female sexual harmones do impact behavior. For instance, during pregnancy, there are many changes in the women's system to the extent the focus shifts towards the developing fetus. Parenting and motherhood also affects behavior and these are Nature's way to ensure Life is sustained. Understanding a woman is not just understanding her as a static personality. A woman transits from being a child at one point of her life to bearing children and it's a big transition.

4 years 2 months ago

If being man and women is only body's business than why most women nags and tries to control their husband. I do not understand what they get out of it. To me Men and women are different or else nature might not have made two sex if both are equal. Women are superior to men. Women give birth to men and for that they take revenge by becoming their wives. Even lord Shiva was not ready to get married, that say a lot about Women's reputation even in those time.

4 years 2 months ago

There is so much that Sadhguru does to each one of us at an individual level that is way beyond our perception. I understand your point but cannot talk about the dimension that is not in my experience.

4 years 2 months ago

Of course; spirituality is open to all. Just because the society didn't or doesn't accept a third gender it does not mean sadhana is ruled out for transgenders. For thousands of years the spiritual process has been available to every willing human being.

4 years 1 month ago

Namasthe Sadguru,
I have so many doubts, regarding our history of Gods,
1st question What is god and Demigod?who is god and who all demi gods?

4 years 2 months ago

Born to win is an organisation for transgender. I had attended that function on 22
april 2014 at Vani Mahal Chennai. They gave awards for the achievers in Trans all over tamilnadu yesterday

3 years 6 months ago

Brihannala, Arjuna , I bow down

4 years 2 months ago

Sadhguru please come to Los Angeles this time.