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Do women have more innate spirituality than men?
"The social construct of gender in a male dominated society and spiritual world, the women have a secondary roles and continue to be 'seen traditionally as someone's wife, mother, daughter, or sister'," says Sudesh Didi of the Brahma Kumaris in an article in a periodical. Thereby, it implies that women have barriers to follow a spiritual path and assume spiritual leadership by and large.

According to her, deep inside every woman there is a longing to be someone in her own rightfully aware of herself, confident and in control including the original power of the self to be whole and independent - free from the web of domination and suppression, free from the need to exist for someone else's sake. But, she finds that 'lack of equality finds its roots not only in sociological and cultural systems, but more particularly within levels of consciousness upon which spirituality and attitudes are ultimately based.'

She holds that the feminine qualities such as love, tolerance, compassion, understanding and humility are qualities of leadership needed for spiritual progress, for without them it would be impossible to attain self-realization. She adds that women have the serenity and gentleness to understand and accept spiritual ideas easily without the barrier of arrogance which is so often present in men.

Researches in neuro-science, psychology and femininity point out that right hemisphere of a women’s brain is more active than that of men. An experiential activity during a self-development workshop -designed by educator CS Mehta in the late 1990s in Rajasthan, for teacher educators in which I too participated - amply proved that women’s psyche is more inward bound.

The participants were given the experience of observing their breathing for two minutes with their eyes closed. After this, they were asked to analyze their experiences regarding what happened to their consciousness during those two minutes.

Analysis of their responses showed that differences in men’s and women’s psychic experiences were significant when analysed by Chi squared analysis, thereby proving that women were more inward looking and hence more spiritual than men.

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