If initiates teach that the place of the masculine principle is before that of the feminine principle, it is not because they think that the masculine principle is more important than the feminine principle, but because they bow to cosmic symbolism. Symbolically, the masculine principle represents the spirit and the feminine principle matter.
The spirit is subtle and volatile and tends to rise to the higher levels, whereas matter, being heavier, tends to sink to lower levels. But each needs the other: the spirit needs matter in order to incarnate, and matter needs the spirit in order to be animated. Creation is simply the result of the encounter between spirit and matter. It would not be true to say that the role and the responsibility of the father of a family is more or less valuable than that of the mother. The two are equally valuable, equally important, since both are necessary for the creation of a child. And spiritualists who neglect the material dimension are as seriously handicapped as materialists who ignore the spirit.
The masculine principle is defined as active and the feminine principle as passive, but the role of passivity is just as important as that of activity. The masculine principle provides the content, but the feminine principle provides the container, the form, and the power of attraction of form is very strong.
But men have gone too far. Instead of being models of integrity, kindness, and justice, thereby earning the esteem and admiration of women, they have abused their authority and their greater physical strength. They have taken all rights and privileges for themselves and given women nothing but duties.
For centuries the revolt of women has been going on inwardly, and today conditions are different. Men are weaker and have lost some important strategic positions, and women have armed themselves well and captured these positions. More and more, women are demonstrating that they are highly capable, that they have qualities of determination, intelligence, and courage.
But neither men nor women should dominate the other. Rather, each sex should make the effort to dominate their own domain. It is normal for women to want to reclaim the freedom and the rights denied to them by men, but they must try to achieve their goal by intensifying their own innate qualities, not by trying to imitate the behaviour or way of life of men. To do this would be to demonstrate a lack of understanding of the eternal truths, and the penalty would be great.
The equilibrium of life is based on polarization, that is, on the existence of two poles between which, because they are different in nature, there can be reciprocity. If the two poles were uniform, there could be no exchange, none of that magnificent mutuality that is the source of so much joy and inspiration.
When men and women lose all sense of the life that exists in this reciprocity between the two poles, they turn to a pharmacist or a psychiatrist for a remedy, but there is no remedy for those who do not understand. The only remedy lies in understanding. When polarity disappears, it is the death of a generation. There can be no spark, no life, if the two poles, the two electrodes, are not clearly distinct.
Izvor Book 237, Cosmic Balance – The Secret of Polarity
To read more on this topic here is a mini-series we posted last year