Masculine and Feminine in the Western tradition
The Masculine and Feminine principles are fundamental governing principles of the universe and are reflected in every single manifestation of nature and of life
The Heavenly Father and the Divine Mother in the Hindu tradition.
The whole of creation is the result of the concerted work of the masculine and feminine principles. These two principles are replicas of the two creative principles of the cosmos: the Heavenly Father and the Divine Mother, of which men and women are also the reflection. The two principles must work in conjunction: alone, each one is barren.
Seen from the physical viewpoint only, human beings are either male or female and display the precise and immediately recognizable characteristics of one or the other. But from the psychic point of view, it is much more complex, as each person possesses both the masculine and feminine principles within them, and you cannot limit men to only the masculine principle or women to only the feminine principle.
Yin and Yang in the Taoist philosophy
In the Chinese Taoist philosophy, this idea is represented by the yin/yang symbol: the black part, yin, representing the feminine principle, contains a white dot, and the white part, yang, representing the masculine principle, contains a black dot, to express how the masculine always contains a feminine part and the feminine a masculine part.
Men and women are not abstract principles but living combinations of masculine and feminine in unequal proportions, and they can change sex from one incarnation to the next. Indeed, each person has to experience both conditions, in order to acquire the qualities of the masculine and feminine principles in all their fullness.
Like masculine and feminine, full and empty are two inseparable notions
Empty attracts full so that it may be filled and full seeks out empty to give it its fullness. Since the beginning of time this coming together of empty and full has created and maintained life…
In many Indian temples, you see the lingam, the symbol of Shiva, represented – a raised stem on a horizontal base. Those who give commentaries on the symbol often stop at the raised stem, which represents the phallus, the generative organ, the masculine principle. In fact, you should also take into account the horizontal base, which represents the feminine principle.
The masculine principle is the spirit, working on the feminine principle, matter. The whole of creation is simply the result of these two principles working together. And so they should not be thought of as separate in spiritual practice either. In India you still come across men and women with a red dot painted between their eyebrows. That is where the ajna chakra, the centre of clairvoyance, of spiritual vision, is situated. But if you concentrate on this chakra, which is receptive, feminine, you should also concentrate on the sahasrara chakra, situated at the top of the skull, which is emissive, masculine. When the two principles are brought together, they become a living lingam.
Love and Sexuality
“Love is impossible to define or explain, it is all things at once… a power, a principle, an emotion, a feeling, a powerful force, inspiration, understanding, everything comes under the heading of love.
But for love to be effective you must understand what it is, you must think of it as an instrument, a magic power you can always make use of. For instance when nothing is going right, when you are sad or discouraged and disillusioned, when you think everything is lost and the world is against you then the only thing that will help you is love. Whatever happens to you the solution is to go on loving, loving all creation, all humanity. The greatest philosophy, the greatest wisdom and light, are hidden in the words: never stop loving.”
Relationships, love and sexuality are issues which humanity continues to struggle to fully understand. Without a new spiritual understanding of love and sexuality we will continue to suffer, relationships will fail and the true happiness love can bring will continue to be an unreachable dream.
The Teaching shows that men and women are reflections of the divine principles which like the union of spirit and matter create a very powerful union which raises their love to new heights and is a source of inspiration for all. Read More…
This theme is covered comprehensively in:
Izvor Collection, Book 213, ‘Sexual Force or the Winged Dragon’
Video Extracts: Higher Self and Lower Self
Lecture: Love and the sublimation of the sexual force
The benefits that a new concept of love will bring: knowing how to love — learning to direct sexual energy towards the heights and not downwards, so as to feed the cells of the brain.
Lecture from 15 March, 1980, Disciples must learn to become bees
Like bees, disciples must seek the quintessence, the nectar that all human beings possess in them, and from this nectar make honey, a heavenly quintessence.
Women have the power to concretize this quintessence…which will permit the Golden Age to be realized
Lecture from 05 April, 1980 Love and Sexuality, why self-control
By nourishing themselves with light, human beings free themselves from their lower natures.
The importance of self control in love affairs. The correspondences in astrology with Mars and Venus.
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