Respecting the Menstrual Cycle

The upheaval linked to a female Indian activist who tried to enter a temple in Kerala (Sabarimala) which has historically been closed to women of menstruating age, made me write this post. The entire public discussion is twisted and stuck in common 3D paradigms. 

In India, the tradition to prevent menstruating women from entering certain temples is linked to yogic science and insights on the multidimensional anatomy of us humans: Our natural energetic protection (see koshas / auric field) can get weakened through surgery, drugs and medicine intake, alcohol consumption, emotional turmoil as well as physical wounds, and bleeding.

Menstruating women go through different phases during a monthly cycle, and it would be much more helpful to remember and respect that (instead of starting a feminist fight). While there is a phase in which women tend to feel creative, strong and extroverted, there is another phase where their mood and inner gear shift, namely just before and during menstruation. And an important aspect to keep in mind about women who are bleeding: they are energetically more vulnerable. This is the reason why in India in ancient times  – sometimes still today – women were not allowed to enter temples or attend pujas (spiritual ceremonies with many people involved) during their period. This tradition was intended to protect women. Because a weakened aura is a potential entry point for discarnates and other unwanted energetic phenomena. Certain temples were even entirely closed for women of menstruating age.

I appreciate some people‘s take on women’s specific spiritual or psychic powers during their period – and it seems a plausible reason why they have been kept out of temples – as a patriarchal measure to control women’s power.

Coming from Europe, I was told on several occasions during my sojourns in India, that menstruating women are not allowed in certain places, and my first reaction was that of anger and inner rebellion.

BUT years of energy practice and having gained a deeper understanding of the bigger picture while living in India, the point about women‘s protection from busy, much frequented mandirs at a time when their body systems are quite open and susceptible, makes sense. Especially in view of the architecture of some Hindu temples and the holistic thinking behind it: there is usually a particular area dedicated to absorb visitor‘s energetic baggage as well as other negative influences that can swirl around.

In the past, there were additional reasons: 1.) hygiene (lack of sanitary products plus unclean temple environment) and 2.) protection from life threatening attacks in the wilderness (smell of blood in the jungle and even farmlands can attract wild animals). 

A friend put it this way: „This is all a tamasha (meaning: theatre) created by people for opening a temple which they don’t understand even an iota of…. We are the only civilization in the world where Kamakhya temple, representing maa’s yoni, is worshipped as a symbol of the feminine. What does BBC understand of this? This is all politically motivated, putting in garb of equality agenda….. Patriarchy needs to be killed in other ways not by forcibly entering in temples. Create equality and laws where it’s needed. We have far more serious issues to deal with…. Besides, people have thousands of other temples to go to.“

So this is a gentle reminder and an invitation to research a hot topic before jumping to conclusions.

As far as I’m concerned, I would prefer to have all relevant information available to women in a transparent manner, so that they could make informed choices. That they could use their own free will, instead of being told what to do, or not to do. And instead of hearing nonsense such as being physically impure etc. This is my view which refers in particular to India. Yet, as far as Western society is concerned, it would be great to have amongst women more awareness of the natural female cycle with its different phases (strengths / needs), and an appreciative re-connection with their own bodies.

This article deals with the topic more detail, ‘Menstrual Taboos & Ancient Wisdom’:

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