Women And Men Liberation

sundopasunda nyāyaḥ (Sunda and Upasunda)

Two dānavas or demons, Sunda and Upasunda, became attracted to the same woman. Ever since before they came across this woman of celestial beauty these two brothers lived like one body. They moved together, they ate together, they did everything together, never parting with each other. Because they performed severe austerities, they obtain great powers. Brahmā gave them a boon that they could die only at each other hands. So they moved undaunted, terrorizing the whole universe. Lord Brahmā devised a plan, how to get rid of them. He created apsarā Tilottamā, a heavenly dancing girl, of indescribable beauty. After seeing her, each of the brothers desired to marry her. Soon after they began to quarrel over her, and fight with many different weapons. Consequently, they killed each other with their clubs.

Not many people are actually aware of the principle of workings of the demoniac civilization. This is nicely described in Bhagavad-gītā 16.8:

asatyam apratiṣṭhaṁ te

jagad āhur anīśvaram


kim anyat kāma-haitukam

The demons or dānavas have taken on a worldview that the universe is not created, maintained, and ultimately destroyed under the orchestration of Lord Viṣṇu. They say: “This world has no cause and no substance. It has no Supreme God.” In fact their only substance, and truth, they take into account, is sex. This is the only cause of the universe they undersand, and this is the moving power of it. Naturally, it is their cause of destruction too. With this view, it is no surprise that the Purāṇic demons got themselves destroyed over a sexy woman, and it is no wonder that modern ones destroy everything in their way, including dearest brothers, which we all are in the eyes of our father Śrī Viṣṇu, because of the sex. This is unfortunate, that woman is for demons epitome of this sex dogma. Though in Vaiṣṇava understanding, the creation is held by Lord Viṣṇu, and this leads to utterly opposite attitude towards the position of woman. The man is not supposed to be enslaved by a woman, and women are not supposed to be sex slaves. But both of them are meant for taking up a realistic attitude toward the creation, which means to become Vaiṣṇavas or devotees of Viṣṇu. As such Vaiṣṇava dharma is true women liberation movement, which means movement for liberating women, and men, both from the sinister attitude toward sex.

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