The cherry on the top for UN Women's Day was the inauguration of Women Mystics Week at Osho World Galleria by the famous artist Arpana Caur on Wednesday, March 10, 2004
After hailing women's plight and achievements today, the ultimate flowering of woman as a mystic was commended by Osholovers at this event focused on enlightened women mystics such as Meera, Rabiya al-Adabiya, Sahajo, Daya, Lalla, among others.
Osho says, "If all over the world the woman is allowed freedom to grow to her potential, there will be many, many women enlightened; many, many women mystics, poets, painters. And they will enhance not only the woman's part of the world -- because the world is one -- they will enhance the whole world. They will give man also new dimensions because their ways of seeing things are different. Man looks at things in one way; the woman looks from a different perspective. Life will become richer."
Launching an MP3 CD on Women Mystics by Osho, Arpana Caur said," I feel very very small and very limited launching this discourse on women mystics, some of whom I have tried to paint with my very limited capabilities."
She recalled she had made some paintings of women mystics like Rabiya of whom there is no photographic reference. She said, "Recently, I have done a complete series of work on Nanak. I heard Osho's tape on Nanak about 15 years back. The paintings are mostly about Nanak going under water as a human being and emerging as Nanak and his mistrust of external rituals like the sacred thread (janeu) or keeping his feet in a certain direction in Mecca and traveling with a muslim and a Hindu accompanists, Bala and Mardana. This is a big lesson for the secular times."
"When I went to Baghdad in 1986, I found he is called Peer Nanak there and when I went to Leh and also Sikkim in the eighties at 18,000 feet from where he crossed on foot to China, he is called Lama Nanak by the locals. So this kind of secularism which Osho also talks about, all these mystics - whether men or women, its Jain or Zoroastrian - should be given equal reverence and passion," said Arpana Caur.
Later, well-known classical singer Rashmi Agarwal presented devotional songs of Meera, Sahejo and Rani Rupkanwar.
"If women are leaders in politics, leaders in science, leaders in poetry, painting, they will bring a totally new perspective to everything. Women should be professors, educationists, they should be everywhere. They are half of the world -- they own half the world. And my experience here is that they are tremendously capable, reliable. You can trust them more because they connect with you not from the head, but from the heart."