As I had mentioned before, there’s a lost Vedic tradition for women called the Brahma Vadini. The circumstances created in my life, Swami’s direction, and my experiences guided me to revive that tradition for the householders.
What does being a Brahma Vadini mean in the modern world? More so, how can one be a married Brahma Vadini? How is it different from the typical Vedic lifestyle of the four Ashramas? In this post, I strive to address these questions.
A Brahma Vadini can either be a householder or a monk by lifestyle. If the Brahma Vadini is a householder, she would be a Grihastha Brahma Vadini. If she’s a monk, she would be a Sannyasin Brahma Vadini.
The tradition that Swami and I are trying to revive is the Grihastha Brahma Vadini. Now, we already have some Sannyasin Brahma Vadinis. Though, we need many more Sannyasin women to start reading and writing their thoughts about the scriptures. At this point, the number of Grihastha Brahma Vadinis is minuscule or maybe even nonexistent.
As Swami taught me, one cannot be a Brahma Vadini by merely reproducing our Guru or anyone else’s words. We have to work hard to learn Sanskrit (if we already don’t know it), read the scriptures personally, gain spiritual insight, and then convey it to the world.
On top of that, if possible, I also plan to study the scriptures of another ancient language – my mother tongue Tamil. As you can see, I’m signing up for a lifetime commitment that needs a ton of effort and time.
Revisiting my previous post on the Ashrama activities by ages, I’m following the below-given lifestyle to revive the Grihastha Brahma Vadini tradition.
From the Grihastha or Householder phase, I follow these:
- Becoming financially independent – supporting my husband by taking care of my household
- Living with my husband – no more finding partners!
- Spending time with my son
- Traveling the world – in moderation
- Enjoying the luxuries of life – in moderation
From the Sanyasa or Renunciate phase, I follow these:
- Withdrawing from the world – moved away from everyone except the absolute essentials to run my family
- Being in solitude and spending more time on meditative activities
- Reminiscing my life to let go of the past
To revive the Brahma Vadini tradition, I’m doing the following:
- Performing my Sadhana to keep myself in Devi Bhaav – what I write shouldn’t get contaminated by others’ thoughts
- Working out, eating healthy, staying hydrated, and taking my vitamins to keep myself fit
- Resting as much as possible – reading and writing for long hours makes me brain dead often
- Learning Sanskrit – already read the basics but fighting with the grammar now
- Brushing-up on my Tamil – hoping to start that soon
- Reading and contemplating the scriptures
- Reading and relating modern self-help material to the scriptures
- Writing my thoughts about the scriptures
Since I’ve dedicated myself to this cause, I barely find time for anything else. Hence, it becomes challenging for me to interact with anyone, including my parents and in-laws. Also, I don’t respond to most emails from people who request one-on-one support for the same reason.
In a nutshell, what I’m doing requires taking flak from the world. Mainly from those who can’t see eye-to-eye with my vision. That isn’t anything new! Anyone who has done anything worthwhile with life has gone through what I’m facing. So, I’ve no regrets about anything because I’m peaceful and am living a purposeful life.
Om Sri Matre Namaha.