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Hare Krsna Prabhuji,
Srila Prabhupada said that women as a species is lower than men. There is no question of equality between the two. This is because women need protection at every stage in life - first from father, then from husband and then from son. Materially, she is more intelligent, spiritually men and women have equal opportunity to pursue Krsna Consciousness. We are less intelligent because we are more emotional.
So its ok. No dispute in any of these.
I know it takes a beating on one's ego to accept these as facts. But if we step back for a minute and think, isnt it all true? And if our ego is getting pricked, good for us only. False ego is depleting. Constantly keeping ourselves in the background, forever keeping the interests of father, husband, son before our own interests, we learn to sacrifice, we learn to tolerate, we learn to be subservient. This builds humility, again another ornament on the path of self realisation.
Materially it may sound like an adversity, spiritually we can utilise it to grow closer to Krsna.
The power of a woman is also mentioned by Srila Prabhupada. She is the energy of man. She has the capacity to make o break a man. She is his strength, It is better to be in our roles and support, rather than try to take lead in everything.
Radha Rasamayi DD