“To Stop the Violence Against Woman……”


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(Shakti – Acrylic on Paper, by Padma Ayyagari)

She was attacked brutally, violated, hurt and thrown on to the road side like a piece of waste used paper. She didn’t survive the assault.  The whole world came to know about it and an entire nation was outraged at the unbelievably audacious attack that happened right amongst crowded streets.

We came to know her name as Jyoti Singh Pandey.  There was not a dry eye nor an unbelievable feeling of horror and shame. Horror that such an atrocity happens time and again and shame that we witness it and continue our lives calling ourselves human.

Jyoti Singh is not an isolated case and attacks on women is not a new phenomenon either.  From Rwanda to Rome, New Delhi to New York; Melbourne to Milan and Sydney to Sudan, attacks and assaults on women is a common almost daily occurrence  more in some parts than the other.

Ironically, Hindu Mythology worships Females.  Creation is referred as feminine, Earth is called Mother, Countries we are born in are called Mother-Country and the native language we speak is called Mother-tongue.  Indians worship Goddess of Wealth – Lakshmi, Goddess of Education – Saraswati, and Goddess of Higher Intelligence – Gayatri.  There are countless stories of Goddesses having fought horrific wars to win good over evil and reestablish righteousness.

So, the question remains, how can an Indian Male worship Goddess in different forms and yet commit such horrific acts on a female.  How can we women pray to different Goddesses and yet can be incredibly cruel and judgmental against fellow women – be it a mother, mother-in-law, daughter or a daughter-in-law.

This painting is my tribute to Jyoti Singh Pandey and many millions like her who are made to suffer.  The painting depicts Shakti (meaning sacred force or empowerment) it is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism. Whilst Shakti sheds compassionate tears at the brutal attempt to tear her down, she also provides infinite source of hope, wisdom, courage and inspiration through selflessness and generosity.  We women have an obligation to learn to rise on that courage and inspiration provided by the selfless suffering of the likes of Jyoti Singh and stand united to stop the violence against women.  What is also most important is that we women need to stop violence against ourselves and towards fellow women.

As Alice Walker wrote in her poem “To Stop the Violence Against Woman”….

Woman
To Stop the Violence
Against
Woman,
Woman
Must stop the violence
Against
Herself.

We can begin to do this
Now, Now that we see
A sky
And not a Rock
A stick
Or a fist
Above all
Our Heads.

Woman
To stop the violence
Against the Woman,
Stop the violence
That you
perpetuate
Against
Your own
Sister
Who is
A Woman, your own
Daughter
Who is
A woman,
Your own
Daughter-in-law
Who is
A Woman.
Your own
Mother
who is
A Woman.

Woman

to stop the violence
Against Woman,
Stop the violence
That lives
In opposition
To your life,
Deep in your
Own terrorized and
Uncherished Heart.

Woman

Remember who we are:
Not “Guys”
But
The Mother
Of all
Living.
We create out of our
Own blood
And milk
The creatures
Who oppress
Us;
Whether they are men
or
Ourselves.

Woman
Awake!
Arise!
Stand up!

Woman

To stop the violence
Against
Woman,
Getup
on your perfectly
Unbound
Feet!
We have the earth
Living on our knees…

Yes, we need to stop the violence against ourselves, awake,arise and stand up united.

Nothing can stop the Shakti…

What do you think?
Love to hear your comments…
Until next week

With Love and Respect
Padma Ayyagari

About Padma Ayyagari

I am a Human Values Activist, passionate about and trying to live steeped in Spirituality. I live with the knowledge that Love is the undercurrent of all human life. I believe in Unity of Faiths, Unity in diversity and try and live my life with unity in thought, word and deed. Helping others to lead a life of practical spirituality that will give peace of mind is my passion and life purpose.
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6 Responses to “To Stop the Violence Against Woman……”

  1. michele says:

    **tearful**
    powerful

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  2. Cheryl Calhoun says:

    oh Padma you are a gift to my heart, to be a witness to your spirit in word and art, to you devotion, compassion and strength- chi miigwetch

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  3. Thank Whinnie, you are kind…..

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  4. Tanya Levy says:

    oh Padma. You speak to the hearts of all women and human beings; to be united, to be kind and compassionate, to create a world of safety for all. *misty eyed* your words have power, strength, courage and wisdom. Thanks for your deep and wondrous heart that is transformed into your beautiful paintings <3.

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