Women and Leadership

Sister Jayanti is Global Council Member of International Museum of Women and a participant of Global Peace Initiative of Women.

As we move through the 21st Century, societies still need to acknowledge that women continue to face many issues related, particularly, to spirituality, empowerment and leadership. While the words ‘spirituality’ and ‘leadership’ may lack charm or inspiration for many, increasingly, the idea of encompassing the feminine principle is being considered on all levels. In a world that is crying out for a shift in consciousness, we see that women are coming to the forefront of business, government and religion and this trend is being recognised as something that needs to speak louder than money.

Perhaps surprisingly, for the times in India, an enlightened decision, made by Dada Lekraj (founder of the Brahma Kumaris) in the mid 1930s to set up a team of young women as administrators and spiritual teachers in a society not renowned at that time for promoting women in positions of authority, is now a key example of this shift in awareness. Contrary to societal norms of those times, Lekraj saw that the world needed a lifestyle based on inner strength rather than external prowess. His focus on women in the organization highlighted how empowerment and spiritual development of women brought a powerful and positive impact on personal and world transformation. This step demonstrated how the feminine principle could be a guiding and nurturing force in this world of rapid and often traumatic change, instead of decrying traditionally feminine qualities of patience, tolerance, sacrifice, kindness and love as ‘weak’ characteristics.

The feminine principle, importantly, is not about gender. Rather, this subtle energy inherent in men and women remains the essence of our spiritual identity.

That said, however, the current role of women in the world appears to be to raise awareness of this principle through example and practical manifestation of these qualities of the original self. These traits exert a powerful force to awaken us to new realities and realign us to the true purpose and meaning of life. In order to tap this latency, we need to explore these areas of spirituality, empowerment and leadership or otherwise be diverted by prevailing concepts and practices that have been conditioned by out-dated education systems, traditional parenting and religious dogma.

Women have tiptoed along the path of the feminine principle for some time, but now is the hour to step out with confidence and create a world of deeper meaning, where spirituality inspires others to achieve excellence in performance on the journey to our common destiny. Focus on women is the method to seeing others through the lens of equality and respect and to bringing about positive powerful change for all.

In 2011 Sister Jayanti was awarded a golden Seedling by the Dutch artists Adelheid and Huub Kortekaas of the Quantum-Art Project, the Unifying Spiritual field of the World/Acre of Peace. This was awarded for her tireless contribution towards manifesting the powerful feminine energy which enables the opening of the gates to a new society in which disputes and long standing feelings of hate in the world can be eliminated or at least reduced.