The man is also woman


Excerpt from Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.64-65 lecture in Vrindavan, India, September 1, 1975

You do not think that only woman is woman. The man is also woman. Don’t think that the woman is condemned; man is not. Woman means enjoyed, and man means enjoyer. So this feeling, this feeling is condemned. If I see one woman for enjoyment, so I am man. And if woman also sees another man for enjoyment, she is also man. Woman means enjoyed and man means enjoyer. So anyone who has got feeling of enjoyment, he is considered to be man. So here both sexes meant for… Everyone is planning, “How I shall enjoy?” Therefore he is purusa, artificially. Otherwise, originally, we are all prakrti, jiva, either woman or man. This is outward dress.

In the Bhagavad-gita it is said,

apareyam itas tv anyāṁ
prakṛtiṁ viddhi me parām
jīva-bhūtāṁ mahā-bāho
yayedaṁ dhāryate jagat

[Bg. 7.5]

The prakrti… We are prakrti, nature, spiritual nature, para prakrti. The material nature is apara prakrti, and we living entities, we are trying to enjoy this prakrti. Therefore sometimes the living entity, either man or woman, he is described as purusa. Purusa means the one who keeps the feeling of becoming enjoyer. That is purusa. So this material world is prakrti and purusa. It is said in the Srimad Bhagavatam in the instruction of Rsabhadeva, pum sam striya mithuni-bhavam etat. The whole basic principle of materialistic civilization is the attachment between man and woman. Pumsam striya mithuni-bhava. Mithuni-bhavam is sex. And tayor mitho hrdaya-granthim ahuh. On account of this sex relationship, the man or woman is bound up. Hrdaya-granthi. Granthi means knot, and hrdaya means heart. So the man is thinking of the woman, and the woman is thinking of man. Hrdaya granthim ahuh. Then we require material possession. Atah grha-ksetra-sutapta-vittair janasya moho yam aham mameti [SB 5.5.8]. This is our material, conditional life.