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Title: Is the soul male or female

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-15 06:00:00



Q. Is the soul male or female?



Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:


The soul is known as prakriti or the marginal energy of Lord Gauranga Krishna who is the Supreme Purusha (energetic and Supreme Male). Thus the spiritual nature of the soul is prkriti which is female which means that the soul's constitutional actvity is to give enjoyment to the Lord who is the Supreme Male Enjoyer of everything in creation.


So the soul is spiritually female since it is the enjoyed and the Lord is the enjoyer. This spiritual concept of femininity of the soul has nothing to do with the male and female material bodies. Unfortunately some ignorant and unscrupulous people speculate about it on the material platform and even artificially dress their male bodies as females etc. which is totally against spiritual principles.


Their thought patterns are distorted and thus they cannot differentiate between the spiritual and material. They try to notoriously misuse the truth of the soul's femininity in regards to the Lord to satisfy their gross lusty material desires to flirt with female bodied souls calling everyone feminine.


The real spiritual truth about the soul's relationship with God has nothing to do whether you are in male material body or female material body and that relationship cannot be awakened simply by wearing a sari and acting like a gopi on the material platform. It is a totally inner awakening when the material covering wears off by chanting and sadhu sanga. Infact the soul who has realized one's position as the enjoyed in relation to the Lord will conceal the realization and develop it more and more within the heart by chanting and never make a show out of it by dressing like a woman externally or any such absurd and weird things because the development of our spiritual body has nothing to do with this perishable material body.


Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura is an eternal 12.5 year old manjari gopi in Radha Krishna's pastimes known as Kamalaa Manjari but he never made a show of that externally. He would meditate on the Lord's pastimes internally while chanting and serve Their Lordships in that relationship and externally vigourously preach the message of the Lord by chanting, writing, preaching and travelling.


Even though I have stated the above, I would still like to present some scientific statement about the material body also which is not so important or relevant in this spiritual discussion but just for our information:


Modern medical science (ask any modern obstetrician & gynaecologist) confirms that every foetus in the human womb is first conceived as a female only. Clinical observation of human embryo in the first 4-6 weeks after conception has proved beyond doubt that foetal genitalia typically conforms in all cases to the female anatomical and physiological structure. In other words, all human foetus is conceived first as female only. It is only after a few weeks of conception that hormonal processes occur (testesterone in the case of male embryos and estrogen in the case of female embryos) and it is then that the foetus begins actually to transform into either a fully developed male or female. Human gender is determined in the womb first through hormonal change and only later through genetic or chromosomal manifestation (i.e through the preponderance of the "x" or "y" chromosomes).