In my first article I indicated that I would eventually discuss the principle of gender and the patriarchal nature of the universe, and judging from the response to my articles it appears the need for this discussion has already come.
The term gender comes from the Latin root meaning to produce, and for any production or movement to take place anywhere in the universe an assertive influence must act upon a receptive entity. The assertive influence is called the masculine principle and the receptive entity is called the feminine principle. The union of the two principles creates a pregnancy, and everything seen in the universe resulted from a pregnancy.
Everything seen in the universe is also the feminine principle, and the unseen force behind it is the masculine principle. The Qur`an states up front that, â€œThis book if for those who know with a certainty the existence of the unseen.â€ It is the unseen that controls the seen. Everything that is seen emanated from that which is unseen.
The feminine principle materializes and personalizes the impersonal concepts of the masculine principle. I am repeating the last statement–ï€the feminine principle materializes and personalizes the impersonal concepts of the masculine principle–ï€because it is fundamental to the relationship between the two genders.
The masculine principle initiates, the feminine principle responds to what was initiated. The masculine principle can be identified as the one creating a pregnancy and the feminine principle can be identified as the one becoming pregnant. There is but one assertive influence in the entire universe and that is the masculine principle. One of the allegorical meanings of the story of Adam and Eve in which Eve comes from Adamâ€™s rib illustrates that there is no place else for Eve to come from.
An example of gender in action in the natural universe occurs when the masculine assertive North Pole sends a charge to the feminine receptive South Pole, which gets pregnant and produces magnetism. An example of gender in action in man-made products occurs when the masculine assertive anode in a storage battery sends a charge to the feminine receptive cathode, which gets pregnant and produces electrons. Bees pollinating flowers also exemplify the receptive feminine principle becoming impregnated by the masculine principle.
The masculine principle initiates everything that happens in the universe. Man initiates everything that happens in the world of humans. Everything. The feminine principle produces everything. To remove the masculine influence from society as the Western culture is attempting to do is the equivalent of removing the Sun from the solar system; the earth will not be able to nurture and the solar system will fall apart. Our society is falling apart and fewer and fewer children receiving nurturing due to its ignorance of the universal principle of gender and especially due to its focus on what is seen and ignorance of what is unseen.
Once the masculine and feminine principles became manifest they took on certain characteristics that enabled them to accomplish their joint task of propagating and preserving the species. The importance of understanding these characteristics cannot be overstated for the interdependence of the universe and the manner in which we relate with one another, depends upon this understanding. Next week I will describe the masculine and feminine attributes and will illustrate that working in harmony they produce all that is good. The structure that makes this harmony possible is called patriarchy.
Elder Georgeâ€™s website is www.mensaction.net and he can be reached at 212-874-7900 ext. 1329.