Theoretically speaking, enlightenment and women are just great. But what about practically speaking?
Milarepa, without women there would not have been any enlightenment. That’s the reason why women themselves don’t become enlightened; they are continuously engaged in making men enlightened. They don’t have time enough for themselves. Their sacrifice is great.
There is an incident in Gautam Buddha’s life. When he was born, he was born as an old man’s son. The father was praying to the gods; otherwise, who was going to inherit the kingdom? Finally, Gautam Buddha was born. There was great celebration. But in the whole celebration, the most important thing that happened was….
A great enlightened sage used to live in the Himalayas, and people used to go to him just to feel his presence, just to look into his eyes, just to hear his words which indicated towards the wordless, his silence, his music. His very being was music. His very presence was an invisible dance. He was very old. The sage suddenly got up and rushed towards Gautam Buddha’s house. It was a long journey from the Himalayas, but he said to his disciples that he had to do it, he would not be born again.
Enlightenment means ultimate death.
You will not have another imprisonment in a body, in desires, in jealousies, in all kinds of uglinesses. You will be here, but a pure breeze, merged into the whole.
He said, “I am not going to be born again, and Gautam Buddha has just been born. He will become, one day, the greatest enlightened one. I want to touch his feet because our meeting can happen only now.”
The king was very much impressed. He could not believe it; he wanted the old sage to bless the child. He said, “Bring the child.” Rather than blessing him, he touched his feet. And tears rolled down from his eyes.
The king said, “What is the matter? Is there something wrong? Is there some fatality, some danger?”
He said, “No, I am crying because I will not see this beautiful being blossoming in its utter beauty. But I am happy that at least I have touched his feet.”
This created a great trouble in the mind of Buddha’s father. “It means he is going to become enlightened, a sage. Then who is going to take care of the kingdom? He will renounce the world.”
He called all the astrologers of his kingdom and asked them to find out the future of the boy. They all looked at his birth chart, and remained silent. Each looked at the other: “You say it, because the old man may have a heart attack.” But a young man, Konda, was not very much concerned about anything except the truth.