To teach, a certain different quality of energy is needed. Let me say it in this way, this is my experience: it is very difficult for a man to become a disciple, very difficult for a man to become a disciple. Even if he becomes, he becomes reluctantly. Surrender is difficult. How to surrender the will? Even if he surrenders, he only surrenders conditionally, in order to become a master one day. He becomes a disciple in order to become a master. It is difficult for a man to surrender; it is very simple for a woman to surrender. It is very simple for a woman to become a disciple, it is very difficult for a woman to become a master. Even after she has arrived, she remains surrendered. And for the man, even when he has not arrived, he remains deep down unsurrendered. On the surface he will show surrender, but deep down somewhere the ego persists.
A man can become a good master. A woman can become a good disciple because to become a disciple means to become a receiver, to be receptive, to become a womb. To become a master means to become a giver.
The same phenomenon continues…as it is there on the biological level, it remains on the spiritual level. Biologically, a woman is ready to receive the sperm from the man she loves. The man cannot become a mother, he can only become a father. He can trigger the process: the woman will become the mother, she will carry the child in her womb for nine months, she will nourish the child with her blood and her being, she will be carrying the pregnancy. The same happens on the spiritual level too.
When a woman comes to a master she is immediately ready to surrender. If sometimes it happens otherwise – sometimes there are women who are very reluctant to surrender, that simply shows they have lost contact with their womanhood. They don’t know who they are, they have become distracted from their center. They don’t know how to surrender because they don’t know how to be a woman. If you know how to be a woman, if you are a woman, surrender is so simple, it comes so easily.
All the great disciples in the world were women. Buddha had thousands of disciples, but the proportion has always been the same: three women, one man. So was the proportion with Mahavira. He had forty thousand sannyasins: ten thousand men, thirty thousand women. And so was the case with Jesus.
The really devoted people around him were not the men but the women. When he was crucified, all the men escaped, there was not a single man. All those so-called “apostles” had all disappeared, but the women were there. Three women were there: they had no fear, they were ready to sacrifice themselves. When Jesus was taken down from the cross, it was not by men – those disciples had gone far away, and one or two were there but they were hiding in the crowd. Women took down the body. And it is very significant that when Jesus appeared after three days, resurrected, he appeared first to Mary Magdalen, not to a man. This is very significant. Why? What about those twelve apostles? Why to Mary Magdalen? And she immediately recognized him, and she rushed to him and she said “So, My Lord, you are still alive!” And when Jesus appeared to the disciples, male disciples, they would not recognize him; they thought “It seems tricky. How can this man come back?”