Anekanta: The Third Eye: [04.10] Third Eye 1 - Man Is Male And Fernale

Published: 19.04.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

A gentleman asked, "Girls become boys and boys, girls. Sex change is brought about. Is this true? Is it possible?”

I said that it was not impossible. If we look at them with only two eyes, then it is impossible. Because till now we have seen that a boy is born as one and dies as one and similarly a girl is born as one and dies as a girl too. Our two eyes are used to categorize a boy as the male and a girl as the female. We have not seen a girl change into a boy or a boy change into a girl. So with our present vision we find it impossible to imagine. To see the reality the third eye is necessary. The eye of anekanta is necessary. If we look through the eyes of anekanta, it will seem possible. No possibility will seem remote.

According to karma sastra, there are three veds or principles: stree-ved, the female principle, purushved, the male principle and napunsak-ved or the neuter principle. In every man and woman all three principles are found. Man is a male and woman is female. How then can all the three genders exist in the two? This is the real question. That a man is male is the manifested mode. In the unmanifested modes he is both a female and a neuter gender. No man is fully a man. No woman is fully only a woman. Every man is a woman as well as belonging to the neuter gender. Every woman is a man as well as belonging to the neuter gender. The neuter gender is male as well as female. If the manifested gender is male then he is a man. If the manifested principle is female then she is a woman. And yet in spite of the manifested traits how many men are feminine and how many women are masculine!

A queen was sitting in her garden. A parrot's droppings fell on her. She became angry. She stomped into the palace and went to bed in a fit of anger. The king came. Seeing the queen angry he enquired the reason. Getting to the bottom of it all she told her husband, “Either you get all the parrots of the kingdom killed. Or I will commit suicide." Now the king was in a quandary. On the one hand was the apprehension of killing thousands of innocent parrots. On the other was the queen's threat of suicide. The king tried to appease the queen, but it was all in vain. He got thousands of parrots killed. The leader of parrots came to know of this. He himself came in front of the king and speaking like humans said, "0 king! Why are you destroying our race? You are a protector why have you become our predator? The king was astonished to find a parrot speaking like a human. They talked for a while. Finally the king asked the parrot, "Tell me, are there more men or women in this world?" The parrot was pensive for some time and then said, "In reality, they are exactly equal. But those men who blindly follow the advice of women are also women. So by that count there are more women and less men."

Wonder how many women are there in a man's form and how many men in women's form. It has happened that in one single lifetime man turns into a woman and later becomes neuter gender. AlI three genders become manifest in that person. Many instances of sex change are found in ancient Jaina texts. Today science has proved that sex can be changed. It has happened in olden times too as it is happening now.

  • Anekanta: The Third Eye by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 2002
  • Translated by Sudhamahi Regunathan
  • Published by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed University), Ladnun, Rajasthan, India

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