Can women meditate and perform sadhna during the menstrual periods?
Yes. All the days of the cycle. There is no 5-day leave in Shivyog. I don’t know who started this tale that the ladies can’t meditate for five days. Then how can Sadhana be kept regular for 10 years, 5 years or 3 years, if after every 25 days, a five day leave is being taken. There is nothing as such. This all is foolishness. You have to perform sadhana all 30 days. In our Shivyog, the man or the woman; We directly use the term, Ardhanarishvara. This is the male half and this is the female half. Even in a man, this is the female half and this is the male half. In women also, there is a female half and a male half. The only difference, if it is also seen medically in terms of hormonal secretions: the male and female hormones are secreted by every human being. In case of female, the female hormone secretion viz. estrogen secretion is more and the androgen secretion is less. In case of male, the male hormone secretion is more, and the female hormone is less. So this isn’t written anywhere in the Vedas. This isn’t written anywhere in the Upanishads. Beyond that I don’t believe in anything. Apart from that, everybody has done something or the other according to their own selves. Then the purity, which is the light of god, gets diluted or fragmented. The Vedas don’t speak of caste or creed. They speak of Sanatan(the eternal) which is a way of life. It is not religion. It is a way of life. And there is the Brahmin. The word Brahmin has been used for the one who conducts himself by the Brahma. This is why all thirty days; One must meditate even during the 5 day period. During that period, you must enter your meditation room. During that period, you must light the Diya(clay lamp of worship). During all the five days, you must shower the kumkum(turmeric power) on Shree Yantra while chanting. During that period, you must offer water to Shivji, if you practice it otherwise. But in reality the God is within you. You must worship that. Meditate on one’s own self, Worship one’s own self. Your ‘Ram’ resides within you as you. The God is within you.