Yesterday I mentioned that some temples and Ashrams in India do not allow women to enter if they have not covered nearly every visible part of skin on their body. Many say to women to cover their head and hair. I may be repeating myself when I say that this is in my opinion not justified and actually nonsense. Let’s have a look at this point in detail.
Why do they ask women to cover themselves?
One commonly mentioned reason is that you should be decently dressed when you enter a temple or also Ashram. According to some this is a way of showing respect to God when women cover their head.
The second reason is that women should be decently dressed so that men will not be tempted or lead astray from their religious path and thoughts that they ought to be having in a temple.
For both arguments I have to ask one thing: how come then men do not have to do this? In India you will often see men even without a shirt in Ashrams and temples. They only wear a dhoti around their hips, nothing else. If a woman has to be fully dressed, how come a man can be half naked?
How come this is not regarded as lack of respect? I assume no woman would have the idea of going in a bathing suit or bikini to the temple and also a church you would usually not enter in a mini-skirt, would you? So you have a sense of respect for the place where worship is done but for me this does not extend until the head and arms. If it did, I would surely insist that it would be a rule for both genders.
Now we get to the question if women could seduce men to commit sins by being in a temple bare-headed. It seems as if people think that men are very easily seduced by women only by seeing their head whereas women can cope with men walking around covering only their most intimate region. Are women stronger than men in this regard? Should not men be able to control themselves, even if there was a woman showing her legs? Really, if you tell me this argument, it is actually a confession of weakness of the male gender, don’t you think?
Just another reason not to have this kind of rules in our Ashram: I believe it is absolutely possible to have your desire under control if anybody, male or female, shows his shoulder, knee or open hair!