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I 2. What importance does Bharat give to women?

Bharat (India) has always accorded a high place to women as the upholders of all social virtues. The scriptures have ascribed seven virtues to women as a class: sathya (truth), prema (love), dharma (righteousness), santhi (peace), sahana (tolerance), ananda (bliss), svanubhuti (spirituality).
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Apr 1998
   
High status of women in ancient India: If Bharatiya culture and morality have survived despite long periods of foreign rule, it is to no small measure due to the courage and fortitude of the nation's women. Women shine as soldiers with the weapons of sathya and dharma. They will not normally tell lies. There may be occasions when a few of them may do so unknowingly. But, by and large, they as a class up- hold truth and righteous conduct. They follow the Vedic in-junction, Sathyam vada, dharmam chara (speak the truth and practice righteousness).
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Apr 1998
   
Women are heirs of our ancient culture: Women are the heirs of our ancient culture. Culture means refinement. Women are the torch-bearers of refinement and they are toiling for the emancipation of the nation.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Apr 1998
   
Many erudite women had occupied highly respected positions in the royal courts of 'Janak' and other kings.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Nov 1976
   
All the prosperity and the goodness that we find in this land of Bharat is due to the strength and courage of women of virtue. It is not only the kings that protect a country, but women of great chastity are also responsible for it.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1998