Page 2 of 5Compare the Christian Bible Genesis: "And God made the firmament, and divided the waters."
Manu: "The Cosmic Waters are called Nara for they are the child of Narayana, the Cosmic Person, the Lord. Since He first dwelt upon them; therefore he is called Narayana.
Compare Genesis: "And the Spirit of God brooded upon the face of the waters."
Manu: "That which is the eternal, unmanifest Cause, comprising both being and non-being, created by that One, the Cosmic Person, is called Brahma in the world. Having dwelt in that Golden Egg for a year, that Lord through the meditation of His own Self, divided that Egg twofold. Dividing His body into two, dividing His body into two, He became a male by one half, and by the other half a female. In Her, the master created Viraj, the unitary principle of the universe of multiple phenomena."
Again, I'll leave the rest of the passage for you to read. But let me just read the last two passages: "Having dwelt in that Golden Egg for a year, that Lord, through the meditation of his own Self, divided that Egg twofold. Dividing his body into two, he became a male by one half, and by the other half a female." There is no mention of the rib anywhere in it, so it's got to be false.
This business of the male being born from the side? No, no, male being born from the side of the female is all right, but a female born from the side of the male doesn't make sense to me. I'm sorry. All of the ancient traditions of Asia, when I speak of Asia, I do not mean the Semitic part of Asia, I'm afraid again there. In all of the traditions of Asia, the story is that the Lord divided Himself into two halves. By one half He became the male; by the other half He became the female – or you might say "She"; it makes no difference whatsoever.
We have the pre-Christian notions of the Greek philosophy, where Plato – or rather Plato's guru Socrates – speaks of the Golden Age when there was no division of sexes, that it was one unitary gender; but as the Golden Ages passed, the split occurred, and one became two, cut into two, lost touch with its own other self, and ever since then the male seeks the female, because he seeks his own counterpart from the Golden Ages. The female seeks the male, for she seeks her own counterpart from the Golden Ages. But because we are blinded by appearances and our eyes are not open to that spiritual light by which we will see our counterpart, we stumble around experimenting, trying out, discarding, accepting, rejecting, and not finding that one with whom we were united in the Golden Age.
This must not be taken quite literally; but there is one thing, again in the Traditions that believe in reincarnation: there is no permanent maleness or permanent femaleness attributed to any soul. I could have been a mother of many children in my last life, and I could again be a mother of many children in my next life. You could have inhabited a male body or you could have inhabited a female body, the soul having no gender at all.