Chapter 14 Guna Triya Vibhaga Yoga Verse 4
Sarvayonishu kaunteya moortayah sambhavanti yaah;
Taasaam brahma mahadyonir aham beejapradah pitaa.
Whatever forms are produced, O Arjuna, in any womb whatsoever,
the great Brahma is their womb and I am the seed-giving father.
This is the second part of the shloka where Lord Krishna talks about Him and Brahma in the creation of this universe. As we have already known from the previous shloka that the entire universe is the creation of Brahma and Vishnu. Here the Lord is comparing them both by giving a gender connotation. He says that every form of being that is produced in any womb, whatsoever Brahma is the womb. Here He compares Brahma to the female energy in creating the life. Then He goes on to compare Himself to the seed giving male energy which we normally call as the father.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
A very important concept that we need to learn from this shloka is about gender and gender neutrality. In today’s world there is so much of talk about the gender and the role of the respective gender. From ancient times, the roles and responsibilities of each gender have been well defined and they are also expected to adhere to the norms. Even to this date most of the norms are sacrosanct and not subject to change. Many of us will find it strange when Lord Krishna says “Brahma is their womb”. How can a male be compared to an womb? Usually womb is associated with the females is what all of us know.
The real meaning of this shloka is at the highest level, gender is just a name. A women need not be associated with a womb nor a man needs to be always compared to seed. It is just to be noted that womb is required for the body to take shape and the seed to carry the origin of life upon which the soul enters the womb and fits inside the body. Gender is always secondary. When Lord Krishna says Sri Maha Vishnu is the seed or the male energy here, there is also an instance where He became Mohini, the female energy with a womb and gave birth to Lord Ayyappan fathered by Lord Shiva. This clearly explains the concepts of womb and the seed and their importance in shristhi.