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The Manual of Insight

The Two Bhavas

Or Sexes

Bhava means production or productive principle.

  1. The Itthi-bhava or the female sex is a certain productive principle of matter, which produces several different kinds of female appearances and feminine characters.
  2. The Pum-bhava or the male sex is a certain productive principle of matter, which produces several different kinds of male appearances and masculine characters.

The two sexes respectively locate themselves in the bodies of male and female, like the body-basis pervading the entire frame, from the sole of the foot to the top of the head within and without. Owing to their predominant features the distinction between masculinity and femininity is readily discerned.

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