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Have you ever heard a sea shell? Have you ever pondered, even just for a while, even for a second, on this fact that, what IS the difference between 'Listening' and ‘Hearing’? And to add to this, what is the link between a Sea shell and Sea? What is the link between 'Womanhood' and evolution of creation or simply, birth of life?. Why majority of the renaissance paintings have Sea shells, water and Women in them? Well, there is s silent and subliminal message in this to all those, who have been intentionally deaf and dumb all this time. Why? Well, either just for their own benefit or simply because they do not consider a feminine voice', vital enough to be ' LISTENED' to. According to the Literal definitions found on Google, the difference between Hearing and Listening is that, Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. Hearing is natural and it simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Listening requires concentration so that your brain becomes able to process from words and sentences. Now, I come to the topic of the connection between sea shell and the sea. A sea shell is a fragile and a beautiful part of the sea, which the sea beautifully accepts and owns. A sea shell is very precious to a sea within it. Every secret of the sea, enfolded within the noise of the waves and every whisper of the creature, residing inside sea is absorbed by the sea shell. A sea shell cannot see. But it can hear, Listen and Feel. All the divine happiness and beauty, that is present in the sea is listened and felt, and eventually transformed into a pearl inside the sea shell. However, the chaos and the usage of power by the deadly creatures is absorbed as the heart wrenching noise inside the sea shell. Can you hear all the secrets of the sea? Well, yes. Just bring a sea shell closer to your ears and you will hear the sound of the waves. But beware. It is not noise. Almighty has given every living being, a way of expressing its agony and raising its voice. But Alas! We humans! , we are so unfortunate and ignorant to LISTEN and comprehend to what the divine has blessed. A sea shell symbolizes ‘WOMANHOOD’. Divine has always bestowed honor upon womanhood in every stage and phase of time and life. And some ignorant humans have always brought shame to this honor by disrespecting women. People collect sea shells from the beach and considering them important, keep them safely and value their worth. But in that very real world, like it is said that there are two sides of a picture and the other side, I must say, dark. For me, a sea shell, symbolizing womanhood, is being disrespected, denied and dishonored in every part of the world. It is sad and heart wrenching, that, women is being Beaten, Abused, Molested, Incested, Assaulted, Sexually harassed, Raped, Trafficked, Bullied and eventually slashed into pieces globally. Be it physically, mentally, Emotionally, Psychologically or Verbally. And the sea shell, be it the breasts of a woman or a vagina, mutilated in the name of honor. Be it a premature baby girl, aborted in the womb of her mother. Be it the cheeks of a girl, gotten rosy red, by the force of the slaps on her face that she has replied back to a man. Be it the pretty face of a girl, burned with alcohol, because she said no to a proposal. Be it the hands of an innocent teenager girl, tied tightly while savagely committing gang rape or be it simply, the whole body of an innocent woman, upon putting an allegation of felony (adultery) and stoned to death, just because her husband wanted to quench his sexual thirst with a new and younger girl. Alas! Woman is disrespected.

“WOMAN’S HONOR is just HEARD as a word to YOU But has been LISTENED as yet By a very few Whenever this pure sea shell says NO to some B*****d’s lusty woo He takes revenge and his ego utters Hey C***t! S***w you !!! But NOW LISTEN carefully and forget HEARING This once mute sea shell Has stopped baring For she knows Although YOU are not hearing her But GOD, the almighty, is LISTENING To her RISING ROARING LISTEN!!!! THE MUTE SEA SHELL IS NOW ROARING"


Wow, Rabia. This piece is VERY ARTISTIC! Please let me know if I understand your projection correctly, I should commend you that you have wrapped your emotional trauma nicely into the ocean scene hinting the horrible gender issues. Although you have internal outrage, you manage to beautify and simplify as Hearing and Listening, but to be more effective, some of the ambiguity can be sorted out? For instance, it was a little difficult to understand the last part maybe because of the cultural difference? I do not know. Others may say different things. I am very sorry for what you may have gone through, but going back to the basic may help people around the world to relate to you better like the one you wrote before. Thanks for sharing and look forward to the next one!

Warmly, Hideko N.

My Dear Hideko I am highly grateful to you that you took out time to read my article. My dear , i have tried to cover all the pain , tears , shrieks, sighs and silent cries of women going through abuse of any sort , from every culture, in any part of the world. I have tried my best to become their voice and scream out loud their agony and sighs in this piece. I hope it gets Listened . Amen

Thanking you once again

Best Regards Robo

Dear Robo, I hear you. Women are not respected especially in our communities as women are mainly perceived as second to men. But I do believe that women are increasingly demanding more equality and justice, the evolution of life is on their side despite the hardships. I do trust the power of women's voice.

Be always wonderful and loud.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.


My dearest Humingbird Yes indeed you are true that woman power is now increasing. I pray that one day it becomes the strongest and the most HEARD voice on this planet.

I am serving as an ambassador to the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 

The purpose of this event is to create harmony, not necessarily agreement, among the spiritual voices on our shared earth.

I would very much like to bring the harmony of World Pulse voices with me. I am planning a One Billion Rising event http://www.onebillionrising.org/ in conjunction with the Women's Initiative on the fisrt day of the parliament. Please look at the attached links and let me know if you'd like to add your voice.


Continue being a blessing in our shared universe.