From women, men are born;
within women, men are conceived; to a woman he is engaged and married.
A Woman becomes his friend; through women, the future generations come.
When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to women he is bound.
So why call her bad? From her, kings are born.
From women, women are born; without women, there would be no one at all.
Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, the founder of Sikhism, said the above in about 1499. So for Sikhs (unlike many other religions) women are seen, treated and valued as equals.
The Sikh Women always have been, and always will be, the backbone of the Khalsa Panth. Their selflessness lies second to none in the world. Sikh women are able to earn Godly qualities (due to the extremely important responsibilities placed on them) that their male counterparts may not be able to earn.
Khalsa Kaur's are naturally beautiful both within and without (and do not require cosmetics). Fake physical beauty is only temporary.
Guru Nanak worked for the welfare of all to achieve which he strived for equality amongst all. Towards this aim, freeing the female of the overbearing influence of male was of utmost importance. Reading about the lives of some of the women of the Guru period, one realises the extent to which the Gurus were able to achieve their aim.
Unlike other religions Sikhi clearly states that Sikh women have always been regarded as equals with men and have all the rights and privileges enjoyed by men. Women are considered to have the same soul as men and have an equal right to grow spiritually. Sikh women are allowed to lead religious congregations, to take part in Akhand Path (the continuous recitation of the Holy Scriptures), to perform Kirtan, to work as Granthi (caretaker) or a preacher and to participate freely in all religious, cultural, social, political and secular activities.
Sikh women have played a glorious part in Sikh History and have proven themselves as equal in service, devotion, sacrifice and bravery. Examples of their moral dignity, service and self sacrifice are and will remain a source of inspiration. Women are the backbone of the history of the Sikhs, their culture and tradition yet there is little written about this huge contribution by the Sikh women to the great history of this religion. Men and women are two sides of the same coin - the human race. Men take birth from a women and women are born of me. This system is interrelating and inter-dependent. A man can never feel secure and complete in life without a woman. A man's success depends upon the love and support of the woman who shares her life with him and vice versa.
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