Mar 08

International Women’s Day from a Sikh perspective

Happy International Women’s Day to all the lovely women of the world. Below, from our scriptures, is the high regard the Sikh faith have for women. Just the line “So why call her inferior from whom kings are born” says it all.

Also just as all Sikh males have the same common name Singh (meaning Warrior), females have the same common name Kaur (meaning Princess).

The Sikh Faith from its inception has upheld the equality for and dignity of women. Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, the founder of the Sikh Faith, emphasised the dignity of women in a way that was ahead of his time. Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji stated:

“From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to a woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come. When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound. So why call her inferior from whom kings are born. From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one at all. O Nanak, only the Creator is without a woman. That mouth which praises the Creator continually is blessed and beautiful. O Nanak, those faces shall be radiant in the Court of the Creator.”[21] – Translated into English from Gurmukhi, Siri Guru Nanak Sahib in Raag Aasaa, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ang 473