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Vaaheguru ji ka khalsa, Vaaheguru ji ki fateh!

Here's the entire protocol and procedures on keeping Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji at home. Along with all the required info, there's also protocols on how to do an Akhand Paath and a Sehaj Paath.

This short e-Book is in Punjabi, if someone can translate it in english and post in this thread it would be greate seva!!

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Vaheguru Jee Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Jee Kee Fateh !

I have copied and pasted relevant info from the webpages:

http://www.damdamitaksal.com/lit_rehat_23.htm

Summary of the Rehat of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Akhand Paath & Sehaj Paath

To take Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji from one place to another there are to be a minimum of 5 Singhs present with Guru ji. A gong or other relevant instruments are to be played to make others aware of Guru ji’s arrival. Water is to be sprinkled in front of Guru Sahib. If you are taking Guru Sahib in a car/vehicle, then the container of water is to be placed in the car.

Where Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji is present and Karah Parshad is to be prepared, the floor covering must not be made of inappropriate materials (e.g. in India, animal dung mixed with clay and hay is sometimes spread on a dirt floor to stop dust from flying around).

Once a suitable room is selected, the floor, walls and ceilings should be broomed, cleaned or washed as appropriate. Where Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji is Parkash, a beautiful canopy is to be placed over Guru ji. If Guru ji is Parkash in a Palki, then there should be a small canopy in the Palki and in turn a larger one is to be hung over the Palki.

http://www.damdamitaksal.com/lit_rehat_22.htm

Respecting Gurbani

"The Word, the Bani is Guru, and Guru is the Bani. Within the Bani all the Ambrosial Nectar is contained. If His humble servant believes, and acts according to the Words of the Guru's Bani, then the Guru, in person, emancipates him."

(SGGSJ Ang 982)

"That person who does not respect and fear Gurbani cannot be my Sikh."

(Gurpartap Suraj Granth)

At Sri Anandpur Sahib, a Singh was reading Gurbani slightly wrong and Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji said, "O Singh! You are breaking my limbs." This is why Guru Sahib Ji taught and explained all the meanings and correct discourses of Gurbani to a number of Singhs. The chosen Singh’s would then pass on this

knowledge, understanding and correct pronunciation of Gurbani to all.

"Oh Sikhs, listen to this teaching - recite Gurbani correctly (i.e. pronounce it correctly). Read it and obtain many pleasures, herein and thereafter."

Satguru ji gave the utmost respect to Gurbani in all his ten forms. In same way, we should also show the same respect. In order to do this, the following should be adhered to:

- No one should seat themselves behind Guru ji’s throne without having bathed or washing their feet (if they have worn shoes). Nor should they do so whilst wearing socks or gloves.

- A person who has had sex or a nightly emission should have a full Ishnaan (from head to toe, including washing his hair), wash his clothes, then recite Japji Sahib and then do an Ardas. Then he is ready to go sit behind the Guru ji’s throne.

- Some ignorant people, under the influence of the bad company they keep, masturbate. This leads to problems with ejaculation and is a sin, therefore masturbation should never be performed.

- If your hands have touched your, or someone else’s, feet, face, Kashera or if they are wet or dirty, then they must not to be placed on Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji, Pothis (volumes of Granths) or Gutka sahibs (collections of bani’s).

- Whilst in Guru ji’s Hazoori nothing is to be eaten or placed in the mouth, i.e. sweets or cardamom.

- A Singh sitting in Guru ji’s Hazoori is not to sit on any form of cushion. He is not to put his feet under the Manji Sahib (Guru’s Sahib’s platform/throne) or lean against it in any way. He is to sit cross-legged without leaning on anything.

- You must never put your feet in the direction of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji.

Maharaj ji is never to be placed in a closet or cupboard. On the contrary, Guru Sahib must be placed on a nicely decorated throne in a well-ventilated room. Clothing appropriate to the season is to be placed upon the throne of Guru ji. In the summer, thin clothing and in winter, warm clothing i.e. a thick blanket/duvet must be used. If Maharaj is kept in a palki then a small canopy is to be hung inside the palki and a larger one over the top of the palki. The canopy is placed as a mark of respect for Satguru ji who is the Master of all beings. The spread that is placed under the palki and Manji Sahib is to be of better quality, and separate, to that of the Granthi Singh. The Manji Sahib is to be well built and attractive in appearance. In the summer or in warm weather, thin Rumala’s should be placed over Guru Sahib and in the winter/cold weather, warm Rumala’s or a thick blanket.

Whenever Satguru ji is brought somewhere, the Sangat are to remove their shoes and perform Kirtan. When Satguru ji passes you are to rise and clasp you hands together as a mark of respect and are to humbly bow. For as long as you can see Satguru ji, you are to remain standing with both hands clasped.

Whilst Satguru ji is on the move, five Singhs are to accompany him at all times and they are to remain bare-footed. One Singh is to do Chaur Sahib Seva whilst one is to go ahead of Satguru ji and sprinkle water. In order to make the Sangat aware that Satguru ji is coming in their direction, gongs or other appropriate instruments are to be played.

When doing Paath from a Pothi or Gutka you should sit on a clean cloth placed on the floor. If there is a settee/bed or other furniture on a higher platform that you can sit on, then you should sit upon this furniture to recite Paath. Whilst sitting on the bed of another, Gurbani is not to be recited sitting directly behind them (i.e. with their back to you). You are not to recite Gurbani sitting on the floor when someone is sitting on a higher platform than yourself (at home) or facing the side of the bed where your feet are placed at night. When reciting Gurbani, you are to face your pillow or the place where your head rests for sleep.

A person who gives Santhia (teaches how to correctly pronounce Gurbani) should not sit on a pillow or on a higher platform than those being taught. Pothia of Gurbani, Gutka Sahibs, Sri Dasam Granth Gurbani, Bhai Gurdas ji’s writings are all to be given the utmost respect and care, this includes any other writings about Gurmat or those which contain Gurbani. Normal books are not to be stored along with scriptures of Gurbani. A Gutka is not to be used whilst having your head uncovered and/or with your shoes on. A bookmark or any form of sign is not to be kept in Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. Gutkas and Pothis of Gurbani are to be stored in a nice place, high up, towards which your feet will not be facing and where your back will not be turned against. Rumala’s with images/pictures on them are not to be placed upon Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. Expensive, beautiful and clean Rumalas are to be offered to Guru Sahib. In the presence of Guru Sahib a candle of paraffin/white spirit is not to be lit.

When listening to Gurbani from a radio, cassette player (or CD/video etc) the audio-visual aid is to be placed on a higher platform than the person listening to it, as a mark of respect to the Gurbani being listened to. Newspapers, magazines, books etc in which Gurbani may be written should not be carried in carrier bags etc and are not to be thrown away or allowed to fly around on the ground – after use, they should be burnt.

When going to sit in the Hazoori of Guru Sahib, clothing that was worn when going to the toilet is not to be worn (until washed again). After going to the toilet, the hands are to be washed 5 times with soap, soil, sand, ashes etc. Dishes are to be cleaned with sand, soil and are not to only be cleaned with washing up powder (as used in India). Brushing your teeth daily is essential. After passing water, it is essential to wash your hands.

Weapons are to be shown utmost respect. They are not to be kept in a place towards which your feet will face.

In the same way no one is to be bowed to or believed in other than Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. No faith/belief is to be placed in your ancestors. In your homes, dirty photos/posters are not to be put up, rather photos of warriors, saints and the Satgurus are to be put up but your feet are not to be put in there direction. In Gurdwara’s or at home, no photo is to be placed in front of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji.

Vaheguru Jee Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Jee Kee Fateh !

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waheguru ji ka khalsa

waheguru ji ki fateh

bahut bahut dhanvad khalsa ji thanks a lot

shukar hai vaheguru ji da

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Guest PRITAM SINGH KHALSA

A gong is not to be used anywhere around GuruJi.

Buddhists and other religions use a gong for certain purposes and a Gong is contrary to GurMat.

A Sikh should have a Dholak etc and reciting Gurbani or Satnam Satnam Satnam Ji Waheguru Waheguru Waheguru Ji or Dhan Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Ive never heard of 5 singh required to be in the presence of GuruJi while bringing/taking.

Ardas must be recited from the place Guru is leaving and someone should recite Ardas where GuruJi is to be placed for transportaion {a.e While you say Ardas with Guru Ji at the Gurdwara someone should recite at the car before GuruJi is placed in the car. Then at place of arrival you say Ardas at the car while someone goes ahead of you and recites Ardas in the room you have prepared for GuruJi}

Any time before Prakash you must recite Ardas. In the day if you do Sukh Asan you recite Benti Chaupai and at night you must recite Kirtan Sohila and wrap GuruJi in clean white cotton material and before moving GuruJi you recite Ardas. d_oh.gif Then place GuruJi on your head {on your head a clean towel} and reverently walk to Sach Khand while reciting Gurbani, Dhan Siri......, Satnam Ji...... lay GuruJi on the prepared bed and perform Ardas again but a short one. d_oh.gif Then GuruJi is correctly absorbed/asleep in Sach Khand.

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Please review damdami taksaal's maryada, and the maryada listed by daas, those are the most authentic and proper in protocols & procedures regarding Satguru Granth Sahib Jee.

The reason for 5 pyare are because Guru Sahib would never part from his shastar, then how can Guru Granth Sahib jee, the embodiment of our father Guru Gobind Singh jee part from shastars, they should always be in Gurujee's hazoori, and tyaar bar tyaar singhs/singhnia should also be in hazoori to transport/keep respect/security for Gurujee, one man/woman cannot do the transportation seva of Gurujee.

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When reciting Gurbani, you are to face your pillow or the place where your head rests for sleep.

can someone give a reason for this?

Gutkas and Pothis of Gurbani are to be stored in a nice place, high up, towards which your feet will not be facing and where your back will not be turned against.

what if it's in a different room than your bed. then is it ok if it's the same direction in which your feet face when sleeping?

In the presence of Guru Sahib a candle of paraffin/white spirit is not to be lit.

what if the power is cut? how can we see to read?

After going to the toilet, the hands are to be washed 5 times with soap, soil, sand or ashes. Dishes are to be cleaned with sand or soil and are not to only be cleaned with washing up powder (as used in India)

why five times? that sounds ritualistic. and why can't dishes be cleaned with dish soap? how does one clean dishes with dirt?

Women should not sit in the Guru’s Hazoori or do Chaur Sahib when they are menstruating.

why not? i thought sikhs do not believe in ritual impurity caused by menstruation? what if Guru ji's bir is in a house where only a woman lives. how will she do prakash and sukhasen during her period?

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When reciting Gurbani, you are to face your pillow or the place where your head rests for sleep.

When doing keertan sohila one must face the pillow. I once heard that a mahapursh used to always do bani infront a pillow. when a gursikh asked why, the mahapursh explained that everytime they read bani, they got darshan of guru sahib and so a pillow is there for guru sahib to sit on.

Gutkas and Pothis of Gurbani are to be stored in a nice place, high up, towards which your feet will not be facing and where your back will not be turned against.

Pothi Sahib's should really be kept in one room accessible for everybody. If they are in another room, it is ok but as long as it is not intentional. Its best to sleep with feet not facing the direction where there are gurbani pothia/gutke. Wherever Maharaj Ranjit Singh used to go, they would always sleep with their head in the direction of Guru Granth Sahib Jee. they wanted to always be in the charan of guru sahib, this was their own Bhaavna and Shardaa.

In the presence of Guru Sahib a candle of paraffin/white spirit is not to be lit.

candles/paraffin/white spirit etc should not be used because it is unsafe and gives off ash & smoke, which makes darbar unclean. Instead a Jot of Ghee must be used instead. This is cleaner and safe. Jot lit by Ghee must be lit all times during a Akhand Paaht & Sehaj Paaht.

After going to the toilet, the hands are to be washed 5 times with soap, soil, sand or ashes. Dishes are to be cleaned with sand or soil and are not to only be cleaned with washing up powder (as used in India)

this just to make sure that their is sucham. Washing hands 5times is very hygienic and is highly recommened. In india there is no such thing as toilet paper like over here, so it is a must to wash hands thoroughly. im not sure about dishes but its different in india than it is here.

Women should not sit in the Guru's Hazoori or do Chaur Sahib when they are menstruating.

Again this is for sucham. A bibi must not do any seva while on her period because any accident can happen at ANY time. i dont want to go into detail but satkaar and sucham for Guru Granth Sahib Jee must be kept at ALL times. Somebody else will have to do seva of Guru Sahib, full stop. alot of ppl will disagree, but there ya go.

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Women should not sit in the Guru's Hazoori or do Chaur Sahib when they are menstruating.

Again this is for sucham. A bibi must not do any seva while on her period because any accident can happen at ANY time. i dont want to go into detail but satkaar and sucham for Guru Granth Sahib Jee must be kept at ALL times. Somebody else will have to do seva of Guru Sahib, full stop. alot of ppl will disagree, but there ya go.

Accidents can happen anytime...Ummm...How? :umm:

How can God hate it's own creation? Women don't WANT to have periods. They have them because it's God's law of nature.

ਜਿਉ ਜੋਰੂ ਸਿਰਨਾਵਣੀ ਆਵੈ ਵਾਰੋ ਵਾਰ

jio joroo siranaavanee aavai vaaro vaar ||

As a woman has her periods, month after month,

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਜੂਠੇ ਜੂਠਾ ਮੁਖਿ ਵਸੈ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਹੋਇ ਖੁਆਰੁ

joothae joothaa mukh vasai nith nith hoe khuaar ||

so does falsehood dwell in the mouth of the false; they suffer forever, again and again.

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਸੂਚੇ ਏਹਿ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਬਹਨਿ ਜਿ ਪਿੰਡਾ ਧੋਇ

soochae eaehi n aakheeahi behan j pinddaa dhhoe ||

They are not called pure, who sit down after merely washing their bodies.

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਸੂਚੇ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਜਿਨ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਸੋਇ

soochae saeee naanakaa jin man vasiaa soe ||2||

Only they are pure, O Nanak, within whose minds the Lord abides. ||2||

10 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

By having periods, women don't become IMPURE. They have every right to be sitting in front of Maharaj Ji. God doesn't hate you when you are in pain or going through a natural time. He's the one who has created it. As Maharaj Ji clearly stated, ONLY those are pure within whose minds the Lord abides. Women with periods are not IMPURE, though people with dirty thoughts are. By calling women IMPURE you are just insulting Waheguru because he is their mother. Women came from him. They are his creation.

And accidents don't happen. There is protection. God has taken care of that too.

I wonder who makes all these SILLY rules. Sigh...

The only time Maharaj Ji may stop a woman from doing seva during this period of time is if she has menstrual pains. Why? Because he worries about his children and knows she might not have the energy to sit there doing Rual Sahib for that long. Not because he thinks she is impure. Look at the current state of our minds and still look at Maharaj Ji's never changing love. Waheguru!

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Dharmik Pustak Gurbani Da Adab has been translated by sevadaars under the guidance of pooran naam abhiaasee singhs of Damdami Taksal.

The short book goes into great detail as to how Satkaar should be done of Gurbani and why. For clarification for some of the points raised in this thread, it is advised that you endeavour to buy this book and educate yourselves and those around you on how we, as Gursikhs, should treat our King of Kings.

The book will be available at the Sukhmani Sahib Akhand Jaap on Saturday 24th January at Nanaksar Gurdwara, Wolverhampton and is available from gupt@live.co.uk and through independant sevadaars at www.g5sikhmedia.com

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Women should not sit in the Guru's Hazoori or do Chaur Sahib when they are menstruating.

Again this is for sucham. A bibi must not do any seva while on her period because any accident can happen at ANY time. i dont want to go into detail but satkaar and sucham for Guru Granth Sahib Jee must be kept at ALL times. Somebody else will have to do seva of Guru Sahib, full stop. alot of ppl will disagree, but there ya go.

Accidents can happen anytime...Ummm...How? :umm:

How can God hate it's own creation? Women don't WANT to have periods. They have them because it's God's law of nature.

ਜਿਉ ਜੋਰੂ ਸਿਰਨਾਵਣੀ ਆਵੈ ਵਾਰੋ ਵਾਰ

jio joroo siranaavanee aavai vaaro vaar ||

As a woman has her periods, month after month,

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਜੂਠੇ ਜੂਠਾ ਮੁਖਿ ਵਸੈ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਹੋਇ ਖੁਆਰੁ

joothae joothaa mukh vasai nith nith hoe khuaar ||

so does falsehood dwell in the mouth of the false; they suffer forever, again and again.

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਸੂਚੇ ਏਹਿ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਬਹਨਿ ਜਿ ਪਿੰਡਾ ਧੋਇ

soochae eaehi n aakheeahi behan j pinddaa dhhoe ||

They are not called pure, who sit down after merely washing their bodies.

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਸੂਚੇ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਜਿਨ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਸੋਇ

soochae saeee naanakaa jin man vasiaa soe ||2||

Only they are pure, O Nanak, within whose minds the Lord abides. ||2||

10 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

By having periods, women don't become IMPURE. They have every right to be sitting in front of Maharaj Ji. God doesn't hate you when you are in pain or going through a natural time. He's the one who has created it. As Maharaj Ji clearly stated, ONLY those are pure within whose minds the Lord abides. Women with periods are not IMPURE, though people with dirty thoughts are. By calling women IMPURE you are just insulting Waheguru because he is their mother. Women came from him. They are his creation.

And accidents don't happen. There is protection. God has taken care of that too.

I wonder who makes all these SILLY rules. Sigh...

The only time Maharaj Ji may stop a woman from doing seva during this period of time is if she has menstrual pains. Why? Because he worries about his children and knows she might not have the energy to sit there doing Rual Sahib for that long. Not because he thinks she is impure. Look at the current state of our minds and still look at Maharaj Ji's never changing love. Waheguru!

I thought Sikhi believed in equality? Why should it matter?

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Women should not sit in the Guru's Hazoori or do Chaur Sahib when they are menstruating.

Again this is for sucham. A bibi must not do any seva while on her period because any accident can happen at ANY time. i dont want to go into detail but satkaar and sucham for Guru Granth Sahib Jee must be kept at ALL times. Somebody else will have to do seva of Guru Sahib, full stop. alot of ppl will disagree, but there ya go.

Accidents can happen anytime...Ummm...How? :umm:

How can God hate it's own creation? Women don't WANT to have periods. They have them because it's God's law of nature.

ਜਿਉ ਜੋਰੂ ਸਿਰਨਾਵਣੀ ਆਵੈ ਵਾਰੋ ਵਾਰ

jio joroo siranaavanee aavai vaaro vaar ||

As a woman has her periods, month after month,

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਜੂਠੇ ਜੂਠਾ ਮੁਖਿ ਵਸੈ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਹੋਇ ਖੁਆਰੁ

joothae joothaa mukh vasai nith nith hoe khuaar ||

so does falsehood dwell in the mouth of the false; they suffer forever, again and again.

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਸੂਚੇ ਏਹਿ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਬਹਨਿ ਜਿ ਪਿੰਡਾ ਧੋਇ

soochae eaehi n aakheeahi behan j pinddaa dhhoe ||

They are not called pure, who sit down after merely washing their bodies.

9 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

ਸੂਚੇ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਜਿਨ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਸੋਇ

soochae saeee naanakaa jin man vasiaa soe ||2||

Only they are pure, O Nanak, within whose minds the Lord abides. ||2||

10 Aasaa Guru Nanak Dev

By having periods, women don't become IMPURE. They have every right to be sitting in front of Maharaj Ji. God doesn't hate you when you are in pain or going through a natural time. He's the one who has created it. As Maharaj Ji clearly stated, ONLY those are pure within whose minds the Lord abides. Women with periods are not IMPURE, though people with dirty thoughts are. By calling women IMPURE you are just insulting Waheguru because he is their mother. Women came from him. They are his creation.

And accidents don't happen. There is protection. God has taken care of that too.

I wonder who makes all these SILLY rules. Sigh...

The only time Maharaj Ji may stop a woman from doing seva during this period of time is if she has menstrual pains. Why? Because he worries about his children and knows she might not have the energy to sit there doing Rual Sahib for that long. Not because he thinks she is impure. Look at the current state of our minds and still look at Maharaj Ji's never changing love. Waheguru!

I thought Sikhi believed in equality? Why should it matter?

I disagree. I believe anyone can do seva for our piara guru. It is very islamic to ban women to do sewa during her periods. No one should not be allowed to do guru maharaj's sewa during certain times.

Also, washing your hands 5 times sounds ritualistic. If one washes once twice 5 times, 100 times is up to him/her. It's up to him/her how clean the hands should be. End of the day, it no use how cleam your hands are but your minds is full of filth.

After sex, I believe a person should bathe. But washing hair is quite unnessasery. The same can be said about masturbation. Some sikhs would say it is natural without indulging in sex. Especially tenagers. End of the day, depends on us.

I think, we have to know how to respect maharaj, without going ritualistic. I know one sikh who has a prakash at home and plays kirtan in the room where maharaj is the whole day. That is not in maryada, but utter most respect, isnt it?

Sikhism has always said, everyting is in the mind. Kaam, karod, lobh, moh, hangkaar is in the mind, and we control it from the mind. Other religions like islam, christianity, try to control the outer actions. Example, islam will say, dont steal (which is an action), but sikhism say dont have greed (which is a state of mind). By controlling greed, we wont steal and free ourself from maya. Christians says dont rape, have extramaritial sex, Sikhism says control your lust, and all the other probem will go away.

So, in summary, the mind is first. The rest comes naturally.

So, how does the mind get tune. Simple- Take guru ji to be your emperor of emperors. To be the highest supreme king. Then, all respect comes.

wjkk wjkf.

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Guest G.Kaur

Impurity and Women

Sunday 23rd of October 2005

Singhnee's Corner Staff Writer

(KP) -

One day I was sitting with my aunty ji whom I respected very much and thought she knew more than me about Sikh way of life. Well what happened was, she randomly started talking about women and their menses. She said it was a curse for women. She told my sister and me a story about how we women were cursed. I laughed because few weeks ago another panji/sister had just told me during Asa di // meaning of the Gurbani which is discussed in one of the next sections. I didn't say anything at that time, because I my self was new to the path, and felt uncomfortable arguing with an older person. The story she told us was passed down by my aunt's mother and what made it more interesting was that my aunt's mother was amritdhari. Then it made sense why my aunt took the story so seriously, without ever considering other sources to find out the truth.

We tend to believe whatever an older person, especially amritdhari (Guru-roop) says. They, because of the respect and trust we have in Khalsa, to us seem like the best resource. It should be that way, but what we forget to do is, has the person explained to us in terms of what Gurbani says on the topic/issue.

There are a lot of women out there who do not feel comfortable doing Seva especially during their menses. A main example is sitting on the 'tabiyaa' (Guru Ji's hazoori) during this time. This topic is not frequently talked about as women themselves think they are "dirty". Why do they think they are "dirty"? The above mentioned incident should explain the reason.

There is no rule in Sikhi where it mentions not being able to pray unlike in Islam where women cannot fast or pray during this time. Why can a woman not undertake the duty of Paath because of a specific time of a month? It is not restricted to a specific number of weeks a month. It is sad to say, but most of us who call ourselves Sikhs don't know the teaching of our own Guru Sahib Jis. Also there are not as many Granthee women as there are men, which lead us to think that "may be" men are the only ones who should do this seva.

By some unaware/unconscious people, woman is still labeled "impure". Well lets talk about what impurity really is? The answers are all in Gurbaani and it is clearly stated that "Sootak", impurity or pollution is in those who do not have the Lord's name dwelling in their mind.

ਸੂਤਕਿ ਕਰਮ ਨ ਪੂਜਾ ਹੋਇ ॥

The actions of those who do not worship the Lord are polluted.

The womb of woman that sheds the egg periodically is responsible for new life on earth and in this womb the Lord places the soul:

ਮਾਤ ਗਰਭ ਮਹਿ ਜਿਨਿ ਪ੍ਰਤਿਪਾਰਿਆ ॥

He cherished and preserved you in your mother's womb;

ਜੀਉ ਪਿੰਡੁ ਦੇ ਸਾਜਿ ਸਵਾਰਿਆ ॥

He blessed you with body and soul, and embellished you.

A woman is responsible for giving birth to all human life and nurturing it:

ਉਦਰ ਸੰਜੋਗੀ ਧਰਤੀ ਮਾਤਾ ॥

The womb of the great mother earth gives birth to all

Furthermore, some individuals forbid taking Amrit during menses. Giving this a thought, if the Lord created Raakt, and it is considered impurity, what about the rest of the creation? We all are born from it, (so in a sense we all are impure, and no one can ever be pure enough to take amrit or do seva. That is what Christians believe, isn't it that you are born as a "sinner"? Are we implying the same thing? This way we all are impure, and we all should totally stop doing seva. Is this what Sikhi/Guru sahib ji is saying to us? We would if Guru Sahib Jis didn't have anything to say about this, but He has. Every human life is made out of her Rakt Bundh and this does not make them impure. Women should accept the fact that it does not make a difference in the Love and devotion of serving the Lord. For she is pure if her mind is filled with True Love (for the Lord Vaheguru). It's the state of mind. This is not only true for women, but for men as well. Seva is essential part of a Sikh's spiritual life and if we deny that one of the most important aspect of Sikhi to a particular "gender" we will be doing injustice to the human kind as a whole, in addition we will be going against our own Gurus who are our only support in life. Thus, the Guru's teachings that we so dearly were trying to keep intact, we our selves would be destroying it by not letting Kaur do seva at anytime. We will be taking away one of the right, which only our Guru Ji gave to the humankind. It's our choice, either we keep the distorted belief we have and not let our daughters/sisters/wives do seva, or do as per Guru sahib ji's hukum and let Kaurs follow Guru Sahib Ji's hukum and make the janam safla (fulfill the life's purpose). The importance of women is stated inRaag Aasaa on Angg 473 by Guru Nanak Dev Ji:

ਸੋ ਕਿਉ ਮੰਦਾ ਆਖੀਐ ਜਿਤੁ ਜੰਮਹਿ ਰਾਜਾਨ ॥

So why call her bad? From her, kings are born.

ਭੰਡਹੁ ਹੀ ਭੰਡੁ ਊਪਜੈ ਭੰਡੈ ਬਾਝੁ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥

From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one at all.

Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/133/ARTICLE/1907/2005-10-23.html

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