“Come, my dear sisters and spiritual companions”
Come, my dear sisters and spiritual companions” (Guru Nanak)
I took this picture a few days ago, in Armitsar which is in the state of Punjab in India.
This lady was finishing her prayors next to the Holy waters facing the Golden Temple, the holiest place in Sikhism.
The role of women in Sikhism was first outlined in the Sikh Scriptures, which were written around 1500.
The scriptures state that the Sikh woman is to be regarded as man’s equal.
She is considered to have the same soul as man and has the equal right to grow spiritually.
The Sikh woman is allowed to lead religious congregations, to take part in the Akhand Path (the continuous recitation of the Holy Scriptures), to perform Kirtan (congregational singing of hymns), to work as a Granthi and to participate in religious, cultural, social and secular activities.
Sikh history includes the role of women very prominently and portrays them as equal in service, devotion, sacrifice and bravery.
Examples of their moral dignity, service and self sacrifice are a source of inspiration to the Sikhs.
According to Sikhism, man and woman are two sides of the same coin of the human race.
Man takes birth from a woman, and woman is born of a man.
This system is interrelating and inter-dependent.
Sikhism believes that 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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