Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s views on women

At the time of the Gurus women were considered very low in society. Both Hindus and Muslims regarded women as inferior and a man’s property. Women were treated as mere property whose only value was as a servant or for entertainment generally.. They were considered seducers and distractions from man’s spiritual path. Budhism saw women as distractions to man’s spiritual path too…

Men were allowed polygamy but widows were not allowed to remarry but encouraged to burn themselves on their husbands funeral pyre (sati). Child marriage and female infanticide were prevalent and purdah (veils) were popular for women. Women were also not allowed to inherit any property. Many Hindu women were captured and sold as slaves in foreign Islamic countries.

In such a climate Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism shocked the entire society by preaching that women were worthy of praise and equal to men.LOL!! 🙂

Five hundred years later, the rest of mankind is only now waking up to this fundamental truth. The Gurus actively encouraged the participation of women as equals in worship, in society, and on the battlefield. They encouraged freedom of speech and women were allowed to participate in any and all religious activities including reading of the Guru Granth Sahib.

From woman, man is born;

within woman, man is conceived;

to 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 bad?

From her, kings are born.

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

– Guru Nanak, Raag Aasaa Mehal 1, Page 473

Something inside so strong: Lebi Siffre

I love this song..its like an anthem for me..

Some of my most life changing books..

Here is a list of some of my most life changing books I have read in time order

1)How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

I read this in my very early twenties and realised how little time I spent thinking from another’s perspective… on an intellectual level. Emotionally I was always on the ball trying to see things from another’s perspective but this was new territory…Territory that needed to be explored and stretched if I was to grow.

2)Seven Steps to Eternity by Stephen Turoff

I read this in my very dark ages (early thirties). It is the story of the death and afterlife experience of a very young soldier called James Leggett from the battle of the Somme in World War I. Spiritually I came “home” and felt the warmth of God (Universal Love) call it what you like with much greater intensity after reading this. I could relate to this. I gained a greater spiritual strength and understanding that left me at ease more so than ever before. Sikhism was the tool, the platform from which I reached out to gain further spiritual understanding in my own unique some may say stupid way. It worked for me, it may or may not for others.

Generally speaking I find labels stifling, constricting, distancing, separating, mutilating humanity at various levels. Labels such as religions, countries, nationalities, cultures, races and gender are used and have been used to divide and rule people for thousands of years. I feel closer to that intelligent love energy/ universal love/ God call it what you like sitting on the outskirts of these labels. The problem is people always want to put you in their pigeonhole so they can overlay their perception of who they think you are, what you think , what you stand for  etc. I call it compartmentalization. My poem of the same name addresses this issue too. I feel this is often born out of fear.

When all the external facades, shows etc are put aside, who am I? Well in a pigeonhole sense I am a woman, brown-skinned, mother, wife, daughter sister, relative, friend, em who am I? Indian. Still doesn’t answer, who am I? Human. Who am I at my core when all these  labels are stripped off? I am energy experiencing a multisensory universe through the impediment of a physical body/facade that misleads me to my true nature? This impediment is presently called Jatinder… I wish that makes sense to you. Anyway for me it is not so important who I am or who I have been but who am I becoming. This book helped me to focus on who am I becoming.

3)The  Mind series by Betty Shine

Betty helped me to extend the warmth and strength of love I have for this loving intelligent unknowable to the unknowable energy that some call God.

4)Conversations with God series by Neale Donald Walsch

For years I wanted to read this and one day a friend ( Rhona from Scotland ) who has been like an angel to me placed one of the books in my hand. “You will like this” she said… At the time she had only known me a few months but she knew me so well! This series makes perfect sense in almost everything to me. It is another wrung up on the ladder of my Spiritual growth.

5)Death is an Illusion by Else Byskov

After I read the CWG series I thought that is it, nothing else can match this stuff and then along came this book with its own angle, its own beauty and enriched my understanding of life death love God etc further.

6)Autobiography of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh – Translated by Dr Trilochan Singh

In  October 2005 I read the above book. It broke me and recreated me emotionally, mentally, spiritually in a way that no other words have, ever. It was like someone had punched me so hard it knocked my soul out of my physical body.

“I”  experienced separation from my  physical body,  although it did what I willed it to do… It is difficult to describe, weird feeling..I could feel that

It changed me and I have had the most remarkable years of my life since then.

This very spiritual gentle man’s remarkable life is a testament to life lived without fear and with love at its highest whilst being tortured for fifteen years. His ability to look at his torturers of 15 years with understanding defies the perception of human limits. I guess there are no limits.

The latest books that have impacted me are the Anastasia series, by Vladimir Megre.. I devoured about 6 or 7 of them in one week about two years ago! There is much controversy to the reality of this woman (Anastasia) however either way the  wisdom they impart is one of the best ways forward if humanity is to not only survive but advance in its humanity.

I have many other authors and books that I like too e.g Robert Monroe, Tony Robbins, John Robbins, Eckhart Tolle, Dr Brian Weiss etc. I will list some of  them work too sometime… It’s hard to choose as there are so many amazing humans sharing their experiences, feelings thoughts etc  from whom to learn, to be enchanted, to be mystified and ultimately for me , to be connected consciencely with the oneness that we and the universe is…

Thankyou Len for giving me these words 30 years ago..

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for it is not certain if I shall pass this way again.”

RIP Marvin Isley

All babies together
Everyone a seed
Half of us are satisfied
Half of us in need

Love’s bountiful in us
Tarnished by our greed
Oh, when will there be
A harvest for the world

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

A nation planted
So concerned with gain
As the seasons come and go
Greater grows the pain

And far too many
Feelin’ the strain
Oh, when will there be
A harvest for the world

Yeah, yeah

Gather every man
Gather every woman
Celebrate your lives
Give thanks for your children (No)

Gather everyone (Gather everyone)
Gather all together (Gather all together)
Overlookin’ none (Overlookin’ none)
Hopin’ life gets better for the world

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Dress me up for battle
When all I want is peace
Those of us who pay the price
Come home with the least

And nation after nation
Turnin’ into beasts
Oh, when will there be
A harvest for the world

Yeah, hey
When will there be
I wanna know now, now
When will there be a harvest {Harvest for the world}
When will there be a harvest {Harvest for the world}
When will there be a harvest {Harvest for the world}
When will there be a harvest {Harvest for the world}
When will there be a harvest {Harvest for the world}
When will there be a harvest {Harvest for the world}
When will there be {Harvest for the world}
When will there be {Harvest for the world}
Everybody {Harvest for the world}
Oh, talkin’ bout the children {Harvest for the world}
When will there be a harvest {Harvest for the world}
When will there be {Harvest for the world}

Thankyou for the music…

Beautiful words from Guru Ram Das ji (4th guru)

When I lived on my land, sometimes I would  here this prayer being played by my angelic neighbours Amor and Avihay up the valley where I lived.. it was magical hearing it surrounded by nature… especially when they played it first thing in the morning…