woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged
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. O Nanak, only the True Lord
is without a woman. That mouth which praises the Lord continually is blessed
O Nanak, those faces shall be radiant in the Court of the True Lord. ||
2 || (Punna 473)
Sikhism a woman is held in the highest regard, the Gurus were forward
thinking and liberal in their ideas. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s first Sikh
was his elder sister Bebe Nanaki who recognised in him the divine spirit.
The Guru’s advocated the education of women so that they could develop
and nurture their children. Guru Amar Das Ji granted women ‘manjies’ or seats of learning, so that they could go out into the world as missionaries
and preach Gods word. The practice of sati (the burning of a woman on
her husbands pyre) was forbidden and remarriage after the death of a husband
encouraged. Women made great sacrifices in the creation of the Sikh faith
as testified to by the likes of Mata Bhago and those ladies who sacrificed
their children but never gave up their faith.