Unity between Sanatan and Sikh Dharma


Here  is what some scriptures say about women.

O  women! These mantras are given to you equally (as to men). May your  thoughts, too, be harmonious. May your assemblies be open to all  without discrimination. Your mind and consciousness should be  harmonious. I (the rishi) give you these mantras equally as to men  and give you all and equal powers to absorb (the full powers) of  these mantras.” Rigveda 10-191-3. 

In  the Mahabharat Bhishma said, "There is no greater guru than the  mother."

The place given to  women in Sanatan Dharma is unparalleled. The Indian word for  wife is 'pathni'  or 'dharmapathni', one who leads the  husband on the path of dharma. They were also called  Sahadharmacharini, one who walks alongside her husband on the path of  righteousness.  During Hindu marriage ceremonies the woman walks  in front of the man for three circumambulations, a practice discarded  in the Sikh Anand Karaj. The tradition of Swayamvar allowed  women to choose their own husband.

All  our Gods have a feminine principle, in fact the feminine Adi Shakti  is the primal moving force from whom came the Aum and then ether,  wind, fire, water and earth, all the galaxies emanated from her and  finally the human. Shiva and Shakti are ever united in the  Ardhanarishvara together a composite whole. In fact there were many  Vedic women Rishis who contributed equally to the Vedas for e.g.  Lopamudra, Aditi, Brahmajaya, Apala, Shashwati. Till today women take  part in all activities, mantra chanting, discussion and debates,  interpretation of scriptures, nothing is barred for them. 

Also  read
1. 5 Elemental Women
2. Worship of God as Mother in Indian tradition
3. Vivekananda's vision for Women

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