A few days ago it was karvachauth… a day observed by many Hindu & now even Sikh families. If you have relatives who are fast during these days please share this message with them…
Karva chauth, is a day wrongly observed by many Sikh women. According to Indian tradition, women keep fasts for the long age and prosperity of their husbands. For any Sikh woman to fast in this manner, they are undoubtedly turning their faces and minds away from Gurbani, denouncing their Sikh faith and engaging in anti-gurmat activities as Gurbani strictly forbids fasting :
ਵਰਤ ਨ ਰਹਉ ਨ ਮਹ ਰਮਦਾਨਾ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਸੇਵੀ ਜੋ ਰਖੈ ਨਿਦਾਨਾ ॥੧॥
I do not keep fasts, nor do I observe the month of Ramadaan. I serve only the One, who will protect me in the end.
— Guru Granth Sahib Jee (Ang 1136)
ਅੰਨੈ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਜੋ ਨਰ ਹੋਵਹਿ ॥ ਤੀਨਿ ਭਵਨ ਮਹਿ ਅਪਨੀ ਖੋਵਹਿ ॥੨॥ ਛੋਡਹਿ ਅੰਨੁ ਕਰਹਿ ਪਾਖੰਡ ॥ ਨਾ ਸੋਹਾਗਨਿ ਨਾ ਓਹਿ ਰੰਡ ॥
One who abstains from this grain (of Naam and Gurmat), loses his honor in the three worlds. One who discards this grain, is practicing hypocrisy. She is neither a happy soul-bride, nor a widow.
— Guru Granth Sahib Jee (Ang 873)
ਕਬੀਰ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਸਿਮਰਨੁ ਛਾਡਿ ਕੈ ਅਹੋਈ ਰਾਖੈ ਨਾਰਿ ॥ ਗਦਹੀ ਹੋਇ ਕੈ ਅਉਤਰੈ ਭਾਰੁ ਸਹੈ ਮਨ ਚਾਰਿ ॥੧੦੮॥
Kabeer, the woman who gives up meditation on the Lord, and observes the ritual fast of Ahoi, shall be reincarnated as a donkey, to carry heavy burdens.
— Guru Granth Sahib Jee (Ang 1370)
Sisters, this is a humble request to keep our faces towards our True Guru and be a Kaur of Guru Gobind Singh Jee Maharaj, following in the mighty spiritual footsteps of Mai Bhago Kaur jee, and Mata Sahib Kaur jee ……
“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 Dev Ji, Raag Aasaa Mehal 1, Ang 473
To our Hindu Sisters, we wish a very happy karva chauth & hope they realise the true path, to our Sikh Sisters we wish a chardi kalla filled naam seva simran and amritvela, each and every day – this is the true way we save ourselves and our loved ones.
Vaheguru Jee Ka khalsa Vaheguru Jee Kee Fateh !!
(Thank you to the Gursikh who wrote this and allowed me to share it)