The question of homosexual rights is a very hot topic here in Australia currently. I am looking for some specific Gurbani quotes about homosexuality. Can you help in any way? Any reference to homosexuality will also help.
Happy end of year celebrations. It is a beautiful time of year in Australia and generally in western countries because everyone is in festive spirits, including the environment. Houses, offices, buildings are decorated. Service staff have Santa caps on. There are smiles everywhere and everyone, especially children are excited. Lovely environment.
Sydney camp starts on … and I expect this issue of same sex marriages amongst Sikhs to be raised at the Camp.
Deviant behaviour has taken centre stage and it is disconcerting. It can be very offputting to see burly truckies and bikies with stubbly beards and moustaches giving each other passionate mouth to mouth kisses!!!
We need spiritual answers. I have referred to a number of articles but they are generally rather wishy-washy. I need your help.
Guru dhi meher.
Bhai Manjeet’s response:
When it comes to conduct, the central message of Gurbani is
Nanak says you must walk in the path of His Hukam; this Writ of Hukam is written within you
If you recognize/understand His Hukam you understand the mystery of the Lord.
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਜਿਨਿ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਪਛਾਤਾ ॥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਕਾ ਤਿਨਿ ਭੇਦੁ ਜਾਤਾ ॥੫॥੯॥ – Kaho Nanak jin Hukam pechata : Prabh Sahib ka tin bhed jata (Ang 885).
Says Nanak, one who realizes the Hukam of God’s Will, knows the secrets of his Lord and Master. ||5||9||
The Sikh Rehat Maryada speaks only of union between man and woman.
In SGGS Ji whenever there is mention of union/marriage whether on a worldly level or of the jeev with God, the union is always described in terms of union between the bride /bride soul and her husband/Husband Lord.
Besides Hukam being written within us we are told to look for the workings of the Lord in all nature.
Nanak these are the attributes of the fool : they always speak of things which bring destruction
The word “khusra” has been translated as “eunuch”. In the English language, “eunuch” would refer to someone who has been castrated. But in Punjabi/Hindi, “khusra” includes someone who has homosexual tendencies and is attracted to other men. I know of no Punjabi/Hindi word which is the equivalent of “lesbian.”
In Punjabi/Hindi if a group of homosexuals/eunuch’s troop together they are known as “hijde” or “hijre”. The word “hijda” means someone who has left his tribe i.e. indulges in practices unacceptable to his tribe.
At ang 324 Bhagat Kabir Ji lists some examples of misguided conduct which can never lead to salvation. Bhagat Ji says if one could meet God by staying naked then the naked deer in the jungles would all have achieved mukti. If by shaving bald one could achieve perfection, then the sheep which is regularly sheared would certainly be amongst the liberated ones.
Mitannt sagal simrant Har naam Nanak jaise pavak kastt bhasmung karot..(Ang 1355).
Excruciating pain, countless killings, reincarnation, poverty and terrible misery are all destroyed by meditating in remembrance on the Lord’s Name, O Nanak, just as fire reduces piles of wood to ashes. (Ang 1355)
We may not agree with their lifestyle but we must not judge the homosexuals too harshly. Our Guru advises us to achieve…
ਨਾ ਕੋ ਬੈਰੀ ਨਹੀ ਬਿਗਾਨਾ ਸਗਲ ਸੰਗਿ ਹਮ ਕਉ ਬਨਿ ਆਈ ॥੧॥ – Na ko beree nahi bighana sagal sang ham ko ban aaye..
I have no enemies: none are strangers to me: I am on happy terms with all (Ang 1299)