Today Is Lohri
Before throwing things into Lohri fire lets see what Gurmat says about Lohri
Contrary to 4 Principles of Gurmat
Some of the Gurdwaras will be celebrating Lohri and some of us going to be a part of the celebration. Let’s take a look on Why Lohri is Contrary to 4 Principles of Gurmat.
- Lohri is celebrated when only a boy is born but not a girl which is clearly disgracing the women race. Guruji have given equal rights to women.
So Kio Mandaa Akheeai Jit Jameh Raajaan
Kings are born from women, why do you still disgrace them.
Lohri is “Fire Worshipping”(Aagan Pooja). Sikhs are only to bow down (Worship) to Jagdi Jott Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj.
Ayko Simar Na Doojaa Bhaao
Meditate Upon “Ik Onkar” only, do not be in love with duality.
Lohri consist of food wastage. It is believed (Manmatt) that the fire of Lohri is the tongue of Devtay and few types of food such as Rice, Ghee, Till, Samagri are thrown into the fire to please the Devtay. SIKHS ARE TO PROHIBITED TO DO SO.
Vich Duneeaa Sayv Kamaaeeai Taa Dargeh Baisan Paaeeai
In the midst of this world, do seva, and you shall be given a place of honor in the Court of WaheguruJi.
Lohri is contrary to 3 Fundamental Principles of Sikhi.
- Kirt Karni
- Naam Japna
- Vandkay Shakna
Sikhs are to Vandkay Shakna but not Vandkay Saarna. Share with the helpless and needy people but never to burn those items.
Prahlaad did not burn in the fire as to his faith in Ik Onkar not because of his Mother celebrated Lohri on his birth.
Jagith Joth Japai Nis Basur Ayk Bina Man Naik Na Anai
The Khalsa meditates on the ever radiant light day and night, and rejects all else other than Ik Onkar from mind
Khalsa Guru Ka Fateh Guru Ki Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
This article by Harleen Kaur
Since I am starting to see the posts… Lohri is not a Sikh festival. It is a Punjabi festival of fire in which fire is worshipped. It is usually celebrated to commemorate the birth of a male child alone. It is not celebrated on the birth of a girl as she is not considered important. Thus, it cannot be a Sikh festival as it discriminates.
Also, Sikhs do not worship fire. Unfortunately, many misguided people do worship fire or celebrate Lohri because of its strong links to Punjabi culture.
The birth of a daughter or son is equally joyous for Sikhs. The practise of giving sweets and celebrating Lohri only on the birth of a boy alone is a taboo for Sikhs and is entirely contrary to the Sikh way of life. The Guru Granth Sahib Jee, the final Guru body of the Sikhs clearly states on Ang 605, “In all beings is He (WaheGuru) himself pervasive, Himself pervades all forms Male and Female.” Guru Arjan, Ang 405, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji — Naam, the name of God is above all religious rituals, good deeds, or worship. Guru Nanak, Ang 3, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji — Those who are faithful do not follow empty religious rituals. Guru Nanak, Ang 75, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji — Pilgrimages, fasts, rituals, religious ceremonies or empty worship are all in vain. Salvation is achieved only by devoting worship to God. Guru Arjan, Ang 297, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji — Those who engage in empty rituals will never be free of the cycle of reincarnation. Guru Nanak, Ang 1332, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji — Many engaging in ceremonial rituals and mislead others.
This lack of true understanding distants one from God and brings about suffering and pain. Lohri favors the male off spring and clearly discriminates against females. Hence it contributes to male preference and also to the already rising incidences of female infanticide. Punjab has earned the dubious distinction of “Kuri Maaran Da Desh” (a state of girl child killers). “Infanticide has been practiced as a brutal method of family planning in societies where boy children are still valued, economically and socially, above girls.”Traditions can be healthy and give us a sense of stability and belonging in our communities and society.
On the other hand, unhealthy traditions and rituals such as Rakhee, Lohri, Kurva Chauth, dowry etc… while may be acceptable to some cultures, they are not in concert with the Sikh way of life. Those traditions that glorify male gender preference or encourage female neglect and perpetuate the view of a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter as a liability are not in keeping with the Sikh teachings.
The Sikh Gurus encouraged women to be independent and share social and religious responsibilities rather than be subservient, docile or dependent.
NOTE: The purpose of writing this article is not to hurt the sentimental of anyone or to insult any Faith. It is just to bring the reality to not follow any tradition blindly. We can enjoy and celebrate any festival (even Lohri) but according to the Sikh way of life.