Each week we ask the same questions about each religion in an attempt to better understand how your faith can shape your sex life. This series is based on the official teachings of the religion, not what individuals might choose to do. Premarital sex is considered to be driven by lust and therefore should be avoided. Having a family is considered important and valuable, but within marriage couples are permitted a lot of freedom.
Manvinder Kaur is the webinar coordinator with SikhRI. She holds a MA in religious studies from McMaster University where her research focused on the intersections ofalcohol and Sikhi, particularly considering influences of colonialism, gender, and trauma. Harinder Singh is a widely respected educator and thinker who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. Our panel discusses the newly launched Guru Granth Sahib Project. The Project states that, although there are Gurbani translations available in Panjabi text belonging to the early twentieth century by many celebrated Sikh giants, and some in English from recent times, there is a need for a fresh perspective for contemporary audiences. The project aims to make the Guru Granth Sahib accessible to English speakers globally via technology.
Sexuality is not something that is frequently discussed in the Panth Sikh Collective. The report clearly outlines Sikh perspectives on major topics like lust, marriage, homosexuality, and polygamy. What does Bani say about sexuality? How do we differentiate between sex and sexuality?
Sikhism has no specific teachings about homosexuality and the Sikh holy scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib , does not explicitly mention heterosexuality , homosexuality or bisexuality. The universal goal of a Sikh is to have no hate or animosity to any person, regardless of factors like race, caste, color, creed or gender. Within the last few years, the topic of homosexuality has become much more discussed in religions all over the world , making the once-taboo topic of homosexuality now a subject for open discussion among adherents. In March , he told visiting Sikh-Canadian Members of Parliament MPs that they had a religious duty to oppose same-sex marriage : "The basic duty of Sikh MPs in Canada should be to support laws that stop this kind of practice [homosexuality], because there are thousands of Sikhs living in Canada, to ensure that Sikhs do not fall prey to this practice". The divide between supporters and opponents of LGBT rights has become increasingly clear, creating a largely generational rift between older conservatives and younger liberals.