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Sikh Views On Contraception And Sexuality?

asked 2012-01-20 18:01:42 -0500

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Can someone please explain or give references to various sites or books that explain Sikh views on sexuality and contraception? I am writing a report on it and comparing these values and principles to other top religions in the world. I never really went in depth on how Sikhi deals with sexuality etc, and there are so many different articles and sites out there that I'm not sure if they are valid or accurate, so just thought I'd come here and ask.. Thanks

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answered 2012-01-20 18:02:20 -0500

gmustuk gravatar image

Sat nam. That's because Guru never gave us specific guidance on contraception or on sexuality, so others have since tried to fill it in. So some Sikhs see contraception as un-Sikh, others see it as OK. It should be a personal decision of the couple involved, in any event.

As for sexuality, the only references to this in Siri Guru Granth Sahib are ones that decry lust, one of the 5 vices. Lust is not ANY sex. Lust is a reference to those who focus only on sex or use sex in non-marital situations, such as employing prostitutes or having affairs outside of marriage. Lust is the objectification of sex. I'm sure you've found in articles that some Sikhs regard the vice "lust" as any sex, i.e., to include legitimate sex between husband and wife. This is an inaccurate portrayal of the matter; all but one of our Gurus had wives and children. The Sikh path is the path of a householder (married person).

You should probably not try to conclude what the Sikh views of contraception and sexuality are, so much as show the range of viewpoints because of the lack of specificity. And be careful not to mix up Indian/Punjabi or Western traditions of either with what is in our Guru and Rehit.

Guru ang sang - DKK

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answered 2014-01-24 15:35:45 -0500

Maharaj Ji says in His 52 Hukams that not to have any such contact until AFTER Anand Kaaraj.

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answered 2014-01-20 23:45:08 -0500

singharnoldpalmer gravatar image

I'd like to add a thought about premarital sex, feel free to respond...

Premarital and extramarital sex is a supposed nono in our community. My personal belief on this issue is that when this idea was proposed people were being married at extremely young ages (as pubescent teens or even younger). It logically makes sense. In the US, it is a growing trend that most don't marry until mid to late 20's or even beyond. Our bodies have natural sexual needs that are biologically intrinsic. I think refusing sex before marriage is then dumb. I agree to gurumustuk's point that you should use sexual relations as a manifestion of your connection with a person as it is much more meaningful... but to overarchingly say premarital sex is not allowed is plain dumb in my opinion

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