EqualityWhat does the Guru Granth Sahib Say

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God's Gender

Gurbani teaches us: God is gender free. The Guru Granth Sahib refers to God as both masculine and feminine.   At times, God is referred to as our father, mother, friend, husband to a soul-bride, etc.  God is unborn and does not die. God belongs to neither sex.  

God is one, whose name Is truth, is the creator, without Fear, without hatred, beyond death or birth,  Self-Existent. Realized by the Guru's grace.  Guru Nanak, Page 1, Line 1

The holy scriptures are true and state God is neither male nor female.  But nothing is gained by reading if this is not realized in one's heart.  Page 483, line 7

How can anyone describe God? When God is neither male nor female.  Page 685, Line 17

A being who realizes God, realizes that the female is in the male, and the male is in the female.  Page 879, Line 3

You Yourself are the male, and You Yourself are the female.  Page 1020, Line 15

Night and day are the two nurses, male and female; the world plays in this play.  Page 1021, Line 3

bhaaee pooth pithaa prabh maathaa
God is my Brother, Son, Father and Mother
Guru Arjan, Raag Gauree, 240


maaee jo prabh kae gun gaavai || safal aaeiaa jeevan fal thaa ko paarabreham liv laavai ||1|| rehaao ||
O mother, how fruitful is the birth of one who sings the Glories of God, and enshrines love for the Supreme Lord God. ||1||Pause||
Guru Arjan, Raag Dayv Gandhaaree, 531

maaee prabh kae charan nihaaro ||
O mother, I long to see the Feet of God.
Guru Arjan, Raag Dayv Gandhaaree, 531

jio raakhai mehathaaree baarik ko thaisae hee prabh paal ||1|| rehaao ||
Just as the mother protects her children, God nurtures and cares for us. ||1||Pause||
Guru Arjan, Raag Dhanaasree, 680

prabh aap suaamee aapae rakhaa aap pithaa aap maaeiaa ||
God Himself is my Lord and Master. He Himself is my Saving Grace; He Himself is my father and mother.
Guru Arjan, Raag Soohee, 783

O Nanak, the Lord God is our father and mother. I am His child; the Lord cherishes me. ||4||6||18||
Guru Raam Daas, Raag Raamkalee, 882

prabh maath pithaa ka(n)t(h) laaeidhaa lahurrae baalak paal ||
God is my mother and father; He hugs me close in His embrace, and cherishes me, like His tiny baby.
Guru Arjan, Raag Raamkalee, 957

garabh ku(n)ddal mehi ouradhh dhhiaanee ||
Within the mother's womb, upside-down, the mortal meditated on God.
Guru Nanak, Raag Maaroo, 1026

prabh maath pithaa apanae dhaas kaa rakhavaalaa ||
God is the Mother, the Father and the Protector of His slave.
Guru Arjan, Raag Bhairao, 1137

prabh rakhavaalae maaee baap ||
God is my Protector, my Mother and Father.
Guru Arjan, Raag Basant, 1183

bhai maanai nirabho maeree maae ||4||
One who abides in the Fear of God, becomes fearless, O my mother. ||4||
Guru Nanak, Raag Basant, 1187

naanak baarik kashhoo n jaanai raakhan ko prabh maaee baap
Nanak, the child, does not know anything at all. O God, please protect me; You are my Mother and Father.
Guru Arjan, Raag Prabhaatee, 1341

bhagath janaa(n) har maa(n) pio baettaa ||aa||
For bhagats (saints,) God is their mother, father and son all in one.
Bhai Gurdaas, Vaars Bhai Gurdaas, 10



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