Why do Sikh children commit suicide when they cannot cut their hair? What would compel them to do this?
Originally published on SikhNet: Why do Sikh children commit suicide? – PART 1 Posted by Psingh Singh, Thursday, 12/18/1997 5:39 AM MST .
This article (Revised August 20, 2017) “Why do Sikh children commit suicide?” took me two and half years to write. It took that long because I had to overcome my own inhibitions which I now recognize were the result of having been mind-controlled.
When you are born in a family, you never get to choose your religion. Like arranged marriages, religion is your partner and it is already chosen for you. This happens with every religion. Religion has everything to do with being mind-controlled.
In Sikh families, the primary focus is upon the hair. What starts out as a natural function of the body then becomes a conveyor belt upon which boys and girls are assembled to become manufactured products. Though there is pressure on both the girls and boys, the boys are the ones that are singled out the most.
While growing up, I knew that some families would have the father keep his hair but the children did not. In other families, the father cut his hair but the children kept theirs. There were also those families in which the father would regrow his hair and put the turban back on. There were other scenarios too. Here’s just a few:
1. The father would keep his turban but trim his beard. 2. The father would be an amritdhari but the mom would trim her eyebrows and shave her underarms but not cut the hair on her head. 3. The father would be an amritdhari but the mom would cut the hair on her head and shave her arm pits, legs, etc.
Many devout, punjabi Sikh men actually prefer to have their wives dress like their Canadian counterparts. They do this to fulfill their sexual fantasies of being with Canadian women. And yes, this includes having one’s hair cut as well as coloured and wearing mini-skirts! Just look in the shopping malls. Sometimes, you can observe a fully-bearded Sikh man with a turban, wearing the kirpan but the woman with him will be modern looking.
In patriarchy, men do whatever they want. Women play the subservient role. This is one reason why Sikh women have no identifiable religious identity that is at par with Sikh men. I discuss some of the reasons for this in my 16 page article.
The Sikhs refer to their holy book as the “Guru Granth Sahib”. When translated from punjabi, it really means the book is the teacher. Now, in this book, all of the writings are the writings of men.
This naturally raises the first question.
If a book can be looked upon to be a teacher, then it has already failed right from its very inception. Let me explain one reason that accounts for this.
It cannot fulfill the role of a teacher. Why? This is simply because it presents a one-sided, albeit male perspective. Actually, it should present both perspectives. But when every single author in this book is a male, their attitudes towards women will show up in their writings. More about this, here. And being a male Sikh is what carries weight in the religion known as Sikhism. Again, this is just another aspect of patriarchy.
In patriarchy, women are considered to be subservient to men. Men are the dominant figures and women are submissive. This is the way it is today but no one in the Sikh community questions this. Asking questions such as this one, would ordinarily be regarded as using one’s commonsense.
However, I think that in the beginning when Sikhism never existed, wisdom and commonsense to live one’s life to the fullest was freely shared without a need for any “ism” to be attached to it. Somewhere along the time-line of history, wisdom and commonsense became associated with the label of Sikhism. But these days, there is not much wisdom nor commonsense left. It is as if the word “Sikhism” now parades itself as a budding gangster with bulging muscles much like those of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
If you balk at the idea of a religion becoming a gangster, then you’re still mind-controlled.
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