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Is Makeup allowed in Sikhi ?

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Today we are releasing a very relevant video that explains why makeup, body enhancements and other artificial and worldly ways to decorate one’s body are not in accordance with Gurmat. This video by Bibi Sanmukh Kaur, a young Canadian born Gursikh bibi, is geared towards Amritdhari bibian who are not fully convinced why they should not use modern techniques to do makeup, wear ornaments and do other body decorations. We give our perspective on why doing makeup is not in accordance to Gurmat and we hope that it will be received by viewers in a positive sense because our aim is not to belittle anyone but we are doing these videos solely with the purpose of educating Sikhs about Gurmat code of conduct and important Gurmat principles.

If you find something violating Gurmat, please bring it to our attention by contacting us at +1 647 771 3047 (whatsapp).

ਅਜ ਅਸੀਂ ਵੀਡੀਓ ਇਸ ਵਿਸ਼ੇ ਤੇ ਰਿਲੀਜ਼ ਕਰਨ ਜਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ ਕਿ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਵਿਚ ਬੀਬੀਆਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਮੇਕਅਪ ਕਰਨਾ ਜਾਂ ਹੋਰ ਸੰਸਾਰੀ ਸਿੰਗਾਰ ਕਰਨਾ ਕਿਉਂ ਠੀਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ। ਕਈ ਭੁੱਲੀਆਂ ਭਟਕੀਆਂ ਹੋਈਆਂ ਸਿਖ ਬੀਬੀਆਂ ਗੈਰ-ਸਿਖ ਔਰਤਾਂ ਦੀ ਰੀਸੇ-ਕੁਰੀਸੇ ਫੈਸ਼ਨ ਅਤੇ ਮੇਕਅਪ ਕਰਨ ਵਿਚ ਪਰਵਿਰਤ ਰਹਿੰਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਠੀਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਇਹ ਕਿਉਂ ਠੀਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ, ਇਹੋ ਅਸੀਂ ਇਸ ਵੀਡੀਓ ਵਿਚ ਤਫਸੀਲ ਨਾਲ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ ਜੀ। ਸਾਡਾ ਮਕਸਦ ਕਿਸੇ ਨੂੰ ਨੀਵਾਂ ਦਿਖਾਉਣਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ ਬਲਕਿ ਅਸੀਂ ਤਾਂ ਕੇਵਲ ਇਕੋ ਇਛਾ ਰਖਕੇ ਇਹ ਵੀਡੀਓ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ ਕਿ ਤਮਾਮ ਗੁਰੂ-ਨਾਨਕ-ਨਾਮ-ਲੇਵਾ ਸੰਗਤ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਦੀ ਸਹੀ ਅਰਥਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਧਾਰਣੀ ਬਣੇ ਅਤੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਖੁਸ਼ੀਆਂ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕਰਕੇ ਆਪਣਾ ਜਨਮ ਸਫਲ ਕਰੇ।

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Preetam Singh
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Makeup in Sikhi
June 26, 2017 09:59AM
A few days ago, Gurmat Bibek released a video on wearing makeup. While many appreciated the video, some argued that wearing makeup is not against Gurmat. Some Gursikhs even stated that using makeup does not make any difference for Gursikh bibian. Others said that there is nothing wrong with looking good.

Here are some additional points that we might want to think about:

1) Our compassionate Guru Sahib Ji temporarily gave us body to do bhagti in this lifetime so we could get mukti, and we are harming and wasting it by wearing makeup. Guru Sahib Ji tells us: ਸਭਿ ਰਸ ਭੋਗਣ ਬਾਦਿ ਹਹਿ ਸਭਿ ਸੀਗਾਰ ਵਿਕਾਰ॥, meaning enjoying all worldly pleasures is futile and all decorations are useless (because this body will turn to ashes one day). Gurbani also tells us: ਲਖ ਸੀਗਾਰ ਬਣਾਇਆ ਕਾਰਜਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਕੇਤੁ॥, meaning one may decorate oneself in thousand ways, but it’s not of any use. Gurbani reveals several times that we should make fear of Vaheguru Ji and following his hukam as our ਸ਼ਿੰਗਾਰ. How can we do bhagti if we use our time doing makeup and falsely pleasing others?

2) Cosmetics is a billion dollar industry worldwide, dominated by some multinational corporations. According to the 2015 U.S. Statistics, the U.S. was the most valuable beauty and personal care market, having a market value of $80 billion US dollars. For profit maximization, corporations use media to manipulate society, showing how women should look like. According to them, women should have fair and blemish free face (using foundation and concealer), coloured eyes (using eye shadow and eye liner), big dark eye lashes (using mascara), coloured lips (using lipstick), pink cheeks (using blush), coloured nails, scented body, nice hair styles, etc. This market is heavily depended on women, and corporations target them stating that their bodies are not good enough. By wearing makeup, we are responding to societal demands, trying to fit in societal women image, conforming to the beauty standards, and letting corporations control our body. However, Dhan Guru Gobind Sahib Ji Maharaj wanted his sons and daughters to be niare. Guru Sahib Ji said:

ਜਬ ਲਗ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਰਹੇ ਨਿਆਰਾ॥
ਤਬ ਲਗ ਤੇਜ ਦੀਓ ਮੈਂ ਸਾਰਾ॥
ਜਬ ਇਹ ਗਹੈ ਬਿਪਰਨ ਕੀ ਰੀਤਿ॥
ਮੈ ਨ ਕਰਉਂ ਇਨ ਕੀ ਪ੍ਰਤੀਤ॥


How can be niare if we cannot be distinguished from the rest of the society?

3) Corporations tell us however Vaheguru Ji made us is not good enough. We need to rely on human products in order to look good. By wearing makeup, we are going against Guru Sahib’s will, as mentioned in the video. We are disrespecting Sache Patshah’s creation.

4) These corporations are only concerned about profit maximization. They are not concerned about the detrimental impact of using cosmetics on skin. Many of these cosmetics products are now seen as toxic and harmful to the human body. One in eight ingredients used in cosmetics are industrial chemicals. These ingredients have been revealed to cause cancer, lower immunity to diseases, and cause reproductive and neurological damage. These chemicals get into bloodstream, harming human body. Perfumes and hair sprays are inhaled; lipstick or lipgloss is swallowed with food; eye makeup is absorbed by sensitive mucous membrane, risking eye inflection and blindness. Acne, skin allergies, eye infection, premature aging, infertility, and headaches are some of the known harmful effects of wearing makeup.

It is clear that we harm our body by wearing makeup. Nonetheless, what body are we talking about? Gurbani says, “ਇਹੁ ਸਰੀਰੁ ਸਭੁ ਧਰਮੁ ਹੈ ਜਿਸੁ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਚੇ ਕੀ ਵਿਚਿ ਜੋਤਿ॥” We are harming our body in which Vaheguru Ji’s jot resides. Guru Sahib Ji calls human body Har Ka Mandar and tells us the essence of the human body:

ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਆਖੀਐ ਕਾਇਆ ਕੋਟੁ ਗੜੁ॥
ਅੰਦਰਿ ਲਾਲ ਜਵੇਹਰੀ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਪੜੁ॥
ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਅਤਿ ਸੋਹਣਾ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਦਿੜੁ॥


We gave our head to Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj when we took Amrit. This body does not belong to us anymore. So why wear something (makeup, western clothes, jewelry, etc.) that does not please Guru Sahib Ji? We are obligated to keep this Har Ka Mandar clean and healthy.

5) Some people argue that there is nothing in Rehit prohibiting the use of makeup. However, Bhai Daya Singh ji’s Rehitnama tells us: ਸੁਰਮਾਦਿਕ ਸ਼ਿੰਗਾਰ ਨਹਿਂ, ਨਹਿਂ ਪਰ ਤਰੁਨੀ ਸੰਗਿ, meaning do not wear makeup or ornaments; do not commit adultery.

6) Women wear makeup for self-confidence issues and to please the opposite sex, whether that’s their partner or men in general. Women don’t let their husbands see them without makeup. There have been cases where husbands did not recognize their wives without makeup after marriage, and their marriages ended up in divorces. In one case, bride’s face got wet in a swimming pool and all her make up came off. The husband divorced his wife a few days after marriage. In another case, husband thought there was a thief in the house, but it was actually his wife.

Women’s insecurity about their physical looks also come from men, even Gursikhs. Many Gursikh men expect their wives to wear makeup and look “good.” This is hugely problematic. A relationship can never be strong when it’s depended on outer appearance or kaam. There are always going to be conflicts if women want their partners or people to like them because of their outer false appearance. We should let others like us however Guru Sahib Ji made us. Do we need this false belief that we are beautiful by wearing makeup? Do we really need to get attention from the opposite sex? Isn’t this form of kaam? Do we want relationships based on falsehood?

7) Whilst some women might think makeup gives them contentment, Gurbani says something else. Guru Nanak Dev Ji Patshah says:

ਨੈਨ ਸਲੋਨੀ ਸੁੰਦਰ ਨਾਰੀ॥
ਖੋੜ ਸੀਗਾਰ ਕਰੈ ਅਤਿ ਪਿਆਰੀ॥
ਬਿਨੁ ਜਗਦੀਸ ਭਜੇ ਨਿਤ ਖੁਆਰੀ॥


Guru Arjun Dev Ji Patshah also writes:

ਜਉ ਮੈ ਕੀਓ ਸਗਲ ਸੀਗਾਰਾ॥
ਤਉ ਭੀ ਮੇਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਨ ਪਤੀਆਰਾ॥
ਅਨਿਕ ਸੁਗੰਧਤ ਤਨ ਮਹਿ ਲਾਵਉ॥
ਓਹੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਤਿਲੁ ਸਮਾਨਿ ਨਹੀ ਪਾਵਉ॥
ਮਨਮਹਿ ਚਿਤਵਉ ਐਸੀ ਆਸਾਈ॥
ਪ੍ਰਿਅ ਦੇਖਤ ਜੀਵਉ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਾਈ॥੧॥
ਮਾਈ ਕਹਾ ਕਰਉ ਇਹੁ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਨ ਧੀਰੈ॥
ਪਿਰ੍ਰ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਬੈਰਾਗੁ ਹਿਰੈ॥ਰਹਾਉ॥
ਬਸਤ੍ਰ ਬਿਭੂਖਨ ਸੁਖ ਬਹੁਤ ਬਿਸੇਖੈ॥
ਓਇ ਭੀ ਜਾਨਉ ਕਿਤੈ ਨ ਲੇਖੈ॥...(੩੭੩).


These shabads illustrate that decorating our bodies does not eliminate our suffering or bring pleasure to us. It is only naam that can bring us joy and bliss.

8) Some women argue that they get better career opportunities by wearing makeup. Everything is in Guru Sahib Ji’s hands. The person who is giving a job or a promotion to us, is controlled by Guru Sahib Ji. We only need to do ardas with pure love, faith, and nimrata.
ਕਾਰਜ ਸਭਿ ਸਵਾਰੀਅਹਿ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਚਰਣੀ ਲਾਗੁ॥ All affairs are settled holding onto Guru Sahib’s feet, meaning by living according to Him.

9) Non-Gursikh women can continue living in a false world controlled by corporations and media. However, Gursikh bibian need to be in a better position. When we took Amrit, we had to stop using our own manmatt, and we promised to adopt Guru Gobind Singh Ji Patshah’s matt. We are daughters of Mata Sahib Kaur Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji, representing Khalsa, and there are certain expectations that we must adhere to. Avoiding makeup is one of the expectations, my sisters. We are special Kaurs, not like ordinary women. Adorn yourself with bana, dastaar, and shastars! You will feel more powerful, happy, and self-confident with these, compared to wearing makeup and jewelry.


Guru Sahib tell us: ਵਾਹੁ ਵਾਹੁ ਕਰਹਿ ਸੇਈ ਜਨ ਸੋਹਣੇ ਤਿਨ ਕਉ ਪਰਜਾ ਪੂਜਣ ਆਈ॥, meaning only those are beautiful who sing bani and jap naam and the entire world venerates them. Guru Sahib Ji also tells us: ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਜਨ ਸੋਹਣੇ ਜਿ ਰਤੇ ਹਰਿ ਰੰਗੁ ਲਾਇ॥, meaning O Nanak, only those are beautiful who are imbued with the Vaheguru’s love. Guru Sahib Ji knew that his princess daughters will be harmed physically and spiritually by wearing makeup, which is why he told us to avoid it.

Guru Sahib Ji only gets pleased by his Gursikhs who jap naam, sing bani, and do seva. We can either please our society or Guru Sahib Ji. If Vaheguru Ji is happy with us, the whole world will be happy with us too. Let us bow our heads to Sache Patshah in greatest reverence.

Bhul chuk di maafi ji!
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh jio!
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Excellent write up Sidaq Kaur!

Kulbir Singh
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This problem is not specific to or restricted bibian. The degradation of society is such is that men are no longer wanting to be men, their masculinity is not important to them so they also wear all manner of perfumes and makeup. They are unable to leave their homes without applying grooming products and spend time getting ready in front of mirrors, even more time than women in cases. This was unheard of in the 70's and 80's but its big business now, they even go as far as plastic surgery for the so called perfect look.

Many fads are a result of peer pressure, social media has a massive part to play and then we have fickle people who try to emulate idols, so film or sports stars, they want to look and talk like them. This drives incorrect behaviours all round as they rely on these external influences to shape their lives.
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