“Remember the Ladies”
As a Sikh convert, I am continually learning about Sikhi. Whether it’s reading books about Sikh history, practising recitation of Gurbani, or listening to kathas online, my thirst for knowledge continues to grow as I grow spiritually. There is one subject area though that I have found not enough research has been done in; that is, the involvement of Kaurs in regards to Sikh history. We all have heard of women such as Bebe Nanaki ji, Mata Gujri ji, and the great warrior Mai Bhago ji, but beyond those 3 and a few others, there really has been no recognition of Kaurs’ achievements in the Sikh community. From the time of Guru Nanak Dev ji, women have played an active role in building, nourishing and protecting the growth of the Sikh Panth. It is only fair that these women (past and present) receive their due recognition and acknowledgement. With the creation of Motherhood: The Journey of Mata Sahib Kaur it seems that this is finally starting to occur.
Motherhood: The Journey of Mata Sahib Kaur is a 3D animated movie depicting the life story of one of the greatest Sikh women to ever live and mother of the Khalsa – Mata Sahib Kaur. Apart from the important role of being the Mother of the Khalsa, much is not known about her life. And for the first time ever, a film is being done solely on her journey into motherhood. For Kaurs who want to see more female representation in Sikhi, this is a great accomplishment and something to be proud of. It will give the Sangat (as well as those from other faiths) the opportunity to learn more about our mother and what she has done for us and the entire world.
I will also say that on a personal level, good quality animated films (such as Chaar Sahibzaade, Chaar Sahibzaade 2, etc.) have helped me tremendously when it comes to learning about Sikh history. There’s just something about using imagery to teach history that makes it easier and more enjoyable to learn.
What You Can Do:
My benti (request) to the Sangat is to please financially support this project. Since the movie is not for profit, the film is being supported for the Sangat, by the Sangat. All proceeds will go into future film productions that will help further spread the message of Sikhi. Let’s show little Kaurs all over the world what women (and more specifically, Sikh women) are capable of doing.
Dhan Dhan Mata Sahib Kaur ji!
– Gurpreet Kaur, Austin, TX
For those who are interested in me and my own journey into Sikhi, I have a blog. Originally created for my own entertainment, it has now been viewed in over 10+ countries (including the United States, Canada, the UK, India, Australia, etc.). Feel free to check it out using the link below
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa! Waheguru ji ki Fateh!