Respect for Parents in Sikhism

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The Sikh religion is one that believes and actively advocates family life and community cohesion. The family unit plays an important part in a viable happy and sustainable community. Respect for ones parents is an inherent part of good community relations. If a child cannot learn how to live amicable in a family situation and have a good and vibrant relationship with his or her parents then it follows that the person will not be able to live and have a positive contribution in a community. A community is a scaled up family unit; the behaviours and communication skills learnt in the family can equally well be applied to relations in a community situation.

Varan Bhai Gurdas

Vaar 37 Pauri 13: Pities of one who ill-treated the parents are in vain

ਮਾਂ ਪਿਉ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਸ੝ਣੈ ਵੇਦ੝ ਭੇਦ੝ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਕਥਾ ਕਹਾਣੀ
maan piu parahari sunai vaydu bhaydu n jaanai kadaa kahaanee
Renouncing the parents, the listener of Vedas cannot understand their mystery.
ਮਾਂ ਪਿਉ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਕਰੈ ਤਪ੝ ਵਣਖੰਡਿ ਭ੝ਲਾ ਫਿਰੈ ਬਿਬਾਣੀ
maan piu parahari karai tapu vanakhandi bhulaa dhirai bibaanee
Repudiating the parents, meditation in the forest is similar to the wanderings at deserted places.
ਮਾਂ ਪਿਉ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਕਰੈ ਪੂਜ੝ ਦੇਵੀ ਦੇਵ ਨ ਸੇਵ ਕਮਾਣੀ
maan piu parahari karai pooju dayvee dayv n sayv kamaanee
The service and worship to the gods and goddesses are useless if one has renounced his parents.
ਮਾਂ ਪਿਉ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਨ੝ਹਾਵਣਾ ਅਠਸਠਿ ਤੀਰਥ ਘ੝ੰਮਣ ਵਾਣੀ ॥
maan piu parahari nhaavanaa atdasatdi teerad ghunman vaanee
ਮਾਂ ਪਿਉ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਕਰੈ ਦਾਨ ਬੇਈਮਾਨ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਪਰਾਣੀ ।
maan piu parahari karai daan bayeemaan agiaan paraanee
ਮਾਂ ਪਿਉ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਵਰਤ ਕਰਿ ਮਰਿ ਮਰਿ ਜੰਮੈ ਭਰਮਿ ਭ੝ਲਾਣੀ ।
maan piu parahari varat kari mari mari janmai bharami bhulaanee
ਗ੝ਰ੝ ਪਰਮੇਸਰ੝ ਸਾਰ੝ ਨ ਜਾਣੀ ॥੧੩॥
guru paramaysaru saaru n jaanee ॥13॥
That man (in fact) has not understood the essence of Guru and God.