My name is Harman Kaur, and I am a 19-year-old writer from Abbotsford, B.C, Canada. In January of this year, I summed up the courage to post my writings on social media platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook. The response I have received from my readers has been overwhelming; I have received so much support […]
My name is Harman Kaur, and I am a 19-year-old writer from Abbotsford, B.C, Canada. In January of this year, I summed up the courage to post my writings on social media platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook. The response I have received from my readers has been overwhelming; I have received so much support and encouragement, and it has ensured that I will never stop writing.
The main subject of my writing is Sikhi. Through the platform I have created, I spread the word of Guru Ji through my writing. I also focus on many aspects of Sikhi, such as Sikh history, Gurbani, etc. One of my most famous pieces is a series called #HarjeevsPathofLove. In this series I have collaborated with Jeevna Kaur, a Sikh artist from Bangkok, to create a beautiful harmony between poetry and art. This series focuses on the life of an imaginary Kaur, Harjeev Kaur, and how she deals with different aspects of Sikhi, such as Simran, Seva, Ardaas, etc. This series is ongoing, and will be continuing for a long while.
Along with Sikhi, I also use my writing to bring people closer to their Punjabi roots. I have started a series called #MaaBoliSeries, in which words in Punjabi and Gurmukhi are explored in English. The pronunciation and definitions of words are explored through this series. Recently, I started attempting to write poetry in Punjabi with an English translation right beside it. I have received such an encouraging response, so I feel comfortable in continuing to write poetry in such a manner.
I grew up surrounded by Sikhi and it was all thanks to my parents. They made sure I learned how to read and write Punjabi at a very young age. By the age of 10, I had completed santhiya of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. I was given Amrit at the age of 7, and I must say it has been the most important and beautiful decision of my life. Growing up, I was always interested in literature and I started writing stories. By the age of 16, I started writing poetry, and didn’t find the courage to post them to the public until 3 years later.
I believe that everyone has a purpose in this life. Everyone is put on Earth by Guru Ji to play some sort of role. I believe my role is to spread the word of Sikhi through my writing. My message to everyone is, no matter what stage you are in your Sikhi – whether you are struggling to keep your hair, or are just beginning to learn about it, never give up. A problem I see in our community is that many people tend to look down upon people who do not “look” like a Sikh. Being Amritdhari is a very important part of Sikhi, but one does not have to be Amritdhari to have a love for Guru Ji. If you ever come across someone who cuts their hair or eats meat, refrain from looking down on them. Instead, greet them with extra kindness, answer their questions, and fuel their love for Sikhi; you never know when Guru Ji will do kirpa and bless them with Amrit. When we make negative comments, we can prevent someone from walking on the path of Sikhi. Remember: Sikhi is a path and not a destination. Even Sikhs who have been given Amrit are still on this journey, and nobody is close to being perfect!
If you would like to keep up with my work, follow me on Instagram: @__harmankaur, or like my page on Facebook: harmankaurwrites. I can also be reached by email if you have any questions about my work or Sikhi in general: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeevna Kaur, the artist behind #HarjeevsPathOfLove is also on Instagram: @jeev_art.