Within woman, man is conceived;
From woman, man is born;
To woman he is engaged, then married.
Woman remains his close friend;
she lays the path of life with him.
When his woman dies,
man seeks another woman;
he cannot do without her.
born from her?
And other women too?
And Man calls her bad!
And He thinks her low!
Why I ask, why?
Without woman there’d be no one at all;
I say woman’s place is next to God.
– Guru Nanak, Raag Aasaa Mehal 1, Page 473
I did this translation to celebrate the International Women’s Day: http://shivsangels.blogspot.com/2011/03/guru-nanak-rightful-place-of-woman.html