Jasleen Kaur

Research Associate

Jasleen Kaur is a Research Associate at the Sikh Research Institute. She has received a Religious Studies B.A./M.A. from the University of Virginia, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry.

She is one of the commentators and transcreators of The Guru Granth Sahib Project. She is passionate about projects that create comfortable spaces for community members of all ages and backgrounds to engage in dialogue and learn from one another. She also loves singing in her free time, whether on stage with her friends or alone in her kitchen.

She hopes to go back to school to pursue a Ph.D. in either religious ethnography or history and fulfill her dream of teaching and learning from others.

Jasleen Kaur resides with her family in the United States.

Videos

Tuesday
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16
August
2022

Explore Ramkali Ki Var | The Guru Granth Sahib Project

The Guru Granth Sahib Project is pleased to launch the annotation of Ramkali Ki Var by Rai Balvand and Sata Dum.

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Thursday
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21
July
2022

Explore Salok Sahaskriti | The Guru Granth Sahib Project

The Guru Granth Sahib Project is pleased to launch the annotation of four saloks (couplets) of Salok Sahaskriti by Guru Nanak Sahib.

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Wednesday
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22
June
2022

What is Guru? | The Guru: Connecting with 1-Light

Who is Guru? What is the need for a Guru? What role does a Guru play in one's personal life? Jasleen Kaur explores what Guru means in the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikh history, and tradition.

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Thursday
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16
June
2022

Explore Mahala 5 Gatha | The Guru Granth Sahib Project

The Guru Granth Sahib Project is pleased to launch the annotation of Twenty-four saloks (couplets) by Guru Arjan Sahib.

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Friday
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20
May
2022

Our Relationship with The Guru Granth Sahib

Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur speak about a Sikh's relationship with The Guru Granth Sahib.

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Thursday
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17
March
2022

Basant Mahala 5 (Holi Kini) and Basant Ki Var Mahalu 5 - The Guru Granth Sahib Project

The Guru Granth Sahib Project is pleased to launch the annotation of one Sabad (Infinite-Wisdom) and three pauris (stanzas) of a Var (ballad) by Guru Arjan Sahib in Rag Basant. Rag Basant is a season-specific rag (musical mode) that evokes the spring season's joy, excitement, and cheerfulness.

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Articles

Mon
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Aug 15

Beadbi: Locating Irreverence amongst the Sikhs

In recent news and current events, “beadbi” has come to the forefront as a topic of discussion. But do we as Sikhs collectively understand what beadbi is, how it has been dealt with historically, and how to look at beadbi instances which have been in the news from a Sikh perspective? Is it merely disrespect of the Guru Granth Sahib?

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Mon
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Aug 15

Dan: Sikhi, Nonprofits & Giving

As the world becomes more interconnected, we understand how some have an abundance of monetary wealth, and others do not, and the more we understand the various needs unaddressed in our backyards and abroad. People want to give. People need to give. But do we understand what it means to give?

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Mon
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Oct 11

Exploring Death in Salok Mahala 9

Death is a thing we all must do. But we are deeply afraid of it. How do we form a relationship with death? This article explores Salok Mahala 9 as Guru Teghbahadar Sahib helps us confront our fear of death and understand the lessons death has to teach us here and now.

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Mon
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Jul 18

Miri-Piri: The Spiritual-Political Sikh Doctrine

Miri comes from Perso-Arabic “Amir” or “Emir” and signals political power. Piri comes from the Perso-Arabic “Pir” and signals spiritual power. Miri-Piri encapsulates the Political-Spiritual doctrine in Sikhi, rooted in both the worldly and the timeless, and in sovereignty beyond the nation-states.

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Wed
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May 12

Reflecting on Time, One Becomes the Willing-Servant

A reflection on the play of past, present, and future, the play of creation, and the importance of Remembrance.

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Thu
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Feb 10

Circles of Influence, Circles of Abuse

Healing and accountability in the wake of allegations old and new

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Fri
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Jan 28

Sikhi & Sexuality

Sexuality is a confusing and often avoided topic. It is generally relegated to being a "private" matter, and therefore not openly discussed or engaged with, even within close circles and small communities. Due to the taboo of discussing sexuality, many people struggle individually, often turning to religion for guidance or, more concretely, moral pronouncements.

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Fri
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Jan 28

Sikhi & Abortion

Abortion as defined by the the Oxford dictionary is a “deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.” Abortions have long been performed and long been the subject of considerable debate. Of the many social issues of our time, the issue of abortion is one that is consistently divisive and consistently nuanced. It is also an issue that is seldom talked about, due to its sensitive nature and the taboo that often comes with having undergone the procedure.

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Presenting at Upcoming Events

Sat
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Nov 12

Raj: From Governance to Rule

Gurdwara Singh Sabha

‘Saneha: Becoming Guru-centered’ are theme-based sessions (presentation, activity, discussion) to foster Sikh values based on Gurmat.

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