Ninda, or Nindia, can mean, aspersion, back biting, to besmirch, to blaspheme, censure, defamation, disparage, malign, evil, or ill, speaking, to reproach, ridicule, slander, scornful gossip, and traduce, a malicious verbal attack.
In Sikhism, ninda is discouraged as destructive behavior, not only to the target, but to the speaker.
Nindak - One who who engages in Ninda: One who is a badmouth, a back biter, a blasphemer, one who caluminates, one who is censorious, a defamer, one who engages in libel, one who maligns, who is reproachful, querulous, or a slanderer.
The scripture of Gurbani warns against engaging in Ninda of any kind of slander or speaking ill of anyone, under any circumstances.
- "Par nindaa par mal mukh sudhee agan krodh chanddaal ||
Slandering others amounts to putting the others filth in to ones own and wrath is like the fire of the outcaste pariah who cremates dead bodies." SGGS||15
- "Oustat nindaa doe-oo tiaagai khojai pad nirbaanaa ||
Renounce both praise and blame, instead seek the salvation state of Nirvaanaa." SGGS||219
- "Mithiaa sravan par nindaa suneh ||
False are the ears which hear slander of others." SGGS||268
- "Ous agai pichhai dtoee naahee jis andar nindaa mu-eh anb paiaa ||
He finds no refuge here, or hereafter, for whose mouth is blistered with the utterance of slander, his heart is plundered." SGGS||307
- "Oustat nindaa gur sam jaanaa-ee es jug meh laahaa har jap lai jaa-e ||1|| rahao ||
Praising, or reproach, the Guru has made me to realize both are the same, and that the profit of this world is in uttering God's name. "||1||Pause||SGGS||362
- "Nindak nindaa kar mal dhovai ouh malbhakh maa-i-aadhaaree ||
Slandering, the slanderer washes the filth off others, is an eater of filth, and a worshipper of Maya (illusion)." SGGS||507
- "Par nindaa mukh tae nehee chhoottee niphal bhee sabh sevaa ||1||
The slander of others does not leave your lips, fruitless is all your service." ||1|| SGGS||1253
- The Boy With Long Hair, is a story coloring book by Pushpinder Kaur: A Sikh boy going to a new school worries about ninda, and what his classmates may be thinking, and saying, about the turban he wears.
- All About the Challenges of Sikh Americans: More than half of all Sikh students have been subjected to ninda, in the form of bullying, ridicule and slander by classmates.
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