Archive for the ‘Sikh Articles of Faith & Identity’ Category

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Are the five symbols really necessary?

It has been found that the maintenance of a similarity of appearance is essential, not only for the sake of uniformity but also for sustaining the enthusiasm of an organization. Such uniformity should be a living demonstration of the inspiration of the personality that created them. They symbolise the ideal and make it more real […]

What is the significance of the five articles of faith?

When Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa Panth in 1699, he ordered them to maintain the five articles of faith – Panj Kakaar. These articles of faith were not only necessary for the strength and uniformity of the organization, but also for the value they each had in their own right. ਤੁਮ੍ਹੇ ਪਾਹੁਲ ਦੇਨੇ ਸੇ […]

Is wearing the 5 Ks ritualistic?

Gurmat (the Guru’s teachings) is against all blind rituals that have no meaning. The 5 Ks were given to us by our Guru as our external identity and discipline. By simply wearing any article of clothing will not make one a better person, but a person who is living an internal spiritual discipline, the outer […]

What is the significance of hair (Kesh) for Sikhs?

The Kesh (unshorn hair) is regarded with the highest importance in the Sikh religion and is one of the basic requirements for a Sikh. Dishonouring one’s hair is a gross transgression and the offender Sikh is branded a patit “an apostate”. A Patit is no more a Sikh. So much so that a Sikh dyeing […]

What is the significance of the Sikh Turban?

For the Sikhs, the turban is an Article of Faith. The turban is a mark of visual identity, which conveys royalty, grace and uniqueness. The turban represents complete commitment. It is made up of cotton fabric and is usually 3-6 meters long. Practising Sikh men and women both wear the turban. It is a spiritual […]

Do Sikh women have to wear a Turban (Dastaar) as well as men?

To Sikhs, the turban is more than what is a crown to a king or queen. The Sikh Gurus showed a great respect to the turban. But there is a misconception that only men are required to wear the turban. The Guru has graced both men and women with the spiritual crown that not only […]

Is it okay to wear a mini Kirpan in a necklace rather than a strapped Kirpan?

According to the Panthic Sikh Rehit Maryada the Kakkaar or Article of Faith is a “Strapped Sword” (ਕਿ੍ਰਪਾਨ ਗਾਤਰੇ ਵਾਲੀ). At all Amrit Sanchaars that follow Gur Maryada the Panj Piyaare state that wearing a Kirpan on string, cord or necklace is not acceptable as a Kakkaar. The Kirpan is a Shastar (protective weapon) and […]

Can Sikh ladies wear earrings, makeup, and other jewellery?

According to the Panthic Sikh Rehat Maryada, there is no objection to wearing any kind of jewellery by an Amritdhari person provided one does not have to pierce his/her ear, nose or any part of the body to wear it. ਚ)    ਸਿੱਖ ਮਰਦ ਅਥਵਾ ਇਸਤ੍ਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਨੱਕ, ਕੰਨ, ਛੇਦਨਾ ਮਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਹੈ | “k. Piercing of […]

What is the Spiritual Significance of the 5Ks in relation to the Five Vices?

Desires/ Lust (Kaam) Wearing the Kachhera, a Sikh is reminded to control his desire and only look at his own wife or husband. The Kachhera reminds us to self-control and to control the urges of Kaam. Greed (Lobh) Wearing the Kara in our hand we are reminded not to commit crime or theft with our […]

What is the definition of a Sikh?

According to the Panthic Sikh Rehat Maryada (Chapter 1, Article 1): “Any human being who faithfully believes in i. One Immortal Being, ii. Ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak Sahib to Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, iii. The Guru Granth Sahib, iv. The utterances and teachings of the ten Gurus and v. the baptism bequeathed by the […]

What is the significance of wearing the ‘Hazooria’?

A Hazooria refers to the scarf like material worn by Sikhs. The word Hazooria derives from the words Hazooria or hazoor meaning “Being ready; being in presence.” There have been many maha-purkh (spiritual elevated persons) who have worn a hazooria, most of us don’t know the real significance of the hazooria, and why we should […]

What is the signifcance of the Karra?

Karra, one of the five kakars of the Sikhs, is neither an ornament nor a tool, but is a blessed gift from Lord, the Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh ji. Alas, this great gift to the humanity has been ignored or has not been appreciated in its true spirit. Karra symbolises dignity, equality, independence and […]

What is the difference between a Keski & Dastaar?

———- WHAT IS A KESKI ———- According to Mahan Kosh, Keski is ਛੋਟੀ ਪੱਗ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਕੇਸਾਂ ਦੀ ਰਿਖਆ ਲਈ ਪਿਹਰੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ।. In other words, Keski is small turban (chhottee dastaar) that is kept on at all times and worn underneath the larger turban. Length A Keski is usually half the length of a […]

Why do some Sikhs believe ‘Keski’ as the Kakkaar and not ‘Kesh’.

According to the Panthic Sikh Rehit Maryada, published by the SGPC: ਪੰਜਾਂ ਕੱਕਿਆਂ – ਕੇਸ, ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾਨ, ਕਛਹਿਰਾ, ਕੰਘਾ, ਕੜਾ ਨੂੰ ਹਰ ਵੇਲੇ ਅੰਗ-ਸੰਗ ਰੱਖਣਾ | The five K’s should be worn on the body at all times – I. Kesh (unshorn hair), II. Kirpan {sheathed sword} (The length of the sword to be worn is […]

Should the 5 Ks be kept with you during sleep and head covered during sleep?

When Guru Gobind Singh Ji stood in front of the ocean of Sikhs holding the mighty curved sri sahib above his head asking for a head, he created an army called the Khalsa. Khalsa Akal Purakh Kee Fauj. But this army of khalsa soldiers was not merely fighting the battle against Moghuls, Hill Rajas and […]

What is the significance of the Kachhera?

KACHHERA/ KACHHA: One of the five Sikh articles of faith, given as gifts of love by Guru Gobind Singh Ji at the Vaisakhi Amrit Sanchaar in 1699 and worn by all initiated Sikhs, called the Khalsa. Both males and females Sikhs wear very similar under-garments. This was one of five articles of faith, collectively called […]