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 discipline and uniform helps reinforce that commitment. We are all affiliated to someone or something, the 5Ks is our commitment to uphold the ideals of our Gurus, as well as encompassing practical and spiritual value, meaning and purpose.
Baseless or blind rituals would be: Fasting, facing in a particular direction when praying, slaughtering an innocent animal in the name of God, shaving ones head, throwing pebbles at a stone pillar, offering water to your ancestors and mutilating genitalia, i.e. circumcision.
ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਘਟ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਹੋਰਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਰਸ ਕਸ ਮੀਠੇ ॥
ਗਿਆਨੁ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਗੁਣ ਸੰਜਮੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਜਨਮਿ ਮਰਹੁਗੇ ਝੂਠੇ ॥
ਤੀਰਥ ਵਰਤ ਸੁਚਿ ਸੰਜਮੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਰਮੁ ਧਰਮੁ ਨਹੀ ਪੂਜਾ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਨਿਸਤਾਰਾ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਵਿਆਪੈ ਦੂਜਾ ॥੨॥
“The Lord’s Name is not within your heart, but all sorts of other tastes seem sweet to you. You have no wisdom at all, no meditation, no virtue or self-discipline; in falsehood, you are caught in cycle of birth and death. Pilgrimages, fasts, purification and self-discipline are of no use, nor are rituals, religious ceremonies or empty worship. O Nanak! Emancipation comes only by loving devotional worship; through duality, people are engrossed in duality. ||2||”