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  1. WJKK WJKF I'm 16 and this's a question I struggle with. Becoming an amritdhari is the first step in Sikhi and everyone says you don't have to be perfect to take that first step. I really want to give my head to the Guru and be committed. I do nitnem, kirtan, Simran daily, I follow everything I'm supposed to and I'm always trying improve as a Sikh. Kaam is my only problem, I'm trying so hard to get rid of my habits, but they've been going on for a few years. Although, in the past few months I've significantly reduced my kaami actions. At this point it's minimal but it still hits me now and then. Will it be ok for me to take khande bate di paul? If not, any tips to help get rid of this addiction?
  2. Amrit Sanchar In Ca

    If anyone could give information on Amrit Sanchar in Ca by taksali Singhs that would be much appreciated. VJKK VJKF
  3. Reheat Maryada?

    If someone took amrit and is very sick that that person doesn't have much time left to live and can't do nitnem, or follow other rehat, is it forgivable by our guru?
  4. Broke Amrit

  5. Amrit Sanchars December?

    VJKK VJKF Could sangat please inform me of any Amrit sanchars that are taking place in the Midlands in early December?? (1st-15th) Much appreciated!
  6. WJKK WJKF Daas took amrit recently, and I can't explain what a great experience it was. I just keep thinking about it over and over again and I wish I had took time to enjoy it more rather being nervous :stupidme: Just wondering if we DON'T commit one of the bujjer kureihts can we take amrit again in the future to basically "renew" our amrit or perhaps you did other things against rehat maryada but not bujjer kureihts. So there would be no Tankha, but just take amrit again? Not asking about Pesh for Bujjer Kureihts, I am asking about simply "renewing our amrit", is this allowed? Bhul Chuk Maaf
  7. Amrit Sanchar

    fateh when is the next amrit sanchar in the UK where seva done by damdami taksal singhs
  8. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! It is with great pleasure with the blessings of Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji that Giani Sher Singh Ji Ambala, Akali Baba Nirmal Singh Ji Harianbelan and Giani Ran Singh Ji Tarna Dal will be conducting an Amrit Sanchar at 2PM on Sunday 8th September at Nanaksar Taath, Mander Street (off Penn Road), Wolverhampton, WV3 0JZ. Kakaars will be provided. If you wish to take amrit or know someone else who does, or for any further queries, please contact admin@tarnadal.com or 07453270778 Akaal Sahai! KAKAARS WILL BE PROVIDED POSTER BELOW Date: 8/9/2013 Where: Nanaksar Tath, WV3 0JZ, Wolverhampton email admin@tarnadal.com if you are interested.
  9. Questions About Rehat

    Hi There I plan to take amrit soon I just have a few questions that I can't find answers properly... Can we wear elastic kachera instead of naala? Can we touch meat product and cook meat for others? (Not consuming it myself) Do we need to do our nitnem before eating/drinking in the morning? If we sleep late due to work & maybe even night shifts can amritvela be just the time we wake up? Can amritdhari wear scents (cologne/perfume) and wedding rings, bracelets, watches? Bhul Chuk maaf, don't mean to offend anyone Just need to clarify things before taking amrit
  10. WJKK WJKF I am planning to take amrit sometime before December of this year. I am just curious in sikhi why is amrit so important? If we believe god dwells in everyone’s heart equally what makes it special to take amrit and be baptized? Can’t I keep with my nitnem and seva without taking amrit, will this take me to sachkand as well? I know the importance of the Khalsa and the reasons why guru ji created amrit, but I want to know why we should take it as a must at some point in our life. My other question is – Is our guru and god forgiving if we break amrit? Just looking for some clarification Sorry if this has been asked before. Guru ang sang
  11. Hair?

    Im a skih and have been brought up to cut my hair and beard. although my dad doesnt approve of this i would like to keep my hair. if i start growing it now will it have any effect if i plan to take amrit or in general as a sikh thanks all for help waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh
  12. When is the next one!
  13. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa ,Waheguru Ji ki Fateh Everyone, I have a doubt. I read somewhere in the forums that we dnt cut hair because they are living(living cells) where as we cut extended nails because they are non living(dead cells). What if a sikh is born with a rare mutation ,example : a extra hand or something which is living but of no use.(the cases you see on discovery or national geography). Is he/she allowed to cut(obviously through operation) it? Now one more thing,Due to hair at my private parts I have got a fungal infection.Doctor simply said the reason was water clogging after bath. And no matter whatever you do it wont dry(i cant simply use a dryer)..and according to the forums I see you should not shave hairs no matter what. But whats the point when these living part is the cause of killing of other living cells plus the rashes and itch. Regards, Confused Sikh
  14. Pubic Hair

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh I am a bit confused and need a solution as soon as possible. Due to pubic hair I have grown Fungal infection.Doctor told me that it is due to water clogging.He did gave me a fungicide but that place keeps on getting infected again.I do try to dry my body but one cant just roam around nude until your body is COMPLETELY dry. My dad told me if your hairs are causing you an infection and it is not due to you not keeping your hygiene then you can remove hairs from that part of your body.He is not an Amritdhari but a firm believer of God and prays all the paaths ,I know ,everymorning at around 5. PS:It itches alot and sometimes lead to blood scratches . Please tell me a if I can or not. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
  15. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh I would like to take Amrit, maybe not just yet but I really want to, my wife does is not into the idea. We are both into Sikhi, as is my wife, we do Parth go Gurdwara but she does says she doesnt want to take that extra step. Guru Kirpa that we both take it. But if she doesn't, will I still be able to?
  16. Is this possible or not ? 99 % Amritdhari women are Kurehati's and will never do Pesh in front of Singhs doing Seva of Punj Piyaras. Does it mean they are doomed or can there be an Amtit Sanchar for the women by the women.
  17. The Event: 1st UK BARSI OF SINGH SAHIB JATHEDAR BABA BISHAN SINGH JI - Organised by Budha Dal (Baba Surjeet Singh) and Tarna Dal Where: Gurdwara Sri Guru Dasmesh Sahib, 49 Gypsy Lane, Leicester, LE4 6RB When: 20th April 2013 The Program: Amrit Santchar at 3:00pm Various Bania: 5:00pm Talk on Jathedar Baba Bishan Singh Ji: 5:40pm Aarti Arta: 6:40pm Katha by Bhai Jagraj Singh (Basics of Sikh): 7:20pm Kirtan: 8:20pm DAL PANTH AMRIT SANCHAR: 3:00PM Kakaars will be provided however if you have your own Kakaars then you may bring them (Sarbloh Kara is essential) Kes Ishnan on the day is required (Before the Amrit Sanchar) Please refer to the poster below for more details, the promotional video will be released soon. Also RSVP to the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/346011185507487/?fref=ts
  18. Dear Sangat Ji, I am a frequent reader of this site but I seldom post, and am for the first time ever starting a new thread. I do so because I feel that we can perhaps openly examine as a community some of the root causes of many of the challenges that posters present here, especially in the Gupt section. I post here instead of "Whats Happening" as there may be those who wish to contribute but not reveal their identities. The topics that keep coming up over and over include: Women and issues with hair (and the fact that it affects their chances of marriage) Youngsters and romantic relationships (how soon they wish to start their journeys toward Ghristi Jeevan) Depression (having nobody to talk to or share their feelings with) Isolation (lack of sangat and the impact of social politics and dynamics) Each of these can be reduced to the last one on the list: Isolation or loneliness. The need for human contact, identity and belonging is recognised as paramount to healthy human development. The impact of being "under socialised" or isolated can lead to all kinds of psychological issues. In fact, the affects of isolation in the young can lead to "Failure to Thrive" syndrome where people cannot function or catch up with their "normal" counterparts. Today we exist in greater numbers that ever in human history, have vastly greater social connections than we have ever had, (this site is one example, and of course there is the social media that surrounds us), yet it seems that humans have never been lonelier. It has also been proposed that while we have more connections, the relationships have become shallower and less meaningful as they become greater in number. We might have 300 facebook friends and 300 phone contacts but feel like we have nobody to talk to. At the same time we naturally make efforts to be part of some or other social "tribe", and try to identify and be accepted by them by acting, talking and dressing alike. The human social instincts that we have been blessed with drive us to join with others and also drives our fear of rejection. In ancient times, social rejection (from your tribe or village) was a sure death sentence. We could not survive without the protection of our social group and its function to sustain members of the greater whole. Today, rejection is unlikely to result in death yet we still fear it as such. Loss of friends, the end of a marriage, the rejection of a proposal, rejection by those we would keep Sangat with, a breakdown in communication or relations with family, we may fear and treat any of these and react in a manner as if it is "the end of the world" (read death). Fear of being alone seems to be a great driver of the challenges that keep coming up for the Sangat on this site and beyond. Women who fear rejection due to their facial or body hair are afraid that they will end up unwed and alone (or with someone who does not fit the ideal picture they might have of a husband). Youngsters drawn to the rose tinted fantasy of romantic relationships are also trying to get a head start in the race to find a partner, again for fear of ending up alone. We all want to be close to others, to have understanding and to be appreciated by someone that will find us to be worthy. If we do not have this acceptance and appreciation, we face the terrifying prospect of not only a lonely life, but death at a genetic level as there are no children to carry on our biological heritage. Parents desire the respect of their children. Those who are bullied for being different wish that they would be accepted just like others are instead of being socially rejected. All human beings want to find their place in the world. And if we feel that those needs are not being fulfilled, we end up feeling isolated and depressed. Depression is so ubiquitous now that I was told that one Chardi Kala Gursikh said to one of the Singhs in their Sangat that "People come to us claiming that they have been attacked by black magic, that they do not understand what is happening to them, when in fact they are suffering from depression". They said that Mahraj describe it in baani as "Mann Ka Taap" or "disease of the mind". And why not. For someone who doesn't know what a panic attack, or a bipolar disorder is, a sudden shift in their equilibrium can be terrifying and seem supernatural. They may develop agoraphobia, claustrophobia or any one of numerous symptoms, as result of feelings of isolation and loneliness which lead them to depression. It is important to mention that isolation doesn't have to mean physical isolation. We can feel isolated within Sangat, within the family, even within a marriage. When faced with depression people can behave in destructive manners, i.e using the five vices of Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh and Hankaar or addictions such as alcohol or drugs to try to protect themselves from the symptoms of depression. Then, we often see posts of people confessing their guilt and doing a virtual Peshi before the Sangat here, asking if Mahraj will ever forgive them, or posting that they have lost faith as they feel isolated even from Mahraj. The truth is depression is a mental illness. It has symptoms and those symptoms can be treated to correct the chemical imbalances that drive this illness. Further, it needn't be a cause of shame, any more than having the flu should cause us to be ashamed. For those who are currently facing depression I would like to add that there IS light at the end of the tunnel and there are ways of combating this. Different methods work for different people and there will be a combination of methods that will work for you. So Sangat ji, I invite you to share ways, both spiritual and practical that we might combat depression and its symptoms. I know some members will say "Do more Paath" and others will say "Get some exercise", I think it would be especially useful if those who themselves have faced or are dealing with depression to share the solutions that they have found and applied on their own journeys. I am hoping that in the advice that is shared members of the Sangat, wherever they are on their spiritual journey, will find inspiration and tools to carve their own path to well being.
  19. Amrit Sanchaar

    Does anyone know when they'll be a Amrit Sanchaar in East London Singh Sabha or anywhere close to London? In march or April ??
  20. SSA All. Want to share this from so long but was not able to but now i have to...... I became baptized around 5 months back.... before that i was a girl who enjoyed life- like whatever i think was fine for me i did dat.. from childhood i am non-veg eater all elders at my home drink so as i tasted all the well known brands.. my father does not have objection for taking liquor he says dnt make a habit..i was having lots n lots of friends but rarely have sikhs as close one.. i do have sikh guys as my friends but dont have sikh girls.... i dnt know y.. mostly are hindus.. especially brahmins.. muslims n christains but sikh are in rare numbers.. as friends... As my BG was religious but not amritdhari i use to listen to her alot she has so much of gyan regarding sikhism i generally use to sit n question her for various aspects of my religion...she use to clarify it which made me to cultivate luv for sikhi... one fine day i remember i just said to my elders i want have amritchak but they were against it.. they said u have ur whole life to do this... do it after 40s... I use to do lot of path though as i m firm believer of my religion from childhood.. few days back(before taking amrit) i fall sick coz of blood infection.. its like almost for a month was on bed.. being on bed i use to search alot on sikhism on net n one fine day there was some zeal coming out from inside to take amrit.. without asking my elders i went to gurdwara alone n had amrit chak.. after coming back home my mum n BG was happy with what i did but my father was not.. at the back of my mind i was knwing what i m n what i did was all walking on path of my religion.. my significant other was 2nd person who hated me for wat i did Now the real thing began.. i tried to find sangat.. so that i can get lil moral support.. n in real i dont have any Gursikh as a good.. friend... nor boy nor girl... though i just tried to connect with some most of them were boys but they took me on wrong sense coz of my frank nature Girls- i have came across only 1 amritdhari girl n she was also lil khadus.. n now went back to my old friends but as due to following certain rules in life as of rehat they demotivate me... Now i dont like people sitting in front of me n drinking... now i dont like people talk vulger n using morons.. i think coz of following rehet m mentality is changing... . Atlast i m left out with neither friendz (coz i cant survive with them as if they will again make me what i use to be) nor sangat (for them i m more frank n they think i m interested in them in all the wrong sense) nor father is supporting.. all i have a Guru dats it Even my mother is worried- she everytime says that dont indulged deep into religion this is not ur age to do all this i am in early 20ties N one more thing people run off when u start to talk about ur religion queries that u have I am strong enough to follow what i did but in the mean time i m trying to hide my identity so that people dont judge me that i m amritdhari coz i m tired of listening pravachan from Gursikhs(elders) n Demotivation from Other.. leading to all Alone.. with few good people on this forum Only Guru I have ... Only Guru i have :respect: :respect:
  21. To take Amrit

    Hi there, I am from a Christian background and have taken deep interest into the Sikh Faith, what is the steps that one must take in order to become a baptised Sikh? Thanks
  22. (Admin jee - can this be a sticky? Want max sangat to know about amrit sanchaar!) Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh University of Waterloo’s Sikh Student Association Cordially invites all of you to join us for the 20th anniversary of Waterloo's Youth Keertan Darbars on March 15 – 17th, 2013 Programme: Friday (evening) Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm Program type: Akhand Keertan Location: Cambridge Gurughar (1401 Roseville Road) Saturday (morning) Time: 6:00am – 10:00am Program type: Asa Di Vaar Location: Local House (TBD) Saturday (evening) Time: 6:00pm – 2:00am Youth Keertan Darbar Location: Kitchener Gurughar (2070 Snyder’s Road) *Amrit Sanchar STARTS at 6:00pm* (Contact us if you wish to take Amrit) Sunday (morning) Time: 1:00pm Event type: Gatka Location: Kitchener Gurughar (2070 Snyder’s Road) For those who do not have rides, there will be a FREE BUS leaving from Dixie Gurughar (7080 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario) at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 in time for the YKD @Kitchener Gurughar. Please contact us if you would like to be on the bus. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via: Email – uofwssa@gmail.com Phone: 647 460 1882