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  1. I've been looking at this recently. It's a very interesting extract from the Chaupa Singh Singh rehatnama as translated and published by Hew McLeod. If it is an accurate account, it suggests that Guru ji didn't expect all Sikhs to fight in war, deeming some unsuitable. I've not compared the translation to the original Panjabi text as given in McLeod's book yet. I'm posting both for people's inspection. I love reading, but unfortunately I just can't do it for prolonged periods in electronic form (ebooks, kindle, ipads etc.), and can't afford to print out the whole ebook at the moment hence I haven't read the book fully yet. Translation: Full book available here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/251660050/The-Chaupa-Singh-Rahit-Nama-Translation-by-Hew-McLeod
  2. Sikhs And Dating?

    Can anyone tell me exactly why Sikhs can't date other Sikhs? (If you are from the same religion it shouldn't be a problem). Also if we keep our Rehats during the relationship, wouldn't it help find a suitable partner in the future. Keeping the basic rules of no Adultery and kissing and all that junk. Also I'd like either Rehat Maryada or Gurbani views on this, if it even mentions it.
  3. Waheguru ji ke khalsa wahiguru ji ki fateh i understand and agree that the Akaal Bunga is the head of the Panth but could I have some quotes and itihaas to back this up thanks
  4. I believe that Katha should be limited as it is very dangerous play when novice or bad person starts mixing his own manmat views in it. Why we should we listen or follow the advice or views of the person who is on the stage? We don't know who he is and what views he got. Taksali style katha is ok where a person keeps their own views on control and they do have another person right next to them reading bani every other line. Too many people from india are entering in katha field as it is easy to get in and make quick money. I believe that there should limit to this.
  5. Accident, Need Peshi?

    WJKK WJKF Sangat ji, Yesterday my upper thigh was bleeding and a band aid wouldn't stick on the wound. So, I took a towel paper and used it as a gauze. To hold it down, I took medical tape and taped around my leg to hold the gauze in place. Later on that night, when I went to remove the tape. I lost some hair where the tape was. Would I need to be pesh in front of the 5 pyare or is asking maharaaj for forgiveness through ardaas enough because I didn't see any other option at the time?
  6. Does anyone know how we can wake-up early at Amrit Vela?
  7. http://www.sikhsangat.com/index.php?/topic/77823-your-views-on-eating-meat/#entry642614 It didn't seem to have to get banned, I'm sure ramghariasingh was just asking a simple question which could help him with life decisions.
  8. [The Singhs would] consume MARIJUANA, OPIUM, ALCOHOL and KEBAB's to their hearts delight. ਖੇਲੈ ਨਿੱਤ ਸ਼ਿਕਾਰ ਬਨਨ ਮੈਂ ਮਾਰਿ ਮ੍ਰਿਗ ਬਹੁ ਖਾਵੈਂ । They would constantly be engaged hunting in the forest, consuming and killing many deer. ਘੋੜਨ ਪਰ ਅਸਵਾਰ ਹੋਇ ਕਰਿ ਸਜ ਕੈ ਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰ ਸਾਰੇ । Riding atop horses, [the Singhs] adorn themselves fully with weapons. ਭਾਂਤਿ ਭਾਂਤਿ ਕੀ ਪਹਿਨ ਪੁਸ਼ਾਕਾਂ ਕਰੈ ਕੁਵੈਦ ਅਪਾਰੇ । In many different ways [they] adorn the dress [of a warrior], and engage in endless military exercises. Naveen Panth Prakash, Poorabaradh Bisraam 62, verse 91. "The Sikhs are not restricted in the matter of EATING OR DRINKING. When Partap Mall Giani saw a Hindu boy who had a mind to embrace Islam, he said, 'Why do you become a Muhammadan? If you have an inclination to eat everything, you may become a Sikh of the Guru and EAT WHATEVER YOU LIKE." Dabostan e mazahib, Mohsin Fani Banda wished to make Sikh abandon their blue dress, to refrain from DRINKING AND EATING FLESH' Sketch Of The Sikhs, by J.C. Malcolm, 1812, P. 83 'He was not in accord with the Khalsa. Without the Gurus approval he started his own sect. He did not take baptism of the dagger. He did not adopt the Sikh way of life. He did not EAT MEAT AND DRINK WINE' Santokh Singh in Suraj Granth Also, bhai Vir Singh had replaced the word Sura(alcohol) with Suda (Ambrosia/Khalsa initiation) while editing Pracheen Panth Prakhash Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib consume meat and alcohol(all are amritdhari), they do not believe in Singh Sabha movement's version of Sikhism
  9. Kaam Kurehit

    In regards to the 4 kurehits there seems to be diff interpretations of their scope extent. I tried to find the exact scope of kaam kurehit and found the following ੧) ਕੇਸਾਂ ਦੀ ਬੇ-ਅਦਬੀ । ੨) ਕੁੱਠਾ ਖਾਣਾ । ੩) ਪਰ-ਇਸਤ੍ਰੀ ਜਾਂ ਪਰ-ਪੁਰਸ਼ ਦਾ ਗਮਨ (ਭੋਗਣਾ) । ੪) ਤਮਾਕੂ ਦਾ ਵਰਤਣਾ । Both guman and bhog refer to intercourse. However some people translate this to mean anything physical while others say anything sexual and others say it's intercourse with someone other than wife. What exactly is the right answer? I have heard of all three different levels for being a cardinal sin. I personally think it means intercourse - with any lesser forms of that being punishable but not bujjar. Thoughts?
  10. Eggs?

    WJJK WJKF Are Amritdhari Sikhs allowed to eat eggs? Personally, I do not eat eggs or anything that has eggs in it, but I find it kind of exhausting to look at the ingredients of a lot of food products just to see if they contain eggs. I heard from someone once that most of the eggs that people eat are not even fertilized so technically you do not kill anything. I'm kinda confused so can someone answer. Bhul Chuk Maaf Karo Jee WJKK WJKF
  11. Quora Being Misused

    Gurfateh everyone. I hope most of the people on this site must also be using 'Quora.com'. Recenlty I came across the following question on Quora http://www.quora.com/Sikhism/Whats-it-like-for-a-Sikh-male-to-cut-his-hair-and-or-beard The Questions is "What is it like for a Sikh to cut his hair?" I do not know who asked this, but I did go through the answers. There are about 5-6 answers given by Sikh males themselves who got their hair cut at some point in their life. Yes, it did hurt me reading those answers, but I felt, as you all will feel that everyone has a right to express his/her story and there is not much wrong in that. However, let me describe some things here. If you look at the contents of the answers, you will find that mostly the people are describing that how difficult it was for them to maintain their hair, and how free they felt after getting it cut etc etc. They even mention that they felt 'proud' and 'free' after doing that. Now, tell me how many of us feel this way? Hair keeping is of course not difficult for us and we lovingly maintain it. Don;t you all feel that a wrong general idea is being circulated? I mean so many people read these answers; what information would they get? That all Sikhs are in great difficulty keeping their hair? I did have a one-one comment discussion also with one of those 'answerers'. Okay let us say that we ignore this and say that let people speak what they want to, we can't stop their mouths. But you know what is more disturbing??? I have seen answers there,in which the writer (a Sikh) addresses other Sikhs who want to cut their hair and narrates to them his act of bravery (of cutting his hair ) and even advises them to act!!! I have seen some Sikhs commenting and asking these people that even they want to cut their hair and how should they go about doing this? You know what reason a person was giving there? He writes that since he has cut his hair he has made many girlfriends , and before he had none. Such statements are being used to lure the youth to cut their hair? ( If you read one 'Jas Anand's' answer, you'll find this). Shouldn't we do something? I mean those people are advising other Sikhs that how to cut their hair/ how to convince their parents /how they will get girlfriends after that etc etc? What can we do? Atleast : 1)We should comment in opposition, that keeping hair has great benefits and we take pride in it, so that the readers are not misled. 2)We should report abuse the question( We never know if the answers are actually coming from fake accounts to demean the Sikh practices) 3) We should message the Quora admin in large numbers and ask him/her to remove the question as it is hurting religious sentiments. Here is the list of the admins (their names are mentioned in the answer http://www.quora.com/Who-are-the-current-site-admins-of-Quora Or we can send a mail to moderation@quora.com asking to do the same. Please everyone discuss and decide upon this.
  12. wjk wjkf can non amrit dharis do naam jap and recieve the same benifits as an amrit dhari? or do you have to take amrit? im not saying this because i dont wanna take amrit, im just saying is, me doing naam japna before taking amrit a 'waste' ? and if not can you become jot vich jot wiothout taking amrit?-just curious wjkk wjkf
  13. wjkk wjkf just wondering if someone could summarise main points of the rehat mariyada which i should be aware of, planning to take amrit soon wjkk wjkf
  14. Is It Kurehat Or Bhul

    Gurmukho plz help me I live in the area where smoking is very much haptual and people dont stop if u request them so going on work outside the smoke is respired plz tell me,is I m kurehatiya.coz if u respire near a smoker your passive smoker
  15. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh, Have seen some posts regards Sri Sahib being kept on the left hand side of the body so gattra goes across from right shoulder down. Only problem, Im left handed, should I have it on the opposite side as my strongest hand would be going towards my Sri Sahib if/when I need to use it? Bhull Chukk Maaf Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh.
  16. WaheguruJiKaKhalsa!!WaheguruJiKiFateh!! as winters are just coming daas was thinking that is wearing hoodies considered wearing cap? plz bless daas with ur opinions
  17. I was recently asked this question, is it ok for an amritdhari woman to wear a sari to a function,
  18. Tooriya

    Wahegurujikakhalsawahegurujikifateh What is the state of Tooriya? Does this differ from mukhti? If so how? If not where do its origins lie? Wahegurujikakhalsawahegurujikifateh
  19. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh This will sound quite petty to most people but I'm sure some kaurs can relate. I'm nineteen years old, I took amrit when I was fourteen and I tie a dastar and have always been strict with my rehat. However, I've begun to struggle. While I still religiously get up to do my nitnem and am strict on what I consume, what music I listen to etc., I'm struggling with bana. I love my dastar, but I'm falling back into my old ways of wanting to wear quirky jewellery and accessories and nail polish. I'm an artist so I am heavily pulled towards self expression, and the people I spend time with encourage me to do this, and I can't stop spending time with them because I'm at uni with them. This sounds petty, but for those of you who have been strict with your rehit and bana, you'll understand how desperately I want to keep my rehat, but I also want to express myself outwardly, not just as a sikh, but as myself, unique. I would very much appreciate any ideas, words of wisdom or little faith boosting comments from any sisters. Sorry if this sounds petty, but I want to feel expressive, unique, happy and free without giving up my rehat.
  20. 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
  21. Today I made a very heavy, easily avoidable and massively stupid error which will probably prove fatal to me. There is this girl at school who I want to be friends with. Shes smart and serious. I like her. Today a few individuals at school found out. By tomorrow probably she will know, but this thought just struck me; I am looking for a girlfriend when it's not allowed. What do I do? What do I say to her tomorrow and above all how do I repent in the Guru's eyes? Basically my peers managed to get this stupid thing out of me, I like her.
  22. I have a question. Many Gursikhs say Amritdhari should eat from another amritdhari. I don't mean to be rude or arrogant but then how come sahibzades took milk from Baba Moti Mehra Ji?
  23. Amrit questions

    Daas needs Amrit but is confused. 1. There are various options of groups with differing rehats. The Granthi at my local gurdwara (UK, south east) just told me 'Amrit is Amrit', go to the next available Amrit Sanchar, which didn't help. All groups claim their rehat is historically most accurate, but which one is? Is SGPC rehat a political compromise? Some people say also the lives of panj pyare are important. Does it make a difference? If the ceremony and subsequent rehat varies, they can't all be correct? Daas has read Bhai Sahib Randir Singh ji's books, he describes how taking Amrit was a sublime experience, a spiritual rebirth but that he did not feel inspired by the way he was given 'naam'. How different exactly is the AKJ naam? Can anyone here say they felt some special spiritual experience when they received Amrit in different groups? 2. Do all Amritdharis wear traditional knee length kacchera? How does one wear 5 kakkars whilst swimming? 3. There are many shapes and sizes of kirpan available, daas is confused. Apart from being sarbloh are there any other requirements? Single or double sided blade, curved or straight tip, 5 or 7 inch? 4. Daas' punjabi is very poor but is learning fast. Can now have basic conversation with native speakers and is teaching computer to old man in Gurdwara- in Punjabi. taught self Gurmukhi, but still read very slowly. Learning (and understanding) nitnem is painfully slow- one page per month. Can daas take Amrit only after having fully mastered and understood every single word in nitnem, or is it acceptable to use nitnem time for gurbani veechar (withouth reciting full nitnem)? Daas could parrot or listen to nitnem without understanding but that seems pointless; he wants to know what is being recited in depth. Daas begs for Guru's Amrit and feels the call inside but if not being able to recite all of nitnem is an obstacle, it may be years before daas is "ready". There is pressure of a deadline as potential future wife is Amritdhari (have only discussed Gurbani with this spiritual lady, nothing inappropriate). If daas doesn't take amrit, his family will not take daas' sikhi ambitions very seriously. 5. Daas lives with 'goras' and 'patits' in shared house. They have bad habits. He cannot afford to live elsewhere. Is there any rehat restriction on sharing a kitchen with non vegetarians or those who break cardinal sins? His food is stored and cooked separately in own vessels, but there is a common fridge and freezer (circulation of bad air?). What about sharing a washing machine, in case some unclean item sticks to my clothes? All these things already makes daas uncomfortable and unhappy being a lifelong vegan, but will it break rehat after taking Amrit? 6. Daas is vegan. He doesn't like using animal and non-organic products. He is very particular about how food is prepared and balanced nutrition. How can he convince himself that langar and karah prasad can be eaten and that kirtan can be listened to? Tabla are made from animal skin (usually the animals are subsequently eaten by muslims- got this straight from a tabla manufacturer when trying to source tabla skin from animal that died natural death- apparently it's just a marketing ploy to make customers feel good about themselves- even goats that die a natural death are eaten (so hypocritical to use skin of animal that was consumed for food but whilst rejecting such food and those people who eat it). Daas asks because after taking Amrit, one surely cannot refuse langar, prasad and kirtan? 6. Daas has seen Amritdharis in extreme agony after being separated from kakkars, however never seen same Amritdharis cry in pain when they have gone for long period without a good meditative naam simran experience. It seems only Sants seem to speak and write about the latter kind of agony. Or is daas wrong? How can daas stop himself from falling into the trap of rehat becoming ritual, isn't it easy for it to become a daily process, following through blindly, e.g. tying kirpan on head during bathing may become a matter of process rather than telling oneself each and every time why one is doing that? Bhul chuk maaf karna. Please be kind to daas, he is lowest of low worm and may have made many mistakes above. He has noone else to ask. Young amritdharis here have a friends 'circle'. Daas tried to get involved but did not receive a positive response. Cannot ask sewadars these questions.
  24. Nihung Singh maryada.

    Umm can anyone explain what is going on in this video. Regarding jhatka and Hindu style aarti.
  25. 33 sampardas of Sikhi.

    What are sampardas and what are the 33 sampardas of Sikhi? Who are they led by? Do they differ from mainstream Sikhs in anyway?