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  1. Credits to @Jacfsing2 for pointing these Puratan Samprada's out for me. Khalsa "Khalsa (Punjabi: "the pure") refers to both a special group of initiated Sikh warriors, as well as the community that considers Sikhism as its faith. The Khalsa tradition was initiated in 1699 by the last living Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh. Its formation was a key event in the history of Sikhism. The founding of Khalsa is celebrated by Sikhs during the festival of Vaisakhi, the Sikh new year. Guru Gobind Singh started the Khalsa tradition after his father had been beheaded for resisting the religious persecution of non-Muslims during the rule the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The Khalsa redefined the Sikh tradition from the start. It formulated an initiation ceremony (amrit pahul, nectar ceremony) and rules of conduct for the Khalsa warriors. It created a new institution for the temporal leadership of the Sikhs, replacing the masands system maintained by the earlier Gurus of Sikhism. Additionally, the Khalsa provided a political and religious vision for the Sikh community. Upon initiation, a Khalsa Sikh was given the titles of Singh (male) and Kaur (female). The rules of life, included behavioral code (Rahit, such as no tobacco, no alcohol, no halal meat), and a dress code (Five Ks).The initiated Khalsa is also a warrior with a duty to protect the innocent from any form of religious persecution. The Sikhs who revere the teachings of Sikh gurus, but have not undergone the initiation have been called Sahajdhari. A Sahajdhari Sikhs do not accept some or all elements of the dress and behavioral codes of the Khalsa Sikhs. The Khalsa has been predominantly a male institution in Sikh history, with Khalsa authority in male leaders. In contemporary era, it has become more open to women." 5ks: Kesh Kanga Kirpan Kachera Kara Bujjar Kuherits: Not to disturb the natural growth of the hairs. Not to eat meat of any animal slaughtered. (Some may argue Jhakta is allowed which is instantaneous strike to the head) Cohabiting with a person other than one's spouse. Using tobacco or alcohol. - Anyone who breaks these 4 sins has broken the Amrit and the boost of naam their panj gave them, and will need to retake amrit to become a Khalsa again. http://new.sgpc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Raj-Karega-Khalsa.pdf http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://old.sgpc.net/CDN/Sikh_Rehat_Maryada_English.pdf&gws_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=puO8WZ63GsKbgAb3h7XwBQ Udasi (Sect of Baba Sri Chand) * Udasis wear clothes of ochre colour – Sikhs do not. * Udasis may or may not have long hair – Sikhs are enjoined to. Cutting the hair is an act of apostasy. * Udasis are not enjoined to keep the five kakkaars – Sikhs are. * Udasis need not be initiated in the ceremony of Pahul – Sikhs must. * Caps are the peculiar badges of Udasis – Sikhs are prohibited from wearing them. * Udasis observe Hindu rites and ceremonies – Sikhs do not. * The chief object of worship of Udasis is the ball of ashes – this is condemned by the Sikhs. Udasis adore samadhs – Sikhs do not. * Udasis may smoke – Sikhs may not. Smoking is an act of apostasy. * Udasis employ Brahmins – Sikhs are not allowed to. * Udasis perform shraadh (ancestral rites of offering food to the dead) – Sikhs do not. * Udasis observe the caste system – Sikhs do not. http://www.sikhanswers.com/sikh-history-personalities/what-do-you-know-of-udaasis/ Udasi is a religious sect of ascetic sadhus based on the teachings of Sri Chand (1494–1643), the son of Guru Nanak, the founder and the first Guru of Sikhism. The Udasis do not reject the Sikh Gurus, but attach greater importance to the line of succession from Guru Nanak through Sri Chand to the Udasi mahants. They interpret the message of Guru Granth Sahib in Vedantic terms. They do not abide by the Khalsa's Rehat Maryada. "The Udasis were key interpreters of the Sikh philosophy and the custodians of important Sikh shrines until the Akali movement. They brought a large number of people in the Sikh fold during the 18th and the early 19th centuries. However, their religious practicies border on a syncretism of Sikhism and Hinduism. When the Singh Sabha, dominated by Khalsa Sikhs, redefined the Sikh identity in the early 20th century, the Udasi mahants were expelled from the Sikh shrines. Since then, the Udasis have increasingly regarded themselves as Hindus rather than Sikhs." Nirmala Credits to @Mahakaal96 When Dasam patshah sent 5 Singhs to Benares to learn sanskriti etc they were denied access to the ashrams in Benares because of the maryada of those ashrams not allowing weapons etc. The Singhs returned to mahraj & told them what had happened & mahraj then gave them hukam to remove their shaster & gave them peach coloured bana to wear & sent them back to Benares to learn all the vidya then come back & teach all the other Singhs.... this was the birth of the Nirmala Samparda. Some Nimalas even today wear peach coloured robes & do not carry weapons... they are strictly scholars/sants. http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Nirmala https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirmala_(sect) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utq09DW6yWo Sevapanthi http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Sewapanthi "Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, when he envisioned a Sikh nation, he envisioned the entire world as his realm, and not just a particular geographical area. Similarly, the All-Knowing Guru, in keeping with the traditional ways of the preceeding Gurus, knowing the core philosophies of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, envisioned an all-inclusive Sikh nation, rejecting the exclusive norms of other faiths. Understanding the ways of the Creator, he allowed some diversity and some distinguished ways within it, and personally and specifically blessed Nirmalas and Seva-Panthis. Earlier, Guru Ram Das Sahib honored and acknowledged Baba Sri Chand, founder of the Udaasi Samprada, as per Guru Nanak Dev Ji's blessing to Mata Sulakhni, for her sons. Again, Guru Hargobind Sahib, offered his eldest son Baba Gurditta and the father of Guru Har RaiSahib, as successor to Baba Sri Chand. These distinguished ways or paths are termed ‘sampardaya’ or 'samprada'. This term has, in the past, been wrongly mis-interpreted or conveyed to the public as ‘sects’ or a ‘cults’, terms that incorrectly imply deviation, arising from dissent with practised beliefs. The term samparda does not mean ‘sect’, but rather order, as in an order of monks. In this sense a sampardaya represents one among several mutually complementary orders. Each one of the major four traditional sampardas began with our Gurus blessings. There are five, traditional sampardas however, starting with the Nirmalas (spiritual scholars), Udasis (scholar mystics), Nihangs (warriors) and Sevapanthis (spiritual mystics serving humanity) and the lesser known Suthra Shahis started by Suthra Shah who was named and raised by Guru Hargobind Sahib. Sampradaya can be interpreted as ‘tradition’ or a ‘religious order’. It signifies a spiritual or a monastic progression serving as a spiritual conduit via an organisation that lends perpetuity of religious identity. It is somewhat in contrast to other Indian Guru Lineages called paramparas, where by receiving an initiation into a parampara of a living guru, one belongs to a sampradaya. The sampradaya is — a succession of spiritual mentors who carry forward and further convey a religious order of holy men. Holy men belonging to particular sampradas follow their traditional way, holding on to their order's unique philosophies, as conveyed by their mentors to their successors, hence perpetuating their identity. Each successor, however, exercising discretion, does keep the organisation further evolving, while staying with the panthic norms and their tradtional ways. Sevapanthi samprada comprises of holy men who are devoted to selfless service. The name Sevapanthi can be divided into two parts 'Seva' and 'Panthi'. Seva being selfless service and Panthi meaning someone who walks the path. Hence connoting someone who walks the path of selfless service." - http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Sewa_Panthi_Sampradaye
  2. With all the bad stories we have become accustomed to of many girls from the community and their behaviour. Its great to see a Punjabi Sikh girl with respect and honour such as Harmanpreet Kaur. Who blasted a fantastic 171 against australia in the womens world cup. Probably the greatest innings by an indian cricketer. Be it men or women. We should all salute Harmanpreet Kaur !!! Big respect!! She has become a national hereo in India. And great to see she uses KAUR as her last name then some retarded caste name.
  3. Pakhandvaad?

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh I had a question about what one should do (after they brush their Kesh) with the dead hairs that are cleaned out with the kanga... I used know a lot of taksali Singh's who said it was necessary to collect them up, the eventually do sanskar by burning them (trying to maintain as much satkar as possible), but now from my current understanding I'm starting to feel ritualistic about this. Please help me understand if it's correct or wrong. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
  4. Gutka Sahib respect

    WJKK WJKF I am to start using a Gutka Sahib for Nitnem as opposed to a phone, whats the best way to keep respect for Gutka Sahib. For example, should I not touch my face/body whilst reciting form Gutka Sahib etc? thanks
  5. Should I teach my kids to do so as a habit of respect for us as parents
  6. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh I was reading today, about keeping respect for banis. And I wanted to check if what I'm doing is ok: If we are reading path, do we have to sit on a cloth on the floor? All the Gutka Sahib Ji's in my house are kept in my room, and they are higher than me when I sleep, but when I do path where I sit is facing the Gutka Sahib Ji but im also facing the end of my bed is this disrespectful ? (When I sleep my head is inline with the Gutka Sahib Ji just to clarify) I make mistakes when reciting Gurbani, if I miss pronounced something while listening to Gurbani, do i have to stop or is it ok to continue ? Please forgive me if i said anything wrong or offensive.
  7. I've noticed that there are many discuss and posts on the matter but On many occasions it was a single human being, and they shall answer for their Karam's in their own time but I would like to know is that why does no one ever talks about the disrespect we do as a community in the gurdwara's. We say that our guru is living and the guru is talking to us when gurbani is being recited yet 99% of people will simply talk to each other or are lost within themselves, ignoring gurbani and therefore being disrespectful. Just imagine being ignored while you are telling someone something which is very important. However, why do we not as a community discuss these matters, how can we help ourselves achieve calmness in the gurdwara? What can we do to focus more while Kieran and katha?
  8. So as I have stated in the past I am a Hispanic Sikh. Yesterday I encountered an obstacle I wasn't expecting. They don't want me to wear a turban just yet. My parents are seriously worried that a. Wearing a Turban, becoming a Gursikh i optional b. living in the States with a turban can be dangerous and c. that I have jumped too quick on Sikhi and should learn more before wearing a turban. I have been practicing Sikhi for about half a year now. My bare minimum Sikh routine: 1. Wake up and read Japji Sahib 2. Do at least once every week Simran 3. Go to Gurdwara to pray and listen to evening prayers once every two weeks 4. Practice Gurmukhi every other day 5. Listen to Sikh HIstory podcast/ Sikhwithin (shabads with translations after) podcast once or twice every other day 6. Read Kirtan Sohila before sleeping 7. Read Bani daily As to my physical characters I cover my head daily with a bandana and recently I have begun to wear a turban. I outline all of this because this community might know better than me if I am ready for this step. I want to wear a Turban for the following reasons: 1. Associate with and let others know I am Sikh 2. Explain to others the misconception of Sikh (i.e. don't have to be Punjabi to be Sikh or Sikh are distinct from Muslims) 3. Show my love for God by daily tying and wearing the Turban 4. Show respect to God by covering my head as I already do when I go to the Gurdwara So now my dilemma. They have asked me to not wear or cover my head with a bandana/Turban for the next two years (how long it will take before I graduate from law school). However, I have read that tomorrow is not guaranteed, that we should Honor God there and now. I want to show my love for God but I don't want to go against my parents. Can anyone help me by quoting GGSJ with what to do? I am only on page 90 and so I can only refer to a limited amount of the GGSJ for answers. Thanks in advance for your help. What I have found on googleling Bani regarding this: "O son why do you argue with your Father? It is a sin to argue with the one who fathered and raised you." GGSJ p. 1200 P.S. if anyone goes to a Gurdwara that has a Granthi that can speak English well (sorry its just hard for me to understand Uncle Jis who don't speak English very well over the phone) can you send me the number of the Gurdwara. My local Gurdwaras only have Punjabi speakers and so I can't turn to them...Thank you again.
  9. Hello sangat My family and I are in abit of a situation, my grandmother was taken into hospital a few weeks ago aftwr having suffered a stroke and brain hemmoraging. Doctors kept telling us she has a few days, but she miraculously keeps fighting back- she has been truly blessed by Babaji and ardas, there is no doubting that. She cannot speak but uses her strength to move her mouth to paath, and responds alot when we do simran near her- her faith is inspiring. Her death wish was to die at home, but recently, a family who has had allegations against them of abuse is trying to stick her in a hospice to live out hwr last days. The younger brother of the father of this family has agreed to take care of his mum at home, and has said that his wife would give up her work to take care of her. There are tens of us grandkids who would be prepared to help. This is happening in wolverhampton right now, people may know who this family is, the grandma has 10 kids, her surname begins with 'la' Anyone whos parents know these people, who know their kids, please get up or tell their your parents to tell their parents to respect a beloved grandmother, who has so much faith in our Guru and allow her son to care for her at home as per her dying wish.
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