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  1. what is your views on this? Personally I'm split on the issue.
  2. Vaheguru ji ka khalsa Vaheguru ji ki fateh ji I'm kesdhari, male. I wear a dastar. I was wondering, can men wear a keski in place of a dastar too? Like many women do. Sometimes I wear a keski around the house or if I'm having a lazy day and aren't going out or expecting company. Just wondered where we stand on this...
  3. WGJKK WGJKF Hello, I am coming here for honest opinions. I feel the members of my gurdwara would feel uncomfortable speaking openly about this subject, and I don't wish to make them uncomfortable as I haven't been studying long. I am a 25 year old white American who is very interested in Sikhi. I have only recently begun my path of discovery, and would want to spend an absolute minimum of one year (probably longer) meditating, reading gurbani, doing seva, and properly understanding Sikh philosophy before concerning myself with the five K's. However, I do feel I will eventually get to the point of sufficient devotion to feel comfortable identifying myself as Sikh, and would begin to explore wearing the turban. I will reevaluate at that time, and discuss the issue earnestly with members of the gurdwara, but I would like to hear anonymous opinions about this now. I just can't help but feel it might be seen as silly, rude, or offensive for a white person to wear a turban. I know at the end of the day, my relationship with the guru is what is most important, but the communities opinion is something to consider. I also want to simply be prepared for the reactions I might receive. How do you view a white person wearing a turban (regardless of how sihki says you should feel)? How do you think the Indian community at large views this matter? Finally, what are your opinions on keeping kesh, but not wearing a turban? I feel this may be an appropriate intermediate point, but I don't wish to offend. I know the head should be covered, but anything other than the turban looks too sloppy for an adult at work to wear. Kesh tied in a joora also looks sloppy, yes, but I feel a sloppy head covering conveys a worse image than uncovered kesh. This is only my opinion, however, and I admit I could easily be wrong. Thank you for your time and opinions. Feel free to speak openly, any negative feelings are completely understandable to me.
  4. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh I am a Sikh girl who has recently started wearing a Dastaar. I chose to do this as I wish to live in the bana that the Guru set for us. I am also Amritdhari. One question came to my mind... Is wearing a Dupatta/Chunni required if I am wearing a Dastaar. From my belief, Dupattas/Chunnis are meant to cover hair as a sign of respect for the Guru. Wearing a Dastaar permanently takes care of that. However, I see several women that have Keskis, yet they use a Dupatta/Chunni to wrap it around their breasts/bust. Is that the whole point of a Dupatta? To simply cover one's breasts? Women without keski/dastaar are often just covering their chest with a Dupatta/Chunni yet have their heads uncovered. Defeats the whole purpose... So simply put, is it preferred for women in Gurdwaras to cover their breasts over their hair? And if I am wearing a Keski, then is it preferred if I also wear a Dupatta/Chunni to cover my breasts? I would be grateful if someone could shine some light on this issue for me. Thank you. Kind Regards
  5. Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh Hello everyone I am a Sikh girl living in Europe and i wanna tie Dastaar, but i don't know how to tell my parents about this, because nobody in my family is wearing turban and I don't know if they are cool with it. Almost a year ago I started learning Gurmukhi and about Sikhi in generall and now I'm learning Path and Kirtan. Now I'm not ready for taking Amrit, it's a big descision and responsibility. Sikhi is a way of life so I wanna go it step by step.
  7. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! The article talks about how some Singh used his Dastar to save something. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
  9. VJKK VJKF... We did some price comparisons today for Dastars and we thought we would share what we found to save you the time when your looking in the future! Hope it helps.
  10. ***Please like/share to create awareness *** In the November 1984 Sikh Genocide, Sikh males were targeted because of their Turbans. In this picture you can see a Sikh male who has been beaten with rods and is held down, his hair forcibly cut and beard shaved off..... he is then clubbed to death. They took his identity before they killed him. Waheguru. ... This was the same across India during the first few days of November 1984. In remembrance of ALL those Turban wearing Sikhs that were killed , we urge EVERYONE that has never wore a turban before, to wear one during this ‪#‎RemembranceWeek‬ 1st- 7th Nov, in solidarity with our brothers... PLEASE wear a turban and upload the image to social media with the hash tag ‪#‎SikhTurban84‬.... Lets ALL unite in solidarity in remembering OUR Shaheeds.
  11. I am a bit confused about something. I know there been controversy around people trying to dress like guru gobind singh ji and I can fully understand this. However arent people who do this just trying to look up to their father? I mean like muslims want to replicate mohammed, what is wrong in trying to follow footsteps of our gurus? I also see some pictures of guru gobind singh ji dastar and compare them to the actual dastar worn by guruji (located at a gudwara somewhere in punjab) and they are quite different. Ofcourse this is an artists impression, and shouldnt be thought of as 100% Anyway my main question is why cant we try to dress like guruji and also wear the dastar how he wore it (from the pictures). It seems the dastars and puggs today are slightly different to what they were then? But again I think these pictures are a bit misleading non the less. Sorry if i've offended in anyway but just wanted some clarity on this.
  12. Hi everyone I have decided to wear a turban for the rest of my life. I have some questions that I would like your help with please - and only sikhsangat posters would be experts :biggrin2: So here goes - I am tying a round turban with an orange keski underneath. My technique is to tie a orange keskhi. I then get the larr and cover my head by holding it directly vertical in the centre of my forehead i.e. joora and orange keshi is covered. Then I wrap it all the way around and I tuck in the final larr at the end. So the questions - 1. I have noticed some people have turbans which are flat at the top but with me - you can see my joora (covered) - it is really obvious and I have been 'checking' out other peoples turbans and they are flat with no joora. How do people get it flat? 2. Turban for sports - My turban gets loose very quickly - how do you get it to not get loose? Sometimes I am scared of running or doing sports 3. Too tight around ears - So i thought I should make it tighter to make it less loose and now my ears hurt - Is it supposed to cover the top parts of your ears? 4. Sleeping - so if I want a nap (middle of day) - my turban literally falls off! Do people sleep in turbans? How do they keep it looking neat. Any help would be much appreciated. Cheers
  13. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa..Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh. I want to know about turban types.Recently I have started to learn how to tie a dastaar..but I don't know which one to buy,I came to know about Full Voile,malmal and Rubaia types.So which one should I buy and what are diffrences between the types ?
  14. The touching moment a Sikh man breaks strict religious protocol and removes his turban to help save the life of a five-year-old boy who was seriously injured after being hit by a carNew Zealand man broke strict religious protocol to help a boy hit by a car Harman Singh, 22, removed his turban and used it to cradle the boy's head People from across the globe have dubbed Mr Singh a hero for his actions Mr Singh overwhelmed by the thousands of messages he has received By Liam Quinn For Daily Mail Australia Published: 04:01, 17 May 2015 | Updated: 10:59, 17 May 2015 3.4k shares 46 View comments A New Zealand student who broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car has been heralded as a hero. Harman Singh, 22, removed his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old boy who had been struck on his way to school in Takanini, South Auckland. Mr Singh heard the accident take place outside his home, before running outside to investigate, according to the NZ Herald. +4 New Zealand student Harman Singh broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car 'I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head,' he said. 'I wasn't thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, "He needs something on his head because he's bleeding". That's my job - to help. Share this articleShare 3.4k shares 'And I think anyone else would have done the same as me.' Mr Singh and other members of the public stayed with the boy until emergency services arrived. Not long after the accident, the boy's mother arrived. Another man, Gagan Dhillon, was on his way to work when he saw the accident and stopped to help. He said: 'There was enough help as there was, but being a Sikh myself, I know what type of respect the turban has. People just don't take it off - people die over it. +4 'I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head,' Mr Singh said THE SIGNIFICANCE OF A SIKH REMOVING THEIR TURBAN IN A PUBLIC PLACE Sikhism is the only religion in the world which requires its followers to tie a turban. Sikh men and women do not cut their hair and cover their heads at all times as an expression of respect to their Gurus. The Sikh turban symbolizes discipline, integrity, humility and spirituality. Turbans become a part of a Sikh’s body and are usually removed only in the privacy of their own house. Normally it is only in the most intimate of circumstances, when bathing the head, or washing the hair. In 2009, a Sikh police officer in the UK said he had been 'humiliated' by his Greater Manchester Police colleagues after refusing to remove his turban for training and undergoing practices that would breach his faith. At an employment tribunal, he said the actions of his colleagues left him suffering panic attacks and high blood pressure. He was awarded £12,600 in compensation. And two years ago a Sikh supermarket worker in Staffordshire said he had been shunned by his own community after having his turban ripped off his head for a joke. Speaking about the incident, the victim said: 'Taking a turban off a Sikh guy in public is just like hanging him in public. 'After this I was not able to face my colleagues. 'If this happened in India a man would never go to this place again, it is that disgraceful.' ' ... he didn't care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.' The five-year-old was reportedly walking to school with his older sister when he was hit. He was thought to have suffered life-threatening head injuries, but last night was in a stable condition in the Starship hospital. A resident nearby said she heard a vehicle skidding, and then a big bang. Charmaine Tuhaka told how the boy's sister was crying as she and two others held her brother still to prevent him moving and further injuring himself. +4 Mr Singh said he has been overwhelmed by the praise and support he has received over the past few days Mr Singh broke strict Sikh religious protocol by removing his turban, but he has been praised by people from around the world for the heroic act. Since the incident occurred, Mr Singh has received thousands of messages and comments on his Facebook page. 'Great symbol of - we are all human beings. We have our individual beliefs, but at the end of the day to care for one another is key,' Ashleigh Garrett said on Facebook. 'This is why I have high respect for the Sikhism faith. Awesome job mate!,' one person commented. +4 Mr Singh, 22, is a student living in Auckland and studying to get a business degree 'Humanity before religion. Nice one buddy,' another said. Mr Singh, from India, is in Auckland studying a business course. He said he was overwhelmed with all the praise. 'Thousands of people have said 'well done'. I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community,' he said. 'Thanks to all who messages, calls... thanks all the worldwide Facebook members who messaged me. I think i just did my job nothing else.' SIKHISM AT A GLANCE: THE BACKGROUND TO A MONOTHEISTIC RELIGION There are around 20million Sikhs in the world, most of whom live in the Punjab province of India. The 2011 census recorded 432,000 Sikhs in the UK. Sikhism was founded in the 16th century in the Punjab district of what is now India and Pakistan. It was founded by Guru Nanak and is based on his teachings, and those of the nine Sikh gurus who followed him. It is a monotheistic religion - a belief in one god. The most important thing in Sikhism is the internal religious state of the individual. It stresses the importance of doing good actions rather than merely carrying out rituals. Sikhs believe that the way to lead a good life is to: Keep God in heart and mind at all times Live honestly and work hard Treat everyone equally Be generous to the less fortunate Serve others The Sikh place of worship is called a Gurdwara and the scripture is the Guru Granth Sahib, a book that Sikhs consider a living Guru. Online on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  15. WJKK WJKF I find very hard to put earphones in my ear when i have tied turban / dumala. Is there any solution for this . or any special type of earphones to use Any ideas
  16. WJKK WJKF My freind showed me this video today does anyone know how i can get in touch with these Singhs? and r they amritdharis? plzz tell .. i reckon they are doing something good we should try show them our support.. plzz if yous know about them .. please tell me really want to get in touch with them
  17. Just a quick question, I tie an African style Pagh as it suits my small face. I tie a very loose patka underneath and then proceed to tie the pagh. Recently, I've started to get severe headaches so if anybody knows of any cures, help a brother out? Responses of 'just tie it looser' do not help me as I've tried this so anything else would be helpful. Thanks!
  18. Sooo I was on youtube and this was the first thing I seen. Is this form lack of knowledge or what??
  19. The links provided are photos of the turban, effective tips and instructions on tying the turban will be appreciated.
  20. I play cricket and I want to make my gutti smaller in my patka so the helmet will fit easier, how can I do this? squash it? but keep it in the normal style but just smaller?
  21. The links provided are photos of the turban, effective tips and instructions on tying the turban will be appreciated.
  22. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ke Fateh! Sangat Ji, the reason I have started this topic is to allow sangat Ji to give their views/opinions/reviews on dastaar (i.e. size, material, style/type, tips & techniques). Even though I know there are many post regarding the dumalla or dastaar, I thought it would be great if we are able to have all questions/queries and answers under one post (help me especially). Few questions for example: What material is best for dumalla/dasaar and Why? Length of your/common dumalla/dastar? Experience you have gained from learning to tie your dumalla/dastaar? Tips and techniques? Recommended shop to purchase material (include shop contact details)? Your first time experience from wearing a dumalla/dastaar? And many more....... I hope with Guru's Kirpa this benefits sangat new and old with dumalla/dastaar based question?
  23. So I recently got a lot of new dastars from India but the dastar fabric just isn't coming out right is there a special way I should wash the fabrics or???