Being a Sikh      Gurmit Singhwww.naamaukhad.blogspot.com                      www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
BEING A SIKH                    The Sikh way of life is unique. The Sikh lives a disciplined life                    even ...
The spiritual wisdom of Sri Guru Granth Sahebji is for all the                       humanity. The message is same for all...
culture, or go abroad or even talk to others. The way we dress,                       the music we listen to, the ways of ...
3. Kara - Iron bracelet worn on the hand. Physical reminder                       that a Sikh is bound to the Guru and the...
The Sikhee is devoid of any rituals in spiritual life. The focus                       all along is to develop inner life ...
The persons who keep unshorn hair (by birth in a Sikh                    household) and call themselves Sikhs are like tho...
The Sikhee starts with voluntarily embracing of the Sikh                     Symbols and Amrit Sanchar to seal the Guru- S...
Quotes from Guru Gobind Singh ji’s, Baniiqn ieh kl mo Drmu clwXo ] sB swDn ko rwh bqwXo ]jo qW ky mwrg mih Awey ] qy kbhUM...
Mool MantraDescription of the CreatorIk Oankaar Sat Naam Karta Purakh Nirbhau NirvairAkaal Murat Ajuni Saibhang - Gur Pars...
presence .HE is the real karta ( the doer) the invisible creativeforce.nirbha-o - Without fear. Fear is not a part of HIM....
Our Guru is Shabad Guru. Guru Nanak Devji has informed to              the Siddhs in answer to their question Gosht that h...
Answer by Guru Nanak:     pvn ArMBu siqgur miq vylw ]     sbdu gurU suriq Duin cylw ]     AkQ kQw ly rhau inrwlw ]     nwn...
Our Guru is Shabad Guru. The Shabad Guru in the form of                             Gurbani was in formation ever from the...
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  1. 1. Being a Sikh Gurmit Singhwww.naamaukhad.blogspot.com www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  2. 2. BEING A SIKH The Sikh way of life is unique. The Sikh lives a disciplined life even as a householder or a worldly person and at the same time is ever growing spiritually inward. To find God and be with God the Sikh does not wander around. The Sikh way of living,Guru Nanak Dev Ji known as Sikhee, is a lifestyle designed by the Guru and intends to keep the Sikh spiritually focused and live a prosperous worldly life. The creation of the Sikh panth started with Guru Nanak Dev ji, the first Guru and reached the fulfillment during the time of Guru Gobind Singh ji the tenth Guru. The Spiritual Guruship was then enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahebji. The Spiritual path that Sri Guru Granth Sahebji lights up is one of discipline and effort. It is unique in that it gives freedom in the exercise of intention to pursue the path. The path is based on the tradition of Guru-Disciple relationship. The word Sikh means a disciple and the intention to be a Sikh who enters into relationship by accepting the Guru is of paramount importance in Sikhee. The Sikh accepts Sikhee voluntarily at any time during his life and enters into a well crafted spiritually disciplined life. www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  3. 3. The spiritual wisdom of Sri Guru Granth Sahebji is for all the humanity. The message is same for all the communities and castes. The Gurdwara is open to all, what so ever be their beliefs, religion, status or position in the society. They may be innocent or full of guilt. They may be thieves or victims. TheGuru Gobind Singh ji Guru sees everyone in the same light. The message is same for all and easily accessible. The path is easy to see and look at. Who so ever hears and sees the Guru is by divinely touched. The Guru is not coercive. The Guru is silent and understanding. The Guru’s presence and hearing of Gurbani is a solace to all. The Guru is ever forgiving and patient. The choice to enter the Sikh fold and embrace Sikhee is a personal one. Even a person born to Sikh has to exercise this choice. To be a Sikh is to accept and surrender your ‘own’ mind before the Guru and to live life wisely shaped and directed by the Rehat (Code of Conduct and Conventions) in daily life with growth of inner spiritual life closer to God. This choice is like entering a school. It is just like going to an institution. The first thing that a person does who joins a school is to wear a dress and reports in the school for learning. He or she then is in the fold of culture associated with that institution. This culture is imbibed consciously as well as subconsciously to the major extent. A person who lives in a clan imbibes its culture. This is true and easily seen in the life around us. The group we associate with or the place we live in has an affect on us. The culture in which we are raised reflects in our values, attitudes, and behavior. There are many aspects of our lives that we take for granted are in reality based on cultural influences which can be appreciated only when we visit someone from a different www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  4. 4. culture, or go abroad or even talk to others. The way we dress, the music we listen to, the ways of living together, the relationships between parents and children, the food choices, the attitudes in business, etc are all a result of cultural influence.Kanga, Kara & Kirpan The Sikh panth has a similar influence. This influence is reflected in the way the Sikh lives life, in the way the Sikh conducts business, the way responsibility is accepted and duty done, the way situations in life are met. The whole approach to life of a Sikh becomes different when the Sikhee is embraced by him or her. The choice of willingly accepting the Sikh symbol’s is the first one that a Sikh exercises, while embracing Sikhee and to enter the Sikh panth. This choice is reflected by first keeping unshorn hair and thereafter sealing of the relationship with the Guru through a ceremony of Amrit Sanchar. The Sikh chooses to be like his Guru. The Sikh symbols make a Sikh unique and protects from other cultural influences. The five symbols of Sikh identity are 1. Kesh - Uncut hair and beard and head is covered by a turban. Hair with a tied turban and beard is a highly visible symbol of membership of the group. Hairs indicate the perfection of Gods creation - naturalness. Hairs are also a spiritual aid connected with subtle energies. Devout Sikhs who do regular Simran observe heat on top of the head. 2. Kanga - Wooden comb for hygiene and maintenance of the Kesh. www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  5. 5. 3. Kara - Iron bracelet worn on the hand. Physical reminder that a Sikh is bound to the Guru and the Sikh has to earn his living in a fair manner. The Kara is a reminder of self esteem and strength of character.Guru Gobind Singh jitaking Amrit from 4. Kachera - Specially designed cotton underwear which gives Panj Pyaras natural comfort and is dignified. The Kachera is reflective of modesty and high moral character. 5. Kirpan - A Strapped sword, usually small in size. It is worn as a reminder to protect the faith. It is meant not to show bravery, nor is a mere weapon but is a reminder to protect the weak and to stand up to injustice. When the Sikh accepts the ‘Amrit’ from the punj payaras in an ‘Amrit Sanchar” ceremony it seals Guru-Sikh relationship. The amrit gives strength to the spiritual life of the Sikh and a shift occurs within him. A Sikh scholar compared it with a person standing in a queue being picked up and placed ahead. The spiritual change after this ceremony is more profound. This starts the Sikh, also now called Khalsa, to move through worldly life in a path with a new attitude and approach. The Simran gives the Sikh power to walk through worldly issues and situations with an ever inner connection with Waheguru ji (God).Sikh knows that Waheguru ji is ever accessible and always with him. Sikhs effort is to live life in a pure way and ever strive to live life of Simran. All along he is a worldly person with a check on five passions. The five passions a Sikh knows are kept in check by Guru’s grace only. www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  6. 6. The Sikhee is devoid of any rituals in spiritual life. The focus all along is to develop inner life and find the God within. The spiritual wisdom of Shree Guru Granth Sahib ji is a guide from the early stage to a stage of deep spiritual living. The Guru is puran – meaning complete. The Sikh need not look towards Shabad GuruGuru Granth Saheb ji any other source. The tradition of recitation of Gurbani, Kirtan (singing of hymns from SGGSji), Katha (explanation of Hymns from SGGSji), and discussions of with Gurmukh Sikhs and their writings is sufficient to clear doubts and a source of inspiration. When looked closely at Sikhee, one is amazed to see that it is designed to make the follower to achieve and live a life of success, happiness, and fulfillment. The life of Simran connects the Sikh with higher power within recognized as Shabad Guru within. All a Sikh has to do is pray. All his thoughts are taken as prayers in fact and the higher power guides him to make the correct decisions in your life. The higher power is his protector and guide So why do so many people fail to achieve success, happiness, and fulfillment? The answer is simple: not following the Guru’s Guidance. The wrong self willed methods would definitely lead to wrong results. The persons who live a ritualistic life although accepting SGGSji as Guru without embracing the Amrit are like those who are standing at the bus stop and yet to start a journey. www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  7. 7. The persons who keep unshorn hair (by birth in a Sikh household) and call themselves Sikhs are like those who are taking trial classes in an institution but not yet taken admission. They have yet to seal the Guru- Sikh relationship by partaking Amrit. The persons who visit Gurdwara and so also have faith in other Gurus or Gods/Goddesses are like those who have feet in two boats. Any pain and struggles in their life is thus a result ofSikh Nishan Saheb following self willed path in their worldly life. The people do have rights of choice. The Sikh thought does not encourage enforcing of choices but at the same time requires others not to temper with Sikh way to suit their own choices. The Guru advices Sikhs not to follow blind rituals such as fasting, visiting places of pilgrimage, superstitions, worship of the dead, idol worship etc. The Guru teaches that people of different races, religions, or sex are all equal and teaches the full equality of men and women. The first teaching of the Guru is that there is oneness in the creation with only One Creator God. All the people are the same. The goal of life is to lead an exemplary existence while maintaining a balance between spiritual obligations and temporal obligations so that one may know and become Jyote Swaroop (the same light as the creator). The Sikhee which is Sikh way of life makes possible the living of life as a householder, earning an honest living and avoiding of worldly temptations and sins. www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  8. 8. The Sikhee starts with voluntarily embracing of the Sikh Symbols and Amrit Sanchar to seal the Guru- Sikh relationship. The Sikh then advances further in experiencing the nature of Shabad Guru as a higher power. The Gurbani recitation,Ik Oankaar.- One source of all Gurbani Kirtan and Simran then takes a new dimension taking the Sikh to a new level of spiritual experience. The base of Sikhee is Simran on the ONE and Sewa ( self-less service ). The three pillars on which it stands are : Kirat Karna – Earn an honest livelihood And carry out good deeds Naam Japna – Is the remembrance of One God . By repeating and focusing the mind on His name through Guru Mantra - Waheguru . Vand kay Chakhna - means to share ones wealth. to contribute at least 10% of their wealth/income called Dasvandh to the needy , to distribute in Langar (free Kitchen) or to a worthy cause. The Sikh is associated with Truth and strives for truth in living. The Sikh the ONE pervading everywhere and is ever Humble. The Sikh sees HIS Hukam (Will) in operation and is compassionate The Sikh enshrines love for HIM and so loves HIS creation. The Sikh with Guru’s grace checks the Anger, Lust, Attachment, Greed and Ego. … www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  9. 9. Quotes from Guru Gobind Singh ji’s, Baniiqn ieh kl mo Drmu clwXo ] sB swDn ko rwh bqwXo ]jo qW ky mwrg mih Awey ] qy kbhUM nhI pwp sMqwey ] 5] - Chaupai, Guru Gobind Singh, Dasam GranthTranslation:He (Guru Nanak Dev) promulgated this religion (Sikhism) inthe Iron age. He showed the (genuine) way to all the saints.Those who trod the way (The Sikh Faith) propagated by him,they never are plagued by the vices. - Chaupai, Guru Gobind Singh, Dasam GranthpUrn joq jgY Gt mY qb Kwls qwih nKwls jwnY ]jwigq joiq jpY ins bwsur eyk ibnw mn nYk n AwnY ]pUrn pRym pRqIq sjY bRq gor mVHI mt BUl n mwnY ]qIrQ dwn dXw qp sMjm eyk ibnw nih eyk pCwnY ] - Guru Gobind Singh, Dasam GranthTranslation:The person, in whose heart shines the full Divinely Radiant Light is then atrue pure Khalsa.He the Khalsa meditates on the Ever-radiant Light, day and night, and seesoneness by taking all that comes in mind being the same one Lord.His awareness of one Lord is a loving faith, and he believes not in fasts,tombs, crematoriums and hermit cells, even by mistake.He does not accept acts of pilgrimage, charities, compassion, austeritiesand self-control when the focus is not on the ONE. - Guru Gobind Singh, Dasam GranthThere are many pulls and pushes on the minds of Sikhs who seeothers performing rituals .Only a strong institutional culture andbonding can make possible following of a path that is easy andwhat many around follow ritualistically. www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  10. 10. Mool MantraDescription of the CreatorIk Oankaar Sat Naam Karta Purakh Nirbhau NirvairAkaal Murat Ajuni Saibhang - Gur Parsad.Here is how Guru Nanak Dev ji describes HIM in the MOOLMANTRA (origin mantra). Shree Guru Granth Sahebji beginswith Mool Mantra. The words are in Gurmukhi script and cannotbe properly translated so I have given brief explanations.ik-oNkaar - Ik oankaar symbolizes HIM. The EK which meansone symbolizes oneness. There is only HE in the entireuniverse. Everything is HIM including us and the materialworld. The Ongkar symbolizes HIS created universe. From theformless has come in everything and so is universalconsciousness. The created world is a maya – which means itappears real but is not real.sat naam – Sat means truth. Truth is that which does notchange. Eternal Truth is His Name (identity).He is also our realidentity. Our individual consciousness is simply HISconsciousness intermingled with (an illusionary) ego – thatcreates experience of separateness.kartaa purakh - He is the Doer of everything. Karta Purakhmeans that HIS presence is the real creative force. Everythingin the world including the physical laws work because of HIS www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  11. 11. presence .HE is the real karta ( the doer) the invisible creativeforce.nirbha-o - Without fear. Fear is not a part of HIM. Fear is anillusionary part of creation. A work of maya ( the grandillusion).nirvair - Without vengeance or anger. This again does notsymbolize HIM but is maya. These exist in the created world.akaal moorat - Undying form (deathless).HE is eternal. Eversame. Has timeless existence. Death is there in the createdworld.ajoonee - Unborn. Birth and death is in the created word. He isakal – meaning ever living and has not been born.saibhaN - Not begotten, being of His own Being. Saibanghmeans exists as such and self-created. There is no other onlyHIM.gur parsaad. - By the Grace of the Guru, made known tomankind. We are so much in an illusion of separateness and ourown identity that HIS knowledge can come only throughGuru’s grace. Only a real guru in one with HIM can impart thisknowledge and show the path of self- realization - realizationand awareness of our true origin. The Guru is ONE with HIMand shows us the path to meet HIM within us where HE then asGURU-GOD (Shabad Guru) guides further to bring in theawareness and Union. All this is a work of grace. The Prasad,that only the Guru gives. www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  12. 12. Our Guru is Shabad Guru. Guru Nanak Devji has informed to the Siddhs in answer to their question Gosht that his Guru was Shabad and Surt was Chela. This has been revealed in the Bani raamakalee mehalaa 1 sidh gosatti (SGGS – 942)Siddh Gosht Question by the Siddhs : qyrw kvxu gurU ijs kw qU cylw ] kvx kQw ly rhhu inrwly ] bolY nwnku suxhu qum bwly ] eysu kQw kw dyie bIcwru ] Bvjlu sbid lμGwvxhwru ]43] Who is your guru? Whose disciple are you? What is that speech, by which you remain unattached? Listen to what we say, O Nanak, you little boy. Give us your opinion on what we have said. How can the Shabad carry us across the terrifying world-ocean?||43|| www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  13. 13. Answer by Guru Nanak: pvn ArMBu siqgur miq vylw ] sbdu gurU suriq Duin cylw ] AkQ kQw ly rhau inrwlw ] nwnk juig juig gur gopwlw ] eyku sbdu ijqu kQw vIcwrI ] gurmuiK haumY Agin invwrI ]44] At the place, where air begins is the time of listening to the True Gurus Teachings. The Shabad is the Guru, upon whom I lovingly focus my consciousness; I am the chaylaa, the disciple. Speaking the Unspoken Speech, I remain unattached. Says Nanak, throughout the ages, the Lord of the World is my Guru. I contemplate the sermon of the Shabad, the Word of the One God. The Gurmukh puts out the fire of egotism. ||44|| www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com
  14. 14. Our Guru is Shabad Guru. The Shabad Guru in the form of Gurbani was in formation ever from the time of the first Guru. The tenth Guru then placed the Guruship in Shree Guru Granth Saheb ji the Shabad Guru. The Shabad in word form is before us in this material word. These words are transformative, which Tenth Guru & shape our mind and awareness leading to finding the ShabadShree Guru Granth Saheb ji Guru within us as well. We too have to be disciples of the Shabad Guru. The Tenth Guru Gobind Singh ji himself had taken Amrit from the panj pyaras showing the way to the Sikh Panth. The partaking of Amrit is sealing of Guru – Sikh relationship and start of journey of spiritual revelations. The effort no doubt has to be made by the Sikh on his way to becoming Khalsa – the pure one. G URU G OBIND S INGH S LAST SERMON ( NOW IT IS PART OF DAILY ROUTINE OF S IKHS , AFTER A RDAAS ). Aagya bhai Akal ki Tabhi chalayo Panth, Sab Sikhan ko hukum hai Guru Manyo Granth. Guru Granth ji manyo pargat Guran ki deh. jo, prabh ko milna chahe khoj shabad men le. Under orders of the IMMORTAL ( the Creator Lord ) the Panth was started. All the Sikhs are enjoined to accept the Granth as their Guru. Consider Guru Granth as representing Gurus body. Those who wish to meet God can find the way in its hymns. Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh www.naamaukhad.blogspot.com

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