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Bijla Singh

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  1. Keski cant be hung close by for the same reasons kirpan and kangha cant be hung close by. The principle listed in the rehatnamas is that a Sikh should not be bare-headed with exception of while washing and combing hair. Walking around bare-headed with open hair does not behoove a Sikh. Guru Sahib always kept it on them and so did Sikhs in early days. It was not because of war times but because of Gurmat principles. Bhai Randhir Singh and Bhai Vir Singh also did not part from their turbans. I rather agree with naam abhiyasi Gursikhs than lazy pot belly people who have forgotton their heritage
  2. Yes I agree with you with one caveat that it is the Grace of Vaheguru not self-effort that results in spiritual progress and it is the Grace that brings out the good works and efforts in us. We pray for "uddham" and God's Grace works from beginning to end resulting in our journey, progress, works and salvation. Guru Rakha
  3. It is a common sense that while washing hair, keski cannot be tied on the head. It has to be removed just like a kangha but it does not justify keeping it away from the body. You ask for practical purpose for keski but the same reasoning can be used against kangha which is used to comb hair so what purpose does it serve while doing kes ishnaan? While washing hair, the keski must be kept on the body because as soon as one is done washing hair, he can tie the keski and then take body shower. Kangha is also kept on the body and then tucked into the hair. Keski doesnt just keep hair clean, it keep
  4. You are speaking an ideal case which is not applicable to everyone. In case sangat is not available then I see your point. But if sangat is available then as instructed by Guru Sahib, one should go to sangat. Many Gursikhs have struggled without sangat and many naam abhiyasi Sikhs have found sangat to be the most beneficial for their progress and to keep them from making mistakes. Guru Sahib has spoken highly of sangat which they themselves established. So it cannot be ignored or downplayed. While Guru Sahib is eternal and with us, it is the sangat that strengthens our beliefs and faith in Gur
  5. Keski covers hair/head. It is the symbol of royalty, independence and equality. Hence, it must be worn at all times i.e. sleeping, showering etc. Rehat does not specify when not to wear it because when rehat says that one should wear a keski, it means there are no exceptions. Listing every instance and circumstance becomes mute. The only time when hair could be left uncovered is while washing and combing them. Other than that, keski must be worn on the head. It is not hard at all. You just need to practice rehat and get your mind used to it. While washing hair, keep the keski tied to your wais
  6. It has not been proven conclusively that homosexuality is related to genetics. So far all the studies that have been conducted are hypothesizing and making suggestions. No such gene has been discovered. Also, there are many disorders and diseases related to genetics. Thus, it is wrong to assert that just because something may be or is related to genetics it is thereby morally acceptable. What if in the future scientists discover genes related to smoking, rape, and murder behaviors? Would we have to accept such behaviors as acceptable and accommodate them in the parameters of Gurmat? The clear
  7. Clearly, you have a habit of putting your own words in others mouths and then accusing them which is nothing short of deceit and a lie. I never said Islam and Hinduism have "meaningless morals". Show me a single line that states this. You are looking for a path that works for you. Hence, you want something that fits your viewpoint, thinking and opinions. This is absolutely the wrong way of finding the truth. In Sikhi, one has to submit, hence, mould their thinking and behavior according to Sikh ideals. You want your choice to be moulded to your thinking which cannot happen in Gurmat. Accordi
  8. I do not know her and did not check her accounts but we all need to sit back and reflect upon this in larger context. Any Sikh without proper sangat could fall prey to five vices or materialistic things. But do we have support groups to help such Sikhs? Do we have supportive sangat that could go to that Sikhs house to do Amrit Vela and Aasa Di Vaar to provide spiritual uplift to that Sikh? When Mata Sabhrayee Ji was feeling down and sorrow due to Guru Gobind Singh Jis family suffering and loss of lives, her local sangat decided to visit her house to have Amrit Vela and Kirtan program so that s
  9. You asked questions and many provided answers. If you are thinking of having an argument or a debate then you will have to find someone else for it. Having some similarities does not mean anything. What sets Gurmat apart from Buddhism is the fact (and a very important one) is that the former believes in One Supreme Being whereas the latter does not. Hence, all other concepts concerning way of life and salvation would be vastly different. Similarities can be found in all religions. This does not prove anything. How do I know? Because my Satguru told me and He is not a liar. He received the re
  10. 1. Guru Sahib has seen God Himself with His very own eyes. He also provided us with the path to have the same vision. It follows logically that you trust the one who knows for sure over the one who is not sure. Sikhi is a monotheistic faith whereas Buddhism is atheistic. Gurmat condemns asceticism but Buddhism encourages it. Nirvana is the result of self-effort but Gurmat salvation is the result of grace of God. Both faiths are poles apart. 2. Gurbani is divine and its source is God Himself. Gurbani is Satguru. Hence, reading Bani means talking to Satguru and receiving guidance. N
  11. The following article explains the concept of Sikh State according to Guru Nanak Dev Ji. http://www.sikhfreedom.com/guru-nanaks-concept-of-state
  12. Any way to download them without registering?
  13. Indian Constitution is NOT federal but unitary in nature. State autonomy is suppressed using many articles and clauses in the Constitution. Even basic fundamental rights are subject to "national security, peace" etc. which are vague and deliberately written to allow the Center to trample over human rights. Emergency via presidential rule, suspension of state government etc. Are clear examples of this. This is why Sikhs foresaw the danger of such a document and refused to sign it as it was against the promises made by Congress. Article 25 is not the only reason but one of many reasons.
  14. Download link doesn't work for me. Good effort though. Here is an english article: http://www.sikhfreedom.com/sant-jarnail-singh-bhindranwale
  15. Whether it was 20k or 80k it doesnt matter. The truth is that Guru Sahib did not select a few out of so many to give Amrit. It was given to all Sikhs. Those who took it remained Sikhs while others became bemukhs. Khanda Amrit is the only way to become Sikh and obtain Naam. Other methods are not valid.
  16. Your first question is simply wrong which is why I asked for evidence. Now you have changed your question. Giving Amrit by Guru is a way of initiating a disciple into Gurmat lifestyle. Charan Amrit was changed to Khanda Amrit and the right to prepare and administer it was given to Panj Pyare.
  17. Raising kids in Sikhi is a must. If you want to let the kids choose then apply the same rule in all other matters such as school, education, clothes etc. And see how moral and ethical the child turns out to be. Why keep a double standard and keep religion as optional? Sikhi is the best wealth so share it and make kid's life better.
  18. Darbar Sahib was taken over by Minas when the sixth Guru left Amritsar. They occupied it until 1696 when Meharvaan died and Har Ji took over. Corruption prevailed and Minas got divided in numerous groups. Sikhs approached Guru Gobind Singh Ji to intervene and restore the maryada. So Guru Sahib sent Bhai Mani Singh along with five Sikhs and a saroop of Guru Granth Sahib. Bhai Sahib restored the maryada back to what it used to be during the 5th Guru. Since then it has remained in the hands of the Sikhs except from 1734-1747. From 1849-1925, the British indirectly controlled its management and in
  19. InderRS, I do not have any desire to attack and throw cheap insults on Hinduism or you. My simple contention is that Gurmat is revealed way of life and it's founders were not influenced by any preexisting philosophy. Gurmat is unique and independent. If you want to discuss purusha and prakriti then pick a system and we can discuss how Gurmat is unique. Having some similarities doesnt show one to be an offshoot of another. If you are looking for a debate then you will have to find another forum. Guru Rakha
  20. Because Sikhs are not Hindus. We have our unique way of life. No. Because after coming in contact with Sikhism, they renounced Hindu way of life. Every religion has its origin in time. Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma also did not originate when the creation began. Wearing the sacred thread was obligatory in 15th century Hinduism. It clearly marked one’s initiation into the Hindu fold. Hindu practices are not strictly being followed these days but 15th century social and religious life was much different. You never wore Janeau which is irrelevant. What is important to realize is the fact th
  21. I do not know what you mean by jot darshan. If you mean Jot Niranjani darshan which is darshan of Vaheguru in His own saroop then that is not possible without union. If you mean darshan of something that could be seen with sathool eyes then yes it could happen to whomever Guru Sahib chooses. No one has a monopoly over it. I have heard of a Sikh who did seva at Darbar Sahib for 18 years and had darshan of Sri Guru Raamdas Ji but it was for the purpose of bringing him on the right path. He used to do seva and also yell at the sangat for walking on the floor he had cleaned. Guru Sahib intentional
  22. Naam Simran is never a waste for anybody. It is for everyone but Naam must be obtained from Satguru i.e. you must take Amrit to receive Naam Gurmantar and learn the proper technique. Naam Simran brings all the benefits worldly and spiritual. But benefits remain in the hands of Vaheguru. No one can calculate using any equation to determine who would receive the most benefit. If you are not Amritdhari, your spiritual progress will be slow and take very long and you will not be successful in the end because without becoming Guru-wala, you cannot conquer five vices. A Sikh does everything under H
  23. In original Sanskrit, word Hari has many meanings but not a single meaning refers to Vishnu. See the dictionary of Monier Williams ‘Dictionary of Sanskrit’. It was later in Vaishnavism that the term came to be used for Vishnu. However, in Gurmat the word refers to Vaheguru which means the destroyer of all. Vishnu is a creation of Vaheguru and there exists millions of Vishnu. So Sikh Gurus would not build a temple for Vishnu and then install Gurbani inside it which rejects the authority of Vishnu being the Supreme God. None of the bhagats were Hindus or Muslims. Many of them came from so-cal
  24. This discussion has taken place many times on this forum. To summarize: Nirgun has two meanings. One is without attributes and second being completely unaffected. When this word is used for creation or humans it means they are without attributes meaning that they have no attributes of their own. All attributes are given by Vaheguru. When this word is used for Vaheguru, it means He is unaffected and untainted by the creation i.e. Niranjan, Nirlep, Ateet etc. No attribute can affect His existence and therefore He remains unchanged. Sargun also has two meanings. In one context it is used for cr
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