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  1. Guest

    Amritdhari living

    hi. i am new to sikhi and i going over the rehat maryada, i still have few questions about amritdhari living, hoping i could ask. 1) i've read it is mandatory to do cold bath in the mornings? is that true or do warm showers work? 2) during bathing, ive also read that you need to keep your head covered with a cloth until you wash your hair and then tie it again as soon as the soap is out. i'm confused on this, is it mandatory? what does it mean? how does the hair dry? 3) do you have to wash with soap everyday, or soap in main parts, and water on rest work? 4) as someone who has heavy and curly hair, it takes a long time to manage and dry. do i have to wash my hair everyday before doing paat because i need to go to work after as well? 5) i tried to keep my head covered at night with a patka, but it slips off during the night. is there any way to keep it on or is it ok? the focus question is 5, and id really like that to be answer if none other can be
  2. Whats your racial/ethnic background? Are you a convert to Sikhi or born into it? If a convert what about Sikhi attracted you to the faith and what has your journey in the faith been so far?
  3. Personally I rate it at zero, non-existent. Islam's marketing strategy is probably no.1 right now 2nd is chrisitanity because they are aggressive convert seeking abrahamic faiths. And our situation with sikhi its much worse than other dharmic faiths buddhists and hindu's who do less than us in terms or charity and have less media exposure in the west, hardly don't do anything to attract new converts but still have large appeal amoung westerners because of yoga and meditation and these two faiths have powerful state power behind them (buddhists having burma. cambodia, thailand, sri lanka,etc hindus having nepal, bali and india). Where are missionary Sikhs at? Wheres Sikhi at? Wheres SGPC at? Disgraceful
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    sikh morality code

    Hi. So I had this idea of putting together a 'morality code', initially for youth, but also for older sikhs we want to connect more with the religion and also for non-sikhs interested to learn. I want all the rules to be based on teachings of SGGS. Sort a basic moral guidance based in Gurbani. I invite you all to suggest alterations and additions. It would be good to have Gurbani quotes to go with the list, but I'm have not memorised SGGS well enough, so if anyone can help with that too, that would be good. Moral 'guides' for sikhs: 1. Always remember God/Gods name. This is a must. You can do this while living your day to day life. As per Gurbani, to do Naam Simran is to live, and to forget it is to die. The definition of maya is whatever makes you forget God. God and His Name are the same. You remember one, you remember the other. You can (and should) remember Him in a natural and unstrained manner. Remembering Him also means remembering He is nearby. The gradual aim is to remember Him with each breath and morsel of food and drink. 2. Always remember God's Will. What is Gods Will? It is the supreme power, by which everything happens. As per Gurbani, the definition of blindness is forgetting God's will. 3. Be an honest person. This means- don't tell lies, don't deceive people. Its doesn't that you have to walk down the road with a megaphone, announcing your deepest darkest secrets. But it means that you should not deceive people. Be one person, inside and out. Don't lead 'double lives'. If you are an adult, earn money honestly (not by cheating or slacking off your job). 4. Don't have any hatred. Instead of hatred, seek wisdom. 5. Don't have any fear, and don't put fear into anyone. Have faith in God instead. Not having fear does not mean getting into fights or climbing tall buildings or playing stupid 'dare' games- these things are actually the signs of fearful people battling repressed fears. 6. Don't slander or gossip about anyone. Avoid anyone who does. Do not mind if anyone slanders you, just see it as a cleansing exercise (gives you humility). 7. Avoid bad company. Remember that someone may seem religious externally, but may have bad characteristics. don't judge people by external appearances. 8. Avoid the five thieves/ demons- lust, anger, pride, enchantment (mohe) and greed. Recognise them for what they are- demons (that posses and drive people to do evil things they wouldn't otherwise do) and thieves (that steal people's wisdom, self-control and intelligence). 9. Show kindness (dayal) and forgiveness. 10. Believe that God exists and trust Him. 11. Follow Gurbani instead of precepts of mind (manmukhi). 12. Get up early. Keep God hygiene. Practise Naam Simran in a seated position, with concentration in the morning. 13. Show respect to your parents and your elders. Don't criticise them for their flaws. Don't deceive them, speak rudely to them. Show them consideration. Treat all elderly people like they are your grandparents. 14. Speak softly, and avoid bad language. Guru ji says talking filth is like putting filth into your mouth. Speak only truth, but do so in a kind manner. Know when it is better to keep quiet. 15. Have good hygiene, show respect for the body God has given you. Have a neat appearance. Keep a good posture. 16. Do all your work honestly, and work hard. 17. Remember the poor and needy and do something for them. E.g. give to the homeless. Give dasvand if you are earning money.
  5. Guest

    Connection to Sikhi

    Hello members, I am 22 years old girl, I come from a non sikh background and I discovered sikhi 2 years ago and that time is was my curiosity to know more about it but now since past few months I have developed a connection and I consider myself a sikh, and I am keeping my hair as well and have removed my earrings too.. because sikhs honor the body as it is , still I have so much more to learn , basics of sikhi on YouTube have been very informative. Other than that I read books on different subjects.. but I do not yet have any prayer book because I feel like I can not keep it with proper care and respect yet. And I have been trying to learn gurmukhi as well.. so basically I have issues with following things.. 1. I have not shared this thing with parents or other family because I feel they might not like it. 2. How do I make myself strong?
  6. Guest

    Connection to sikhi

    Hello Members, I am writing it all over again because my last topic disappeared I don't know how. I am 22 years old girl and belong to a non sikh background, I discovered sikhi 2 years ago and at that time it was only curiosity but then I have developed a connection with it and I consider myself a sikh. I have alot to learn and I am keeping my hair and learning Gurmukhi. But my issue is that I feel my family will be unhappy if I tell them this. How do I make myself strong ?
  7. Sangat ji, Soon i will be amritdhari, started to wear kakars now, i have few questions, u r mostly amritdharis so plz answer to my questions: 1. After combing, i Hold the comb in kashera for few seconds untill i make my jooda, is that okay ? As some friends say dnt touch comb with kashera 2. The miyaan of sri sahib gets loose, any method to tight or we have to get new sri sahib? 3. Friends say that after u comb, put all broken hairs in a box etc and after two three mnths saskaar them, i do the same, but there are many small broken hairs in the washroom where i take shower, on the sink and sometimes on floor and walls, sometimes i tried to pick all hairs but even if i spend about 10 , 15 mins, still cannot collect all small small hairs from the washroom. What u people do? 3. What u guys do when travel via plane, remove sri sahib and kara or not? 4. I got sarabloh kara, i clean it with colgate it shines but after some hours it again get blackish and my arm got rusty color on it, same with ur karas? And it it okay to remove kara and wash ,clean (while keeping in hands) 5. While taking showers is it okay to put kashera down upto ankles or we should take shower with kashera on its original place? 6. I wear kirpan under my shirt, and i do exercises like rope skipping etc, so before starting exercises i hold my kirpan inside my pant or pajama, then i can exercises without getting hit, but then kirpan touches kashera, is that okay or what u guys do ? 7. When i take shower, i tie kirpan on forehead on small dastar, most of the time kitpan fall off from my head, sometimes i tie it too tight and forehead starts paining. How to securely hold it on head while shower. 8. When we do keshi ishnan, start combing, hairs break more, and we need to comb a bit hard first time after keshi ishnan, is that okay? 9. Kara also cuts some hairs on wrist, it is okay or beadvi? 10. How to remember jaap sahib ? Doing it from one year but cannot remember all jaap sahib? 11. Do guru ji like only amritdharis or they also do taras on non amritdharis who do nitnem and willing to be a Sikh? 12. Where to get sharp kirpan, i asked baldev singh nihung shastars, he demanded 15000 rs for 9 inch, too much, any other mistry singh u sangat know? 13. Kara sometimes fall off head while sleeping , is that okay? 14. I had some mistakes many yrs back, i sometimes used to eat sugarcanes and amroods from other people's fields, that was a normal thing that time but now seems its chori, i also had sexual kurehits 5,6 times, it was abot three yrs back when i did sexual kurehit and after two three days when i went to guru sahib, my body was vibrating and i couldnt able to go in front of guru sahib.i was very sharmshaar, I thought of going back, it looked like guru granth sahib ji were very angry with me, i was standing about 100 feet away and finally went to matha tek with tears in eyes nd never looked back for this <banned word filter activated> mistake again, i was never an amritdhari before, this will be my very first time i will go for amrit. So when i go for the amrit, do i need to explain the kurehits to panj piares? I feel panj piras like guru sahib ji, i can tell everything but just want to ask u sangat ? How u sangat do 50,100 paths japji sahib? I have head pain after 5,6 paths, and i start feeling sleepy. How to count nmbr of malas? Writing on notebook or how to count? How to do simran? I recite moolmantar but i felt sleepy after some minutes and then i lay down and do simran nd got sleep, cant sit for one or more hours, how to do it ? Had a dream in which a guy was challenging me to walk over the water, i was there and a well popular mahapurkh( died 35 yrs back, i never met him) came told me, go u can run on water, i did it and mahapurkh disappeared? Is this just a dream or some message? I had dreams of mahapurkhs many times, i dnt remember now, i dnt understand these, for example I was driving my cycle and a well popular mahapurkh was sitting on my cycle , Sometimes just darshans of mahapurkhs Dhanwaad in advance
  8. Guest

    When To Begin Keeping Kesh?

    WGJKK WGJKF I am still new to Sikhism, and I'm not sure when to begin keeping kesh. For a bit of information - I come from a Hasidic Jewish background, which is where I gained my idea of what/who God is. At its heart, the panentheistic idea of God is the same in Judaism and Sikhi. But Judaism is very ritual based, and I don't want to fall prey to the idea that ritual = connection to Waheguru. I know this is only obtained through proper meditation and action, and I don't want to fall back into a Jewish mindset. That said, I feel my background has given me the ability to readily understand and accept the importance of kesh. As you know, Hasidic men keep their beards completely uncut for spiritual reasons, so it wasn't a stretch in my mind to apply this to the hair on my head as well. It makes logical sense. I feel I understand the importance of kesh, but I would like the opinions of others so that I can feel comfortable it isn't my ego talking. An outside perspective is always helpful when deciding matters such as this. My worry, is that I have only been studying sikhi and reading gurbani for one month. I don't want to adopt an outward symbol of my beliefs if it could lead to problems with my ego finding spiritual fulfillment in the physical. There is also the issue of if I keep kesh, it seems most appropriate to cover it with a turban. Like the poster here yesterday, I don't think I would feel comfortable doing this for several years. I would want my actions and understanding of Sikhi to be aligned properly. At the same time, I no longer feel comfortable cutting my hair. I feel a little lost. So, what is your opinion? I have read, and read, and read everything on Sikhi I can find on the internet, and I am nearly done reading a translation of the SGGS. Is one month of study too soon to adopt one of the five K's? Could I be placing too much emphasis on the physical? Perhaps that last question is one only I could answer, but I appreciate opinions nonetheless.
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