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Guest Harbhajan Kaur

Hi. I am a non Sikh, but practice Kundalini Yoga and have read and believe msot of the Sikh religion. I do not plan on becoming baptized. Is it offensive to anyone if I wear a kara? I know that I have read that it is not really a kara unless it is blessed and given to you, but I believe the deep spiritual meaning that it has. I don't want to offend anyone. Is this okay? Sat Nam!

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I would say its okay to wear kara in your case :wub: but some precautions to take before wearing one... No alcohol, no smoking etc..

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i think you should go for it

one of the things the kara repesents is that its a circle which describes God as it has no beginning or end

But one thing to remeber is that the kara also reminds you that your not suppose to do anything bad with these hands that God has gaven you

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5 Kakaars have a lot of meaning which in themselves could take a lifetime to understand - just like Gurbani. Hence i agree with the sentiments of what the previous members have advised but would add put as much effort as possible into the understanding of Gurbani as this will give you the true meaning of the Kara.

Also have a read of:

http://www.mrsikhnet.com/index.php/2007/05...m-barnat-sumat/

as it might help in the learning of both Jaap Sahib which is soo beautiful for your soul, as well as develop yourself physically.

Sat Naam

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I personally do not think it's okay. If we make an excemption, before long everyone will be wearing it and it'll loose it meaning. All the 5'ks should be modelled on a proper Sikh.

Our community is also facing a problem due to non sikhs wearing our symbols and then doing silly things. It ends up giving our community a bad name.

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I think you shouldn't wear a kara at all. A lot of Sikhs do get offended when non-sikhs (especially Hindus and Muslims) wear karas. Check out a thread called "can moneh wear karas" out. You will see what I am talking about here.

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Waheguroo jee ka Khalsa!

Waheguroo jee kee Fateh!

A kara has a lot of symbolic value: if you respect the symbolism, i would strongly suggest wearing one!

Waheguroo jee ka Khalsa!

Waheguroo jee kee Fateh!

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hmmm i think most of these guests are the same person lol, lets not cause more intolerance, i think bhenji knows a little about sikhism and agrees with most of the concepts she has read, i think itd be alright for you to wear a kara i doubt whether any1 would tell you to take if off!!! do whatever you think is right but show it some respect aswell as sikhlionz said previously!

bhul chuk maf :wub:

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Its quite stoopid really though - its our Sangaths fault for allowing Kar'eh to be sold at shops etc as if their ANY OLD ITEM - no wonder Muslims and Hindus go about wearin them - a Kara has more meaning to it that than just a "steel bangle".

The thread- starter says that they are non-Sikh- and do NOT plan on being baptized - then WHY ARE YOU PLANNIN ON WEARIN ONE???! Just becuase you do Kundalini Yoga doesnt mean that you have the right to go abot wearin a Kakaar.

^^ I sound really in-your-face there lol am not being moody about the situation but I don't think you should wear one - you got no reason to wear one. I understand that you have read into this Religion and the spiritual meaning of the Kara but why just wear it about - it aint a fashion-item.#

I also get the feeling that MOST other faithed people wear a Kara or want a Kara becuase they see a Kara like they see that 'budda' u know the laughin budda that people keep in their house...messed up

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kara only has a meaning to a sikh, if you aren't a sikh, its just a bangle then. and the lady understands that, so i see no harm in wearing one. it wouldn't be offensive to me at all because unless you are a baptised sikh, its really not a kara :wub:

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Its quite stoopid really though - its our Sangaths fault for allowing Kar'eh to be sold at shops etc as if their ANY OLD ITEM - no wonder Muslims and Hindus go about wearin them - a Kara has more meaning to it that than just a "steel bangle".

The thread- starter says that they are non-Sikh- and do NOT plan on being baptized - then WHY ARE YOU PLANNIN ON WEARIN ONE???! Just becuase you do Kundalini Yoga doesnt mean that you have the right to go abot wearin a Kakaar.

^^ I sound really in-your-face there lol am not being moody about the situation but I don't think you should wear one - you got no reason to wear one. I understand that you have read into this Religion and the spiritual meaning of the Kara but why just wear it about - it aint a fashion-item.#

I also get the feeling that MOST other faithed people wear a Kara or want a Kara becuase they see a Kara like they see that 'budda' u know the laughin budda that people keep in their house...messed up

to be honest shops dnt usually sell sarbloh karas, what they sell they promote as kareh but are in fact just bangles! theres a millions of non-sikhs who respect sikhi and believe in different parts of it such as the circle of life represented by the kara, the bhenji is not offending any1 by wearing it and it seems like shes getting interested in the religion, who are we then to say she cant?!

bhul chuk maf :wub:

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Its quite stoopid really though - its our Sangaths fault for allowing Kar'eh to be sold at shops etc as if their ANY OLD ITEM - no wonder Muslims and Hindus go about wearin them - a Kara has more meaning to it that than just a "steel bangle".

The thread- starter says that they are non-Sikh- and do NOT plan on being baptized - then WHY ARE YOU PLANNIN ON WEARIN ONE???! Just becuase you do Kundalini Yoga doesnt mean that you have the right to go abot wearin a Kakaar.

^^ I sound really in-your-face there lol am not being moody about the situation but I don't think you should wear one - you got no reason to wear one. I understand that you have read into this Religion and the spiritual meaning of the Kara but why just wear it about - it aint a fashion-item.#

I also get the feeling that MOST other faithed people wear a Kara or want a Kara becuase they see a Kara like they see that 'budda' u know the laughin budda that people keep in their house...messed up

to be honest shops dnt usually sell sarbloh karas, what they sell they promote as kareh but are in fact just bangles! theres a millions of non-sikhs who respect sikhi and believe in different parts of it such as the circle of life represented by the kara, the bhenji is not offending any1 by wearing it and it seems like shes getting interested in the religion, who are we then to say she cant?!

bhul chuk maf :D

okay i understand that but what am sayin is that when and IF she does wear a Kara, and she's standing their people gona be like "wow what is that" you know you get people asking like what is it? I don't want this person to go about wearin it as something to get attention (I know thats not the reason so scuse me :wub: )but when people see someone else wearin something different to them, they want to wear it too. Like I said before, the whole laughin budda thing is the same thing, you see that loads of people keep them in their houses especially ghor'eh - they think its brings "luck" or wuteva - I bet the MAJORITY of Buddists..or is it Hindus? I duno which one but who ever it relates to would probably find it offensive.

Personally, am offended by people who wear OTHER Religious items, point is why pick at a religion on the bits that you find easy or more flexible to follow? Why just take the Kara and be like "Yeah I get the Spiritual meaning of it - i'll wear it permanant" You cant pick and mix with a Religion.

So overally, I don't accept people wearing a Kara or any other Religious article that they don't REALLY follow - stick to your own.

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I would say its okay to wear kara in your case :wub: but some precautions to take before wearing one... No alcohol, no smoking etc..
i think you should go for it

one of the things the kara repesents is that its a circle which describes God as it has no beginning or end

But one thing to remeber is that the kara also reminds you that your not suppose to do anything bad with these hands that God has gaven you

Thats essentially few things a amritdhari is supposed to do....and she mentioned that she is NOT going to take amrit.

Also, KARA was here ages before sikhism. ANYBDY can wear it. I know it has some special meaning in sikhi....but that doest mean it belongs ONLY to sikhs......OPEN YOUR MIND singho.

kara only has a meaning to a sikh, if you aren't a sikh, its just a bangle then. and the lady understands that, so i see no harm in wearing one. it wouldn't be offensive to me at all because unless you are a baptised sikh, its really not a kara :D

That makes some sense....

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i agree, everyone has the right to wear a kara. I think of it this way for a sikh. With the 5 K's, the more you have the better it is. Just because we might not be at the same level, by wearing a kara you a taking a step up. lol if u get what i mean.

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