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Hi,

I recently saw a procession of sikhs go by (southampton) and I was quite amazed by proceedings. This made me interested in the Sikh religion. I currently do not have a religion.

Could you advise me on what the key principles and practices of your faith? What do you exactly believe in and what is your concept of life?

I noticed most people from the procession were South Asian, is your religion for people of all races or is it mainly within India?

Many Thanks.

BusinessLady

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Welcome to the forum

Well....

Sikhism originated from Punjab India so most Sikhs are of Indian decent, but they are also a lot of White American Sikhs and they seem to be growing in my opinion. As for Sikhism in a nutshell would be that Sikhs believe in 1 Universal God,

Naam Japna ( Meditating)

Kirat Karni (Earning a honest living)

Wand Chakana ( Sharing, Giving to Charity)

Seva ( Serving Humanity )

If you have any questions im sure people can help answer your queries.

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Business lady I suggest you get to a gurdwara or an event where there is a talk they should be able to answer your questions

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Welcome to the forum

Well....

Sikhism originated from Punjab India so most Sikhs are of Indian decent, but they are also a lot of White American Sikhs and they seem to be growing in my opinion. As for Sikhism in a nutshell would be that Sikhs believe in 1 Universal God,

Naam Japna ( Meditating)

Kirat Karni (Earning a honest living)

Wand Chakana ( Sharing, Giving to Charity)

Seva ( Serving Humanity )

If you have any questions im sure people can help answer your queries.

Hi Yoga Flame,

Thanks for the warm welcome.

The principles sound interesting and appear to have a good cause. I noticed some sikh men wear a turban around their heads.

Can you advise what is the wisdom behind the turban? I think it is related to the purity of hair. As a sikh, are you allowed to cut your hair (both females and males)?

Many thanks.

BusinessLady

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Sikhism is a very very difficult path to follow

at a basic lever there are two parts to every Sikh, saint and soilder

Saint- every Sikh worships one Lord. this is the one universal creator which is the lord of all, we dont believe in the establishment of religon because it is man made, the word Sikh means student and a student always questions everything, Sikhs are taught not to just believe there is a God because it would be silly to believe in something there is no evidence for, Sikhi teaches Banday Khoj Dil Har Roj, O mortal, each and everyday search within the heart, one can't simply belive in God but one must know God, one must meditate on God and find God within

Once the soul connects to God through one way and one way only LOVE , lovingly meditating on God and singing Gods praises will lead the human to God, than a person can move to the second

Soilder- A true soilder doesnt fight because he hates what is infront of him but because he loves what is behind him- Once a Sikh connects with the great Guru , than it is time to work on the physical aspect, a Sikh can't be a hermit. God gaves us bodies as well as souls, A Sikh must always defend the weak with their life regardless of the faith and religon that weak person might be, A Sikh must always stand for truth even if they have to stand against the universe , A Sikh must love and spread love, A Sikh must see people of all religons,all colors , all cultures,genders,sexual oriantations as One and serve all like the lord a Sikh must be NirWair or free of Hatred, A Sikh is never a bully or tyrant but they will never tolarate opression of others

A Sikhs day starts before sunrise with meditation on God, this is not forced, but a love and thirst for the sweet divine Lord wakes them up

they are to bathe and singh God's praises, every morning they must be lovingly absorbed in God

they are to then Go and serve humanity, be a light in this world and brighten everyones day bring the sweetness that God gives them to the whole universe

they are to engage in seva or selfless service and work hard as well as share the fruits of their labors

A Sikh must be God like

LOVE IS THE RELIGON OF A SIKH AND THE ONLY PATH TO GOD

Naam- Sikhs believe the way to reach God is through the Guru or the shabad or the Naam. Now God has no name Guru Gobind Ji says God is Nirnamme, but the Gurus gave us a great gift of the mool mantar (root mantr) and the WaheGuru Mantr

these help the soul break through the ego and merge with its origon

the mool mantar is (Akal Thakat Sahib = ekta , so using that rehit

Ik OangKar

SatiNaam(u)

Karta Purakh(u)

Nir Bhaao(u)

Nir Vair(u)

Akaal Moorat(i)

Ajooni

Saibhung

Gurparsadi

this talks about the Universal Creator Lord who is within all and ever steady

this Lord is all that exists, the Naam is hoon wala or eternal and always existing

This Lord is the creator of all (there is not a separate God for muslims, christians, hindus, it is all the same, God is God the father, God is Allah, God is Ahura Mazda, the creation can't limit the creator)

This Lord is fearless

This Lord is free of hate (for anyone or anything)

Akaal Moorat(i)- God is the timeless being

Ajooni- God is free from birth and death

Saibhung- God was always there , self sustained, doesn't need food or water or a mother or father , God just always existed as (him/her/it) self, God was always always there noone can make God

Gurparsadi- God is realized through the Shabad , through the Naam, through his Grace ,

this helps the soul realize the universal lord and break the barriers of doubt and of rituals

the WaHeGuRu mantar is also great because each letter stands for the ages and when put togather creation vanishes and the creator is left, which creater the one Lord, the WaHeGuRu or the wonderous hailed Guru, the light to dispell the darkness of this worlld

meditation on these mantars help us to realize the Formless Lord, they help break the barrier of falsehood

A Sikh is against all other rituals, we dont believe in fasting , we dont believe in ritual bathing or Holy days, or anything of the such

JUST LOVE LOVE FOR ALL WILL LEAD TO GOD

Sikhs wear the turban to symbolize that they have put their feet on this path

men and women are completly equal in Sikhism and both are allowed to wear the turban when they feel ready for this commitment

once A Sikh is ready they take Amrit and become A Khalsa

they dedicate their lives to this life style and start wearing the five Ks

they are

Kesh- A Sikh believes that each hair God put on their body is for a purpose

even the hairs within (cilla) have a purpose so a Sikh respects their body, doesn't cut their hair, or deform it in any ways

Kanga- A comb to represent discipline

Kadda- A steal bracelet worn to remind us of the circle of life and reincarnation, to remind us to always do Good with out hands cause what comes around goes around, and to remind us about the oneness of the creation and not to get attached to duality

Kirpan-the word Kirpan means Kirpa (mercy,compassion,grace). The kirpan is a small religous sword we keep to remind us not to be hermits, and to always defend the weak and be fearless, to dpread compassion wherever we go , kirpa means compassion or grace and aan means bless , this is a symbol of compassion and mercy for all even the poor and meek , love and mercy for all faiths and people

Kacchera- undershorts, symbolize purity, men and women both wear them , surprisingly Guru Ji was very pro women and said that a mans fallicies are not a women's fault

in todays culture when a woman gets raped ppl still blame the woman but Guru ji said no Singhs, it is not the womans fault, control yourself so he gave men as well a kacherra instead to telling woman to wear a viel or be modest, in reality Guru Ji speaks against such practices as the veiling of women

the kachera reminds us that other then our spouse women are moms,siters,and daughters,men are fathers,sons,and brothers

so thats the very basic into for u

try sikhnet.com or srigranth.org to find out more

srec.gurmat.info is a great place to start with good translations of prayers

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Welcome to the forum

Well....

Sikhism originated from Punjab India so most Sikhs are of Indian decent, but they are also a lot of White American Sikhs and they seem to be growing in my opinion. As for Sikhism in a nutshell would be that Sikhs believe in 1 Universal God,

Naam Japna ( Meditating)

Kirat Karni (Earning a honest living)

Wand Chakana ( Sharing, Giving to Charity)

Seva ( Serving Humanity )

If you have any questions im sure people can help answer your queries.

Hi Yoga Flame,

Thanks for the warm welcome.

The principles sound interesting and appear to have a good cause. I noticed some sikh men wear a turban around their heads.

Can you advise what is the wisdom behind the turban? I think it is related to the purity of hair. As a sikh, are you allowed to cut your hair (both females and males)?

Many thanks.

BusinessLady

You are right also the turban represents respectability, and was a sign of nobility. The symbolisms of wearing a turban are many from it being regarded as a symbol of sovereignty, dedication, self-respect, courage and piety but the reason all practicing Sikhs wear the turban is just one - out of love and obedience of the wishes of the founders of their faith.

Sikhs men are women are not allowed to cut hair but you prob will see that most cut hair but this could be down to outside pressures. Society and/or family are affecting them. They have forgotten, or perhaps never understood in the first place, their identity as Sikhs.

www.sikhnet.com is a site made by white american Sikhs which you might find use full

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Welcome to the forum! :)

Its my humble suggestion that you start with our Guru, which is Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. Yes, it available online and with English translation :)

Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji

Yes many are south asians. But ones race/caste/creed is of no have no importance in the path Sikhism. I personally know black,Chinese and white Sikhs.

NAAM is what Sikhism is all about. :)

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Welcome to the forum! :)

Its my humble suggestion that you start with our Guru, which is Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. Yes, it available online and with English translation :)

Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji

Yes many are south asians. But ones race/caste/creed is of no have no importance in the path Sikhism. I personally know black,Chinese and white Sikhs.

NAAM is what Sikhism is all about. :)

Thanks for the welcome Guruvah.

Thanks all for your introduction to the religion.

Yogaflame, you mentioned that humans are not allowed to cut their religion in Sikhism. Can you advise what is the wisdom behind this? I personally like to stay hygienic and feel that having armpit/other hair is not a sign of hygiene.

Can a human still be a sikh whilst cutting hair (especially for females as we dont like extra hair).

Many Thanks.

BusinessLady.

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Hi Business woman,

Welcome to Sikhism.

Strictly, if you want to become a practising sikh and become baptised, you may not cut any hair from your body. The reason Sikhs do not cut thier hair is because we believe the way god has given us this body is perfect. There is a reason why we have hair in different places. There have been several studies about the qualities of hair etc, which scientists are proving now, but our guru's made us aware of such things hundreds of years ago.

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Hi Business woman,

Welcome to Sikhism.

Strictly, if you want to become a practising sikh and become baptised, you may not cut any hair from your body. The reason Sikhs do not cut thier hair is because we believe the way god has given us this body is perfect. There is a reason why we have hair in different places. There have been several studies about the qualities of hair etc, which scientists are proving now, but our guru's made us aware of such things hundreds of years ago.

Hi Humgareeb,

Thanks for letting me know. However, I would like to question this. Our nails also grow, are you saying we should not trim them? Are you allowed to trim your nails in Sikhism or you cant because they grow for a reason?

Manythanks.

BusinessLady

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Everything has a purpose. Nature goes in a cycle. So God has not created anything useless, everything is useful and so is hair.

Two main reasons why we dont cut our hair:

1. Our last Guru in human form Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji has restricted us to do so and a Sikh believes that by following our Guru's path, we can become one with God and get rid of the cycle of reincarnation. Sikh- Learner Guru- Guide/Teacher

2. By cutting our hair, or altering with our bodies we are saying that "No God we do not like the way you have created us, So I am going to alter it to please me." When the whole purpose of a Sikh is to please God and follow our Guru.

So one cannot become a practising Sikh if they cut their hair because then it defeats the whole purpose of Sikhi, which is to follow our Guru's and Love God.

And your question about why Sikhs cut their nails is answered in this article.

It is often argued that Sikhs do not cut their hair so why do they cut their nails. Sikhs only cut the dead gray part of their nails, not the alive pink/red part. This is similar to combing and removing dead hair while retaining live hair. Just like we do not cut the pink/red part of our nails, why should we cut our perfectly live and healthy hair? If anything dead grey part of nails should be compared to dandruff or dead hair removed while combing.

In addition, hair is not a hindrance to anyone. Because hair can be placed in a bun and kept clean and does perform a number of functions, it is only practical to realize that keeping hair is not hard. On the other hand, having long nails is a hindrance to the body. An individual with long nails cannot functions and do everyday chores comfortably. In order to ensure that one can perform the tasks of everyday life, only the dead part of nails is trimmed.

In addition, whereas the hair grows from a tubular pit (hair follicle), formed by sinking in of the most actively dividing layer of the skin (stratum germinativum) into the lower dermis, the gray part of nails is only modifications of the upper dead layer (stratum corneum). Further, the base of every follicle bulges out forming an inverted cup, which receives blood capillaries for nourishment and nerve fibers to make the hair sensitive. An oil gland, known as sebaceous gland, opens into every hair follicle, the secretion of which lubricates the hair. A muscle is also attached to the base of every hair for bringing about movement. Pigments are added to the shaft of the hair as it grows. None of these features is associated with the dead part of nails.

Structurally, hair is extremely strong, and resists breaking due to its elasticity and flexibility. Strength of hair can be estimated from the following facts, a human hair laid on a bar of steel and then passed through a cold rolling mill would leave an imprint on the face of the steel. A hair of a man’s beard is about as strong as a copper wire of the same dimensions. If a rope were made out of strands of long hair, it would be strong enough to lift an automobile. Dead part of nails, on the other hand, are very brittle and rigid, breaking off easily. Hair are countless (upto 125,000 on head region alone), thereby increasing the surface area. Hair protects us against the harmful Ultra Violet radiations and skin cancer while the dead part of the nails do not seem to provide a similar functionality.

The differences between the two do not end with the structural features. Even the body’s response towards the two is totally different. Our body, throughout life, tries to maintain a particular length of hair. Every individual has a specific length for hair. Once the hair reaches its specific length, it stops growing. If the hair is cut, the body responds by growing it again to the specific length. It clearly indicates the link of the body with the hair all along its length. The body shows no such response to the nails, which grow from birth to death at the same rate, irrespective of whether cut or not. It follows, thus, that cutting of the dead part of nails does not tell on the body at all, whereas, cutting of hair puts extra load on the body. To sum up, if there is anything on the head that can be compared with the dead part of nails, it is either dandruff or dead hair which are removed by combing.

Nature knows best what to retain or discard. Whatever is retained is not without purpose. Hair is a gift from God, not a burden. Guru Gobind Singh Ji, in his infinite wisdom, instructed us to respect hair and refrain from tampering with it. This is the visible token of his affection for us, as well as our faith in him.

http://www.realsikhism.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1248365011&ucat=7

Hope this helped.

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Hi Humgareeb,

Thanks for letting me know. However, I would like to question this. Our nails also grow, are you saying we should not trim them? Are you allowed to trim your nails in Sikhism or you cant because they grow for a reason?

Manythanks.

BusinessLady

Read this link:

http://www.realsikhism.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1248365011&ucat=7

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Hi Humgareeb,

Thanks for letting me know. However, I would like to question this. Our nails also grow, are you saying we should not trim them? Are you allowed to trim your nails in Sikhism or you cant because they grow for a reason?

Manythanks.

BusinessLady

Read this link:

http://www.realsikhi...48365011&ucat=7

Great, thanks for the links and information. I guess this answers the question on your side.

From my intellect, I believe humans should be able to change them selves after birth e.g. cut their hair as it is ones choice. Science proves arm pit hair is unhygienic and I would like to believe in a God where I keep my self hygienic and clean in worship.

Many Thanks.

BusinessLady.

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BusinessLady I am highly suspicious about your line of condescending questions and your flippant replies to me this is more of a person who wants to cause disruption with bigoted views where you dismiss our values/beliefs with throw away comments.

Do not waste the time of the Khalsa / Sangat by pretending to be interested when you clearly are up-to-mischief

I will monitor you from now on much more closely.

GurFateh Jio

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