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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

This is my first post here. I am looking forward to perusing the forums and learning more about Sikhi to further my journey. I was wondering the following things about proper protocol for senchis:

1. Is it okay to use a raihal for the senchi?

2. Is it okay to use a bookmark (since it isn't the actual Guru) so I don't lose my place?

3. Is there anything else I should know about the proper protocol for senchis?

Thank you for answering my questions.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Edit: Rehat may be a better term than 'protocol'. If so, please let me know. Gurfateh.

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1. Yes a Rehal can be used for senchi sahib, firstly a clean kappra should be placed underneath the rehal, then a ramala on top the rehal, after which you can parkash your pothi sahib.

2. No a bookmark should never be used. whether its Guru Jis Saroop, a Senchi Sahib, a Pothi Sahib or a Gutka Sahib. From what i have learnt from Gursikhs a bookmark should never be used, remember - 'Pothi Parmesar Ka Than.' for keeping your place during sehaj path you should use a separate notebook, in which you record the ang number and shabad. I feel it would be more satkaar to do that then use a bookmark. this also gives you a chance to write gurbani (albeit a small amount) , extra laha!

3. in general you should keep them in a clean space, most gursikhs keep them on a clean shelf. Ramala sahib should be placed underneath them and then another ramala sahib should be placed on top. along with that they should have their own separate white ramalas which is wrapped around them. Some Gursikhs keep their Pothi Sahibs on a bed, or on a Manji Sahib which is also your own shardha but not compulsory. one thing to keep in mind is not to place the pothia on top of each other, rather side by side. Also path shouldn't be done from the Senchi Sahib with anyone sitting higher then you.

Hope That Helped

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