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Khalsa

Wahe Guru Ji is Khalsa Wahe Guru Ji ki Fateh!

Have you ever met women and men wearing turbans and kirpans?
Maybe you associate them with terrorists as the media often instigates.
In order to better understand the ideology and lifestyle of the Khalsagarh, some clarification of terminology might be useful. The terms are Sikh and Khalsa.

Sikhs

The word Sikh means disciple or student. Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh spiritual path lived during the 15th century in Northern India. He taught about humanity and finding Divinity inside ourselves in order to serve others. Sikhism is a lifestyle and its teachings are open to all regardless of race, religion, gender or social status. Sikhism emphasises righteousness, equality and freedom. We are all searchers of Truth and the Divine Universal Light shines in all of us, that light we can call God. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s message was “Ek On Kaar” meaning that we are all part of the same source and energy and God is One. We can call Him by many names and walk different spiritual paths but all roads will lead us home: in unity with One Universal Consciousness.

Our Values

Through history Sikhs have been taught by 10 spiritual teachers – the Sikh Gurus. The teachings of the Sikh Gurus and other spiritual teachers are collated in the Sikh Holy Scripture known as Guru Granth Sahib which is the source of all spiritual knowledge – a living Guru. The Sikhs listen to holy writings from Guru Granth Sahib in their Gurdwaras (Sikh temple), homes and on internet (using apps on the phone or PC).
As Sikhs we meditate on the Name of God (Naam Japo) earn our living working honestly (Kirat Karo) and share what we have with others (Vand Chakko). Sikhism disagrees and rejects casteism and class systems of any kind since we believe in absolute equality. Sikhism is the world’s largest religion (25 million devotees) and distinct from Islam or Hinduism. Sikhism recognises the universal truths that underlie all religious and belief systems. The universal nature of Sikhism is for all faiths and cultural backgrounds and goes beyond differences and encourages us to work together for a better and more equal world.

Khalsa

Sikhs have a distinct identity and form called Bana. All Sikhs do not follow this code and it is not obligatory for other than Amritdharis (baptised) sikhs called Khalsa.
Khalsa is the brotherhood and the order of spiritual warriors and soldier saints.
All sikhs are not Khalsas, but every Khalsa is a Sikh.
Khalsa means pure, genuine or refers to one that is free from worldly commitments. A Khalsa is always willing to serve the Guru and humankind. Khalsa is a title and definition of those who want to live and fulfil the sikh way of life and who have been initiated (quaffed the immortalising nectar Amrit) in the Amrit Sanchar ceremony.

Live like a Warrior - Not like a Worrier

The Amrit Sanchar seremony came into existence over 300 years ago and was established by the last living Guru – Guru Gobind Singh. In this ceremony he defined the unique and easily recognisable form (Bana) which the Amritdhari Khalsa is recognised by. The task of a Khalsa is to fulfil and live the sikh principles in his/her own life and to benefit and come to aid to his/her society, country and the world. This is the reason why Khalsa can be called soldier saints and spiritual social workers. Their task is to help and fight for those without strength, voice or justice. Khalsas are not preachers but active doers. Preaching will not help anyone without food or shelter but if needed they can also give spiritual guidance.
The essence of a Khalsa is strong trust in the power and guidance of the Guru. Khalsa live in Chardi Kala – in high spirit - and do not worry uselessly about the past or tomorrow. It means they have an attitude of a warrior – not a worrier.

In the steps of Guru Nanak Ji

Even Sikhism has developed into different spiritual paths over time. We in Khalsaghar follow the simple and down-to-earth spirit and teaching of Guru Nanak Ji (seva and simran) without rituals and complex habits. We believe that Guru Ji has something to offer to all of us and especially to the stressed human being of today the message of Guru Ji is current.

Let us serve you

It’s an honor to assist all interested in sikhism and the Sikh way of life. We also assist those who wish to take Amrit - the sikh baptism, whether they are Indian or foreign origin. Amrit Sanchar ceremony is being organised twice a week in Takht Keshghar Sahib at Anandpur Sahib, the very place where Guru Gobind Singh baptised his first Sikhs into the Khalsa order. Just contact us bravely, if you are interested in Amrit.

This is how you recognize a Khalsa

In 1699 Bhaisakhi day, the tentth and last living Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, summoned his followers to the town of Anandpur in Punjab, over 80,000 came. According to history, Guru Gobind Singh appeared before his people, flashed a naked sword, and demanded a head. He repeated his call until five Sikhs volunteered. These five individuals came from different parts of India and from different castes. To these five, and subsequently to many others on that historic day, Guru Gobind Singh bestowed a new discipline, a creed to his Sikhs. The Guru initiated these five in the new order of the Khalsa and then, in a dramatic and historic gesture, they in turn initiated him.

On that day, he gave the Sikhs a unique identity which includes five articles of faith:
• unshorn hair as a gift of God and Guru and a mark of Sikh identity (Kesh)
• a small comb for the hair (Kanga)
• a steel bracelet which signifies a reality with no beginning and no end, and is also symbolic of a Sikh’s commitment to the ideals of his faith, much as wedding ring might indicate fealty and identity (Kara)
• a sword indicative of resolve and commitment to justice (Kirpan)
• knee-length breeches in keeping with the disciplined life-style of a Sikh (Katchera)

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