Sikhi Teachings & Traditions

Rehat Maryada: Section Five Chapter XII - Altruistic Work Article XXI - Voluntary Service Voluntary service ( Seva ) is a prominent part of Sikh religion. Illustrative models of voluntary service are organized, for imparting training, in the gurdwaras. Its simple forms are: sweeping and plastering the floors of the gurdwara [In olden times, buildings, particularly in rural areas had

Rehat Maryādā: Section Six Chapter XIII - Panthic (Corporator Sikh) Life Article XXII - Facets of Corporate Sikh Life The essential facets of Panthic life are: 1. Guru Panth (The Panth’s Guru Status) 2. The ceremony of ambrosial initiation 3. The statute of chastisement for aberrations 4. The statute of collective resolution 5. The appeal against local decisions Article XXIII

Rehat Maryādā: Section Four Chapter X - Beliefs, Observances, Duties, Taboos and Ceremonies Article XVI - Living in Consonance with Guru’s Tenets A Sikh’s living, earning livelihood, thinking and conduct should accord with the Guru’s tenets. The Guru’s tenets are: a. Worship should be rendered only to the One Timeless Being and to no god or goddess. b. Regarding the

Rehat Maryādā: Section Three Chapter IV - Gurdwaras, Congregational Etiquette, Rites Article V - Joining the Congregation for understanding of and reflecting on Gurbani a. One is more easily and deeply affected by Gurbāṇī (the holy bani bequeathed by the Gurus) participating in congregational gatherings : For this reason, it is necessary for a Sikh that he/she visit the places

Rehat Maryādā: Section Two Chapter II – Aspects of Sikh Living Article II – Sikh Living A Sikh’s life has two aspects: individual or personal and corporate or Panthic . Chapter III – Individual Spirituality Article III – Sikh Personal Life A Sikh’s personal life should comprehend: 1. Meditation on Nām (Divine Substance) and the scriptures 2. Leading life according

Wedding Ceremony/Ceremony of Bliss In the past, society of India was divided into four caste groups and four stages of life (child, student, householder/family and spiritual/old age) for the effective functioning of all tasks. The life of a celibate holy man was considered the highest lifestyle and the accepted method to reach God. The householder’s life was considered as the

Resourceful things that should be done by the couple: practice of good actions, practising religion, taking good vows, performing meditation etc. Only good actions that will please Satguru are to be enacted - by the doing of which our lives will become blissful. Here is a more detailed account of what can be told to the couple: 1. Actions "Fourth

Death Ceremony " Death comes to all, and all must suffer separation. " (SGGSJ Ang 595) [Some of these may not apply to those outside of Punjab/India. The translation is made according to the original text, thus take this into account when thinking of a funeral in other countries.] If an Amritdhari is dying and has lived their life in

Respecting Gurbani " The Word, the Bani is Guru, and Guru is the Bani. Within the Bani all die Ambrosial Nectar is contained. If His humble servant believes, and acts according to the Words of the Guru's Bani, then the Guru, in person, emancipates him. " (SGGSJ Ang 982) " That person who does not respect and fear Gurbani cannot

Summary of the Rehat of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji Akhand Pāth & Sehaj Pāth To take Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji from one place to another there are to be a minimum of 5 Singhs present with Guru ji. A gong or other relevant instruments are to be played to make others aware of Guru ji's arrival. Water is