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The practice of the "Sikh way of life" has been laid out by the Gurus in simple, well defined and practical manner. The Gurus emphasise that a Sikh should lead a disciplined life engaged in Naam Simran - meditation on God's name, Kirat Karni - living a honest life of a house-holder and Wand kay Shako - share ones wealth with the community.
This translates into a pure way of living; focussed and unfettered mind, honest living, love of fellow humans and through them service to God, the primal power. This way of life is said to have been stripped of complications, myths, jargon, rituals and exploitation of man by man in the name of religion.
In Sikhism, no benefit is gained by where or to which family a person is born – We all have to undertake our own "good actions" (Karmas) in this life. This is done by joining in Simran (meditation and contemplation) and in Sewa (selfless service for the community). Only then can one progress spiritually. The Sri Guru Granth Sahib asks the Sikh to "Practice truth, contentment and kindness; this is the most excellent way of life. One who is so blessed by the Formless Lord God renounces selfishness, and becomes the dust of all. (3)" ( [SGGS] page 51 (1))
The Sikh who has mastered the basic requirements must undertake the following observances in their daily life:
- A. Disciplined Living,
- B. Personal Regulations and
- C. Community Involvement
An established Sikh is also expected to undergo these rites or Sanskars during their life:
Amrit Sanskar: or Khanda-ki-Pahul is the term used to refer to the Sikh baptism ceremony. In the year 1699, this ceremony was established when the tenth religion's leader (Guru Gobind Singh) first baptised 5 followers of his faith and then was baptised himself by the 5 followers, who are called the Panj Pyara. The Khalsa is said to have taken Amrit once they have been baptised.....
Anand Karaj: Is the name given to the Sikh wedding ceremony, literally translated as "Blissful Happening". The Laava, or four stanzas, are read and then sung during the ceremony to formalize marriage. The Sikh religious wedding ceremony, which almost always takes place in a Gurdwara is held in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib. This arrangement offers a way to bring family support into the lives of the couple if they require it......
Antam Sanskar The "Final Ceremony" - In Sikhism death is considered a natural process; an absolute certainty - an event that will happen sooner or later - an event that is guaranteed to take place; and only happens when the Almighty commands and never otherwise - as a direct result of God's Will or Hukam. To a Sikh, birth and death are closely associated, because they are both part of the cycle of human life of "coming and going".....
Naam Karan or Child Naming Ceremony: This ceremony usually takes place in a Gurdwara after the baby and mother are medically and physically fit to attend the Gurdwara. There is no limit or threshold to this timing and the family should not feel undue pressure of any kind as to the timing. The only matters that need to be taken into account is the well being of the mother and child.....
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