Who is a trustworthy Sikh?


By Gurbachan Singh

To be a complete Gursikh you need the discipline and dedication to live up to all its teachings and cherish the 5 K’s. They are an inseparatable part of Sikhism. Many would like you to believe otherwise. You are your own best judge. It is my strong belief and personal experience that once you understand the value system of Sikhism and get the attachment to Gurbani, you will automatically want to cherish the 5 K’s.

It is as simple as this. Give me 2 Sikhs, one Keshdhari(you often cannot tell if he is amritdhari – so mine is not a SGPC definition) and another sahejdhari. All things being equal, who can we trust better to uphold sikhism and its values when we equally dont know both personalities. Remember that Sikhs are expected to fight for justice whenever and wherever the occassion calls for and champion the cause of the oppressed. If a Sikh shuns these responsibilities, a Keshdhari will straight away be visible. A sahejdhari can get away unless someone notices his kara which has also become fashionable amongst other communities. Of course there are those keshdharis who are worst are drunks, drug addicts, women abusers etc and sehajdhari’s who are excellent examples. Dont be misled they both do not have Sikhi in them. If so, my strong belief above would see that the sehajdhari would wear a turban.

My experience in the Army has been that Sikhs appear greater in number then there actually are. They are easily called upon and quickly put into organising and controlling positions or easily picked up for wrong doings and chided. The attention is given, the confidence in living up to the challenge is you own.

Some argue that it is not practical in these modern times. I will argue that it was even less practical during and after the Guru’s time as at that time they had to pay with their lifes and those of their loved ones. A price was set for every sikh head. Today we trade off our roop/identity for a career, a fiancee, style, fashion and generally being more acceptable in the larger environment and yet chose to call ourselves sikhs.

My personal experience is when I attend functions or gatherings, the sahejdharis are no different from any other persons in the crowd until I get to know them better through discussion and when told their name. On the other hand there is greater PROBABILITY that a keshdhari will turn out alright (there are bad examples everywhere). The mere fact that he willing to uphold his roop and face the onslaught of relentless Qs – what is that on your head, why are you so out-fashion, is it practical to wear in this hot whether, the war has long been over and be visibly accountable for his action or inaction, sometimes being treated like an alien. I am prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.

You will be surprised, how much many matured persons from other communities respect a Keshdhari Sikh. Some narrate to me that where they see so many sikhs there is a general sense of security and decorum – again there can be some ugly incidents but it is a probability issue.

Bottom line is if you want to be a Gursikh you need to cherish or will end up cherishing the 5 K’s. If you dont then you should not complain why you are being discriminated not to hold office in Gurdwara or be able to vote and make decisions that affect the panth. The last thing I need is a sehajdhari sikh asking for compromises and misleading the wider community.



  1. Anonymous said,

    June 20, 2006 at 9:49 pm

    brilliant, right on the money

  2. Navjit Kaur said,

    June 21, 2006 at 10:40 am

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

    Wonderfull post!!! Fortunate we are now we do not have to pay the heavy price our ancestors did during the Guru’s time for our Sikhi. But on the other hand sadly enough our youth do not appreciate this. Some how we can not blame the youth also, the know-how is not there, they are being misled by many, and they claim to be confused. Many would want to be good Sikhs but have been misled.

  3. Khalsa Kaur said,

    June 24, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    it’s all so true, it’s like no one even remembers the 2 chhote sahib zade, at such tender ages they gave up their lives for their religion..
    when Siri Guru Gobing Singh Ji was told all his sons had passed away, what had he said?
    it pains me deeply as these days Sikhs are associated with Drugs, Alcohol and many others as such.
    where are those HAZAAR, frankly its not HAZAAR anymore, is it?
    Dhan Guru Nanak.

  4. PCJ said,

    April 5, 2009 at 2:48 am

    So what do you people have to say about the Sikhs who smuggle drugs (as some of the people were caught smuglling drugs between Canada and The US), who molest little children (like the Gurdwara Bhai in Modesto), and terrorists, like those planted bombs in the planes, like Inderjit Reyat?

  5. PCJ said,

    April 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

    and why on this earth, you think a non-Amritdhari is not trustworthy? After all, at least 99% of the world population is non-Amritdhari.

  6. PCJ said,

    April 5, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Those who have faith inside will fight for justice. They need not be Amritdharis or any other dharis. Even The Granth talks about taking Amrit (determination) from within, not the outer Amrit. The outer is only commitment to your 10th guru but the inner Amrit is commitment to The Lord. Someone who is committed to your 10th guru can be biased but the one who is committed to The Lord can not be biased.

  7. Harminder said,

    April 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    To PCJ:

    Taking amrit from the Panj Pyare is a commitment to the Lord. There is no difference from the Amrit one recieves from the Panj Pyare and the Amrit recieved from reading Gurbani. No one said the Lord is baised, he goes by a person’s deeds. And since cutting your hair is a wrong deed in Sikhi then it’s clear that the Amritdhari is a better Sikh because he follows all the teachings of Guru Sahib.

    Also the above article has alread spoken about the people that are kesdhari, but do wrong deeds. They are no better than the one who cuts hair and doesn’t follow Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji.

  8. PCJ said,

    April 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    If you are committed to The Lord, then why discriminate against The Lord’s people in different form? This article has already discriminated against the non-Amritdharis. Thus it clearly shows that even the author of the article can not be trusted.

    Then you discriminate against non-Amritdharis in schools and gurdwaras. Did The Lord tell you that an Amritdhari doctor is better than the non-Amritdhari doctor even though he isn’t bright enough to get competitive grades in pre-med?

  9. Harminder said,

    April 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm


    I see you just want to pick a fight, so if that’s your view of Amritdharis, then its your opinion. Its best you read the article again and try to understand each point made. You have come to assumptions about the article even after reading it. so its in your best interest to readthe article again to get a better understanding.

    Good luck on your journey

  10. PCJ said,

    April 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

    The article is assuming that a non-Amritdhari can not be trusted, which is a lie…

    In other words, an Amritdhari is considered innocent till proven guility and a non-Amritdhari is considered guility regardless.

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