Why Raksha Bandhan has no place in Sikhi

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As the festival of Raksha Bandhan approaches each year, it’s no longer strange to see Sikhs lining up to purchase these threads to tie on the wrists of their brothers and fathers, in return for blessings and gifts. What was originally a Hindu festival has been ignorantly been accepted in Sikh culture, without prior thought to what it is all about and why our Gurus would never support it. Instead, manmat has only taken lead, with the explanation that it is the day dedicated to the bond of a brother and sister, and an excuse to pamper each other.

According to the Hindus, this is how the day is marked, ‘As per the traditions, the sister on this day prepares the pooja thali with diya, roli, chawal and rakhis. She worships the deities, ties Rakhi to the brother(s) and wishes for their well being. The brother in turn acknowledges the love with a promise to be by the sisters’ side through the thick and thin and gives her a token gift.’

Festivals like these are beautiful, no doubt, but in Sikhi, what we do – or do not do – is sanctioned only by the Guru. Nowhere in Sikh history has any Sikh Guru known to have accepted this Hindu custom. In a painting I came across on a website, Guru Nanak Dev Ji is being depicted to have a raakhi being tied on his wrist by his sister Bebe Nanaki. This is nothing more than a work of fiction.

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The Guru, who rejected the spiritual thread that the Hindu Brahmins consider makes them connected to God, in the midst of all the learned Pandits, Brahmins and his own father, would that same Guru accept the far more earthy thread called a ‘rakhi’? It’s plain logic, he wouldn’t. When asked by his father to go forth and make a profitable bargain in business, young Nanak came back having spent all his given money on feeding starving fakirs. If Nanak could challenge the Brahmins and reject outright the janeu, would he want to contradict himself by accepting another thread? The painting above may have been done by a devotee of the Guru and was only imagining the love between a brother and a sister, but didn’t realise that it is against the Guru’s own philosophy. If the Guru’s life is studied closely, and compared with his hymns, one can deduce for oneself whether the Guru would say something and preach something else. Likewise, no other Sikh Guru subscribed to the rakhsha bandhan ceremony, it was just not a Sikh practice, be it religious or cultural.

‘So what’s the harm in commemorating the day?’, is the usual counter-arguement of those Sikhs that accept the practice. There’s no harm in doing any of these things, but our Guru just did not approve them for his Sikhs. He’s taken us out of all the clutter of all those things that have no meaning in Sikhi and have instructed us to focus more on God than on worldly funfairs that eventually take the mortal away from God. The heritage of the Sikhs is so unique, that the men and women have been given an equal status. Why would a Khalsa Kaur ever need anyone’s protection when they have the power within them to defend themselves? That is why if the Singh was given a Kirpan, so was a Kaur granted the same. When the 40 Sikhs abandoned the Guru in his time of need, their wives took away their mens’ weapons and horses and left their husbands home to take their place. It was a proof of the might of the Guru’s daughters – that they are as mighty, or even mightier, than men. ‘Truth is high,’ Guru Nanak Dev Ji said and, further added, ‘but higher still is truthful living.’ So how can a mere thread prove the love between a brother and sister. Will that thread not wear out too, just like the janeu?

Sikhs were blessed with the roop of the Guru so that they may emulate their example of life and living which would connect us to Waheguru. Ceremonies like rakhsha bandhan are good for those for whom it was made, for the Hindu faith has it’s own valid reasons. Sikhi is a completely distinct faith. And how? Guru Nanak did not accept the janeu; he rejected the offering of water to his ancestors; he did not recite the Hindu Vedas; nor prayed to the 330 million gods, but contemplated only on the SHABAD what was revealed to Him from the Court of the Lord. Likewise, the other Sikh Gurus further developed what Guru Nanak preached, they never contradicted Nanak’s message and way of life.

In conclusion, while the ceremony is a beautiful one, it simply has not place in Sikhi because it is not higher than the Sikh way of life. The simple thread that is meant as a prayer to protect a sister and to seek the blessings of the brother’s long life and wellbeing, is not any higher than believing that it is Akaal Purakh that protects and blesses His beings. A thread is just an illusion, a Sikh of the Guru has no need for it to be reminded of his duty to the world, otherwise our Gurus would have allowed us to adopt it. And what of those who have no brothers? Who will protect them? What of those who have no sisters, who will pray for their long life and wellbeing? It’s all out of logic for Sikhs.

Rakhsha Bandhan is good for the Hindus, the Sikhs have their own beautiful way of life, made as simple as it could ever have been so that we can connect more to the Divine, and detatch more from the illusionary world.

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91 Comments

  1. anildev_malhi said,

    July 28, 2006 at 9:44 pm

    Dear Lakhvirji,

    I agree that Raksha Bandhan has no place in Sikhism, but if we follow the same logic, the Rakhi that is tied for the bridegroom and his best man should also be outlawed.

    My brother just got married and some customs that were performed are pretty questionable. The oil ceremony (maiyan) and applying surma to his eyes to ward off negative vibes seem Hindu, but Sikhs in Malaysia practise it.

    We need some guidelines on how to conduct a SIKH Wedding, right from the beginning. There must be an attempt to differentiate Hindu traditions and Punjabi culture.

    • Anonymous said,

      August 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Lakhvir ji,
      Please do answer cauz it’s easy to cauz a rift but not many have d sense to steer people in d right direction !!! Try to b a better human being first than to try n prove who sud practice wat ???

      • August 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        if you read the article closely, you will notice that it does not preach anything or discredit the another’s faith. all that is being said is that we are deviating from sikhi through manmat. who am i to even instruct anyone what to do and what not to, am i also just a sikh myself. we are merely discussing (vichaar of) sikhi, and helping each other become ever so closer to the gurus’ teachings. sikhi teaches us to follow the wisdom of gurbani and not to indulge in the practices that tehe gurus did not sanctify for us (which other faiths are free do continue). if one feels otherwise that i am attacking others’ faiths, it is my humble plea to ignore my views, and instead, pay heed to only gurbani and rehat maryada, for our own collective and individual spiritual enlightenment, because clearly, we are more inclined to define sikhi in our own terms than what the gurus earned and handed over to us to follow.

      • Anonymous said,

        November 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        The Hindus are the ones causing the rift between the Sikhs! I.e bringing their caste system into Sikhism, and the raksha bandhan!! So we must steer our sikhi people into the right direction!! So don’t comment saying b a better human being!!! Waheguru Waheguru Waheguru…

    • Anonymous said,

      August 16, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Please read, learn and follow the Sikh Maryada, most of your questions will be answered.
      http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Anand_Karaj
      http://sgpc.net/sikh-rehat-maryada-in-english/

      SIKHI is not heredity, rather its needs to be earned while following the Hukum from Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Reiterating Kindly Read, Learn and experience Sikhi principles in your day-to-day life.

    • Jairaj Singh said,

      October 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      The Rehat Maryada published by the SGPC, Amritsar lays down the guidelines for Anand Karaj. Refer them.

  2. SIKH SPEAK said,

    July 29, 2006 at 11:41 am

    ANOTHER OUTSTANDING ARTICLE BHAJI!!!! cant wait to get some of these in the mag! fantastic!

  3. lakhvir said,

    July 29, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    Dear AnilDev Ji,

    The question is not to outlaw these practices, but to raise awareness amongst ourselves so we can free ourselves from these shackles. That Sikh Gurus spent over 200 years in formulating the Sikh Panth and in the process, they dropped off all those practices that were not in line with Sikh thought and philosophy. Sikhs now have a rehat maryada which is to be followed if one is to proclaim oneself as a Sikh of the Guru. The Gurus did not outlaw, but rather gave instructions of the conduct of a Sikh. By outlawing something, people are bound to question, but when instructed by the Guru, it’s only those that love the Guru can accept His instructions as good for oneself and for the Panth.

    We can put a stop to these practices, not by telling people to stop (because they will not), but by putting a stop to it when our turn comes. Say no to these practices in all humility and watch how slowly by slowly the cookie crumbles. It’s sometimes really hard to fight our own, let alone others, especially our own families. They will do these things blindly and to please the society, they will rarely contemplate on what we have not been allowed by our Gurus to do. We can stop getting rakhis tied on us, we can stop all those useless rituals in a wedding (kalgi lagaoni, surma etc) and our conviction to do what is right should be so unshakeable that we will be able to bring up our kids in the light of true Sikh way of life, away from what people think is right and closer to what the Guru approves and accepts. It’s a life-long quest to change the most subtle of things, but we need to start with ourselves. That’s where the battle begins, and no battle fought for righteousness goes without victory.

    • Anonymous said,

      August 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      If the janeu was pointless, than why is the turban not? (This is a serious question, not trying to discredit the turban. Trying to understand as a non-Sikh. I respect the turban and its cultural significance.)

      “If Nanak could challenge the Brahmins and reject outright the janeu, would he want to contradict himself by accepting another thread?”
      “So how can a mere thread prove the love between a brother and sister. Will that thread not wear out too, just like the janeu?”
      “A thread is just an illusion, a Sikh of the Guru has no need for it to be reminded of his duty to the world..”

      Replace that with:
      If Nanak could challenge the Brahmins and reject outright the janeu, would he want to contradict himself by accepting another thread (*turban*)?
      So how can a mere *turban* prove the love between a *Sikh* and *GOD*. Will that *turban* not wear out too, just like the janeu?
      A *turban* is just an illusion, a Sikh of the Guru has no need for it to be reminded of his duty to the world

      I don’t see the difference between what the turban’s purpose is and the janeu’s purpose. Are they not both just cloth? Again – no disrespect meant to either, honestly.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upanayana

      • Anonymous said,

        August 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm

        Actually.. a lot of this may have been answered right here: https://lakhvir.wordpress.com/2006/07/28/why-raksha-bandhan-has-no-place-in-sikhi/#comment-172

        But I look forward to hearing your response as well, respectfully.

      • Rugved said,

        November 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        Cool question!

      • A. Singh said,

        July 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm

        Q: What is the purpose of turban? Why do Sikhs wear turban?

        A: All Sikh Gurus since Guru Nanak Dev Ji wore turban. However, the covering of hair with turban was made official by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of Sikhs. The main reasons to wear turban is to take care of the hair, promote equality, and preserve the Sikh identity.

        Sikhs do not cut their hair as a respect towards God and the turban protects the hair from dust. Some people might ask the question that if Sikhs cover their hair on head, why don’t they cover their beard? Dirt is not a big problem for beard. The beard can be cleaned very easily while washing the face. Covering of the head by turban also symbolizes respect towards God. People form many other religions including Hindus, Jews, and traditionally many Christians including Catholics cover their head while visiting their church (Source: Christian Head Covering). Since Sikhs believe God to be present everywhere, they cover their head not just in church but everywhere else as well.

        Sikhs are only 2% of India’s population, turban also helps to identify Sikhs. Upon establishing turban as a Sikh identity Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, “My Sikh will be recognized among millions”.

        In addition, the people from high class used to wear turban and many high status individuals still wear turban. The high class turban wearing individuals were called Sardars (leaders). This segregated people from high and low classes. So in order to eliminate the class system associated with turban, Guru Gobind Singh Ji made each and every Sikh a Sardar. He also rejected class system by giving all Sikh the last name Singh and Kaur.

        Many people mistake Sikhs and look at them as Muslims due to their turban. Turban is used as a head covering by many cultures. Many cultures in Africa wear turban as well. Only the high officials in Islam wear turban. Many Hindu priests wear turban as well. Identifying people wearing turban and looking at them as terrorist and making them a target of hatred is completely wrong. Just like every person wearing a baseball hat is not a bank robber; every person wearing a turban is not a terrorist. If you see a man walking down on the streets of western countries wearing a turban, there is 99.9% chance that he is a Sikh since Muslims and Hindus in western countries do not wear turban.

        Sikhs do not usually wear red or green. The most common colors worn by Sikhs are white, blue and black. The old and/or spiritual people usually wear white. Black and blue are the most common colors worn by the youth. The main purpose of the head covering is to cover the head and the hair. The choice of colors is totally up to the individual.

      • Anonymous said,

        August 18, 2016 at 5:42 am

        A turban is not a thread… It is a symbol of sikhi…. It shows that one is the elderly figure of the family (sikh sangat). There is no point comparing turban to junehu…. The author has already said that he is not disregarding any religion… This article ia meant for other sikhs who are gaining faith into other relgion and practices…. Where junehi shows that a person is baptized… On the other hand All sikhs wear turban irrespective of the fact if they are baptized or not…

  4. anildev_malhi said,

    July 29, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    Dear Lakhvir Ji

    I understand that whatever we do must come out of love and respect for the Guru’s teachings.

    It’s just difficult to comprehend why some elders disregard some aspects of such tradition and accept some. For example, kalgi is forbidden, but applying surma is encouraged.

    Some of my relatives actually told me that it’s all done in the name of fun, there are no religious attachment to the traditions.

    Sikhs, especially Punjabi Sikhs really need some guidance. Those in the west, especially our White Sikh brethren seem to practise untainted Sikhism. I watched the video of Sada Sat Simran Singh’s wedding ; it was impressive. We don’t do a wedding jaikara after the Anand Karaj, and i think we should.

    As a youth, i feel the need to seek an explanation for almost everything. Sorry for taking up your time.

    Rab Rakha.

    • August 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm

      Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
      surma keeps your eyes cool 🙂
      Sat Sri Akaal

      • praveen said,

        July 30, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        sikh is the part of hindus… hindus not a part of sikhs. so what true u already is knoun

  5. niyarakhalsa said,

    July 30, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    Wow veerji ! you are bang on target.

    anyone who wants to know about the complete itihas of rakhi and where it stands in sikhi (i.e. nowhere!) can download & listen to Inder Singh Khagga’s lectures:

    http://www.singhsabhacanada.com/download.php?Type=Audio&ID=30
    http://www.singhsabhacanada.com/download.php?Type=Audio&ID=31

    if you are not able to download you can go to this page and listen streaming audio:

    http://www.singhsabhacanada.com/audio.php?Topic=1

    (It also contains lectures on other hindu influences that are causing confusion in the Panth)

  6. anildev_malhi said,

    July 30, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    Niyara Khalsa Ji,

    Thanks for the download link. It’s excellent.

    Rab Rakha.

  7. Ekoankar Singh said,

    August 4, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    A Hindu Brahmin name Shankarachariya refused to wear Janeu as well. You can search on references where he has given philosophic reasons as they are widely available online and offline. He was born in 7th centuary way before Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib.

    Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib was trying to convey the message of rationalism that believe if you understand it. He was not against or in favour of anything. He went to local masque for Muslim Prayer and showed them rationalism the same way.

    He went to Yogis & other cults and showed them the right path the same way. He was born to unite people not to pin point their rituals or practices or to belittle them.

    This is the reason that Hindus & Muslims fought after his death to get his body. How many Sikhs after him have set up role model in the society like Gurus? We have become victim of same situation which was happening at the time of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib.

    People were proving their religion and belittling others and Sikhs are leading in this race in 21st centuary. There are so many sects within Hinduism who totally refuse to wear Janeau and their existenance of origin is before Sikhism. Please read following articles in Punjabi if you can http://www.amritworld.com/bhaagaan_waale.html

    Hinduism ritual of wearing sacred thread is not petty ritual. It has significance as per their religion. They have society divided which has setup some rules. If Sikhs do not have objection on White European lady wearing Bick-nee and on the other hand may not find comfort if their own women then why interfere with anything and everything Hindus do? Why not preach our own Dharmas teaching? Why be dependent on other religions and criticize them day & night in order to prove our point? We are teaching Sikhs so Sikh references are needed.

    • Anonymous said,

      August 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Very well said Ekoankar Singh ji!! Instead of finding flaws in d other religions why don’t Sikhs try n follow their own… No one force Sikhs to follow d Hindu festivals but they choose to….. So instead of targeting other religion beliefs why not b positive n preach how to b a good human !!!

      • Rugved said,

        November 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

        nice view!

  8. Navneet Singh said,

    August 6, 2006 at 12:38 am

    My reply is neither in support of, nor in opposition to, any religion or culture or tradition. It is a simple call to reason, with love. I have some opinions pertaining to the matter at hand, which i wish to share. I request the reader, not to start the analysis and dissection of my reply before reading it in full, otherwise one would miss what i intend to convey.

    – The “Janeoo” or the sacred thread of the Hindu Brahmins that is tied around the torso is their religious symbol, wearing it is not a social practice, but is a part of the organized Hindu religion, just like the 5 Ks are an integral part of the organized Khalsa Panth, although with a well-defined and refined spiritual connotation. Indeed, Guru Nanak Dev Ji denied the “Janeoo” for the simple reason that he opposed the empty and dead ritualisation of religion. Guruji opposed the display of external symbols of piety when the person who wore them had no such feelings of devotion within. During His time, gullible followers were often duped by the so-called priests just by the show of superficial knowledge and rituals, and Guruji was just trying to expose this fact to the populace in order to caution the unwary. By first denying the Janeoo, and then by spiritually justifying His denial, Guruji was trying to awaken those people who had descended into a kind of spiritual slumber during the peaking Kalyug. He was not opposing an ordinary piece of thread, in fact, He was opposing the external show of devotion which was not an outcome of inner longing for God.

    – Can any person fool God by showing spiritual allegiance through external symbols alone, when there is no love for God in the heart? Does one become acceptable to God just through external rituals? Shouldn’t outer symbolism follow inner realization? By inner realization i don’t mean complete realization of God, i am talking of even the tiniest realization of some facet of truth. According to me, the ideal way for every person, is to live life by whatever one has actually realized in the core of one’s being, whether through the teachings of the Gurus or from life itself. Moreover, even if you are following something without realization, it is not very harmful to anyone as long as you don’t pretend and mislead others by claiming that you have realized it in some way. I am just alluding to Guruji’s idea of truthful living. How does one live truthfully? Simply by being the same person on the inside and on the outside. Basically, being truthful means not being a hypocrite. If you are black on the inside, show yourself as black on the outside too, don’t pretend to be white in front of the world because when you pretend you are not only stunting your own spiritual growth, but directly or indirectly, you begin harming others too. The Guru can transform your life in a jiffy if you become completely truthful, otherwise it could take far longer. This is so very evident from Sikh History itself. There have been so many who spent their whole lives in close association with the Gurus but remained stubborn in their hypocritical way of life and hence could not benefit even an iota from the Guru’s presence. So, be truthful, that helps the Guru to help you quicker!

    – The world has suffered a lot at the hands of phony priests and pundits whose inner motives are contrary to their actions. Their hypocrisy was running rampant in the world of religion during the time of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Indeed, Guruji denied many of their social customs and rituals. But He was not so much against the actual ritual as He was against the hypocrisy that formed the basis of such practices. Brahmins preached what they themselves did not practice, their recitation of scriptures at religious ceremonies had just become like any other business to gain wealth and status in society, their so-called religious activities were just pushing society into the darkness of ignorance, they were living untruthful lives. And this was the stigma that had blemished the religious world, and this is what Guruji wanted to banish once and for all. Guruji was not trying to vehemently oppose some custom, in fact, His opposition was mainly targeted at the hypocrisy that had penetrated to the roots of such practices. See, i am not a proponent or an opponent of Raksha Bandhan. It has not much meaning for me. But i find it almost harmless when compared to far more dangerous ideas, like, ‘becoming a Brahmin by just wearing a Janeoo’ and ‘becoming a Khalsa by just going through a baptization ceremony’. Being a Khalsa is a way of life, it is not just about taking Amrit one fine day and feeling that one has become acceptable to God. A person becomes a Khalsa not just by conforming to the external symbolism, but by also living as a Khalsa, through and through, right to the being, to the core of oneself. A person who “pretends” to be a Khalsa is far more dangerous to our society and to mankind when compared to the people who celebrate Rakhsha Bandhan! Raksha Bandhan is not a way of life, it is just an innocuous little custom that is incapable of adversely affecting anyone’s life. Even if you pretend to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, nobody is going to be harmed. But if a person wears a Janeoo and proclaims that now he is a Brahmin and can impart the wisdom of the holy scriptures to everyone, then such a person becomes a grave danger to humanity.

    – If inner spiritual growth was not a necessity, would Guru Gobind Singh Ji have tested the devotion of His Sikhs on the day of the birth of the Khalsa with a terrifying display of blood and sword? Why didn’t He simply give away Amrit to all the Sikhs in the audience, right in the first place? He wanted to churn out the butter from the milk. In a unique way, He wanted to make evident the lofty standards that He had set for the Khalsa Panth. He called upon those Sikhs who could surrender their heads to their Guru, which was indeed symbolic of a deeper truth that a Sikh will have to surrender to the Guru in body, mind and soul, but this was not obvious to those whose faith in the Guru was partial. At that time, there were many who were afraid, and they doubted the Will of the Guru. And Guruji had created such a dramatic situation, just so that He could make such people realize the superficial nature of their spiritual fidelity. In our daily life, we often meet people who claim to have complete faith in the Guru and God, but very often we see that their faith wavers while facing even the most ordinary trials of life. How would a person who is not even ready to give up one’s body for the Guru, ever surrender at the level of the heart? By asking the Sikhs for their heads, Guruji was just testing the sanctity of their love for God. The five Sikhs who surrendered themselves in loving devotion to the Guru were devotees of the highest order and they were the first to be baptised by the Guru. They were the first to receive the 5 external symbols of the Khalsa because their fidelity and inner realization befitted such an outer display. Now, pay some attention to the present state of baptization affairs in the Khalsa world. Now-a-days, so many Sikhs take up the oath of complete allegiance to the Guru based on a sudden and temporary spurt of faith, they drink the Amrit without any inner thirst or longing for the Guru and their prayers are more out of compulsion than out of love. Almost sounds like many of us are descending into the same dark pit of external ritualisation without any substantial inner realisation, very much like the Janeoo-wearing Brahmins from the time of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. My humble request is that even if you take Amrit without any realisation, let that be known when inquired about, don’t make a false show of humility and piety. If you are not experiencing spiritual upliftment don’t pretend to be blissed out. Today, just to gain the respect of fellow Sikhs, you may proclaim all kinds of things that you have not experienced first-hand. And when over time the guilt of making such false proclamations gets through to your heart then you may fall from the Khalsa way of life and you may discourage and mislead many others, away from the path. Just be truthful! Think about it.

    – Now let us examine impartially, the “Janeoo” of the Hindus and the “Kadaa” of the Khalsa. Both are external symbols, which are capable of reminding the wearer, to keep the faith in God. The “Kadaa” basically symbolizes God as ‘Akaal Moorat’, in other words it is supposed to remind us that God is ‘without a beginning or an end’. Start from any point on the Kadaa and move in any direction on it, and one never reaches the end, and for that matter, there is no beginning to it either. And the “Janeoo” of the Hindus has the same significance attached to it. Basically, the Janeoo is a circular thread symbolizing the timeless nature of God. The Brahmins wear the Janeoo around their torso just like a Khalsa wears a Kadaa around the wrist.

    Now, i will comment on some of the statements made by the author of the article.

    AUTHOR: What was originally a Hindu festival has been ignorantly been accepted in Sikh culture, without prior thought to what it is all about and why our Gurus would never support it.
    NAVNEET: I feel that you are being presumptuous when you say that the ‘Gurus would never support it’. We should abstain from trying to comment so assertively about what the Gurus “would have done” when faced with a certain issue. The ways of the enlightened ones are not so predictable as our own. The Gurus were not here to intellectually categorize every action that a human being could perform because it is practically impossible to create a list of right and wrong actions. Their basic mission was to awaken the masses so that once the truth dawns upon them, it would guide them henceforth. Once we are awake to life in its actuality, all worthless things attached to us fall off, on their own. Moreover, we should be called ignorant only because we are not waking up to the presence of God in ourselves and also in everyone and everything else. Sleep-walking through life is a far greater threat to one’s spirituality than Raksha Bandhan. Tell me, does Gurbaani tell us to avoid everything that is linked with Hinduism? If that was the case then why would Japji Sahib Ji state that, “Listening to the True Name of the Lord, the messages within the Shastras, Simritees and Vedas become clear to the devotees, and these devotees forever blossom forth”. If the messages within those scriptures were of no significance then would they deserve such a mention in Gurbaani? And Gurbaani also points to these scriptures in various other positive contexts.

    AUTHOR: The painting above may have been done by a devotee of the Guru and was only imagining the love between a brother and a sister, but didn’t realise that it is against the Guru’s own philosophy. If the Guru’s life is studied closely, and compared with his hymns, one can deduce for oneself whether the Guru would say something and preach something else.
    NAVNEET: It would be ignorant of us to say that we are able to comprehend our Guru’s philosophy in its purity. Intellectually, it is not possible to fathom the philosophy of the Gurus in its purity and its entirety. Our minds can only speculate about it. Let me pose a challenge to you, so that i can make myself clear. Guru Teg Bahadur Ji meditated for 22 years in a meditation pit in Bakala. He did not earn any livelihood to support His family during that time. His Mataji stitched and sold clothes to earn a living and she used that money every day to buy one Rotee and some salt, which she shared with Guruji. So, if we “intellectually” compare that period of Guruji’s life with the Sikh philosophies of “Kirt Karnee” and “Vand Ke Chhaknaa” then we are faced with a conflict, between the Guru and His philosophy. My point is that we should stop making statements that seem to imply that we immaculately understand our Guru and His philosophy. Moreover, i could see that you concluded that, since Guruji opposed the tying of the thread called the Janeoo, He would have also rejected the tying of the thread called the Rakhdee. But i feel that your justifications fall short of your conclusion. I personally believe that following anything without the heart’s involvement, is a kind of hypocrisy. If a sister is tying a Rakhdee on her brother’s wrist without any loving emotion within, then that act is worthless. Of what use is external display when there is no emotion within. Moreover, if i really love my sister and she really loves me, what then is the need of a Rakhdee, isn’t our love enough to tie us together? But, then again, the love that we experience has its flaws and its weaknesses, our love is shallow when compared to the highest form of love that a true Bhagat experiences for God. Since our love in relationships is incomplete and since it is momentary, it is natural for human beings to affirm and complement such love with outer displays through ceremonies and rituals. I am not saying that this helps a lot, but it just acts as a kind of re-assurance that keeps the bond alive. All external expressions of mankind are born out of a sense of incompleteness that exists deep inside all of us and the Guru is just trying to make us complete, so that we become free of all forms of bondage. I would rather wake up spiritually and let all attachments drop off on their own than try to fight them directly. Let there be light and the darkness shall vanish on its own, no one can fight the darkness and make it disappear. The spectrum of darkness is far and wide and Raksha Bandhan and most other external customs and rituals fall at the shallow end of it, there are far greater illusions of Maya that one needs to contend with first. Attack the root of all problems, which is the ego, instead of trying to pluck out one leaf or branch at a time, they’ll just keep growing back! If you succeed in eradicating one bandhan today, some other bandhan will come to haunt you tomorrow. I feel we have taken the battle to the wrong arena.

    AUTHOR: There’s no harm in doing any of these things, but our Guru just did not approve them for his Sikhs.
    NAVNEET: Since i have already said enough in this regard, i would simply ask you to prove it beyond doubt that the Guru did not approve of festivals like Raksha Bandhan! Not by using loosely coupled ideas of personal understanding of the Guru’s philosophy and Sikh history.

    AUTHOR: So how can a mere thread prove the love between a brother and sister. Will that thread not wear out too, just like the janeu?
    NAVNEET: Indeed, true love needs no proof or assurance, but how many people truly experience love? When love becomes true, there cannot be two! Only one is left and then what purpose would any thread serve! But since most human lovers are not self-realized, they are bound to err! They feel the need to assert their love in a countless different ways. This is just an outcome of the insecurity that exists in all types of human relationships. This insecurity makes people constantly strengthen the bond that they share with each other, via external activities. Even a Bhagat seeks constant re-assurance from God till his or her love reaches the peak of its potential. Moreover if you are talking about the physical wearing out of the Rakhdee or the Janeoo over a period of time, then the same question can be raised with respect to the 5 Ks of the Khalsa. They all wear out, don’t they? All types of symbolism is perishable, it is just supposed to represent one’s inner state, the state of one’s heart, one’s core. To sum it all up, i would like to quote a famous mystic, who said, “The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart”. So, with the guidance of the Guru, just keep penetrating your own heart and you shall see the light!

    AUTHOR: A thread is just an illusion, a Sikh of the Guru has no need for it to be reminded of his duty to the world, otherwise our Gurus would have allowed us to adopt it.
    NAVNEET: If you have no need of a Rakhdee to remind you of your duty towards your sister then why do you need a kadaa to remind you of your duty towards your Guru? If a thread appears to be an illusion to you then why shouldn’t the kadaa be called an illusion too? Deep down, a kadaa is made up of the same stuff that a thread is made up of; matter and energy! It is not hard to imagine that if the Guru had commanded us to wear a thread instead of a kadaa, today, we would all be wearing threads around our wrists and we would be condemning those who wore a metallic bracelet! What’s the difference, both are perishable, although a kadaa would take longer to deteriorate. By the way, the Kachhera that a Khalsa wears, isn’t that made up of so many threads? So, even the Khalsa is wearing threads in some way, right? Illusion? Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to be funny here and neither am i trying to ridicule someone or something. My point is that the real illusions in our lives, are the egos that we carry around with us all the time. A thread or a kadaa is just an external expression of an inner state of commitment. Sooner or later it will perish on its own, nature will take care of that, but our egos pose a much bigger problem, which nature cannot deal with. This is evident from Gurbaani, which warns us against the many pitfalls associated with the 5 Vikaars(desire, anger, greed, attachment and ego) and also informs us of the ways that could help us to avoid these pitfalls. But how many of us pay serious attention to that? Why are we so worried about the fact that Sikhs are also celebrating Raksha Bandhan? So what if the Hindus started it? They started so many other things too. Has Sikhism not been affected by Hinduism in any way? Our Gurus asked us to get involved in Jap, Tap, Seva, Saadhna, Sumiran and a lot more, but the Hindu Saints and Rishis of the bygone era had been preaching the same thing too, isn’t it? So, are we copying the Hindus there? Moreover, why is the Baani of so many Hindu Bhagats and Muslim Fakirs a part of Gurbaani? I am well aware that some of them worshipped deities and idols at some point in their lives. Of course, they stopped doing that after enlightenment, but then at some point they were involved in things that our Gurus did not approve of, then how did their Baani find its way into Guru Granth Sahib Ji? I am sure you must be aware of how Bhagat Dhanna Ji got enlightened praying to an ordinary stone idol that He had borrowed from a pundit. I am not saying that we should worship idols! That is meaningless. Thanks to our Gurus, many Sikhs have come far in the understanding of such things. Simply put, the thing that matters the most on this path is the depth of one’s love towards God, everything else is secondary. It is due to the immense depth of their love towards God, that the Baani of those Bhagats and Fakirs found its way into Gurbaani. Indeed, follow Guruji by all means, but follow Him inside as well as outside, to the best of your abilities, without pretense. And stop worrying about something as innocuous as Raksha Bandhan, how many keep the Rakhdee on, beyond a couple of days? It’s not like you wear the same Rakhdee for your whole life or that it hinders your spiritual upliftment.

    Too much said for now!
    And, yes, nobody has to believe me. Just explore Gurbaani sincerely, and you shall find all your answers!

    That’s all folks!

    (Japo!)
    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!
    Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    • August 5, 2009 at 5:17 am

      To all concerned,
      I hereby see the philosophers and commentators arguing on an unnecessary arguement on thread of Rakhi. Some says that Guru Nanak Dev ji refused to tie the knot of Rakhi. This is not any Hindu festival, If you go through the Hindu mythology, i am sure you will not find any link, any proof of this custom in ancient time. It was introduced during Humyun’s period in Indian society. This is not related to any religion because the queen which sent the thread to Humyun was Hindu and Humayun was a muslim so it s not related to any religion but simply a tradition, a custom accepted by all sort of people.
      Guru ji says NACHAN KUDAN MAN KA CHAAO..!!
      To keep oneself happy, everybody needs some moments of pleasure. So if Sikhs have accepted like Mother’s day, Children’s day etc. in modern society. What is the harm if celebrated by all? by such narrow mid thoughts, aren’t we responsible to push the Sikh youths toward fanatism?
      I myself is a strong critic of Brahminism thoughts in Sikhism and have written the blog, http://wesikhsnothindus.blogspot.com/ But even than I do not oppose though i just celebrate for pleasure only.
      Guru Fateh ji !!

    • KP said,

      September 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

      Great reply. Definitely agree with many of your points.

    • August 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Navneet, I agree with your understanding of inner and outer feelings. I agree with most part of your understanding. I wish every body could think like you, not give much importance to the festical, and you are bang on target that a khalsa must accept the way of living only if he has conviction and determination to be a khalsa.

      But, navneet, what is happening is people have started to add that the guy who gets the rakhi tied, protects her. This undermines the value of sovereignty given to the kaur and singh.

      Also, your understanding of the 5k;s is flawed to an mass extent (although it can be repaired easily). The 5k;s are meant to be to identigy a sikh from a lot. It does not mean any superiority or any such thing. But, it is our indentity. I donot buy the theory that it means this or that. the k’s identify us. It is like an ID card. Even if ione sees a khalsa from far away, he knows his brother or sister is comming towards him. We are all like so many human beings, how do we know who is a khalsa, who is not? Guru ji gave us these to make sure we dont mistake ourself with the other. Please understand what I am trying to say. All the other things, like the akal purakh through the kada, and others are, to my wisdom, imagination. Yes the Kirpan is surely for defence and it declared to the world of our individual sovereignty. But kirpan has nothing to do with religion. Our hair is our identity. our kanga and kachera is our identity. Your theory that a kachera is made of thread, so it is similar to jaleho, does not make sense.

      As for rakhi, as long as no importance is given to it, it is harmless, but when we start adding the protection and superiority caveat to it, it is against our very philosophy. And our philosophy is not that difficuilt to understand. Every lay man can understand our philosophy which stands for equality. I feel if raksha bandhan taken too seriously, like it says.. raksha – meaning – protection, and bandhan .. meaning – bond, as a sikh one must not get into such a bond, it does not serve you as reminder for sure.

      And, there can be other ways to remember your sister and celebrate your realtionship as well, like you can just gift her something, or she can gift you something. Or you can go out for movie, or dinner, or gurudwara. or say hello. Why do we need to tie a rakhi for that.

      What is happening is that radical groups are influencing us in the name of brotherhood, that we must tie a rakhi , just to show love for each other and celebrate each other festivals for brotherhood. But there comes a price with it. We sacrifice our philosophy of sovereignty and self protection and that we can take care of our selves on our own. Do we need to be dependent on guy for the protection of the girl, and that too a rakhi to remind him. And then, can a sister not protect the brother. Also, dont we make woman weak by this rather useless tradition.

      Why waste time on this, when it has so many flaws.

      Would be happy if i have a reply from you. Would love to hear your thoughts on this Navneet.

      Waheguru Jee ka khalsa
      Waheguru jee Ki fateh

      • August 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        Post Script: by what i say that the 5’k;s are are our identity, please don;t imply that we are very different to others, it is just that we have chosen as sikhi as a means our path towards reaching a particular end amd our fellows have chosen a different way. I do not intend to make ourselves any special. We all are the same, and choose according to our understanding of things. And mine, I am sure has a lot to catch up with.

    • Bhagat Singh said,

      August 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Wow! Thank you for this wisdom Navneet Singh ji.

  9. Davinder Singh said,

    August 6, 2006 at 8:42 am

    Dear Navneet Bhaji and Others,
    First of all Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh!!!
    That was an excellent explanation by a true Sikh Navneet Singh. A Sikh should try to realize the real truth sincerely.
    That’s all I’ve to say…
    Akal Purakh asaan saareyan nu apne charrni laaon…
    All the best,
    Davinder Singh.

  10. ekoankar singh said,

    August 8, 2006 at 12:09 am

    Some assume that Guru Nanak Dev Sahib was biased and had hater towards certain castes which is not true. He even called “Khatris” shameless employee of Governments. He mentioned them as community which was living as faithless community by following Moghuls blindly and lost their dignity.

  11. Punjabi said,

    August 9, 2006 at 7:41 am

    Dear Navneet

    i do agree with u r views and veen i appreciate u r work.its seldomly founf some body not the days who has done deep study.I have no objection against he raksha bandhan.. if we do celeberate the festival for the devotion and love between the brother ans sister, but i am against this if this meant meant for the promise of the brother to the sister for the protection.you tell me you do want that u r sister will always dependent on you….??? i am not sking wether its is the part of our religion or not.there are so many religion in the world.every rel.has its own festival… all have reason for this…. its doesnt mean that we celeberate the festival of all religion.and aslo dont try to mix the value of janeo and kadha….both hav own values….regarding the protection of the sister.. i would like to say we have been the kakars for the protection of every body in this world irrespective of the caste colour creed religion especially… the sex.. no biasing is there….ther is no need to remind our duties by doing this practice… even if one want to do somethig to remind
    our duties.. one shuld celeberate baisakhi or the bistyhday day of khalsa which remind us our duites and our origin….

    i do respect the festival of other.. but if see we do respect our festival…
    how many (non-sikh) do particpate in the baisakhi which gives the message to the world to fight against the injustice of everyone rather than only do fight for our sister only…. is the only sikh who fought against the mulism to save the dignity of the hindu girl..at that time where were their brother…. had forget abt the rakhi at that time….and still they are making joke on us..
    had they eevry tied the rakhi on the sikh at that time…. no its the message and value from our gurus who let us to fought against the muslim….
    its the time to remeber that values
    in last if i said something wrong please forgive me
    tell you one think we do practice the other religion to spread the message of the universal brotherhood inthe world
    but tell me what we get in the back
    your nimana veer

  12. Preet said,

    August 15, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    Well put, Lakhvir Paaji.
    I further appreciate your logical approach, Navneet Paaji. (from what I read anyway, was too long for me to finish!)

    I for one am not too keen on the thread tying thing. Particularly if it implies that I need my brother to protect me. I see no religious implications here. I am a firm believer of listening to your insides to deciede what is right and what is not – in this case i feel its really strange that we as sikhs tie threads on each other!
    Nevertheless, I do like to go to tie a rakhri on my bro (I make it myself at home and do a little prayer) – not on religious/traditional/cultural grounds, but just cos mummy will be upset if I dont, my in-laws will think im wierd and besides, it gives me a chance to visit my mummy and bro!

  13. arvinder singh said,

    September 4, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    Dear virjio. it seems nice when younger raise questions and explore their answers. We can’t condemn someone’s tradition and impose our on them. Just remember Pita Hargobind sahib ji words, (TUMARA TUMAY BHALE- HAMARA HAMAY). If others are happy with their traditions let them. It don’t means we follow them. We have to think seriously what are we doing and what suppose to do?
    Rest later.

  14. balpreet kaur said,

    November 21, 2007 at 7:03 am

    i think the picture that u have up is wrong its not true we dont as Sikhs belive in Rakhares (i know i spellit it wrong) but its not true i think its just how u think none should be forced to tie a Rakhre and onone should be forced to get it tied on them

  15. harjot said,

    November 28, 2007 at 4:05 am

    i agree with u totally.

  16. sagar said,

    March 19, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    hi main ek gurunank ka shewadari hon main ap sa roz contecy karna chata hon ya mery e-mail ha plz mujha pustak den

  17. Anonymous said,

    May 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    i love god

  18. Gaurav said,

    June 19, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    HI,

    There was a discussion on the wearing the sacred thread as per Hindu customs which is superficial and there should be a direct connect to God instead of all these.
    Can in the same vein explain why do Sikhs have 5 Ks as the integral part of the organized Khalsa Panth.

    Best regards,
    Gaurav.

  19. Gaurav said,

    June 19, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    ||Wahe Guruji Ka Khalsa||
    ||Wahe Guruji Ki Fateh||

  20. Kirat Kaur Bamrah said,

    August 11, 2008 at 4:48 am

    In response to Gaurav:

    1) Kesh – ACCEPTANCE:- AN IDENTITY; to accept Gods creation as is.
    2) Kangha – CLEANLINESS; symbolzing cleanliness physically and tdy&organized lifestyles as well
    3) Kirpan – SOCIAL JUSTICE; to remind us to protect righeousness for poor & opressed
    4) Kachera – SELF-CONTROL; to restrain man/woman from 5 vices, specifically lust
    5) Kara- GOODNESS; reminder to think twice before attempting evil deeds and to calling to do good

    As you can see, the Panj Kakkar are not just material things CONNECTING to God. They serve as symbols of reminder to do good in our LIFETIME while connecting with God through Prayer and following the word. Sikhs do not believe in God as a person or as living (up north?) rather as a force within his CREATION (on earth). Also, during the Jungs(wars) it was CRUCIAL to have an identity as people were killing their own men. Thus this unique identity distinguished the KHALSA from all other faiths. Also, KUDOS to the original article; i saw cards this past weekend with this picture, the 10 Gurus and Sri Darbar Sahib on them. ah talk abt marketing! are we really selling our values into material things for self profit? on top of that i was filled with sympathy as i saw Sikh women buying them along with their kids (ah my generation too; btw im 16)! disgust.

    Im not perfect; my description may not be accurate or what you were hoping for…

    BHUL CHUK MAAF–

    **WJKK WJKF**

  21. pritpal singh said,

    August 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    As the festival of Raksha Bandhan approaches each year, it’s no longer strange to see Sikhs lining up to purchase these threads to tie on the wrists of their brothers and fathers, in return for blessings and gifts. What was originally a Hindu festival has been ignorantly been accepted in Sikh culture, without prior thought to what it is all about and why our Gurus would never support it. Instead, manmat has only taken lead, with the explanation that it is the day dedicated to the bond of a brother and sister, and an excuse to pamper each other.

    According to the Hindus, this is how the day is marked, ‘As per the traditions, the sister on this day prepares the pooja thali with diya, roli, chawal and rakhis. She worships the deities, ties Rakhi to the brother(s) and wishes for their well being. The brother in turn acknowledges the love with a promise to be by the sisters’ side through the thick and thin and gives her a token gift.’

    Festivals like these are beautiful, no doubt, but in Sikhi, what we do – or do not do – is sanctioned only by the Guru. Nowhere in Sikh history has any Sikh Guru known to have accepted this Hindu custom. In a painting I came across on a website, Guru Nanak Dev Ji is being depicted to have a raakhi being tied on his wrist by his sister Bebe Nanaki. This is nothing more than a work of fiction.

  22. Roopinder Kaur Sangha said,

    August 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    As a sister to three older brothers, I look forward to this day most of any other day in the year.

  23. Jaspreet Kaur said,

    August 6, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I think everyone that got valid points, whether cultural or religious, this day is surrounded around ego, maya and guilt. People want to give thebest gifts so that they may get highly recognised amoungst their foes, money is spent blindly mostly on items not needed, and many feel they have to give for the sake of giving. For such a tradition to bring such grief is it really right for us to follow. Gods love is transferable which means it has to make sense when placed in all circumstances. When i sister has no brother who shall she tie it to, and vicer verser. Then the cousin steps in or dad. We are all brothers and sisters regardless of caste, greed, religion so how can we say my blood brother is any different to my brother who lives next door.

    In this current age of darkness and stated by Guru Granth Sahib Ji, we are all facing our demons, we must stand up, always live truthfully and give an example for future generations. World attachment is that not a deadly sin? What when our brother or sister passes won’t we feel more dukh at this time of year.

    We are the Khalsa Panth have to learn we come alone and leave alone, if we are to give alliance to anythind, it is to Guru Ji’s hukam, nothing can compare.

    I ask for forgiveness if i have offended anyone.

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
    Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh

  24. gspreet said,

    August 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Sat Sri Akal,

    I am a sikh guy based in New Delhi India.
    Well … About Rakhi / Rakhri..I personally feel if we tie rakhi then it does not mean we are not sikh. We (sikhs) should not think like musalmaans.
    festivals are to enjoy and we should enjoy them.
    bye

  25. Jasvir Kaur Labana said,

    August 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Sat Sri Akal,

    I think Raksha Bandhan is another business oppertunity for Jewellers, sweet makers and clothe shops ….etc to make money. Everything is been commercialised so much.
    Each brother and sister should have respect and care for each other.
    We dont’ need any Thread to show, ” that how much we care”
    If we do really believe in Raksha Bandhan, we shouldn’t be killing unborn girls in the womb, daughhter in law should be treated as their own daughter.
    etc.. I don’t have that much time, but i will come back to you regarding this topic.

    Sat Sri Akal

    • harjeet said,

      August 25, 2010 at 4:08 am

      well siad jasvir kaur … i fully agree raksha bandan is just a bussiness its been so comercialised and people are being emotionally attatched to it for gifts and ego sake or other matters to be precise .As well there is no space for rakhi in sikh religion its such a shame that people still does’nt want to get aware with the right stuff .
      I have a brother i use tie rakhi when i was little and not aware of things as now we have so much love and understanding that we dont need all that , he will still ask me if i need gift for it and we both laugh on it ..
      I think gurus always wanted us to get out of this pakhand and riwaj things but sadly we still all try to find happiness and fun thrugh such small things…

      waheguru sahai

  26. Praveen said,

    November 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Sikki !! is it a religion? What kind of religion, Who actually believes that he is a Khalsa, eating meet, drinking whisky, fighting for no cause, thinking after doing first. How many times you see the contradictions on many matters within the sikkism. More than half the things in Granth are stolen from hindu religious books, All the times are mentioned about Lord Ram and Krishan, In jealous from brahmans, always trying to prove that sikhism is some thing special, Can’t even understand their own language properly, Complete majority is still ignorants and uneducated, Still a long long way for a sikh to be close to intellectuals of a Brahmin

  27. lakhvir said,

    November 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

    praaveen ji,

    please enlighten us on your reference to “More than half the things in Granth are stolen from hindu religious books”. i’m sure you have studied guru granth sahib ji and all the hindu scriptures to make such an observation. since i am still a learning sikh, i would like to learn more from you as well as you are way ahead of me in understanding our scriptures.

    khalsa lakhvir singh

  28. November 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I also agree with Khalsa Lakhveer singh ji on his views because as i have studied the religionbs, i find that Hindu is a life style which is adopted by the people of Indian sub-continent for centuries, it is the hodge-podge of different sects in india. Ram is considered only 5000 years old history, a myth not any proof of reality, si is Hindu religion 5000 years old? Than Ramayan should be the only holy book whereas Tulsi Ramayan and Balmiki Ramayan are two scripts are there.
    No reference to Ram is found in any Ved, Puran or samtitiyan. Parveen ji is suffering from super complexion of Brahminism which is responsible for dividing the Hindu society in caste, race and status.
    Sikhsism does not preach all this.

  29. ravinder singh said,

    August 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    guru fateh,

    dass aap ji nu is message raahi dasna chahanda hai.
    kisi ve guru di photo jo ki longa ne aapni budhi anusar bana ke sikha nu hinduwa warge rit naal jodna chahande hann jo ki sikh maryada de virudh hai.
    aap ji nu benti hai .sirf ik akal purkhji da naam, guru granth sahibji de dasse shabad anusar hi chalna chahida hai.
    guru wale bano,amrit chako guru saabji aap hi sare karam kanda to dur rakhange.

  30. Gurdev Singh said,

    August 23, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    We all need to lighten up and partake in the rituals of cultures around us.
    Tolerance of other cultures is a must for national and ultimately world peace.

    so no matter if you are A Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist or what ever.
    fast at least one day and celebrate Navratri with a Hindu
    Fast at least one day for Ramadhan and break fast with a muslim brother if you can
    visit a gurudwara and have Gur ka Langar and light a diya on Guru Nanak’s b,day.
    attend mass once a year maybe christmas.

    etc etc

    see how enriched you will feel, see how acceptance of other cultures
    puts you at peace.

    I’m an Athiest I only look for ways to promote peace.

  31. Paramveer said,

    August 24, 2010 at 4:26 am

    waah ji kya khoob likhya hai . …. sohna likhiya hai… Bang on target. My all Sikh brothers and sisters why do we need to follow any rituals? When our Guru has shown us the true way to life. Guru Gobind Singh Ji de sher hai asi sanu kausma change nahi karna penda

  32. Sardar Romender Singh said,

    August 24, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Waheguru ji ka khalsa !
    Waheguru ji ki fateh!!

    bhai ji aap da view bade changa laga.

    @Praveen ji.. what i mean of being sikh is not knowing everything when i born i will keep on learning till my last breath. that why guru ji called us sikh Guru ji ne kabhi nahi kaha ki koi jaat unchi koi jaath nichi sarey nu ek hi pangat mai bitha ka langar chakhaya jo tu raja ho ya rank ho, jo to hindu ho ya muslim. Guru ji ye jatana chahte hai ki koi kisey se bada nahi koi kisi chota nahi. Aur jo aapne kaha ” Granth are stolen from hindu religious books, All the times are mentioned about Lord Ram and Krishan ” asey nu changa nahi laga the word stolen is not proper it should be taken. I don’t feel wrong in that since Guru Granth saheb ji is not totally written by our guru’s its bani of all bhagat jo aapne allah ya bhagwan ya akal purab ko yaad kita gaya ya unhe darshaya gaya. aur Guru Granth saheb kisey ek dharam ya jaati se bandha nahi ja sakta vo sarey manukh ke liya hai. bus itna hi dasna hai aagar aapko bura laga to mafi chatha hu…

    Waheguru ji ka khalsa !
    Waheguru ji ki fateh !!

  33. Sukhvinder Singh said,

    August 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Great wtite up dear Navneet and Sardar Romender Ji ! Most Sikhs are victims of organised religious hypocrisy being spread by Institutions. Hindus were victims of such things when Guru Nanak Dev Ji wanted to save the poor masses from such things. Now the same kind of things are happening in Sikkhism. I don’t see masses of Sikhs realize even the fraction of the truth, told by Gurus. What they trying hard is to dispparove anything coming from hinduism as prohibited. By this way they just want to show that they are a separate and distinct religion. That seems to be the only motto.
    Tell me one thing guys one thing. Did anytime any of the Gurus criticised the Hindu Religion itself. No, they just told as how the traditions has become hollow and lost their significance due to ignorance.
    Does it really harm, if we say that we the Sikhs has taken a lot good things from Hinduims or Islam for that matter? Does this put us into shame? I think that does not put us into a disadvantage, but really connect us with better love and bonding with other faiths. A large majority of Hindus see us as their brothers, sharing a lot in common. But we on the side, if keep saying, we are totally different, we are totally separate, only satisfies our ego and start dissociating from others. Many our Hindu brothers come to Gurudwaras, they have photo of Sikh Gurus in their home.
    Please any you should not bring up the hate history of 1984. Hate propagates HATE. If people like Bhinderwale are to be supported, so are the people like Sajjan Kumar. They are the two sides of the same coin. Their only religion is Hate. That kind of people have not even touched the basic foundation of any religion for that matter.
    Please do not feel ashamed of admitting, anything taken from any religion. It does not put you on lower side, but on upper side on brotherhood. No religion or individual is given respect for the hate or separatism, but for the love to mankind and the brotherhood.
    Hindus are not enemies nor is their philosophy. See their history. They had been protector of almost any religion of this earth. Jews took protection in south India, Zorostrians in Gujarat. Muslims were permitted to preach their religion in south India, much before Muslim rule.
    Recently, they have become aggravated by govt apathy to conversion. Christians are illegally converting their masses into christianity, by giving heavy monetary and educational benefits. Govt is just silent. Kandhmal riots is an recent example. This was in fact started by christians by kiling a Hindu saint, who was reconverting some christians back to Hinduism. Later all the riots started. Just go to south and see much hateism they are propagating about hinduism, by way various means. This is simply not acceptable. You can not humiliate a community like this.
    Waheguru ji ka khalsa !
    Waheguru ji ki fateh !!

    • Anonymous said,

      August 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Very very well said !!!

    • Jaskaran Singh said,

      August 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Do you even know who bhindrawala ji was? You said his religion was hate. If he wasn’t there to fight indra Gandhi, then you may not be alive today. Bhindrawalay ji fought for equal rights. He never asked for anything else except equal rights. And if fighting for quality is crime then yes we are criminals. You are nothing but a coward slave. God bless you

  34. kiran kaur kalsi said,

    August 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    i think you should respect everyone’s views. if sikhs do it, let them do it. my family follows this and we can’t say what is wrong or what is right

  35. August 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
    Raksha Bandhan Has No place in Sikhi 🙂 100% agree
    Sat Sri Akaal

  36. August 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
    I have copied this article in to my blog with you website link at the bottom 🙂
    Sat Sri Akaal

  37. Paramveer said,

    August 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Sukhvinder Singh oh jehre sant g nu gaala kad de aa………yr thodi boht sharm karo……..ohna ne tuhada ki vagarea……..???

    sago sant baba jarnail singh ji tuhanu hakk diwan layi aap shaheed ho gaye…….te tusi log ohna nu gaala kad de aa……….

    SHARAM KRO……….!!

    • Beatrice said,

      April 23, 2017 at 10:48 am

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  38. August 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    @Praveen said,
    November 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm’ you are totally ignorant of History or you deliberately not accepting Sikhs as separate religion because you are also one fanatic Hindus who are always eager to submerge Sikh religion intoi Hinu folds.
    If not, pleasee this blog http://wesikhsnothindus.blogspot.com/
    Possibly you may come to know the differences in Hindus and Sikhs, you may also come to know whether Sikhism is a sovereign and separate religion or not.
    It is a complete religion and though new but even than stands fifth largest religion in world.

  39. Paramveer said,

    August 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Sukhvinderji people also forget that Opt. Bluestar was conducted on a sikh festival (Guru Arjan Dev Saheedi Diwas), when Golden Temple has maximum gathering because Guru Arjan Dev was founder of the Harmandir Sahib…the motive was to maximise casualities and teach a ‘criminal tribe’ a lesson…

    please watch

    watch?v=XfPWF8PAkYY

    RSS wouldve wiped sikhi out if it wasnt for Sant Bhindrawale…Bhindrawale didnt separate ppl, they did (eg, criminal act of 1947)….please read ur own history first

    bhul chuk maaf

  40. Paramveer said,

    August 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Praveen gal sun oye. I come from a Sindhi family where we respect Sikh and I’ve not only been respecting it all my life but now I’ve also decided to follow it. It makes me realise how lucky I am to be who I am now, If it wasn’t for our beloverd gurus we maybe wouldn’t have been what we are today.Proud to be Sikh! I am firmly against Sikh being a part of any religion. No matter if any Sikh is happy or unhappy with me. The trunk are Sikhs and leaves and branches are other faiths as Sant Jarnail Singh ji rightly said. The sign of a Hindu is topi, tuft of hair and the Dhoti, the 12 tilaks on the body. and a cotton Janeu. Do you have any of them? No. On what basis can you even call yourself a Hindu? A worshipper of Sivling and reader of Geeta. One who never touches tobacco is a Hindu. If you dont follow any of these then how can you claim yourself to even be a Hindu. How can you comment on Sikhism when you know nothing about Hinduism? One who lives by Hindu scriptures is known as a Hindu. The choice is yours. There are 4 Vedas, 18 Puranas, 6 Shastras, 27 Simitries, 52 Upanishads, 9 commentaries. No text has the word hindu. Brahman, Brahm and Brahma you will find but no Brahmans say we are Brahmans and they all say we are Hindu. If they wish to call themselves Hindu, fine but you should prove yourself first. Only with scissors is a Hindu, Muslim or Christian created. If a person remains just as he was in the womb then everyone will be addressed as Sardar Ji. Because of this, according to the law of nature everyone is born Sikh, but afterwords they are changed. How can you say that Sikhs come from Hindus? Rather, you should ask whether Sikhs have come from Hindus, or Hindus have come from Sikhs by shaving and trimming? Prove it. Also, Sikhs is a separate religion. Without any doubt. Dashmest pita our 10th Guru words are: As long as Khalsa remain unique, they will receive support. If they follow the ways of Birpan. I will withdraw this support. How can you claim Sikh to be a part of Hindu then when you dont know anything about Hinduism. Sikhism is so precious and valuable yet many of us take it for granted. I hope all of us, as I have turned to Sikhi and follow the Guru’s path.

    WJKK WJKF

  41. Karan Sandhu said,

    August 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Respected Lakhvir Ji,

    I totally agree with ur point,but i wanted you to clarify my doubt that is about the thread you have mentioned above. As per my knowlege, it was the “JANEYU”,which Guru Ji refused to wear in front of the Pandits and his father. I have read it in the sakhi titled “Janeyu Da Khandan”. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling, but i just wanted to clear my doubt. If there is any other sakhi related to it, so please send me the link, i will be thankful.

  42. lakhvir said,

    August 14, 2011 at 9:09 am

    karan,

    i am humbly unable to fulfil your query because as far i am personally concerned, sikhi rests on the account of gurbani and rehat. everything else, like sakhis, cannot be relied upon as they have been diluted over the centuries and much of them do not concur with guru granth sahib ji. i would advice that you seek to clarify any doubts with the support of gurbani. i assure you, you will not be disappointed. blessings to you.

  43. September 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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  44. Karanbir Singh said,

    July 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Lakhvir Paji thankz man it waz an awsm article. i realy agree wid u n lik da fact dt v shud start diz by ourselves..i likd al da pointz wich u av made n gives nw a wide n clear knowldge of da topic.

  45. navinder kaur said,

    July 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    waheguru jeee ka khalsa waheguru jeee ke fateh god is in all god is everywhere. by making comments and replys to each other what are you trying to achieve? when god is everything and god does everything then one that believes that god is everything and does everything doesnt say a word that one keeps gods name always and sees god in all that one actually becomes very scared to even say a word to anyone about anything because that one that sees god in all loves everything and loves all!!!!!!!!!

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  47. August 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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  48. Anonymous said,

    August 3, 2012 at 1:35 am

    We Sikhs are more and more wrapping ourselves in a cocoon, and trying to prove that we are holier than thou. If you like a tradition, follow it, if not then don’t. Not offending anybody, all our Gurus before Guru Gobind Singhji were Hindus. So it is going to take some time before these traditions fade away!!

    • August 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

      if you reckon that our first nine gurus were hindus, it seems like you have a very deep understanding of gurbani and history, beyond that of the countless gurmukhs who lived their life completely dedicated to sikhi, and never having realised that fact. we are happy for you and leave you to believe what you have realised, and we will consider ourselves lesser endowed than thou, as we continue to realise that we are mistaken about what gurbani teaches us about true sikhi. be blessed.

  49. mani said,

    August 5, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I’m 17, I’m a british sikh and I really have started questioning sikhism in order to find myself & I came across this forum about rakhi & I have learnt a lot from other people’s points of views so thank you all!

    I believe that the meaning of rakhi has been washed away anyways. Most girls look forward to this day in order to make money in order to buy a new bag or something and most sikhs and hindus don’t really understand the meaning of rakhi anyway!
    Also, if rakhi celebrates the bond between brother & sister then why should it just be celebrated for 1 day & symbolised with a string? And if sikhs believe in equality then why are boys expected to protect their sisters? It should work both ways – they should protect each other regardless of gender! Although I understand that it is a nice gesture of boys to protect girls, I think its an insult that are still considered vulnerable and unable to protect themselves which undermines women’s sovereignty! Where’s the equality in that? Someone in a previous comment rightly stated that the kirpan was a gift to woman as well as men, n therefore guru ji expects them to protect themselves, although, yes, sikhs are meant to look out for one another.

    But to conclude, I don’t understand at all why sikhs celebrate Rakhi, its a hindu festival, and in my opinion goes against everything that sikhism teaches, and I don’t think there is much of an argument in favour of celebrating rakhi at all! I really do hope that one day all these sexist traditions fade away as men and woman are equal and us sikhs stand unite regardless of gender!

  50. jagan said,

    August 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

    many page admins had downloaded this pic to update fr there own page with captions lyk hapi rakhi that creats wrong spread of knowledge among sikhs

  51. Anonymous said,

    August 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    What I like very much about your article is that a woman is endowed with the equality of the man. Something I whole heartedly agree with.

    But whilst you mention a few times through it you ‘respect’ Hindu’s and the festival, you still condemn it and say it has no significance. You give

    Many Hindu’s/people of all faiths, have awful brothers of which I am one, and I wouldn’t even think of tying the rakhee.
    That’s why I agree that God made women as strong as men.
    But while you are slating one ideology and upholding your own you are creating divides, and your opinion is bias, no matter all your caveats of ‘beautiful festival’ and seeming respect to Hinduism.

    We have to stop this hate and distinction calling, when cultures mix it’s beautiful and Hindu’s and Sikhs, have always prayed together.
    God is God, stop being critical and so closed minded.

  52. Anonymous said,

    August 27, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    anymore than understanding why removing hair — which is dirty — shouldn’t be done. Much of religion is a form of blind control.

    • Kaur said,

      October 11, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Hey I don’t consider myself to have a really deep knowledge of what the customs say… But I know one thing that the body of all is created by God/ Nature (.. watever u believe in..and irrespective of religion) – who is the creator of all. If we are made this way -including hairs, these serve specific purposes.

      The fact lies in respecting what ever mortal body we have been gifted in this life, and seeking a pure , simple life so as to enjoy the pure connection with God and doing “dhyan”.

      And what do you mean by saying that hairs are dirty?
      Don’t you know that we all sweat daily, catch so much of germs, shed millions of dead cells daily?
      So will you start cutting your body parts, if they are troubling you with this dirty issue?? Just because, you are not able to keep everything clean and hairs are dead cells that cause no pain while cutting you find it easy to get rid of them.

      Do you think God/Nature has done a “Brainless” job, while designing your body.
      And logically saying we all have been evolved.
      If there was anything not required, those DNA traits would have gone reccessive, by time.
      Still I dont think our centuries of existence has given us less hairs than our human ancesters.

      So if you feel dirty then its your duty to clean up. Go get a bath, etc..

      You would have heard “Body is a temple”.
      You are a Soul, who has been given this temporary body. Respect yourself and your body including hairs. Be clean. Everything is God’s creation, trust his creation and His reasons of creating them.

      Our depth of understanding is very minimal, and our target of understanding is God / Nature, who majesty cannot be compared.

  53. Manmohan Singh said,

    August 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Just an example of selfishness. If we have given equal rights to Men and Women, than why we have thousands of marriage cases ? Husbands are beating wives…Girls are growing only for marriages ?

    why we are thinking and analyzing the situation so deeply ? Just to be a different is not to behave different. We are living here in india, There is no harm in celebrating the Rakhi. I saw Sikhs are also pretending and celebrating eedh..

    Even i never find any where strongly, Sikhs should not celebrate Rakhi.
    Why we are celebrating Diwali, New year, holi etc.

    Found really no genuine logic to avoid Rakhi.

  54. August 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    […] in Sikh history is any Sikh Guru known to have accepted this Hindu custom,” said Lakhvir Singh on his blog. Often one hears about a painting depicting Bibi Nanaki tying a rakhri on her brother, Guru Nanak […]

  55. Anonymous said,

    August 30, 2015 at 2:11 am

    you guys are so full of “sh****it”. Rather than putting all your efforts to separate yourself from Hindus. Why not look in mirror and see how much of real sikh we are. Large percentage of sikhs eat meat, drink alchoal and run after money….and I can keep going on and on on this. You and all like you are scourge on sikhi. Most of you are hater and there is no place in Sikhi for you. Please change your religion.

    • July 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

      how about not hiding behind your anonymous? why should we even take you seriously? be open, transparent and honest, then let’s talk about what’s wrong with you and me.

  56. Chill said,

    August 30, 2015 at 10:49 am

    What about Diwali then?

    • July 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

      sikhs do not celebrate it for the same reason as the hindus do. that’s all. we commemorate a historic day instead in our sikh history through gurbani and contemplation.

  57. August 31, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Those who think that Rakhdi is all about brother taking an oath to protect the sister and that in Hinduism women is considered a weaker gender, may be they don’t even know ABC of Hinduism, because it is the ONLY religion in the whole world, where women has the status of GODDESS. She is called Maha-shakti, Durga and Kali. Radhe Krishna, Siya Ram is an example that she is rather given the priority. Rakhdi is rather symbol of love between brother and sister. It’s about being there and standing beside each other in testing times.
    So, ppl who don’t know a thing, shouldn’t try to show their false philosophical knowledge and fake your values. Nobody gives a damn, if you don’t want to celebrate it though.

    • Sushant Singh said,

      July 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Bhai.. I m agree with you
      I m a SANATANI n I follow Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, Vedas, Purana’s, Shastras, The Ramayana and follow Guru’s too. Aardhnareshwar roop is the perfect example to explain equality between men n women in Hinduism ,many of the above comments are good and try to keep the brotherhood between Hindus n Sikh’s but some narrowminded people try to give their best to separate Hindu’s n Sikh’s, these type of people doesn’t know and never wants to know the true meaning of Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, Vedas, Shri Guru Granth Sahibji

      • asrandhawa said,

        July 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        If Hindu ritual is celebrated by Sikhs then it will be Ok and you shall regard us, love us ? The truth is Guru Gobind Singh ji warned us against all Brahminical rituals and said;
        JAB IH GAHEN BIPRAN KI REET !!
        MAIN NAA KARON INKI PARTEET !!
        the meaning is very clear as Bipra is called to a Brahmin and also to opposing, both here apply to Brahmins only.
        Raksha Bandan is purely a brother-sister festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs have no concern but because of common bond and cultural relationship, it is also been celebrated by Sikh families in their ignorance.

  58. August 19, 2016 at 2:55 am

    ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਜੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਲੋਕਾ ਨੂੰ ਰੱਖੜੀ ਦੇ ਸੰਬੰਧ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਹਿਮ ਹੈ ਉਹ ਇਸ ਪੋਸਟ ਨੂੰ ਜਰੂਰ ਪੜਿਉ

    ਆਮ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਕੁੱਝ ਸਰਾਰਤੀ ਲੋਕਾ ਨੇ ਸਾਡੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਹ ਰੀਤ ਪੈਂਦਾ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਭੈਣ ਬੇਬੇ ਨਾਨਕੀ ਜੀ ਨੇ ਰੱਖੜੀ ਬੰਨੀ ਸੀ । ਜੋ ਕਿ ਸਰਾਸਰ ਝੂਠ ਹੈ । ਇਹ ਅਫਵਾਹ ਕੇਵਲ ਇੱਕ ਫੋਟੋ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਫੈਲਾਈ ਗਈ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ ।
    ਹੁਣ ਦੁਖਾਂਤ ਸਾਡੀ ਕੌਮ ਤੇ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਜਿਸ ਕੌਮ ਨੂੰ ਗੁਰੂ ਨੇ ਸਬਦੁ ਦੇ ਲੜ ਲਾਇਆ ਸੀ ਉਹ ਹੁਣ ਝੂਠੀਆਂ ਅਫਵਾਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਆਸਰੇ ਧਰਮ ਕਮਾਉਣ ਨੂੰ ਹੀ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਸਮਝ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ ।
    ਜਿਸ ਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਫੁਰਮਾਨ ਹੈ
    ਰਾਖਾ ਏਕੁ ਹਮਾਰਾ ਸੁਆਮੀ
    ਸਗਲ ਘਟਾ ਕਾ ਅੰਤਰਜਾਮੀ ॥

    ਪਰ ਅਕਲ ਦੇ ਅੰਨੇ ਲੋਕਾ ਨੇ ਇੱਕ ਮਮੂਲੀ ਧਾਗੇ ਨੂੰ ਹੀ ਰਾਖਾ ਸਮਝ ਛੱਡਿਆ ਜਿਸਦਾ ਖੁਦ ਦਾ ਪਤਾ ਨਹੀ ਕਦੋ ਟੁੱਟ ਜਾਵੇ ।

    ਰੱਖੜੀ ਦਾ ਤਿਉਹਾਰ 1530 ਚ ਸੁਰੂ ਹੋਇਆ ਸੀ ਜਦੋਂ ਹਮਾਯੂੰ ਨੇ ਭਾਰਤ ਤੇ ਹਮਲਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਸੀ ਤਾ ਚਿਤੋੜਗੜ ਦੀ ਰਾਣੀ ਕਰਮਾਵਤੀ ਮਹਾਰਾਜਾ ਸਾਗਾਂ ਦੀ ਵਿਧਵਾ ਪਤਨੀ ਨੇ ਹਮਾਯੂੰ ਮੁਸਲਮਾਨ ਦੀਆ ਮਿਨਤਾ ਕੀਤੀਆ ਅਤੇ ਇੱਕ ਧਾਗਾ ਦੇ ਕਹਾ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਇੱਕ ਅਵਲਾ ਨਾਰੀ ਹੈ ਤੋ ਉਹ ਉਸਦੀ ਭੈਣ ਸਮਾਨ ਹੈ ।
    ਫਿਰ ਹਮਾਯੂੰ ਨੇ ਹਮਲਾ ਨਹੀ ਕੀਤਾ ।
    ਹੁਣ ਸੋਚੋ ਕਿ ਬੇਬੇ ਨਾਨਕੀ ਜੀ ਤਾ 1518 ਚ ਹੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਚਲਾਣਾ ਕਰ ਗਏ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਰੱਖੜੀ ਦਾ ਤਿਉਹਾਰ 1530 ਚ ਸੁਰੂ ਹੋਇਆ ਮਤਲਬ ਕਿ ਰੱਖੜੀ ਬੇਬੇ ਨਾਨਕੀ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਅਕਾਲ ਚਲਾਣੇ ਤੋ 12 ਸਾਲ ਬਾਅਦ ਚ ਸੁਰੂ ਹੋਈ ਸੀ ਤਾ ਫਿਰ ਬੇਬੇ ਨਾਨਕੀ ਜੀ ਨੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਰੱਖੜੀ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਬੰਣ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਸਰਾਸਰ ਝੂਠ ਹੈ ।
    ਬਾਕੀ ਸਾਡਾ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦਾ ਰੱਖੜੀ ਨਾਲ ਕੋਈ ਸੰਬੰਧ ਨਹੀ ਕੋਈ ਬੰਨੇ ਨਾ ਬੰਨੇ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਕੋਈ ਮਤਲਬ ਨਹੀ ਇੱਕ ਗੱਲ ਸਪੱਸ਼ਟ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸਾਡਾ ਰਾਖਾ ਕੇਵਲ ਪਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਹੈ ।

  59. harprit singh said,

    September 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    from my point of view we Sikh tie rakhis which are against Gurus bt i have seen now a days girls as sisters n boys as brothers they dont care about each other. They just do the formality n leave as it is

  60. Kaur said,

    October 8, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    In response to
    {—Anonymous said,
    August 27, 2013 at 11:21 pm
    “anymore than understanding why removing hair — which is dirty — shouldn’t be done. Much of religion is a form of blind control” …}

    Hey I don’t consider myself to have a really deep knowledge of what the customs say… But I know one thing that the body of all is created by God/ Nature (.. watever u believe in..and irrespective of religion) – who is the creator of all. If we are made this way -including hairs, these serve specific purposes.

    The fact lies in respecting what ever mortal body we have been gifted in this life, and seeking a pure , simple life so as to enjoy the pure connection with God and doing “dhyan”.

    And what do you mean by saying that hairs are dirty?
    Don’t you know that we all sweat daily, catch so much of germs, shed millions of dead cells daily?
    So will you start cutting your body parts, if they are troubling you with this dirty issue?? Just because, you are not able to keep everything clean and hairs are dead cells that cause no pain while cutting you find it easy to get rid of them.

    Do you think God/Nature has done a “Brainless” job, while designing your body.
    And logically saying we all have been evolved.
    If there was anything not required, those DNA traits would have gone reccessive, by time.
    Still I dont think our centuries of existence has given us less hairs than our human ancesters.

    So if you feel dirty then its your duty to clean up. Go get a bath, etc..

    You would have heard “Body is a temple”.
    You are a Soul, who has been given this temporary body. Respect yourself and your body including hairs. Be clean. Everything is God’s creation, trust his creation and His reasons of creating them.

    Our depth of understanding is very minimal, and our target of understanding is God / Nature, who majesty cannot be compared.


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