Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! One thing that people reading this blog may have noticed is that we don't talk about Rehat a lot, the reason for that is because of the differing Rehats throughout the entire Panth, so we will do our best to explain the importance of Rehat, with only using the official Akal Takht Maryada to the best of our ability. this will be divided into 3 parts with 2 sections per part. For those who wish to learn about stuff directly from the Rehat we recommend this, we will only skim through with explaining the important stuff: http://www.gurunanakdarbar.net/sikhrehatmaryada.pdf
Section 1: The definition of a Sikh had to be defined as during the time it was established, many people had been promoting a mix of various religions along with Sikhi; ever since the Rehat united the people, a Sikh had to have at least basic guidelines, these were described in believing in the 11 Gurus and the bani of the 11 Gurus alone, and believed in Khand-Di-Pahul, (not the same as taking it), also only believing in the 1 Vaheguru, (this was important as idolatry was becoming increasingly common at some Sikh places, before the Gurdwara Act of 1925). This is all united together as it finally gave an official definition as to what it meant to be Sikh.
Section 2: The lifestyle of a Sikh was defined as divided into 2 parts, the individual Sikh to himself, and the second being to the Panth as a whole. One it says that a Sikh must do Naam Japna, (Simran), living the lifestyle recommended by the Guru, and to do Sewa, (Selfless Service). Another part says how a Sikh should do Simran, at Amrit Vela, (Ambrosial Hours) and the banis a Sikh should read in the morning, (the official Rehat says Japji, Jaap, and Sawayyas; however, in the 1986 Sarbat Khalsa the Panth agreed that Chaupai and Anand Sahib should be included as well), the evening bani, Sodar Rehras Sahib, they define the official Rehras, as there have been variations throughout the Panth, and finally Kirtan Sohila at the night. Finally they talk about how a Sikh is highly recommended to do Ardas, or a benti to Vaheguru to bless them with anything they need. there is an Ardas in the Rehat we posted and you can check online on youtube for various types of Ardas, (in the actual thing they are praying for, not the structure).
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh, that's the first part of the Rehat and the ultimate conclusion will be in the final part, (Bhul Chuk Maaf, Forgive Any Mistakes from Daas) Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!