Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! This final part of the Rehat series, we will be going over the final parts of the Rehat. These will include the concept of Sewa, as well as the Amrit Sanchar as well as the Panthic role for a Sikh. In the previous section we talked about the Gurdwara activities and the other 3 main ceremonies for a Sikh. For those following along, here is the Rehat we have been using. http://www.gurunanakdarbar.net/sikhrehatmaryada.pdf
Section 5: This is the shortest section, and it talks about Sewa. Some things it says is that the philosophy of Langar and how everyone should be treated equally, as well as how people should be at a Langar. Also only Amritdharis can eat from one plate; but it should still be somewhat equal.
Section 6: This section talks about the Khalsa Panth and about their status as Guru Khalsa Panth, as well as the Khand-Di-Pahul Amrit Sanchar ceremony, (which is more detailed than the other 3 ceremonies). An entire Sikh's life is dedicated to service; and it's not suppose to be just at the Gurdwara; as Guru Sahib himself had helped people not just in certain places; but his entire life was a help to all. After this; the Maryada talks about the sacred Amrit Sanchar, some important rules that will be pointed out are: The need for the Punj Pyare, a Granthi, and a person making sure this is all happening according to Maryada; (all of them must have taken Amrit). Those who have to take it again will be given a reasonable punishment. Then those taking Amrit will also receive will be asked if they are ready; and then the actual ceremony begins with the Punj Pyare using the Sarbloh, (the maryada, Daas posted says pure steel; however, it is Sarbloh, as Sarbloh is iron;) Khanda, (double-edged sword) and Bata, (bowl). An Ardas is done and then Amrit is given to people; they all get the Gurmantar and Mool Mantar from the Punj Pyare, and are required to read the Nitnem banis. (The official Maryada says Japji, Jaap, Tav Prassad Swaiya, Rehras, and Kirtan Sohila; however, post 1986 Sarbat Khalsa; it has been declared to add Chaupai Sahib and Anand Sahib as part of the morning banis). You are suppose to keep the 5ks after taking Amrit; these are Kesh, (uncut hair), Kangha,(wooden comb), Kirpan,(sheathed sword), Kachera,(undergarments specific), and Kara,(steel bracelet). You also make the commitment to no longer make 4 Kurehits these are: 1. Dishonoring the Kesh, (usually defined as cutting the hair; but can be used for other ways as well). 2. Eating meat slaughtered the Muslim way, (this is more heavily defined as meat that was slaughtered with the animal not being killed in one blow, which is called Jhatka; even though the 1986 Sarbat Khalsa declared Jhatka being allowed, many Jathas are against meat altogether, and as such it is important to follow what the Punj Pyare say most of all). 3. Sexual relations with someone other than your spouse, (all premarital sex negatively pressures you into the wrong side; sex is only ok within marriage; otherwise; it is always manmat). 4. Using tobacco, (this should more clearly be defined as using any intoxicants; because Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was against all intoxicants; not just tobacco). If you commit any of these 4 you are a fallen Sikh and must take Amrit again and accept a reasonable punishment from the Punj Pyare; (if any of these were done without intent; then you do not have to take Amrit again). At the end of the ceremony; everyone takes Karah Prassad; they all should eat from the same bowl. After the part on Amrit, we have people who make other mistakes; to these they should admit to the Sangat, the punishment should be given by a set of Punj Pyare and the punishment should usually be in a form of Seva. Then the Gurmatta Rehat; which includes the local Sangat coming together and making decisions for everyone in the Sangat. Finally, we reach the end of the Rehat; which says appeals for any local decision can go to the Akal Takht; currently the Jathedar as of 6/28/16 is Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara, according to the Sarbat Khalsa of 2015, Bandi Chor Diwas.
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! We have finally went through the 6 sections of the Rehat and in 3 Parts. We hope some people are going to be able to learn something from all of this. Vaheguru; Bhul Chuk Maaf Karni from Daas; forgive any mistakes in explaining the Rehat Maryada made by the Akal Takht. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!