SIKH CODE OF CONDUCT
In Sikhism, the word "Rahit" connotes to the precepts for moral and spiritual life. The Sikh Rahit includes spiritual and ethical instructions covering all spheres vital to pious living. The sacred contents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, regardless of their authorship, are themselves the chief and primary Hukam-Namahs for the Khalsa. Every Sikh is obliged to follow and practice them to the best of his or her abilities. Other sources of the Khalsa Code of Conduct are Sikh scriptures such as the Dasam Granth (Sahib), containing the Banni of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Vaars of Bhai Gurdaas Ji, and the writings of Bhai Nand (Lal) Singh Ji.
Upon the creation of the Khalsa Panth, Guru Gobind Singh Ji instructed some of his prominent disciples not only to record how the Khalsa should live, but also how he should not live (do's and don'ts). Some of those scholars included : Bhai Daya Singh (one the Panj Piyaray), Bhai Desa Singh, Bhai Chaupa Singh, and Bhai Nand Singh Ji.
It is important to remember that just as no one has the authority to alter the contents of the above scriptures, for the same reason no individual or organization has the authority to modify the Sikh Rahit. There is only one Rahit Maryada for the Khalsa Panth, it does not belong to any particular Jatha or entity, yet as Sikhs we are all obliged to follow it.
Attempts have been made since the early part of the 20th century to document some of the minimum, day-to-day aspects of the Rahit, it is appropriately titled : "SIKH REHIT MARYADA", and is also known as "Sri Akal Takht Sahib di Maryada."
However, various "new" maryadas have come to evolve under the propoganda of the so-called "Sant-Smaaj", various deras, taksals, and other semperdais.
Much of them are based on the very Vedic, Bramanic rituals that Guru Sahib warned us against. Therefore, they hold no value in Panthic circles, and easily fail tests of Gurmat-based logic and reasoning.
The information provided on this page is only a brief introduction to the Khalsa Rahit. Those who yearn to know and follow the TRUTH, should "study" the beloved and mystic contents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and related scriptures.
He alone is a Sikh, a friend, a relative and a sibling, who follows the Way of the Guru's Will.
One who follows according to his own will, O Siblings of Destiny, suffers displeasure of separation from the Lord.
(Sorath M3, P601)
Worship the One Almighty God (AKAL)
Believe in the Guru Granth Sahib as the Word of God
Be in company of the Khalsa (Those who are God Intoxicated)
NAAM - AMRIT RAHIT (Click to View References)
The Primary Code of Conduct is that one MUST receive baptism of the Double-Edged Sword.
- [RahetNama Bhai Desa Singh Ji]
Only upon receiving ordination from the Guru Can a disciple call himself a Sikh.
- [Bhai Gurdas Ji, Var 3, pauri 1]
Definition of a Sikh - By Bhai Manmohan Singh Ji
EXTERNAL (PANJ KAKKARI) RAHIT (Click to View References)
Kach, Kara, Kirpan, Kangha, Keski (Kes covered with Dastar), Eh Panj Kakkari Rahit Dharay Sikh Soeey
- [Rahit-Namah Bhai Chaupa Singh Ji]
NITNEM RAHIT (Click to View References)
*** Amrit Vela- Naam Abbhyaas : Contemplation of the Divine Name ***
(1) Jap Ji Sahib
(2) Jaap Sahib
(3) Tawprashaad Swaiyay
(4) Bentee Chaupai
(5) Anand Sahib (complete)
In the evening : Rehrass Sahib and Kirtan Sohila
BAJJAR KURAHIT (Cardinal- Sins) (Click to View References)
Kuthha -Analysis by Bhai Manmohan Singh Ji
1) Forcible Removal of Body Hair
2) Consumption of Tobacco/Drugs/Alcohol or other Intoxicants
4) Consumption of Meat/Eggs/Fish
Our Gurus, Hunting, and Eating Meat -Analysis by Bhai Prahlad Singh Ji
Dangers of Meat -Analysis by John Robbins