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2013-08-04 19:34:22 -0600 answered a question can i tie my joora at back

I am sorry if I had simply cut and paste from a previous answer about a gentleman asking about wearing a beanie as opposed to a dastar with formatting errors:

There is no rule to wear bana in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, this is purely cultural and developed from tradition as the Guru's have worn one since Guru Angad Dev and later with the formation of the Khalsa (Guru Gobind Singh: Kangha dono vaqt kar, paag chune kar bandhai. ("Comb your hair twice a day and tie your turban carefully, turn by turn.")). In fact, there are more quotes about the uselessness of a pagri because it's not what you wear ON your head, it's what's IN your head. You need to worry about being a good person, not about a cleanly tied and starched turban versus a tying a backwards joorha.

ਬੰਕੇ ਬਾਲ ਪਾਗ ਸਿਰਿ ਡੇਰੀ ॥ बंके बाल पाग सिरि डेरी ॥ Banke bāl pāg sir derī. You make your hair beautiful, and wear a stylish turban on your head.

ਇਹੁ ਤਨੁ ਹੋਇਗੋ ਭਸਮ ਕੀ ਢੇਰੀ ॥੩॥ इहु तनु होइगो भसम की ढेरी ॥३॥ Ih ṯan ho▫igo bẖasam kī dẖerī. ||3||

But in the end, this body shall be reduced to a pile of ashes. ||3|| ਚਲਤ ਕਤ ਟੇਢੇ ਟੇਢੇ ਟੇਢੇ ॥ चलत कत टेढे टेढे टेढे ॥ Cẖalaṯ kaṯ tedẖe tedẖe tedẖe. Why do you walk in that crooked, zigzag way? ਅਸਤਿ ਚਰਮ ਬਿਸਟਾ ਕੇ ਮੂੰਦੇ ਦੁਰਗੰਧ ਹੀ ਕੇ ਬੇਢੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ असति चरम बिसटा के मूंदे दुरगंध ही के बेढे ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥ Asaṯ cẖaram bistā ke mūnḏe ḏurganḏẖ hī ke bedẖe. ||1|| rahā▫o. You are nothing more than a bundle of bones, wrapped in skin, filled with manure; you give off such a rotten smell! ||1||Pause|| ਰਾਮ ਨ ਜਪਹੁ ਕਵਨ ਭ੍ਰਮ ਭੂਲੇ ਤੁਮ ਤੇ ਕਾਲੁ ਨ ਦੂਰੇ ॥ राम न जपहु कवन भ्रम भूले तुम ते कालु न दूरे ॥ Rām na japahu kavan bẖaram bẖūle ṯum ṯe kāl na ḏūre. You do not meditate on the Lord. What doubts have confused and deluded you? Death is not far away from you! ਅਨਿਕ ਜਤਨ ਕਰਿ ਇਹੁ ਤਨੁ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਰਹੈ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਪੂਰੇ ॥੨॥ अनिक जतन करि इहु तनु राखहु रहै अवसथा पूरे ॥२॥ Anik jaṯan kar ih ṯan rākẖo rahai avasthā pūre. ||2|| Making all sorts of efforts, you manage to preserve this body, but it shall only survive until its time is up. ||2|| ਆਪਨ ਕੀਆ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਹੋਵੈ ਕਿਆ ਕੋ ਕਰੈ ਪਰਾਨੀ ॥ आपन कीआ कछू न होवै किआ को करै परानी ॥ Āpan kī▫ā kacẖẖū na hovai ki▫ā ko karai parānī. By one's own efforts, nothing is done. What can the mere mortal ... (more)

2013-08-04 19:30:28 -0600 answered a question can ee wear beanie

There is no rule to wear bana in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, this is purely cultural and developed from tradition as the Guru's have worn one since Guru Angad Dev and later with the formation of the Khalsa (Guru Gobind Singh: Kangha dono vaqt kar, paag chune kar bandhai. ("Comb your hair twice a day and tie your turban carefully, turn by turn.")). In fact, there are more quotes about the uselessness of a pagri because it's not what you wear ON your head, it's what's IN your head. You need to worry about being a good person, not about a cleanly tied and starched turban versus a simple modern-day beanie.

ਬੰਕੇ ਬਾਲ ਪਾਗ ਸਿਰਿ ਡੇਰੀ ॥ बंके बाल पाग सिरि डेरी ॥ Banke bāl pāg sir derī. You make your hair beautiful, and wear a stylish turban on your head.

ਇਹੁ ਤਨੁ ਹੋਇਗੋ ਭਸਮ ਕੀ ਢੇਰੀ ॥੩॥ इहु तनु होइगो भसम की ढेरी ॥३॥ Ih ṯan ho▫igo bẖasam kī dẖerī. ||3||

But in the end, this body shall be reduced to a pile of ashes. ||3||

ਚਲਤ ਕਤ ਟੇਢੇ ਟੇਢੇ ਟੇਢੇ ॥ चलत कत टेढे टेढे टेढे ॥ Cẖalaṯ kaṯ tedẖe tedẖe tedẖe. Why do you walk in that crooked, zigzag way? ਅਸਤਿ ਚਰਮ ਬਿਸਟਾ ਕੇ ਮੂੰਦੇ ਦੁਰਗੰਧ ਹੀ ਕੇ ਬੇਢੇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ असति चरम बिसटा के मूंदे दुरगंध ही के बेढे ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥ Asaṯ cẖaram bistā ke mūnḏe ḏurganḏẖ hī ke bedẖe. ||1|| rahā▫o. You are nothing more than a bundle of bones, wrapped in skin, filled with manure; you give off such a rotten smell! ||1||Pause|| ਰਾਮ ਨ ਜਪਹੁ ਕਵਨ ਭ੍ਰਮ ਭੂਲੇ ਤੁਮ ਤੇ ਕਾਲੁ ਨ ਦੂਰੇ ॥ राम न जपहु कवन भ्रम भूले तुम ते कालु न दूरे ॥ Rām na japahu kavan bẖaram bẖūle ṯum ṯe kāl na ḏūre. You do not meditate on the Lord. What doubts have confused and deluded you? Death is not far away from you! ਅਨਿਕ ਜਤਨ ਕਰਿ ਇਹੁ ਤਨੁ ਰਾਖਹੁ ਰਹੈ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਪੂਰੇ ॥੨॥ अनिक जतन करि इहु तनु राखहु रहै अवसथा पूरे ॥२॥ Anik jaṯan kar ih ṯan rākẖo rahai avasthā pūre. ||2|| Making all sorts of efforts, you manage to preserve this body, but it shall only survive until its time is up. ||2|| ਆਪਨ ਕੀਆ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਹੋਵੈ ਕਿਆ ਕੋ ਕਰੈ ਪਰਾਨੀ ॥ आपन कीआ कछू न होवै किआ को करै परानी ॥ Āpan kī▫ā kacẖẖū na hovai ki▫ā ko karai parānī. By one's own efforts, nothing is done. What can the mere mortal accomplish? ਜਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਭੇਟੈ ਏਕੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਬਖਾਨੀ ॥੩॥ जा तिसु भावै सतिगुरु भेटै एको नामु बख ... (more)

2013-08-04 19:05:17 -0600 answered a question rehat maryada is fake

There were many Rehats prior to the formation of the SGPC on November 15 1920. Two days prior, Mr. Dunnett, the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar hand picked members of the Sikh aristocracy as the select committee. The Gurdwara Act of 1925, a result of British acquiescence to the Singh Sabha Movement, allowed for a drafting of a single Rehat in 1931 to be accepted by what would be considered 'true' Sikhs, essentially a final definition of what a Sikh was. There was a prior unifying Rehat in 1915, and the final rehat accepted by all Sikhs was ratified in 1950. Prior to all of this the Nihangs, Udasis, Nirmalas, Nanakpanthis, Sewapanthis and Namdharis where considered 'Sikhs'. Thereafter, they were considered apostates. What Sikhism follows today is the product of the evolution from 1915 to 1920 to 1925 to 1931 to 1950. Just like any other worldly religion, take Christianity for example with the several Councils of Nicea and Vatican I and II, it took collaborations of contemporary believers to re-define their faith to what they considered correct and true, but ultimately other earlier followers, such as the Gnostics, and individual churches of Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth, Thessalonica, Cyprus, Crete, and Rome, to throw out their culturally influenced beliefs (Christians in Jerusalem followed a more Hebrew-Judaic form of Christianity, Thessalonica more Grecian styles, and Rome more Roman/Latin variations). Same as the Sanatan Sikhs who were more Hindu influenced. Guru Nanak made Sikhi real simple: 1. Meditate on Satnam, 2. Make an honest liviing 3. Feed the poor as if it were the Guru's mouth

2013-08-04 18:48:42 -0600 answered a question Sanatan Sikhi?

Prior to the creation of the SGPC and the Rehit Maryada in the 1920-1930s (please keep in mind, the original SGPC was hand picked by the British deputy commissioner of Amritsar, Mr. Dunnett), the Nihangs, Udasis, Nirmalas, Nanakpanthis, Sewapanthis and Namdharis were all considered 'Sikhs'. They were considered apostates after the Singh Sabha movement.