The Khalsa (Saint Soldier)
So I’m sitting here this afternoon with thoughts on my mind. One of the points of this blog is to help educate I suppose, so the average American can understand who and what Sikhs are. I am a mere student myself so I apologize ahead of time for any mistakes I make.
I was thinking about the most recognizable thing about a Sikh and of course the first thing that comes to mind is the Pagri (Turban). This brought to my mind the Khalsa. There are many videos and definitions across the internet and most of them make total sense…to a Sikh. To the average westerner it may or may not make sense. After much contemplation on the subject two western terms that come to my mind are Monk and Orthodox. Please don’t come unglued yet as I will explain my perspective of those two terms.
Let’s start with the term orthodox. Orthodox is defined in this case as “(of a person or their views, especially religious or political ones, or other beliefs or practices) conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved. “. If you look at the Sikh Rehat Maryada it spells out the established and approved behaviors and practices of the entire Khalsa Panth. These are not up for question and are expected to be followed strictly.
The term Monk is where I would expect to find a little debate but I’ll explain my thought process. The term monk in this particular instance would be defined as “a member of a religious community or religious order typically living under vows of obedience.”. Since we as Sikhs are all equal I removed the term “typically Men” from the definition. The members of the Khalsa are supposed to be Holy scholars, teachers and soldiers. The vast majority of religions across the globe have their equivalent of Monks, the difference being that as we live by the concept of Miri and Piri (Holy and Worldly,) the Khalsa don’t reside in monastaries but amongst the people in the world to assist in our education of the One (Ik) and helping guide the rest of the Panth in living Holy and worldly lives. I have included two videos from the most influential members of the Khalsa on me and their comments on the Khalsa.
I hope one day to find the courage to take Amrit (combination of Baptism and Communion in Christian terms) and be accepted into the Khals Panth. I feel I have a long way to go but it’s a goal.