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By W. Owen Cole

This dictionary comprises lots of the phrases which are relating to Sikhism. even supposing not likely an introductory direction, by way of analyzing the definitions of such a lot of phrases within the Sikh vocabulary, one will get an concept of what the faith is all approximately, together with its relation to Islam and Hinduism, the 2 comparable faiths of India. The publication lists the key figures in Sikhism, an summary of the heritage of the faith, an inventory of the sacred books, theology and a basic review of the philosophy, either within the advent and within the definitions itself. a superb reduction for these attracted to the religion.

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Thus Guru Hargobind is said to have decreed that only a man well-versed in the gurbani should be appointed to look after a gurdwara, and that he should be of good character so that he can set a good example. He also admonished his daughter, Bibi Viro, to respect her husband’s parents and family, and not feel proud of her own parentage. In the second, Guru Gobind Singh says that God ordained him to create the Khalsa, that any Sikh who abandons the rahit (code of conduct), is like an ass in the skin of a lion, and that no keshdhari Sikh should ever enter his presence unarmed.

Delays caused by such things as postmortem requirements are distressing, the whole notion of post mortem is offensive. During the funeral Sohila should be read. Ashes should be scattered in the nearest river but there is some tendency to take them to Kiratpur and put them in the river Sutlej. It is customary to hold a sidharan path, a non-continuous reading of the Guru Granth sahib, and for friends and relatives to gather for the bhog ceremony which ends at nine days after 28 the funeral. In newspaper announcements this will often be referred to as Antimardas, meaning ‘final Ardas’; friends and relatives will make a special effort to be present on this occasion.

Make your mind God’s home. If God abides with you undisturbed you will not be reborn’ (AG 13). Death ceremonies At the deathbed the Sukhmani should be read. Cremation is the preferred method of disposal and should be carried out on the day of death unless it is too late for the ceremony to be performed before sundown. The body should be fully dressed and should bear the Sikh emblems, the five Ks, and the turban if the deceased is a man. The preparation of the body is undertaken by family members in the Punjab and abroad, as far as is possible.

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