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The 5 K's

The five articles of faith that baptised Sikhs wear at all times
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Lori Lopez

on 26 October 2010

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Transcript of The 5 K's

The 5 K's
Kesh Kanga Kara Kaccha/Kachera Kirpan Commanded by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 to wear a steel bangle, at all times A constant reminder, to always remember that whatever he or she does with their hands has to be in keeping with the advice given by the Guru
Applys to both males AND females "With your hands and feet, do all your work, but let you consciousness remain with the Immaculate Lord" A constant reminder of the Sikh's mission on this earth and that he or she must carry out righteous and true deeds and actions
Both male and females wear the same type of Kachera long underwear that comes just above the knees gives a feeling of dignity, modest and honour Reminds Sikhs to think of the opposite sex as they would think of their other family members..not as objects Tied with a "Nala" (drawstring). ; another reminder that while one takes the time to untie the drawstring, one is given time to think about what one is about to do The Guru reminds while remembering the lord, sexual desire CAN be overcome, thus: "Throuh the Kind and Compassionate True Guru, I met the Lord; I have conquered sexual desire, anger and greed" Symbolizes the control of the Five Evils,
especially lust throughout history hair (kesh) has been regarded as a symbol both of holiness and strength. One's hair is part of God's creation adoption of a simple life A Sikh should only bow his head to the Guru, and not to a barber. women are forbidden to cut any body hair or even trim their eyebrows, as Sikh men are forbidden to trim their beards. Some people find it difficult in today's society Kanga carved from rose wood, or sandal wood used twice daily to come the hair the comb keeps the hair tidy clean and tidy hair reminds them that their lives need to be clean and tidy as well worn in the hair under the turban Kirpan To show pride Mandatory religious commandment given by Guru Gobind Singh The kirpan was a defensive weapon, worn on a cloth belt called a Gatra A defensive weapon and religious symbol Represents the power of truth cutting through untruth Literally means "weapon of defense" (kirpa means mercy and aan means bless)
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