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Amrit Sanskar

Sikhs who have been through the Amrit Ceremony, which is known as a baptism for Sikhs, become baptised Sikhs and take new names.  The Amrit Ceremony was introduced by Guru Gobind Singh when he found the Khalsa, which is a very important Sikh festival, in 1699. The ceremony takes place in a Gurdwara, which is their special place to pray just like we have a church to get baptised in.  Before the ceremony, everyone takes a bath. A Sikh can go through this initiation as soon as they are old enough to understand the full commitment that they are making.The Guru Granth Sahib presents the 5 K’s.

The 5K’s are symbols they use just like we have symbols in our Christian life. They wear the 5 K’s to show that they are dedicated to Guru.  The 5 K’s have a very important meaning.

Kesh  means uncut hair and symbols holiness and strength. In the past Sikhs have been regarded to keep their hair long to show a way of keeping God gift. Women are not allowed to trim any body hair and men aren’t allowed to trim their beards. It is like Samson the strong in the Holy Bible.

Kara is a steel bracelet. It symbols restraint and gentility. It also shows that there is no beginning and no end. Sikhs made it out of steel because it is not an ornament. It tells the Sikhs they should not do anything wrong.

Kanga is a wooden comb. It shows a clean mind and body. It symbolises the importance of looking after the body which God has created. Since you only have one body you have to take care of it very carefully.

Katcha is an special underwear. They are forbidden to go past your knee. It symbolises chastity. When Sikhs rode horses they wore these special kind of pants.

Kirpan is a special sword. There is not exactly a perfect fixed one but as long as it is a few inches to 3 feet long then it is fine.   It is kept in a sheath, which is a close-fitting cover for the blade of a knife or sword, and can be worn over or under clothing.  It symbolises spirituality,  defence of the good, defence of the weak, the struggle against justice, a metaphor for God, or the soldier part of soldier saints.

The symbols have become greatly more powerful with each passing year of Sikh history. For a Sikh the fact that the Guru has instructed the Sikhs to wear the 5 Ks is a good reason and nothing more needs to be said.

During the ceremony, hymns are recited from the Sikh scripture and prayers are said. The amrit is prepared. Amrit is a mixture of sugar and water that has been stirred with a double-edged sword. The amrit is sprinkled on their hair and eyes. There are readings from the Guru Granth Sahib and an explanation of rules of Sikhism. 5 sikhs perform the ceremony.

The ceremony ends with the eating of the ceremonial Karah Parshad. Karah Parshad is a sweet tasting food which has been blessed. It is made from semolina, sugar and ghee.The sikhs promise to lead a pure and pious life to unite with Almighty Lord.

After the ceremony everybody has a large meal called the langar. Children usually have the Amrit ceremony when they are born to welcome them to the community. Some have it after.

Amrit Ceremony

The Amrit ceremony is baptism in Sikhism. Here are the facts or steps to Amrit ceremony.

Sikhs have their first ceremony ,baptism, the actual name for their baptism is Amrit Sanskar. Sikhs become baptised Sikhs, take new names, and wear the 5 Ks. The Amrit Ceremony is the initiation rite introduced by Guru Gobind Singh when he founded the Khalsa in 1699. The word “Khalsa” means “pure”. Guru Gobind Singh was the tenth of the ten Sikh Gurus, the eleventh guru being the living never ending Guru, Guru Granth Sahib. He was a warrior, poet and philosopher.

The ceremony :

The ceremony takes place in a Gurdwara, During the ceremony, hymns are recited from the Sikh scripture, prayers are said, and the principles of Sikhism are affirmed. Then amrit is prepared. Amrit is a mixture of sugar and water that has been stirred with a double-edged sword. The candidates for initiation drink some of the amrit from the same bowl, and have it sprinkled on their eyes and hair.

The ceremony ends with the eating of the ceremonial karah parshad. Parshad is a sweet tasting food which has been blessed. It is made from semolina, sugar and ghee.

The five Ks are:

  • Kesh (uncut hair)
  • Kara (a steel bracelet)
  • Kanga (a wooden comb)
  • Kaccha – also spelt, Kachh, Kachera (cotton underwear)
  • Kirpan (steel sword)

Amrit Sanskar

Sikhs who go through the ceremony of Amrit become become Baptized Sikhs and take new names. In our baptism, we also take new names. Also, they wear the 5 Ks. The 5 Ks are the 5 physical symbols worn by the Sikhs. Those are: Kangha, Kes, Kirpan, Kara, Kachehra. They are the five articles o faith. The ceremony takes place in Grudwara. This is like our Baptism because we also do it in a significant place, the church. This happens in front of 5 initiated Sikhs, which represent the Panj Piyaras. The Panj Piyaras were the first Sikhs to go through this ceremony. During the ceremony, hymns are sung and prayers are said, like in baptism. After that, Amrit is prepared. Amrit is a mixture of sugar and water stirred by a double edged sword. The people drink Amrit from the same bowl and then pour it on their eyes and hair. Then each one of them recite the Mool Mantra. This is a reading from the Guru Granth Sahib explaining all the rules of Sikhism. The ceremony ends when everyone eats the karah parshad. Parshad is a sweet tasting fruit which has been blessed. In this ceremony, there are lots and lots of similarities between Baptism. When they read from the  Guru Granth Sahib, it is like when we do the Baptismal promises and read from the bible.

Catholic Baptism differences with Sikhs

Sikhs who have been through the Amrit Sankara , become baptised Sikhs . They take new names and wear the 5 ks . The 5 ks taken together symbolize that the Sikh who wears them has dedicated themselves to a life of devotion and submission to the Guru . The 5 k’s are 5 physical symbols worn by Sikhs who have been initiated into the Khalsa . The Amrit Ceremony is the initiation rite introduced by Guru Gobind Singh when he founded the Khalsa . Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikhs calendar . It is the Sikh new year festival and is celebrated on April 13 or 14 . It also commemorates 1699 , the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith . The ceremony takes place in a Gurdwara , which is the place where Sikhs come together for congregational worship.

Sikhs and Catholics have the same things as getting baptised, having special promises such as committing their lives into Christ (Guru). Catholics also have special ceremonies like Christmas, Advent, Easter and many more, just like Sikhs. As Catholics, we go to church to worship God. On the other hand, Sikhs go to a Gurdwara to worship their God (Guru). We have a special time when it is Pentacost. Pentacost is when we celebrate the time when the church was born. Sikhs also have this, but their special time is called, Vaisakhi. These are most of the similarities between Catholics and Sikhs.

 

Compare baptism to Amrit Sikh

When you get baptised, you become baptised you become Sikhs, you get new names and wear the five KS. The five KS are the articles of faith that Khalsa Sikhs wear at all times. A Sikh can go through this initiation as soon as they are older, they can know more about there religion, the Amrit ceremony take place in Gurdwara.

During the ceremony they sing hymns, even recited from the Sikhs scripture , also they say prayers. We Catholics do similar things, to Sikhism. the sing songs, say are grace, and lots of other things which don’t relate to Sikhism. When you get baptised a Christian we use  holy water, but the Sikhs use sugar and water and stirred with a double edged bowl. Moreover the candidates drink the sugar and water from the same bowl and they sprinkle it on there eyes and hair.

When you are a Sikh you must live honest and you have to show good and honesty, just like us Christians.

Baptism and Amrit Sanskar

Sikhs who have been through the Amrit Ceremony or in other words Amrit Sanskar, become baptised sikhs. The sikhs wear the 5ks which are: Kesh (uncut hair), Kara (steel bracelet), Kanga (wooden comb), Kaccha (cotten underwear) and lastly the Kirpan (steel sword). The sikhs wear the 5ks to show that they are part of the Kingdom of God.  A Sikh can go through this initiation as soon as they are old enough to understand the full commitment  that they are making. The ceremony ends with the eating of the ceremonial karah parshad. Parshad is a sweet tasting food which has been blessed. It is made from semolina, sugar and ghee.

They take new names just as we do in our Catholic baptism. Catholics also do something like the 5ks, we follow the values of the Kingdom of God and many more. When sikhs are baptised they have to remember God just as we do after we get baptised. The ceremony is to be conducted in a quiet place like us Catholics do at our ceremony. The sikhs believe that there is only one God, we do aswell. During the ceremony, hymns are recited from the Sikh scripture, prayers are said, and the principles of Sikhism are affirmed. At the Catholic church we do that but in a slightly different way.

During the ceremony and other times men and women normally sit apart in the gurdwara, we sit altogether as if we were a big family. We have our baptism as soon as our parents or guardian decide that they want there child to be a Catholic. Sikhs use a Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book). Catholics use a bible. A sikh place of worship is called a Gurdwara. Catholics show love to God in a place called a church. At the ceremony the amrit is prepared. Amrit is a mixture of sugar and water that has been stirred with a double-edged sword. Catholics have the holy water ready. The candidates for initiation drink some of the amrit from the same bowl, and have it sprinkled on their eyes and hair. In the Catholic church the priest pours the Holy water over the babies head three times and says, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Amen.

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Baptism in sikism

Their baptism is called Amrit Sanchar . The Amrit Sanchar is the given name in the sikh tradition to the baptism ceremony. Also known as the initiation. Sikhs do not have their baptisim the same as christians do. The important person in christian’s baptism is god, but in the sikh baptism the important people are the beloved five. The sikh baptism started when the Guru was not present the masands or the local sangat leaders officiated. The Guru would guide the sikhs about the sikh teaching and instruct them to adopt them as a way of life. “Who is prepared to die for God?” asked Guru Gobind Singh. One man stepped forward and he was taken to a tent. After some time Guru Gobind Singh came out of the tent with blood dripping from his sword.  He asked the same question again. After the next four people were in the tent, he reappeared with the five, who were now all dressed like him. These five men were  known as the beloved five. Them five are very important in the Amrit Sanchar.Christian’s baptism started when John the baptist decided to baptise people in the River Jordan

Christian’s prepare for the baptism by dressing up in white gown to repesent being clothed in God’s love. Also christian’s have their baptism by going to a priest and being anointed with  all the baptism  symbols. Then we are clensed from our original sin by the holy water being poured on our foreheads. Sikhs do it differently.

The ingredients and the aids to the preparation of the  Holy Nectar are symbolic of a few things that are held in the highest regards by the khasla. In this religion it is believed that it should not be taken into the  mind that Amrit Sanchar  is the end purpose. It is the start of one’s journey into  the right path to live a pure and good life. Five handfuls of Amrit are given for drinking, five handfuls are sprinkled over the hair and another five are sprinkled into the eyes. That is the baptism of the sikhs called Amrit  Sanchar.

Sikhism

 The 5Ks are: Kesh, Kangha,Kara,Kachera and Kirpan. Kesh is when a Sikh has uncut hair. They never cut their hair and it does not touch the ground. They grow their eyebrows to a certain length. This is why they were turbans. Kangha is a small wooden comb. Sikhs use the comb twice a day to keep their hair in place. A Kara is a iron or steel bracelet. It is worn on the right arm and is used to make sure the Sikh disciple does Gods work and that person must carry out true and righteous deeds.

 The Kacchera is a undergarment which was give by a gift of love from Guru. They were all worn by Sikhs, initiated into the Khalsa. A Kipan is a small dagger. It is a ceremonial dagger held by baptized Sikhs. It was a religious commandment give by Guru. The daggers place of origin is Punjab.

In the Catholic faith, we have symbols too. I will explain the five most important symbols that are important to me. The Baptismal Candle symbolises a baptized person in the light of Christ so, the newborn begins their new life in christ. The Oil of Chrism symbolizes the sealing of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Oil of Catechumens gives the newborn new strength to turn away from evil, temptation and sin. The Holy Water washes away original sin which came from Adam and Eve. Original sin came from Adam and Eve when they ate the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, the Garden of Eden. The White Garment represents being clothed in christ’ love and they are in the pure eyes of God.

In this paragraph, I will be explaining about the similarities about the Sikh faith and the Catholic faith. In the Sikh religion, they have a holy book called Guru Granth Sahib and the catholic faith has a holy book, called the Bible. The catholic faith have got a place where they baptized the baby, which is a church. The Sikh religion also have a place where they have their Amrit ceremony which is called a Gurdwara.

During the Amrit ceremony, hymns are repeated from the Sikh scripture and prayers are said. When the Amrit is prepared, it is a mixture of sugar and water, which is stirred with a double-edged sword. They then recite the Mool Mantra. After readings are read, they end the ceremony with the ceremonial Karah Purshad.

Parshad is a type of sweet tasting food which is made with semolina, sugar and ghee. What the Sikhs promise to do is that they have to make commitment, understanding and self-dicipline. The person becomes a Sikh when they are a baby.