Dhan Dhan Guru De Pyarai Daughter of Sri Guru Gobind Sahib Ji Daughter of Mata Sahib Kaur Ji Fearless Warriors Courageous Mothers Determined Daughters They suffered great in-humane tortures Watch their children bleed to death Witnessed the brutal murder of their husbands Yet, they fought for freedom and faith Remembered Guru Ji in every breath And were an Inspiration to all Sikhs We are a Kaur Princess We are a Brave Lioness We are the Daughters of the Khalsa

Hmm... so what DOES AMRIT offer?

So, with Vasakhi around the corner, the birthmark of Khalsa, and the day where thousands of Sikhs across the world will take AMRIT, I decided to share this article with the Sangat By SaadhRayn Kaur. (Note: additions have been made)

Surely we cannot be so naive as to assume that just because AMRIT gives you guidelines, that AMRIT does not have something to offer. If we say this, we would be the most ignorant fools on the earth. There is a reality we must embrace - that AMRIT is a wonderful gift, a wonderful change of lifestyle, and a very drastic and valuable opportunity.
Let us look at this example, which is very minor compared to being blessed with AMRIT: Somebody offers you the position of Captain on the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. You would be simply astounded. But uh oh, wait a second - what a big responsibility that is! You will have to get training, become professional, be a good role model, and be leadership material. You will have to accept accountability, big expectations from people. you will have to follow certain guidelines - you will need to wear a certain uniform and act in a certain way.

Pretty limiting? Ask the captain of Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman, if he loves his job. Of course he does! Would he trade it for anything? Definitely not! Does it have restrictions? For sure! Do the advantages of the job beat the restrictions? No competition - there are tons of advantages and the disadvantages just seem like reasonable parts of the game.
What game are we playing here?
This is the game of love.
What is the first restriction?
We must remove our head - be willing to completely surrender our physical, emotional, spiritual and mental self to the cause of the Guru. We must have no doubts when we set on this path - we should not care for what the world says.

ms514 from Sikhsangat.com says: Sikhism, AMRIT and Salvation: Consider if you will that Sachkhand is a foreign country. You will need a passport to get in and a visa stamp. AMRIT is that passport and the visa stamp is the Almighty's Kirpa (blessing). In which case Dharam Raaj is immigration. By taking AMRIT, you are going to your Guru and saying that "Your teachings are the best, so I promise to lead the life in the way that you have set for me, with your and Waheguroo's blessings"

Khalsa4ever from Sikhsangat.com says: If you can't take the step to make that kind of promise to your Guru, you won't be able to make it all the way spiritually.

Balwinder Kaur from Sikhsangat.com says: 5K's aren't mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji because it was our Dasam Pita who initiated this order - and the bachan(instructions) of our Dasam pita was not included in the final copy of SGGS jee when it was compiled in the 1700s at Damdama Sahib. We wear the 5K's because it's a Hukam from Guru Sahib & as His children, we should comply with His instructions

mann_kaum_layee_qurbaan from sikhsangat.com says: How many teachers does a person have throughout their education? I have had over 25 to earn a degree. this was just to get a degree in worldy knowledge about one field of study.

It took ten Guru Sahibs to mould a cowardly people into Sant Sipahis. The first nine Gurus armed our minds with Gurbani or God's word. Guru Gobind Singh Ji armed us physically. Why didn't the first nine Gurus take AMRIT?

What is AMRIT? Is it a time to get a sword? AMRIT is a Sikh’s wedding to Guru Sahib. A commitment to keep the Khalsa Rehit. Guru Gobind Singh Ji says that for him Rehit is more dear than a Sikh. You can't give people without Rehit or discipline swords or weapons. One becomes a Saint Soldier or Sant Sipahi after committing to the Rehit so one is truly a Sant Sipahi and not some fanatic with a weapon.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji did not take AMRIT to become a Sikh, Guru Sahib took AMRIT to show that the Khalsa was Guru' s Sroop or the Guru's image. Basically like the student is now the master. This is why we say Guru’s Panth Khalsa.

It took ten Gurus to make an Army of God. It takes over 35 teachers to earn a degree in some useless major. You do the math …

AMRIT is a physical concept to show one's commitment to the Khalsa Rehit or discipline. The real AMRIT in Sikhi one strives for is the AMRIT of Naam. This AMRIT was in all the Gurus and also the Bhagats such as Bhagat Ravidas Ji, Bhagat Naam Dev Ji, Skeih Farid Sahib, Bhagat Kabir Ji, and many more. Naam is above all. To say why didn't out Gurus take AMRIT is like saying that the gurus lacked a spiritual Rehit.

Reading this article it could be overwhelming. For many taking AMRIT is overwhelming. It is a huge responsibility, and for some it maybe the sole factor as to why they do not take AMRIT. To the western world standards, AMRIT does have restrictions. But the advantages of having AMRIT out number the restrictions in great number. Many of us have to realize that this body we have, does not belong to us. It belongs to the GURU. We have borrowed this body for the purposes of living on this earth. One day, we are going to have to give it back to the GURU. How can we return a body back that has been torn apart by the 5 vices? We can’t. We need to respect our body. And Guru Sahib has given us the tools to do that. Be part of the ARMY OF GOD – Take AMRIT – you will be glad you did!

What team are we on? Akaal Purakh Kee Fauj.
This is our team...
Who are our captains?
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and Mata Sahib Kaur Ji.
Who is our coach?

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Who is our goalie?
Our own REHIT.
Who are our opponents?
Kaam, krodh, lobh, moh, ahankaar, jhoot, nindaa, vair, virod
And their coach is Maayaa.

If we want to play we know the rules. We know the risks. But our skates are like ice, and our ice is like the sharp blades of skates. This path is sharper than a sword's edge and thinner than a hair.

This skating arena is the world. There is no overtime in this game. Our Sangat is on our team. Our Rehit Maryada are the referees.

All the devis, devtas, sur, nar, mun, jan - THEY WANT TO PLAY THE GAME - but they are our fans. They cheer us on, we can win, and the rewards are endless: theh anek roop nau nav nidh this daa anth naa jaaee paaeiaa, man jeetay jug jeet, jis no bakshay sifat salaahu naanak paatshaahee paathsaahu...

The rewards are endless. All the worldly bliss, but more importantly the true love of the Guru Ji’s feet... and the internal bliss of immortal nectar of the Guru Ji's bani. We can obtain this if we win the game. BUT there is a lot at stake. We must remain dedicated. We should not have duality. We should not lose faith in our team. And we should never waver from the high standards of our team. Or else we will lose in the end.

This is Akaal Purakh's Game

Article: Hmm... so what DOES AMRIT offer? SaadhRayn Kaur; Sangat Participation: www.Sikhsangat.com; Pictures: From Various Sikh sites on Web.

by FaujKaur @ Thursday, March 30, 2006
comments: 2


great post!!

*blush* wow, you quoted me!! lol.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:04 AM
nice. without Amrit one has no Guru.


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