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Describe and explain a Sikh’s private devotions.

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Religious Studies coursework R1: Describe and explain a Sikh's private devotions. According to the rules of Sikhism, a Sikh's personal life should include three things, I. Meditation on Nam (Divine substance) and the scriptures. II. Leading life according to the Gurus teachings. III. Public spirited voluntary service. It is on these rules that Sikh's base their private lives and devotions. There are a number of daily rituals that may be practised by members of the Sikh faith. All practices are dependent on the member's religious order within Sikhism and none of these practices are compulsory. A Sikh should wake up three hours before the dawn (also known as the ambrosial hours) take bath and, concentrating their thoughts on One Immortal Being, repeat the name Waheguru which means "wondrous destroyer of darkness" or "truth is God's name." This is symbolic because by concentrating their thoughts on God whilst bathing, they are "washing away" their sins from the day before. ...read more.


of Anand Sahib and Mundawani and the Slok Mahla 5 beginning "tere kita jato nahi" in the evening after sunset. Apart from a Sikh's private, daily devotion, Sikh's also have other devotions. One is their everyday life and aspects of it, such as dietary practises. The dietary practices of the Sikhs are dependent on the religious order to which they belong. Those who follow Guru Gobind Singh eat a vegetarian diet, free from all animal fat. These members are also forbidden to partake of any intoxicating substance are forbidden to smoke and drink alcohol. Another devotion is the clothing that the Sikh wears. A requirement for some members of the Sikh faith is the keeping of the "Five K's." The keeping of these things was directed by Guru Gobind Singh. Kesh, uncut hair, and keeping the hair kept neatly tied in a turban is the symbol of dedication, holiness and group consciousness. The Kangha, wooden comb, is used to keep the hair clean and in shape. ...read more.


Another Private devotion is the celebration and honouration of all special events and festivals. Devoted Sikhs celebrate the anniversaries of the births and the deaths of the ten gurus, especially Guru Nanak in November, Guru Ram Das in October and Guru Gobind Singh in December. They also remember the anniversary of Guru Arjun Dev's martyrdom. In addition to these twenty anniversaries which are celebrated, members of the Sikh faith also commemorate the martyrdom of the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh on two separate days. The anniversary of the Baisakhi, the birthday of the Khalsa, is also celebrated. Guru Gobind Singh founded the Guru Khalsa as the new community of the Sikhs. This is the community of the Pure Ones and it strives to be powerful and strong in the defense of the faith and in the establishment of a strict moral society; this day is traditionally celebrated in April. The calculations of all these dates are based on the lunar cycle and the Indian calendar and can be obtained from Sikh Centers. ...read more.

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