Sikh Rehat Maryada

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Sikh Rehat Maryada

Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions

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What is Rehat Maryada? Rehat Maryada: Section One Chapter I – Sikh Defined - Article 1 – Definition of Sikh Rehat Maryada: Section Two Chapter II – Aspects of Sikh Living - Article II – Sikh Living Chapter III – Individual Spirituality - Article III – Sikh Personal Life - Article IV - Meditating on Naam (Divine Substance) and Scriptures Rehat Maryada: Section Three Chapter IV - Gurduwaras, Congregational Etiquette, Rites - Article V - Joining the Congregation for understanding of and reflecting on Gurbani Chapter V – Kirtan - Article VI – Kirtan (Development Hymn Singing by a Group or an Individual) Chapter VI – Taking Hukam - Article VII – Taking Hukam Chapter VII – Reading of the Guru Granth Sahib - Article VIII - Sadharan Path (completion of Normal, Intermittent Reading of the Guru Granth Sahib) - Article IX - Akhand Path: Uninterrupted-Non-Stop-Completion of the Reading of the Guru Granth Sahib - Article X – Commencing the non-stop reading - Article XI – Concluding the Reading Chapter VIII – Making Offerings, Consecration, and Distribution - Article XII – Karhah Prasad (Sacred Pudding) Chapter IX – Components of Gurdwara Service - Article XIII – Exposition of Gurbani (Sikh Holy Scriptures) - Article XIV – Expository Discourse - Article XV – Gurdwara Service Rehat Maryada: Section Four Chapter X – Beliefs, Observances, Duties, Taboos and Ceremonies - Article XVI – Living in Consonance with Guru’s Tenets

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Chapter XI – Ceremonies pertaining to Social Occasions - Article XVII – Ceremonies pertaining to Birth and Naming of Child - Article XVIII – Anand Sanskar (Lit. Joyful Ceremony) - Article XIX – Funeral Ceremonies - Article XX – Other Rites and Conventions Rehat Maryada: Section Five Chapter XII – Altruistic Work - Article XXI - Voluntary Service Rehat Maryada: Section Six Chapter XIII – Panthic (Corporator Sikh) Life - Article XXII - Facets of Corporate Sikh Life - Article XXIII – Panth’s Status of Guru-hood - Article XXIV – Ceremony of Baptism or Initiation - Article XXV – Method of Imposing Chastisement - Article XXVI – Method of Adopting Gurmatta - Article XXVII – Appeals against Local Decisions

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Rehat Maryada

Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions

What is the Rehat Maryada?
The Rehat Maryada is the Official Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions. There were a number of unsuccessful attempts in the eighteenth century following the death of Guru Gobind Singh to produce an accurate portrayal of the Sikh conduct and customs. These attempts were contradictory and inconsistent with many of the principles of the Gurus and were not accepted by the majority of the Sikhs. Starting in 1931, an attempt was made by the Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (S.G.P.C.) to produce a modern standard Rehat. These efforts involved the greatest Sikh scholars and theologians of this century who worked to produce the current version. The document produced has been accepted as the official version which provides guidelines against which all Sikh individuals and communities around the world can measure themselves. The Rehat Maryada is the only version authorized by the Akal Takht, the seat of supreme temporal authority for Sikhs. Its implementation has successfully achieved a high level of uniformity in the religious and social practices of Sikhism.

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Rehat Maryada

Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions

Rehat Maryada: Section One
Chapter I - Sikh Defined
Article I – Definition of Sikh
Any human being who faithfully believes in: • • • • • One Immortal Being Ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak Dev to Guru Gobind Singh The Guru Granth Sahib The utterances and...
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