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How important is Amrit Vela?
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The possibility of connecting with Vaheguru at Amrit Vela is a lot greater and higher than it is when the whole rat race of life starts. You get that experience and feel at that time in the morning. When you become enlightened, you'll feel it constantly. You won't have to only wait for that moment of the morning to have that feeling.

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What was the mission of Guru Nanak Dev Ji?
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Guru Nanak Dev Ji is the Jagat Guru (Guru of the world) because their teachings are inclusive. One does not have to be a Sikh to get into the court of our Creator. You need to listen to the truth and the message given. Guru Ji was enlightened directly by Vaheguru (God) Ji. Guru Ji was given a divine mandate by Vaheguru Ji to emancipate the world and spread Dharam (righteousness). In this age of darkness, Guru Ji is here to make us free from the worldly ocean. Guru Ji is ever-present and is so powerful. Guru Ji has the power of Gurparsad (Guru’s grace) and can bless us with Naam (connection with the divine). Guru Ji can elevate us to an enlightened state as there are many examples of great Sikhs who got enlightened in Sikh history.

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What are the Panj Kakkars (5 K’s)?
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Kes - uncut hair

Kanga - wooden comb 

Kirpan - iron dagger 

Kara - iron bangle

Kachera - long cotton shorts worn as underwear

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What Age Should One Take Amrit?
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One shouldn’t be too young like five or six years. It is better to have it before you start to figure out what life is about like before you get the age of thirteen or fourteen. However, there are rare cases of people getting blessed with Amrit really young. So, it really depends on what kind of a person you are. When you feel ready to give your head to your Guru, that is when you should take Amrit. Try to get it before university or college time because that is a very Dhilla (wavering/undisciplined) time for everybody. Everybody’s Rehit (Spiritual Discipline) suffers at that time because you have too many things to do and too many new people to meet. 

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What is a Gurdwara?
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The word Gurdwara is pronounced as 'Gur-Dwa-raa'. The word Gurdwara literally means the 'Guru's Door' or 'through the Guru'. Sikhs come here to learn how to live a spiritual and moral life and earn Guru's blessings. Gurdwaras are commonly known as Sikh Places of Worship in the Western world.

What Is Simran? 
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The word Simran means to remember. Simran means to unite with Vaheguru from whom we have come. When we repeat Vaheguru but don’t feel anything, we are not getting Naam (connection to the Divine). We get some benefits from doing it but are still far from union with Vaheguru. If we’re repeating Vaheguru daily but not feeling anything then we need to look at our life, as Gurbani tells us to search our hearts every day. Find out what the problem is and fix it. Ask yourself, am I living a good life? Am I a good human being? Am I full of anger and hatred? Don’t spend the time just doing Paath (reading daily prayers) and not connecting to the words. Speak to someone to get advice and find out the problem. Work hard to make that connection. You remember Vaheguru by saying Their name. Say Their name and you’ll find Them.  

Is There A Special Way To Fight Panj Chor (Five Thieves)?
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The five thieves are lust, anger, greed, attachment, and pride. You have to keep fighting them your whole life. Honesty is the best policy to fight these five thieves. Most people are not honest about them. They try to hide them behind a fight. You have to face these enemies. If you are a lustful person and you keep saying that you are not, but your mind keeps thinking about it, then you are not honest with yourself. So, you can’t start to fight unless you face it. To solve the problem, you must first admit that it is your problem. Start it by admitting to yourself, and then take a zero-tolerance approach to fight it. For example, if you are a lustful person, you can’t say that you will not touch a woman, but you can keep watching pornography the whole day. That is not going to help you. A superman cannot fly if he has a bit of kryptonite inside him. Poison is poison at all times. You can’t allow a little bit of poison inside you. You need to cut it out completely.      

Why Do Sikhs Carry A Kirpan (Sword)?
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A Kirpan is a symbol of justice in Sikhi. It demonstrates the Khalsa’s motivation for justice and freedom. Kirpan serves two purposes. Firstly, it is to defend ourselves and secondly, it is to defend the rights of other people. The Kirpan is God’s Grace on the Khalsa Panth (Collective of initiated Sikhs). The Kirpan is only to be used as a weapon of grace and never offense. It also stops a person from being a pacifist because most people see a problem and say that they can’t do anything. If someone is being raped or mugged, a lot of people would walk past because they don’t have any tools to help the other person. In self-defense classes, women are being told that if they are being attacked or somebody is trying to rape them or rob them, don’t shout rape, shout fire. People don’t tend to help them if they are shouting rape because people are scared of that situation. As Khalsa (Collective of initiated Sikhs), we can never choose to be self-interested in such situations. The Kirpan encourages us to be proactive in helping other people and not being reactive or pacifist.

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