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Question 17: What is the significance and meaning of the Sikh Symbols?

Symbols are a mode of discipline signifying the wearer's belongingness to the Khalsa (The Brotherhood of the pure). They are a test of the Disciple's firmness and strength of faith and indicate the type of life he is aspiring to live. They remind the wearer of the great Guru Gobind Singh and thus inspire him to follow his noble ideals. They foster brotherhood and a sense of unity. They have a psychological significance as well:

1.Kesh (Hair): The Keshas remind a Sikh to behave like the saints and Rishis of the past and are a mark of dedication and group-consciousness. They show the Sikh's acceptance of God's will. (For more detailed information please read our booklet "The Sikh Symbols").

2. Kara (Steel Bangle): It indicates restraint and the wearer's indebtedness to the Guru. It reminds the Sikh of his ideal behaviour in the event of his weakness leading to the misdeeds.

3. Kirpan (Sword): It is an emblem of power and the freedom of the spirit. The Sikhs use it primarily as an instrument of defence.

4. Kachha (Knicker): It ensure briskness and agility and is a mark of perpetual readiness. It also stands for chastity.

5. Kangha (Comb): It is necessary to keep the hair clean and is thus a sign of cleanliness.

All the five symbols enjoin upon the Sikhs not only to look like Guru Gobind Singh but also to behave as he did. Guru Gobind Singh said, "The Khalsa is my special form. I manifest myself in the Khalsa. The Khalsa is a part and parcel of my body. The Khalsa is my soul."

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