Instructions to the New Amritdhari Sikhs
When everyone has completed his or her baptism, all the candidates stand in a circle together, facing the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. One Piara goes around with the iron bowl, giving some Amrit to each of the new Khalsas to drink from the bowl itself until it is empty.
The Panj Piaray now stand on either side of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, each holding a Siri Sahib. One Piara gives the following instructions:
- The Mul Mantra is now your Root Mantra, your Source Mantra; it will give you your foundation, and serve as an anchor in your life.
- The Mul Mantra is recited line by line by the Panj Piaray, with the new Khalsa repeating each line.
- They are further instructed that their Gur Mantra is Wahe Guru and it will bring them to ecstasy and held them to fulfill their destiny.
The instructions continue:
- You have taken rebirth as Khalsa, and therefore your spiritual father is Guru Gobind Singh and your spiritual mother is Mata Sahib Kaur, and your birthplace is Anandpur Sahib.
- Men take the surname of Singh (Lion). Your new identiy is fearlessness. Women take the surname of Kaur (Princess). Your new identity is one of graceful fearlessness. Both men and women take the last name of Khalsa. You have joined the family of the Pure Ones.
- Kurehits are actions which, when taken, invalidate one’s Amrit vows. They include: cutting any hair from the body; committing adultery or having sex outside of marriage; eating meat; use of tobacco, alcohol or narcotic drugs.
- At the first Amrit ceremony, Guru Gobind Singh gave the Rehit, which was recorded and passed down through the generations:
- Keep the Five Kakar’s ( 5 K’s): Kara, Kanga, Kirpan, Kesh and Katcheras
- Bana: Dress for the Guru, not for the fashion of the world
- Five Banis to be read each morning and two evening prayers: Japji Sahib and Shabad Hazaray; Jaap Sahib; Tav Prasad Swaiyas; Baynati Chaopai; Anand Sahib; and in the evening Rehiras (including Baynati Chaopai) and Kirtan Sohila.
- Amrit Vela: Rise before the sun rises to praise God
- Belief in the Oneness of God
- Your Guru is Siri Guru Granth Sahib, now and forever
- Das Vandhh: Give one-tenth of your earnings to the Panth
- Seva: Do service selflessly, without thought of reward
- Vand Chako: share your earnings with those in need
- Naam Japo: Chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord
- Kirat Karo: Earn your money righteously and honestly
- These technologies, when practiced, maintain the transforming power of the Amrit, and will keep you in your purest consciousness.
The Head Piara may ask the Panj Piaray to suggest anything which has been left out. At this time, the suggestions of learning Gurmukhi, martial arts, using the Khalsa greeting, may be put forth.
Each Piara will alternately raise the Siri Sahib and call out, Bolay so nihal! The Sangat will answer: Sat Siri Akaal!
All will then be seated for the remainder of the ceremony: a Khalsa Shabad, Song of the Khalsa, Anand Sahib, Hukam and Guruprashad. The ceremony is completed.