ਸੋ ਸਿਖੁ ਸਖਾ ਬੰਧਪੁ ਹੈ ਭਾਈ ਜਿ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਭਾਣੇ ਵਿਚਿ ਆਵੈ ॥
He alone is a SIKH, a friend, a relative; who accepts (lives) according to the Guru’s will.
What is a Practicing Sikh and who is eligible for this service?
Rather than us opinionating, we have referred to Sat Guru for advice. Their message is crystal clear and it is from here we have taken our guidance. A Sikh is one who follows the guidance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. A Sikh may or may not be an Amritdhari, but he or she must certainly be someone who aspires to follow Guru’s hukum in its complete form. In puratan rehitnamai we find reference of two types of grisht Sikhs (those who live a married life); Sehajdhari and Singhs (Amritdhari).
Note: this service is only available for applicants in the UK.
Priority ONE - Singh and Sikhni
A Singh is he who has taken Khande de Pahul. The puratan rehits give clear instructions about who a Singh should marry his daughter to i.e. ONLY another Singh. The Singh must have a basic level of rehit (discipline) which he follows as prescribed by Panj Pyare i.e. Daily naam simran and nitnem.
Sikhni here refers to a Sikh Bibi who has or may not have taken amrit. If non Amritdhari, then she must be an aspiring Sikh i.e. not cut kes, do daily naam simran - Jap ji, Rehraas and Sohila prayers, and trying to live in accordance with the tenets of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Instruction has not been given in puratan rehits for a bibi to be Amritdhari in order to get married. Some groups of Sikhs also do not require it i.e. Nihangs, Hazuri Sikhs etc. We aim to cater for all.
Priority TWO - Sehajdhari
At a later stage we will introduce a service for Sehajdhari Sikhs i.e. those males who have not taken Khande de Pahul, may or may not still be cutting their kes, but are aspiring to become Singhs.
Bibiyan defined as Sehajdhari will be those who still cut their kes.
Both will be expected to have a minimum level of spiritual practice i.e. be alcohol and drug free, doing daily naam simran, Jap ji, Rehraas and Sohila prayers. Studying Gur-bani and Sikh ithihaas (history) and doing Sikh sangat.