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Encyclopedia > Prohibitions in Sikhism

There are a number of religious prohibitions in Sikhism and by the SGPC: Sikhism (IPA: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is a religion that began in fifteenth century Northern India with the teachings of Nanak and nine successive human gurus. ... The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee is a sikh religious organization responsible for the upkeep of Gurudwaras. ...

  1. Cutting Hair: Cutting hair is strictly forbidden in Sikhism. From your head down to your toes, no hair is to be plucked, cut, burnt or chemically/surgically removed. Kesh (hair) should not to be dyed by any method whatsoever.
  2. Intoxication: Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other intoxicants is not allowed. Intoxicants are strictly forbidden for a Sikh.
  3. Adultery: In Sikhism, the husband and wife must be physically faithful to one another. People who allow lust to overcome them and violate this rule will not escape the circle of life and death.[citation needed]
  4. Blind spirituality Superstitions and rituals not meaningful to Sikhs should not be observed or followed, including pilgrimages, fasting and bathing in rivers; circumcision; worship of graves, idols or pictures; compulsory wearing of the veil for women; etc. Compare to the Five Ks of Sikhism.
  5. Material obsession ("Maya"): Accumulation of materials has no meaning in Sikhism. Wealth, gold, portfolios, stocks, commodities, and properties will all be left here on Earth when you depart. Do not become attached to them.
  6. Sacrifice of creatures: The practice of sati (widows throwing themselves on the funeral pyre of their husbands), lamb and calf slaughter to celebrate holy occasions, etc. are strictly forbidden.
  7. Non-family-oriented living: A Sikh is encouraged not to live as a recluse, beggar, yogi, monk, nun or celibate. However, Shrichand, the son of Guru Nanak and the founder of the Udasi Sikh order, was a yogi and was recognized by the Gurus.
  8. Worthless talk: Bragging, gossip, lying, slander, "back-biting", etc. are not permitted. The Sri Guru Granth Sahib tells the Sikh, "Your mouth has not stopped slandering and gossiping about others. Your service is useless and fruitless."[1]
  9. Priestly class: Sikhs do not have to depend on a priest for any functions that need to be performed.
  10. Eating meat killed in a ritualistic manner: Sikhs are strictly prohibited from eating meat killed in a religious manner (such as halal or kosher meat), or any meat during the langar.[2] In some Sikh groups, eating any meat is believed to be forbidden, but this is not a universally held belief.[3]

This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... Taken during a Hindu prayer ceremony on the eve of Diwali. ... The Five Ks, or kakaars, are five items that baptised Orthodox Sikhs wear at all times either out of respect for the tenth teacher, Guru Gobind Singh, or out of a sense of religious devotion. ... Sati may refer to any of the following: The Hindu Goddess Sati, daughter of Daksha and wife of Shiva A social practise in some parts of India in past centuries, often spelt Suttee The Buddhist Sati; see mindfulness. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An Ubud cremation ceremony in 2005. ... It has been suggested that Lambing be merged into this article or section. ... For the anatomical feature, see calf muscle. ... Look up Slaughter in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A celebration is a joyous observation on the occasion of a special event: - Personal Level birth, etc. ... Sri Chand (1494–1629)[1] was the first son of Guru Nanak, raised by his sister. ... Guru Nanak (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ, Devanagari: गुरु नानक) (20 October 1469 - 7 May 1539), the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Gurus of the Sikhs, was born in the village of Talwandi, now called Nankana... Udasi is a sect within Sikhism. ... Guru Granth Sahib (Granth is Punjabi for book, Sahib is Hindi meaning master, from Arabic, meaning companion, friend, owner, or master) or Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji or SGGS for short, is more than a holy book of the Sikhs. ... Halal (حلال, alāl, halaal) is an Arabic term meaning permissible. In the English language it most frequently refers to food that is permissible according to Islamic law. ... The circled U indicates that this can of tuna is certified kosher by the Union of Orthodox Congregations. ...


  1. ^ Srigranth.org - SGGS Page 1253
  2. ^ "Sikhism, A Complete Introduction" by Dr. H.S. Singha & Satwant Kaur Hemkunt, Hemkunt Press, New Delhi, 1994, ISBN 81-7010-245-6
  3. ^ "Sikh Identity: An Exploration of Groups Among Sikhs" by Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, pg. 51, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, 2005, ISBN 0754652025

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