Drinking the Amrit

Drinking the Amrit given by the Panj Piaray at the end of the Amrit

Ceremony

19 Responses to “Drinking the Amrit”

  1. I remember Amrit is the sweetest thing I have ever had to drink, literally and metaphorically.

  2. sevadar says:

    What is this! why is teh sacred oath of the double edged sword being shown in such detail to the entire world? Guruji only allowed people who wanted to give their heads to enter the room where it was being prepared and the ceramony was being conducted. This is a great mistake you have done.

  3. To “Sevadar” above,

    “This is a great mistake you have done.” Is this a veiled threat? This kind of fanatacism irks me so bad.

    What if some people who knew nothing about Khalsa arranged a picture such as this and upon learning about Khalsa labled it as a picture of the Amrit ceremony? What if someone is out there who was so determined to witness an Amrit ceremony, without being part of it, that they were prepared to arm themselves, shoot and kill anyone who stood in there way, but this photo has prevented them from doing it?

    My point is there is no black and white. Besides all the gifts that the Gurus gave us, they also taught us to use our brains. This involves evolving with the times so that we can continue to perform Seva. Seva is an eternal and unchanging truth, the methodologies, however, are constantly evolving with the times. If Gurumustuk, or anyone else for that matter, believes that they are performing the best Seva by posting pictures of Amrit on the internet, then it is our duty as Khalsa to recognize Waheguru in them support them. This action certainly has not harmed anyone and never will, your words on the other hand have offended me, and show the wrong face of Sikhism.

    Are we (Khalsa) determined to see the upliftment of the planet and fulfill our duty (Seva)? Or will we perish, being known as either drunken abusers (cultural “Sikhs”) or fanatic dogmatic manmukhs who share nothing and fear everything?

    Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa,
    Wahre Guru Ji Ki Fateh.

  4. Sarabjit Singh says:

    Hari Singh Veerji,

    i think the ‘sevadaar’ raised an objection ’cause there’re certain maryadas that do not allow anyone other than those being initiated, the panj pyare and the bhai saheb at the taba to be present in the room during the ceremony… i remember hearing in singapore that a sevadaar guards the door during amrit sanchaar to prevent other people from coming in or taking pictures…. this is just how things’ve been for years now – and i’m not surprised to see these ‘sevadaars’ object when things’re done differently…

    personally, i don’t see much of an issue with taking and broadcasting pictures – i remember seeing pictures and even videos of the amrit sanchaar ceremony at (i think) takht sri keshgarh saheb – even guru gobind singh prepared and administered amrit to the first panj pyaare in front of the whole world!

    i just hope we can resolve this disagreement politely and peacefully :)

    Bhul chuk maaf!!

  5. Before you post a comment. Stop and take a minute before reacting to comments. Ask yourself what purpose will your comment provide. Does it serve to educate and uplift others, or are you just reacting and arguing? Let us keep these comments civil and positive and not get into arguments. It’s easy to read something and just fire off a reply which becomes a fight. We may not all agree with eachother but let’s keep things civil and productive. You must post valid name and contact information. If you are going to write a comment than at least have the courage to show who you are, rather than hiding behind ‘Anonymous’ and entering in fake info. Comments that fall outside of this will not be approved.

    I posted these pictures, thoughts and words with the hope to inspire and share with others the beauty of taking Amrit. I feel that these days many people make ‘taking Amrit’ and ‘being amritdhari’ into a big thing about ‘rules and regulations’ rather than being a spiritual and disciplined person. I think many people are intimidated to take Amrit because of this. People don’t want to do it because ‘I might not follow the rules’ or ‘people will judge me’.

    I feel that many of our practices/Marayadas in Sikhi are not hardfast rules. It’s not like if you don’t do one of them that you are going to hell. To me they are guidelines to help us all stay on track and give direction for people. I have said this too many times already on my blog, but we have to stop all this critical judgement of others. One persons way is not the only or ‘the right’ way. Make an effort to see the good that people are trying to do and stop picking at what you think is wrong. This type of thing will be the downfall of Sikhi and is what I feel is pusing people away from Sikhi. Who wants to be a part of a religion where on all sides people judge you, tell you what you are doing wrong, criticize you, etc. Why not the loving embrace and acceptance to all. Where is the Spirit of Guru Nanak who said ‘I am not hindu or muslim’ and who preached about openness and acceptance of all?

    So with these words I hope you all will think a bit about all this and use this as a learning experience so that we can further uplift and share the beauty of Amrit with all.

     

  6. I had previously spoken to my mother about the Amrit Ceremony and what goes on and she had told me that, once it starts…no one is supposed to come in or go out till it is done. I look at this as a way of keeping the experience contained and free from distractions, not a secret oath that know one can know about. I don’t think it would be good to have a huge number of people watching…but I don’t think there is anything wrong with a few people. To me the point is more about not having distractions and providing and environment for the people who are taking amrit to really get into a meditative space.

  7. even guru gobind singh prepared and administered amrit to the first panj pyaare in front of the whole world!

    True

  8. nam_hari_kaur says:

    Sat Nam;

    I attended the amrit ceremony to observe it,
    having The Granthi’s permission to do so.

    It was most beautiful and inspiring to watch.
    The recitations of the banis took me
    into very deep meditation.

    No one was allowed in or out during this ceremony-
    as has been described as proper protocol.

    Let our first prayer always be:
    Wahe Guru! Wahe Guru! Wahe Guru!
    Nam Hari Kaur – Eugene OR

  9. Sarabjit Singh,

    Thanks for the reply and for keeping things civil. As you could probably tell from my post I was pretty heated when I wrote it. I don’t object to keeping the Amrit sanchar sacred by keeping it closed off, thus eliminating distraction. I was, however, reacting to the comments of “sevadar”, which seem to suggest that we should not share our way of life with others.

    Here’s a nice story I’d like to share:
    A Khalsa man I know of Jewish upbringing was once asked to return to a Jewish function and address the congregation. The subject they asked him to speak about was “why he left the faith”. This man is very humble and soft spoken, deeply devoted to seva (so much so that I cannot expound upon it here). He asked them “are you sure you want me to come and speak?” They said yes. So he went. What he told them was simple. He said “I left because, you don’t share.” It wasn’t that the Jewish faith had nothing to offer him, but it was that his community was inactive and unwilling to share the benefits that they had received with others. This man currently lives in a country with a population near 150 million and probably fewer than 1000 sikhs. He fearlessly shares his lifestyle with countless people every week and surely has a greater positive impact in the world than most people I know.

    Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa,
    Wahre Guru Ji Ki Fateh.

  10. Lionchild says:

    i have toactually agree with “sevadar” to some degree, if i wanted to take amrit, i would not appreciate camera’s being pushed in my face or flashes disturbing the amrit ceremony… please, i hope the flash on the camera’s was at least shut off…

    -LC

  11. Sarabjit Singh says:

    Lionchild veerji – I didn’t take the pictures (well, I wasn’t even there!) but it sure does seem that they were taken from a distance and without flash (on another note – they are indeed very beautiful pictures)…

    Amidst this heated discussion, we all forgot one thing:

    Lakh lakh vadhaiyaan (many many congratulations) to the new members of the Akal Purakh ki Fauj! May Waheguru shower you with blessings for years to come :)

  12. True Sarabjit,

    Congrats to the three Amritdharis. They were born on the same day as I was, on Viasakhi 2006.

  13. Satnam says:

    This picture will inspire lots of other sikhs to take amrit.

  14. Can you tell me the name of the woman drinking the Amrit? Is she Harbhajan’s mother by any chance? Thanks.

  15. nam_hari_kaur says:

    The woman I recall seeing drinking Amrit in the photos was Jiwan Shakti Kaur. This was after Amrit was given to the three candidates; when other amritdharis were invited to drink Amrit also. She is newly moved here from Seattle and just two weeks ago married to one of the men taking Amrit in these photos – Dev Saroop Singh – with the very black beard and with Snatam Kaur pouring the amrit onto his crown in one of the photos. Both Jiwan Shakti Kaur and Dev Saroop Singh are part of what I like to call my “sadhana family” – those of us who come in the amrit vela nearly every day to worship together.

    Someone asked if Snatam Kaur was facing the camera in one of the photos of the Panj Piare stirring the Amrit – and yes indeed that is Snatam Kaur. Others of the Piare were Holy Kaur (tallest Kaur) from Portland, Sat Bir Singh – our Granthi, and Gurumustuk Sikh (tallest) and Sat Mander Kaur.

  16. I THINK THE PEOPLE WHICH WERE TAKING AMRIT LOOK fabulous and there is no doubt that it was all done by the gurur ji in there presence.
    But i think there should things some time not brought up to the public,example the stupid argument we all do with each other?? all i say is that we can’t judge people,we can make rules and we can’t tell each other what not to write?

  17. I remember when i took amrit i wouldn’t leave the batta and the sewadar at the Manji Sahib the building across to the langar hall in Harimandar sahib Also called Golden temple told me in the end that here take the whole thing.I loved it and that was a happy time for me to drank the whole thing.The amrit is so energetic that we can’t differentiate it with any thing else and why are we putting all thse questions on what is write ot what is wrong.
    There are already lots of controversies gong on all over the world in terms of the sikh maryadas,is that all we should do or there were some other resposibilities Guru gobing singh jhi gave us?????

  18. As Gurumustuk veerji said that there are lots of doubts and rules that we are all afraid we might break.

    I have not taken Amrit yet and my excuses are irrelevant.  I feel an urge to do so, to develop that centered mind and heart, to live in truth, to be "like" Amrit itself. I know one day very soon I will and I do have family that doesn't encourage me nor don't discourage me – which means, they are satisfied living like "moderate" Sikh's. Though I feel Amrit does not make anyone more or less a Sikh, a person's thoughts, actions and experiences should have to prove that they have made the decision to represent themselves truthfully…

    Nevertheless, my point was to share with you the following vechaar on Amrit and the doubts that might cloud our minds. I appreciate this view by Prof. Darshan Singh Khalsa and I know a lot of people a cross with him, but I feel it comes back to Gurumustuk veerji's comment of:

    "Make an effort to see the good that people are trying to do and stop picking at what you think is wrong. This type of thing will be the downfall of Sikhi and is what I feel is pusing people away from Sikhi."

    Therefore, I share this with you honestly believing it can be influencial. It is keertan and katha in punjabi and some vocabulary can be difficult to understand, but most of it is reiterated with examples.

    Thank you and I hope this helps sangat…

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    — Gagandeep Singh

  19. I’m sorry, I forgot to post the link :)

    Here it is: http://www.ggsacademy.com/shabadvichar/gurmattopics/amrit

    p.s. -> Gurumustuk Singh: we’re also using Drupal @ Ggsacademy.com and thank you for your advice with SIFr (http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/sifr/) your posts have been of tremendous value ji! Gur Fateh…!