Sant-Sipahi (Warrior-Saint)

Chardikala Jatha take turns talking about the Sant-Sipahi (Warrior-Saint) practice and philosophy in Sikhism. They talk about bana being our flag to be noticed as a Sant-Sipahi.

Video excerpt from a class that they taught this past year (June 2008) at Summer Solstice in Espanola, New Mexico

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6 Responses to “Sant-Sipahi (Warrior-Saint)”

  1. Amrita Kaur says:

    thank you again :)

  2. uma says:

    Hi,
    I understand the logic behind wearing bana as Sikhs — to give yourself a distinct appearance so that people can recognize you in a crowd and therefore come to you for assistance as needed.  But have you ever thought about the idea that this reason for wearing bana is clear only in your own minds as Sikhs and never occurs to the majority of people?  Who may think that you are just part of some strange cult and whose immediate reaction may be to avoid you?  Thus defeating your purpose of drawing people to you if they need help.  It seems to me that you’re giving people an additional obstacle to overcome in seeing you as service-oriented by the way you choose to dress.
    Just a thought.

  3. Navpreet Kaur says:

    IN reply to the comment above: Why don’t we help spread information about who we are and our history.. or do things in the community that makes Sikhs be associated with positive things. People who know about Sikhs and our history are happy that we are distinct and committed to our faith. .. It is easy to complain and give up on something, but it is harder to keep your identity.

  4. Amrita Kaur says:

    True.. the lecture given by the Chardikala Jatha explaining these Sikh views in fluent english is an example of how much more easy it is now for society to learn about sikhs…

  5. Harsimranjeet Singh says:

    Just like any military, job, or in our case: the Khalsa panth, we too have our uniform. The pathway of life that a Sikh walks is not easy, in fact, its probably one of the most challenging and daring pathways. But it is a pathway gifted to us from the Gurus for us to follow, a pathway that fulfills the destiny we walk many lifetimes for. A pathway in which the devoted sikhs do not walk in the worldly ways, but instead walk with a wide heart and the infinite consciousness of ‘Ek Ong Kar.’ And a pathway that honours the highest purposes of life: love, selfless service, and so much more. But it is important to understand that the work of a sikh does not belong to him or her. Everywhere a sikh serves another, people shall see that they are a part of the khalsa panth, that the love, compassion, consciousness, and truth is not of their possessions, but instead the Guru’s. And so shall we be known for our humility to one of the most powerful and transformative technologies that has been gifted to the world sangat. It can become quite difficult to explain the depth of a Sikh’s devotion (including the physical appearance) in just words from the limited mind and intellect. But instead, that devotion is something thats felt, something that clicks very deep, and that others feel and sense.

  6. In response to Uma,
    The identity of a Sikh is a sacred identity. Even the Bible says that God created man in his own image. We are the only “religion” (if you will, actually it’s a Dharma, a way of life) who maintains the God given image/identity gifted to us from birth. We don’t alter any part of our body for the current trends or current fears of society. We have to show society that we have an internal strength, that we have a commitment to the sacred. How else will they know that we can help them? Isn’t it absurd that simply by wearing a 9 meter cloth wrapped around my crown people find a reason to fear me? Is that what we as Sikhs wish to cave into? Actually generally people don’t fear me, because along with my bana, I wear a smile. I smile at everyone and am excited to answer any question of any onlooker if they are willing to ask.
    Guru Nanak was well aware of all religions on earth and well aware of all doings of the heavens. Guru Nanak was Braham Gyani, meaning, the knower of God. This light passed through 10 human bodies and is now embodied in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Their wisdom is beyond our limitations. Even the simplest of their teachings, such as maintaining Akal Moorat (the image of the undying God), as opposed to the latest abusive fashions and trends, goes beyond the measure of most people’s understandings.
    When we wear bana, we are lovingly accepting the will of God, who created us in our natural image, the will of our Guru, who instructed us to remember God at all times, and our lovingly sharing that teaching with humanity. WaheGuru!