Taking Amrit & Commitment

Taking Amrit & Commitment

We received a number of questions from users on the topic of taking Amrit (Sikh "Baptism"). With this being a central part of the Sikh lifestyle it is no surprise that there are so many questions related to this topic. In this video Guruka Singh answers some of the questions we have received via email related to Amrit Sanchar as well as discussing commitment & discipline in relation to this subject. Everyone who has received the Guru’s Amrit probably has had a different experience, different motivation and a different calling that inspired them to take this step of commitment to the Guru. Many years ago I wrote about my experience & I’m sure others can tell their experiences as well which give a larger picture about the blessing of receiving the Guru’s Amrit.

 

  • Question 1 – "Importance of Amrit. What personality changes are expected or how Sikhs feel after Baptism?"
  • Question 2 – "I personally feel that there’s a different world on the other side of baptism. Once you get baptized you just feel that you’ve escalated all your problems and worries to somebody who can crack them much more easily and handle my responsibilities in a much better way. But publically, people’s expectations form my character and conduct increase exponentially. People have started looking at me as a maverick and expect me to do mighty, unimaginable things. So my question is that should a person shed-off that Superman’s self-image before getting baptized?? Which is the very driving force for many people to get baptized. But getting baptized is like walking on the path of Dashmesh pitaah who is our all time hero, Superman, savior/ God, but after doing so why do I feel scared getting carried away?? or it’s just those mental locks of bad deeds done by me in my life before baptism."
  • Question 3 – "I am inherently a good person; why as a Sikh should I take Amrit? Isn’t just good karmas sufficient to gain a position in heaven? / I want to know that will guru ji accept me if i am not baptized and cut my hair but still i remember him in everything i do…don’t do anything wrong to anyone…..go to Gurudwara."

4 Responses to “Taking Amrit & Commitment”

  1. Janet Akpobome says:

    Thank you so much for making this video!

  2. Parvati Kaur says:

    In a nutshell, taking Amrit for me was sealing my commitment to the Guru. I wanted to wait until I had it ALL down perfect; the prayers, the hair, the outer me. I realized that the inner me was what was longing for this communion with the Guru, and the outer me would follow. I didn't feel like Superwoman last summer at Solstice when I took Amrit. I was scared and very doubtful about my worthiness to give my life to the Guru. Then I realized that this has always been my big bug-a-boo, not feeling worthy and therefore giving myself an out to cop out. I had been afraid that the Panj would find me lacking, then I was afraid that I would find me lacking. All that was washed away with every "Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!" and every splash of Amrit…especially the ones right in my face. When the Panj proclaimed us all sons and daughters of Guru Gobind Singh ji and Mata Sahiba ji and that our home is Anandpur Sahib, and that we were all Khalsa, I was leaping inside and crying on the outside. I was no longer afraid of not being worthy. All that was gone. I am Khalsa!

  3. Har Anand Kaur says:

    Thank you, Guruka and Gurumustuk!

    Sat nam!

  4. Kiran says:

    This was such a beautiful video. Taking amrit has always kind of been on the back of my mind, but I don't think I ever SEROIUSLY considered actually doing it. And I think i know why – it's exactly as Guruka says – it's so easy to be lazy!!! Like I always feel so inspired watching these videos, reading blogs and even listening to kirtan here and there, but at the end of the day I don't think I've truly looked in the mirror and made that internal committment and moreso the EFFORT to start cleaning the dirt out….this is where I HAVE to start; making that internal committment and more importantly FOLLOWING THROUGH with it!! It's only my own time and energy I am wasting on not focusing on this vital and important aspect – I want to be READY when I will need to be, instead of being lost and/or crushed under the weight of things. Man I get so annoyed of myself and how lazy us humans can be! Don't we realize the importance of this?? When will we all wake up to this? Including myself! Anyways thankyou so much for this video!