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The 5 Ks in Sikhism

The Five K's Underwear {Kachha) Wrist-band {Kara} Sword (Kirpan) Unshorn Hair {Kes) Comb {Kanga} Meaning of Symbols Symbols or outward signs are a mode of discipline. A person who enters the Panth (Khalsa Community) will gladly embrace all its tenets and symbols. Symbols test the disciple's firmness and strengh of faith. They indicate the type of character the wearer should have. He must be proud of being a Sikh, even though it may cost him his life. Secondly this common appearance and uniform ensures easy recognition One can easily spot a Khalsa in a crowd. Each symbol has its own use and psychological significance. The significance of Symbols-Panj Kakar- is given below Underwear {Kachha) ensures agility and briskness. It is a mark of perpetual readi-ness. It also stands for chastity. Wrist-band {Kara} is a sign of restraint and bondage. It indicates that one is a devotee of the Guru. A look at the wrist-band will bring shame to a Sikh when he does any misdeed. Sword (Kirpan) is an emblem of power and courage. It is to be used primarily as an instrument of defence. Unshorn Hair {Kes) is an emblem of the saints and Rishis of the past. Comb {Kanga} is necessary to keep the hair clean and in shape. The hair make a Khalsa look exactly like Guru Gobind Singh Sahib and enable him to behave exactly like the Guru. Guru Gobind Singh Sahib says, "The Khalsa is my special form ;I live in the embodiment of the Khalsa. The Khalsa is a part and parcel of my body ; the Khalsa is my very soul."

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