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Baptism with Amrit

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According to Namdhari Maryada, baptizim with Amrit is essential at the following:

  • The new borns must be baptized after 13 days and the mother should also be baptized.

  • In weddings the bride & groom should be baptized just before the wedding ceremony.

  • Before performing Varni, Havan or Akhand Path also, the amrit baptism is compulsory.

  • At the onset of the annual PRAYOGS, baptism should be performed.

  • The dead body is to be baptized before being consigned to fire on the pyre.

The person who wants to get baptized must take bath from head to toe, wear clean clothes and seat himself for baptism. The man should sit in Beer Aasan whereas the ladies should sit in normal position. It is the baptiser’s responsibility to check that Kanga (the comb with a tiny swords) are also worn. Men will have remove the pajama and wear the kamar-kasa. (Men taking Amrit should tie a small axe to their left side but the ladies are not required to do this).

First of all, the baptizer should pour
sodh da jal (water) for washing the hands and then pour Amrit in the palm for sipping. This is repeated four more times. After this, the Amrit should be sprinkled five times in hair and lastly five times in the eyes. The baptizer should utter “ Bol Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fatheh” everytime after been given the Amrit. The baptize, in return, should also say, “Waheguruji Ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh” after taking the Amrit everytime. Womenfolk should pronounce “Sat Sri Akal” instead of “ Waheguru ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh ”. The final step is to wash the hands again before standing up.

On 1st June 1863 in village Siarh, Dist. Ludhiana, Sri Sat Guru Ram Singh Ji baptised women with the holy "Amrit" for the first time in the Sikh history and offered them place of honour.

The importance of women can't be undermined just because she belongs to the weaker sex of the society. Our great Satguru Nanak was the first to uphold their existence as she is the one who gives birth to great emperors. The Indian history fairly corroborates the concept that a woman can give birth to a child with desired inherent. inborn qualities. She as a mother is the first teacher of the ch ild as well. Thus if the society has to flourish with good heritage and qualities, the woman must be given due status and importance so that the future of the humanity is well secured. Satguru Ram Singh Ji, therefore decided to uplift the women in social, cultural and religious spheres.

Till the time of Satguru Ram Singh Ji, the practice of blessing the women with Amrit was non-existent. Satguru Ram Singh Ji therefore decided to bless the women with Amrit and thus gave them parity with men. The first group of women was baptized at village Siarh, district Ludhiana on 1st June, 1863.

Thereafter innumerable women tasted the pure nectar, and joined the main stream of Sikhism. They put off their ornaments, gaudy clothes and started wearing simple clothes. To follow the religious doctrins by women was made as much essential and obligatory as it was for the men. They could now perform all the religious rituals at par with men. This parity of women with was also essential to make them a perfect Gursikh couple with moral and religious bonds.

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