Nit = Eternal
Nem = arising from ‘Nyam’ meaning Law.
Nit + Nem = Eternal Law, i.e. Dharma.
Dharma of Sanatan Sikhism starts with ‘Paath’,
the recitation of ‘Bani’ (the Guru’s
words within Sikh scriptures). Modern-day Khalsa Sikhs, in tune
with their Sanatan Khalsa Sikh ancestors advise to do Paath at least
three times a day. For many Sikhs, Nitnem in general encompasses
‘Paath’ alone. However, Sanatan Sikhs consider this
as only the beginning of Nitnem.
Adi Guru Durbar
Folios from a manuscript of Adi Guru Durbar, circa 19th
century depicting the Sikh Gurus, and the deity Vishnu (top right
of the first folio)
The five steps of ‘Sehajdhari’ (non-Khalsa)
and Khalsa Sikh Nitnem are as follows: - Paath