'Naam Jaap' (contemplation of God's
name) is one central to appreciating Sanatan Sikhism.
For this is the main method of attaining onto God
as advocated by the Sikh Gurus. Many modern day Sikhs will simply
claim that repetition of the sacred Mantra 'Va eh-Guru' is 'Naam
Jaap'. 'Naam Simran' (recitation of God's name)
modern Sikhs would define simply as 'remembrance or contemplation
of Gods name'.
According to Section 1 of the
Maryada' (codes of conduct) that modern Tat-Khalsa
Singh Sabia-nurtured S.G.P.C. form of Sikhism claims
to adhere to, a 'Gursikh' (followers of the Guru's word) must
be initiated into the Khalsa brotherhood and do Naam Jaap/Simran.
The Amrit Sanchar
A photograph of mainstream Sikhs carrying out the Amrit Sanchar
(Khalsa initiation ceremony). Modern mainstream Sikhs believe that
wish to consider themselves as Sikhs MUST be initiated into the
Unlike Sanatan Sikhs, modern Sikhs do not
acknowledge none-Khalsa Sikhs can be Sikhs or can do Naam Simran.
They say Naam Simran without Amrit (Khalsa initiation) does not
Akali Nihang Baba Santa Singh, the supreme commander
of all Akali Nihang Singhs defines a Sahejdhari
(none-Khalsa Sikh) and Singh (Khalsa Sikh):
‘There is a distinction between Singh and Sikh.
The Sikh path is very great.
He who sees the Parmatma [God] within his own Atma [particle
of Parmatma which resides within each living being], he is a
A weapon-bearing warrior of Anandpur is a Singh.
Others can be Sikh.
Pathans have been Sikhs, Hindus have been Sikhs, Biragis have
been Sikhs and Synasis have been Sikhs.
But a Singh is he who is initiated into the Khalsa and is firm
in his Khalsa prescribed conduct.
He is a Singh.’
(Akali Nihang Baba Santa Singh, transcript of a public speech,
Akali Nihang Baba Santa Singh Ji
The present day Jathedar (commander) of the Panjvah Takht
Shromani Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa Panth 96 Crore Budha Dal Chalda
Hence in within Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa ideology,
none-Khalsa cannot only do Naam Simran and appreciate
the Atma within himself/herself, but, can be a none-Khalsa of Pathan,
Hindu race or faith, etc. is still recognized as a Sikh.
The Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa Panth
A photograph taken during Holla Mohalla (martial festival held during
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab where warrior Akali Nihangs display various
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