Becoming a Sikh Chaplain

If you can answer yes to the majority of questions, please contact us for further details of how you might be able to get involved as a Sikh Chaplain.

  • Are you aged between 18-75?
  • Are you sufficiently fit to meet the physical and emotional demands of hospital visiting and be able to satisfy occupational health screening?
  • Are you able to relate warmly and simply in a relaxed manner?
  • Do you have a good knowledge of the Sikh faith with habits of prayer and public worship. Are you able to speak confidently about your own faith?
  • Are you open minded and able to be non-judgemental?
  • Are you able to keep confidentiality and adhere to a code of conduct?

Birth of Khalsa

GURU Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs founded the Khalsa (Servants of God) at the Vaisakhi gathering in 1699, at Keshgarh Sahib near Anandpur, where he had arranged for followers to meet him at the Vasakhi Fair in Anandpur. On that day Guru Gobind singh asked for a man to step forward from the congregation, who was willing to die for his cause. One man Daya Singh stepped forward, and followed Guru into his tent. When Guru came out of the tent, his sword was stained with blood; and asked for another volunteer. One by one Dharam Singh, Himmat Singh, and Sahib Singh came forward. One after another they entered Guru’s tent, and the Guru emerged alone with his blood stained sword. The crowd was nervous, until five men then emerged from the tent, and were nominated as Panj Piares; or the five beloved ones.

The Guru put water in a bowl for sprinkling over the five in a simple initiation ceremony. He said prayers as he stirred the water with a short steel sword; symbolising the need for strength. The Guru’s wife, Mata Sundri, then came forward and placed some sugar crystals into the holy water or amrit as a reminder that strength must always be balanced by sweetness of temperament. After completing his prayers, the Guru then sprinkled the amrit over the five.

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