A man has sold rice snacks outside Sri Harmandar Sahib for an astounding 54 years. The man says his target is around 100 rice snacks but can barely sell 40 a day. The hardworking man comes out daily outside Sri Harmandar to sell his snacks to feed his family.
The man is nearing 83 years of age and so if anyone happens to at Sri Harmandar Sahib do meet this man.
The Three Pillars of Sikhism: Remember God, Earn a living and Share with others: Guru Nanak formalised three basic guidelines for the Sikhs: Naam Japna (focus of God), Kirat Karni (honest living) and Vand Chakna (sharing with others).
1. Naam Japna: The Gurus led the Sikhs directly to practise Naam Japna – meditation on God through reciting, chanting, singing and constant remembrance followed by deep study and comprehension of God’s Name and virtues. The inner voice of the Sikh thus stays immersed in praises and appreciation of the Creator and the ONE ETERNAL GOD Waheguru and his WILL.
2. Kirat Karni: The Sikh Gurus expects the Sikhs to live as honourable householders and practise Kirat Karni – To honestly earn by ones physical and mental effort while accepting both pains and pleasures as God’s gifts (Hukam) and blessings.
3. Vand Chakna: The Sikhs are asked to share their wealth within the community by practising Vand Chakna – “Share and Consume together”. The community or Sangat is an important part of Sikhism.
All human beings are equal regardless of race, religion, gender, age or social class.
All people are equal:
You must all live together.
You must be kind are share what you have. (Wand kay Shako)
All people can talk to God.
Live a life of a house-holder and live a truthful life earning a honest living while remembering God (Kirat Karni)
Sikhs must not drink alcohol, smoke or gamble. They have one wife or husband.
They must pray every morning. They must read the holy book everyday. The Ten Gurus (teachers) of the Sikh told the people what God wanted; how they should live their lives; and how peace and tranquility could be obtained.
Sikhs must wear the 5Ks – Uncut Hair Kesh, Small Comb Kanga, Bangle Kara, Special Shorts Kacha and Sword Kirpan. All Sikhs were instructed to do this by Guru Gobind Singh on a day which Sikhs now celebrate as Vasaikhi.