What Does “Khalsa” Mean To You?

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Today many Sikhs in Southern California will celebrate Guru Gobind Singh Jis Gurpurb. When I think of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the first thing that comes to mind is the creation of the Khalsa as an army of the pure.

This past summer I was sitting in a group-discussion, with fellow 2nd generation Sikhs (amritdhari and non-amritdhari) in the West, where we were asked to share the first thoughts that came to mind when we thought of the term Khalsa. Here are some:

masculine, extremists, ego, amrit, air india bombings, khalistan, rules, khandha/militaristic, collective brotherhood, fiercely independent, love, panj pyare, historical of the past & raj karega khalsa

For myself, I thought it was interesting to see how the media (i.e. newspaper articles, calendars, and television) along with the politicalization of religion and translation of Sikhi between generations is influencing our perceptions of the Khalsa.

What are your thoughts? What do you think they reflect about the state of the Khalsa?


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7 Responses to “What Does “Khalsa” Mean To You?”

  1. Jasvinder Singh says:

    When I hear or think Khalsa I think of and imagen, Nihang Singhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, a fauj of a hundred million sikh soilders in formation, I imagen Shri Anandpur Shaib during the time when the five beloved ones were made, I think of the Khalsa Raj, Great Jassa Singh Alhuiwalia ( sorry about spelling), Baba Deep Singh Ji, General Jassa Singh Ramghria, Banda Singh Bhadar, I think Saint Jarnail Singh Ji Binderwale Khalsa, Late Jogi Bajan Khalsa, I think of Khalsa Commando Force, Babbar Khalsa International, Shaheeds that laid thier lifes down for the Khalsa Panth.

    I think of pure Singhs and Kaurs.

  2. Jasvinder Singh says:

    When I hear or think Khalsa I think of and imagen, Nihang Singhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, a fauj of a hundred million sikh soilders in formation, I imagen Shri Anandpur Shaib during the time when the five beloved ones were made, I think of the Khalsa Raj, Great Jassa Singh Alhuiwalia ( sorry about spelling), Baba Deep Singh Ji, General Jassa Singh Ramghria, Banda Singh Bhadar, I think Saint Jarnail Singh Ji Binderwale Khalsa, Late Jogi Bajan Khalsa, I think of Khalsa Commando Force, Babbar Khalsa International, Shaheeds that laid thier lifes down for the Khalsa Panth.
    I think of pure Singhs and Kaurs.

  3. Gagandeep Singh says:

    Khalsa means army of brave men/women/children who fight for justice to save humankind from any type of cruelty or trouble cause by other evil humans(who follow the animal behaviour). Khalsa also means pure who doesn't fight for thier own personal benefit but for the others. Khalsa serve humankind and encourage humans to earn truthful life, practise Sikhism and teaching of our Guru's and follow the right path of the life but not the wrong one which was followed by Mughal's once.

  4. Gagandeep Singh says:

    Khalsa means army of brave men/women/children who fight for justice to save humankind from any type of cruelty or trouble cause by other evil humans(who follow the animal behaviour). Khalsa also means pure who doesn’t fight for thier own personal benefit but for the others. Khalsa serve humankind and encourage humans to earn truthful life, practise Sikhism and teaching of our Guru’s and follow the right path of the life but not the wrong one which was followed by Mughal’s once.

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