Sunday, February 12, 2006

Photos from Dastaar Tying Class

ਕਾਇਆ ਕਿਰਦਾਰ ਅਉਰਤ ਯਕੀਨਾ ॥
kaae-iaa kirdaar aurat yakeenaa.
O person of God! Let good deeds be your body, and faith your bride.

ਰੰਗ ਤਮਾਸੇ ਮਾਣਿ ਹਕੀਨਾ ॥
rang tamaashe maaN hakeenaa.
(Instead having enjoyment of ‘vikars', immoral deeds,) play and enjoy in Waheguru's love and delight.

ਨਾਪਾਕ ਪਾਕੁ ਕਰਿ ਹਦੂਰਿ ਹਦੀਸਾ ਸਾਬਤ ਸੂਰਤਿ ਦਸਤਾਰ ਸਿਰਾ ॥ 12 ॥
naapaak paak kar hadoor hadeesaa, saabat soorat dastaar siraa.12.
O person of God! Purify the mind what is impure (with bad thoughts) – this is the religious tradition (the true Hadith) through which you can experience the Lord's Presence. (Abandoning circumcision, mutilation and deferment of the body etc) preserve a complete appearance with a turban on your head – this becomes the way to maintain respect and honour. 12
(Maroo M:5, Ang 1084, SGGS)

Every Sunday 3.30-4.30pm there is a Dastaar (turban) tying class in the carpark hall of Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Park Ave., Southall. Below are a few photos of a 10year old Singh who has been practising how to do his Joora (tie a hair-knot), and tie a Keski (short under-turban) and Dastaar from last week's class:

Learning how to tie a Keski (under-turban).

Tying the Dastaar himself (with a few tips and guidance here and there).

Great to see the kids taking so much pride in their Dastaar and being so enthusiastic to learn how to tie a nice-looking Dastaar.

You can learn how to tie different Sikh turbans through step by step videos on

About The Turban
The turban is our Guru's gift to us. It is how we crown ourselves as the Singhs and Kaurs who sit on the throne of commitment to our own higher consciousness. For men and women alike, this projective identity conveys royalty, grace, and uniqueness. It is a signal to others that we live in the image of Infinity and are dedicated to serving all. The turban doesn't represent anything except complete commitment. When you choose to stand out by tying your turban, you stand fearlessly as one single person standing out from six billion people. It is a most outstanding act.

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