Description of the Amrit Ceremony

Photo: Ravitej Singh

The Amrit Ceremony re-creates this experience from 1699. It gives a chance for the Sikhs of any time, and in any country, to give themselves to the Light of the Guru in a complete and absolute way. Those who take Amrit commit to becoming protectors and custodians of the Universal Truths held within the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and, in fact, of all living beings. They also embody the spiritual way of life that the Sikh Masters created. Those who take Amrit commit to surrender everything – body, mind, property and life – to preserve this tradition and wisdom.

The Amrit Ceremony takes place during the Amrit Vela – the hours before sunrise. Five people who have already taken Amrit serve as the Panj Piaray. They represent the original five Beloved Ones who gave their heads to Guru Gobind Singh. Collectively the Panj Piaray is the channel of the Guru’s Light for the ceremony. Gathering together in the Gurdwara, the people who will be taking Amrit meditate while the Panj Piaray stir water and sugar in an iron bowl, each one reciting one of the five Banis (daily prayers of the Sikhs). The power of the sacred vibrations infuse the water and, it is said, impact its molecular structure. The frequency of the Shabad enters the water and transforms it. When this process is complete, those receiving the Amrit come forward and participate in a beautiful and powerful ceremony of transformation – charged with the power of the Shabad Guru through the prayers of the Panj Piaray, the Amrit Sanchar (ceremony) opens the door for a person to manifest their purity and light in every aspect of their lives. This is the inner experience of Khalsa.

If you would like to find out more about taking Amrit, kindly contact Sarb Nam Kaur Khalsa at the Ministry Office:

Additional articles about Amrit:

Commitments of Taking Amrit

Amrit of the Double Edged Sword

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