In 2004 members of the Southampton Council of Faiths produced a series of six half hour programmes with Meridian TV looking at the six main different faith communities in the city. The programmes were an interesting and an educative insight into the lives of the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities and their daily lives.
We will look at each of these during Interfaith week – Today the Sikh Faith… watch their video here …
A Sikh faithfully believes in one Immortal Being, the ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak Dev to Guru Gobind Singh, the Guru Granth Sahib, (the utterances and teachings of the ten Gurus) and the baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru, and owes no allegiance to any other religion.
The Birth of the Khalsa gives the Sikh his identity. Khalsa means the community of the pure.The physical symbols that denote a Khalsa Sikh are the five Ks.
The Kesh Long, uncut hair, a symbol of spirituality.
The Khanga a comb, a symbol of cleanliness and orderliness.
The Kara a steel bracelet worn on the right wrist as a reminder to be self-controlled.
The Kurpan A double edged ceremonial sword, a symbol of dignity and the struggle against injustice.
The Kachera Knee-length under shorts worn as a symbol of self-control and chastity. Khalsa Sikhs are the heart of Sikhism.
—————————————————————————————————–Southampton Council of Faiths ( SCOF ) was set up in May 2001 to promote understanding between faiths in the city. It represents the faith community in dialogue with public bodies – Police Service, Fire Service, Health service etc. For more details about events in Interfaith Week please go to our events page...