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When a person wishes to become a

sikh, he makes known his intention to

some grant'hi,* or to any person learned

in their sastras ; and if he wish to become a

khalsa he permits his hair to grow.

When his hair has grown a month or two,

he goes again to the grant'hi, who prepares

the nectar by stirring a knife in a

bowl of water, repeating incantations : a

person present joins the hands of the new

disciple, into which the grant'hi pours

some of this water of life, of which he drinks five times, and afterwards

rubs a little on his eyes. While he receives this water, he repeats five

times : " wah! guru jida khalsa/ wah! guru jida phateh/"* The grant'hi

next demands his name, which, if insignificant in sound or meaning, is

changed for another, and the word singha^- added. After this, a meat

offering is prepared, called kara prasada, composed of clarified butter,

flour, sugar, milk, and various kinds of fruits mixed and baked on the fire.

The grant'hi now worships the book (the adi-grant'ha, or " chief book," the

depository of the sikh creed and law), and presents to it some of the meat

offering; the rest of which is offered to Akala Purusha (a name of Narayana,

the supreme spirit), in the name of Nanak accompanied by a prayer to

Govinda Singha, that his blessing may rest upon the person now becoming a

sikh. At the close of these ceremonies, the food is distributed amongst the

spectators of every caste ; and the grant'hi addresses a short discourse to

the disciple respecting the religion of the sikhs, and teaches him an

incantation, by repeating it in his presence till it be learnt, or else he

gives it him in writing. The sikhs pay great reverence to the initiatory

incantation, but less to their spiritual guides than the Hindus. Women are

made Sikhs in the same manner as men, the only difference in the form is

that when the nectar is prepared for women, it is stirred with the back

instead of the edge of the knife. When a Musulman becomes a sikh, he is

forbidden, in the strongest manner, to eat beefâ€

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the mentioning of meat makes it sound like it is a nihang amrit ceremony

Nah - i think it refers to "sweetmeat" an old word for sugar based confectionary or cake.

From experience, many 'observers of native culture' mis-translated what they were told - remember that Amrit Sanchar is private i.e. no spectators.

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N30 Singh Ji, also consider the histories that state the 1st Khande de Pahul were carried out in prepared tents away from the main audience, as is done today.

oh i didnt know that.. :? , could you please tell me, whats the source of this information?

thanks much.

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One is Guru Kian Sakhian written by Bhatt Sarup Singh Kaushish in AD 1790 at Bhadson. It was tranlsated from Bhattachchhari to Gurmukhi by Bhatt Chhajju Singh Kaushish in AD 1869.

Obviously there are other versions available today ad authenticity of some Sakhis is questioned etc (as is with most other sources).

If anyone knowns any other sources please share.

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