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Do Sikhs Believe in Being Baptized?

Baptism and Initiation in Sikhism


Panj Pyara and Khalsa Initiate

Panj Pyara and Khalsa Initiate

Photo © [Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa]

Sikhs have an Amrit ceremony established by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru. Many Sikhs prefer the term initiation, rather than baptism, to describe the ceremonial proceedings, feeling it better conveys the concepts, and rituals, involved. All Sikhs are expected to eventually participate in the ceremony. Five initiated Sikhs prepare Amrit, a drink of immortalizing nectar. They recite prayers while stirring sugar into water with a sword. Initiates drink the Amrit. Sikhism teaches that drinking Amrit is essential in overcoming ego, and attaining liberation. Initiates renounce attachments to worldly values, while retaining relations with family and community.

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