OF SIKH CONDUCT AND CONVENTIONS
Rites and Conventions
of Imposing Chastisement (Tankah)
a. Any Sikh who has committed any default in the
observance of the Sikh discipline should approach the nearby Sikh
congregation and make a confession of his lapse standing before the
b. The congregation should then, in the holy
presence of Guru Granth Sahib, elect from among themselves five
beloved ones who should ponder over the suppliant's fault and propose
the chastisement (punishment) for it.
c. The congregation should not take an obdurate
stand in granting pardon. Nor should the defaulter argue about the
chastisement. The punishment that is imposed should be some kind of
service, especially some service that can be performed with hands.
d. And finally an Ardas for correction should be
of Adopting Gurmatta
a. The Gurmatta can only be on a subject that
affects the fundamental principles of Sikh religion and for their
upholding, such as the questions affecting the maintenance of the
status of the Gurus or the Guru Granth Sahib or the inviolability of
Guru Granth Sahib, Khande di Pahul, Sikh discipline and way of life,
the identity and structural framework of the Panth. Ordinary issues of
religious, educational, social or political nature can be dealt with
only in a Matta. (Resolution)
b. A Gurmatta can be adopted only by a select
primary Panthak group or a representative gathering of the Panth.
Appeals against Local Decisions
An appeal can be made to the Sri Akal Takht Sahib against a local
: The above text is edited and taken from the Book
Sikh Reht Maryada published by Dharam Parchar Committee( Shiromani
Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee, Amritsar July, 1997). This
text is not for legal use.