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tankah in sikhism, chastisement in sikhism, sikh customs and traditions
Sikh Reht Maryada

THE CODE OF SIKH CONDUCT AND CONVENTIONS
Definition Gurdwara Kirtan Hukum
Paths Karhah Prashad Gurbani Gurmat Rehni
Birth & Name of Child Anand Sanskar Antam Sanskar Other Rites
Other Rites and Conventions
Sewa Panthak Rehni Guru Panth Amrit Sanskar Tankah Gurmatta

Method 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 congregation.

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 performed.

Method 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 congregation's decision.

NOTE : 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.
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