One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The body or company of fully initiated Sikhs, to which devout orthodox Sikhs are ritually admitted at puberty. The Khalsa was founded in 1699 by the last Guru (Gobind Singh). Members show their allegiance by five signs (called the five Ks): kangha (comb), kara (steel bangle), kesh (uncut hair, covered by a turban, and beard), kirpan (short sword) and kuccha (short trousers, originally for riding).
- ‘As a member of the Khalsa, one drew the kirpan as an absolute last resort and only then to do the work of justice, to raise it for the oppressed and the weak, to use in defense of oneself or others.’
- ‘Then came Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who was instrumental in sustaining and reviving the Khalsa.’
- ‘The community of men and women who have been initiated into the Sikh faith is the Khalsa.’
- ‘Khandey Kee Pahul ceremony initiates a willing Sikh into the Order of the Khalsa.’
- ‘The day also commemorates the founding of the Khalsa by the tenth guru, Guru Govind Singh.’
- ‘The former entered the fold of the Khalsa in Guru Gobind Singh's time, and took the name of Lal Singh.’
- ‘According to Sanghera, at the time of the initiation of the Khalsa, many wars and atrocities had marred the landscape of India.’
- ‘A person becomes Khalsa after becoming an amritdhari.’
- ‘Vaisakh, in April, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year and also is of special importance for Sikhs, since it commemorates the founding of the Sikh Khalsa.’
- ‘The Canada Post Corporation will release a stamp on April 19, 1999 to mark the celebrations commemorating 300 years of the Khalsa.’
- ‘We've been taught that there really is just one religion (part of the monotheistic fallacy) but the Sikh Khalsa is not Roman Catholicism is not Wicca is not Islam.’
Via Urdu from Persian, from the feminine form of Arabic ḵāliṣ ‘pure, belonging to’.
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