OF SIKH CONDUCT AND CONVENTIONS
Only a Sikh may perform kirtan in a congregation.
b. Kirtan : singing Gurbani in the
prescribed Rag in the beginning of the Shabad.
c. In the congregation, kirtan only of Gurbani (Guru
Granth Sahib 's or Guru Gobind Singh's hymns) and, for its
elaboration, of the compositions of Bhai Gurdas Ji and Bhai Nand Lal
Ji, may be performed.
d. It is improper, while singing Shabads from Guru
Granth Sahib to rhythmic folk tunes or to traditional Ragas, or in
group singing , to induct into them improvised and extraneous
refrains. Only a line from the Shabad should be made a refrain.
a. Doing obeisance to the Guru Granth Sahib, taking
a glimpse of the congregation, an embodiment of the Guru's person, and
taking the command : these constitute the view of the Satguru
(Immortal destroyer of darkness, the true guru). Raising the drapery
covering Guru Granth Sahib and merely taking a look or making others
take a look at the exposed page, without taking command (reading the
prescribed hymn) is contrary to Gurmat (Guru's way).
b. In the course of the congregational sessions,
only one thing should be done at a time : performing of
kirtan,delivering discourse, interpretative elaboration of the
scriptures, or reading of the scriptures.
c. Only a Sikh, man or woman, is entitled to be in
attendence of the Guru Granth Sahib during the congregational session.
d. Only a Sikh may read out from the Guru Granth
Sahib for others. However, even a non-Sikh may read from it for
e. For taking the command (Hukam), the Shabad that
is continuing on the top of the left hand page must be from the
beginning. If the Shabad begins on the previous page, turn over the
page and read the whole hymn from the beginning to the end. If the
scriptural composition that is continuing on the top of the left hand
page is a var(ode) then start from the first of the slokas preceding
the pauri and read upto the end of the pauri. Conclude the reading at
the end of the Shabad with the line in which the name 'Nanak' occurs.
f. Hukam must also be taken at the conclusion of the
congregational session or after the Ardas.