is the next step after you are initiated?
This is a very interesting question. Obviously,
when one partakes of Amrit he/she becomes
a member of the Khalsa and promises to
live his/her life according to the Khalsa
Reht. There are some misunderstandings
about "What is Amrit? What does it mean
to be an Amritdhari?" It needs to be explained
Amrit is an ancient word used in different
forms all over the world but means the
same thing, some holy liquid the drinking
of which keeps death away. Hindu gods
are supposed to have taken it and that
is why they are to "live" forever. Guru
Nanak says this is simply a myth. There
is no other Amrit except God's Name. Actually
those people (their souls) should be considered
alive who drink God's Name (love God and
always keep Him in their mind). Those
who ignore Father God, they (their souls)
should be considered dead.
In the concluding hymn of the Guru Granth
Sahib, Guru Arjan Dev tells us that the
whole of Gurbaani is Amrit, God's Name.
What we call "partaking of Amrit" is actually
"partaking of Khanda Bata Pahul". The
ceremony includes making a devotee take
the sanctified water and say Waheguru,
God's Name adopted by the Sikhs. A Sikh
is told to read Gurbaani regularly and
love God (Naam Simran).
There is a code of conduct an Amritdhari
is required to follow. It helps him to
live an honest, humble and virtuous life.
It is a good moral life which a Sikh enjoys.
He keeps away from un-social acts and
vices. Thus the "next step" after one
partakes of Amrit is to enjoy living an
upright and truthful life, and also keep
away from immoral and wrong paths.