is the Kara (bracelet) not of silver or
If you do Amritshak (Initiation), can
ladies wear earring makeup, and other
Silver and gold are metals used for ornaments
and Kara is not an ornament. Not just
any Kara, but the steel Kara is a part
of the 5-symbol uniform, and it cannot
be replaced by a gold or silver Kara.
According to the Sikh Reht Maryada, there
is no objection to wearing any kind of
jewelry by an Amritdhari person provided
one does not have to pierce his/her ear
or nose to wear it. During the olden days,
the wearing of earnings and nose-rings
indicated slavery. The owners used them
to identify their slaves. This does not
fit in the Khalsa culture. We, the Khalsa,
enjoy full freedom and are not slaves
of any person or even of any god; hence
we feel it degrading to wear earrings.
The reader may be surprised to know that
wearing earrings is a recent fad. In early
sixties, when the author visited the USA
for higher studies, he did not see any
woman or a girl with earrings. Rather
he found, coeds chuckling at the 'silly'
act of Indian women students piercing
their ears and putting rings in them.
They believed that it was a practice of
backward and uncultured people. (in 1961
two American friends of the author showed
their concern about this hurtful and meaningless
What a U-turn fashion has taken now! All
females young or old, almost without exception,
we now seen wearing earrings. The size
and design of the rings have no limits.
The earrings have grown long enough to
touch the shoulders and they swing around
when the head is suddenly moved to left
Such fads come and go to do replaced by
new ones. Wearing lipstick, earrings,
skirts, and keeping long hair by boys
is another example. However it is healthier
for the mind and convenient for the body
to live and dress simply and gracefully.
Those who avoid such fads enjoy greater
and everlasting peace of mind and keep
themselves free from self-inflicted punishment.
It also strengthens their mind to think
independently and live as leaders among