Guru Gobind Singh had initiated five converts in the first place and they were instructed how to initiate others. ‘The convert is told that he must allow his hair to grow, he must clothe himself from head to foot in blue clothes, and he is then presented with five weapons: a sword, a firelock, a bow and arrow and a pike’. Sugar and water were put into a cup and stirred round with a weapon; the first chapter of the Adi Granth and the first chapter of the Dasama Padshah ka Granth were read, and those who performed the initiation exclaimed ‘Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki fateh’. After exclaiming this five times the water prepared for initiation was drunk by the proselyte. A sweet drink prepared in a similar manner was sprinkled over his head and beard. After these ceremonies he was told to abandon all intercourse with five categories of people: the Minas and Dhir Mallias, the Masandias, the followers of Ram Rai, those who killed their infant daughters, and the bhaddanis who ritually shaved the hair of their head and beard. The initiate was instructed to sacrifice his life and property for the cause of the Khalsa; he was directed to read both the Granths every morning and every evening. It was his duty to share with others whatever he received from God.

 

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