Sikhs believe in the cycle of birth,
life, death and rebirth, as well as the concept of karma, in which
the quality of a person's life is affected by how he behaved in his
previous life. To escape this reincarnation cycle, the Sikh must
become one with God and reach a state of liberation known as mukti,
which corresponds to the Hindu state of moksha.
Traditionally, Sikhs have not accepted
the practice of yoga, and there is a strongly-held belief among some
mainstream Sikhs that yoga is incompatible with their religion.
However, there are those who cite Gurbani, Sikhism's holy texts, to
support yoga as an accepted practice; specifically, yoga's goal of
union with the Divine. In fact, the evolution of Sikhism was
influenced by the Bhakti yoga movement.
Male Sikhs who have undergone their
religion's initiation ceremony are recognizable by their adherence to
- Uncut hair that is covered,
usually by a turban
- A steel or iron bracelet
- A sword, known as a kirpan, which
is tucked into a belt or strap
- A small wooden comb, known as a
- A cotton undergarment resembling
boxer shorts called a kachehra