7. A word On ‘Khalsa Panth’

On this Vaisakhi day we will be celebrating the foundation of the Khalsa Panth.   But to most people that translates as Sikh Nation.  But what does it mean in spiritual terms?  Read on :


This very commonly used phrase “Khalsa Panth” has been grossly misunderstood, misinterpreted and misused by various entities around the Globe. This is not an ordinary phrase.  It has deep divine meaning concerning eternal and primal truth pertaining to the definition of the heights of purity of human soul and the path which leads to this complete purification of the soul. Let us look at the deep divine meaning of the phrase “Khalsa Panth” in light of the Divine Wisdom very kindly given to us by Akal Purakh through Guru Sahibans, Sants and Bhagats.




The word “Panth” means a passage, a path, the divine way to become something connected with the highest levels of the spirituality and divinity.  It is the path to


  • Sach Khand – the realm of Truth


  • Eternity and the complete realization of Eternity,


  • having a pure Hirda (spiritual heart).


“Panth” means a passage which when followed under the Eternal Blessings of the Gur and Guru will make:-


  • a heart pure (khalas) – a pure Hirda. 


  • a soul a pure (Khalas),


  • a soul a Sant soul.


 I dedicate my mind to Him, and renounce my ego.
This is the Path (PANTH) which I shall take.


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The word “Panth” means a path to the discovery of the Eternal Truth.  It is the path to become a completely truthful person from inside out, to be able to see the truth, hear the truth, speak the truth, deliver the truth and serve the truth. This passage goes to the Dargah of Akal Purakh, it leads us  to the Sach Khand, where Akal Purakh resides in His Nirgun Saroop Param Jyot Puran Parkash (Pure Light). Anybody who moves on this path with full commitment, belief and trust will become a Khalsa.


 The Messenger of Death does not approach those
who have walked on the path (PANTH)
 of following the Guru’s Teachings.


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kahu kabeer jan bheae khaalasae praem bhagath jih jaanee ||4||3||
Says Kabeer, those humble people, who become pure   become Khalsa,
who know the Lord’s loving devotional worship. ||4||3||

Says Kabeer, those humble people, who become pure   become Khalsa, who know the Lord’s loving devotional worship. ||4||3||

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The second part of this phrase is the word “Khalsa”.  This means


  • a pure and completely truthful and completely cleaned soul,


  • the soul that has gone beyond the three qualities of Maya (Rajo, Tamo and Sato),


  • the soul which has completely won over the Maya,


  • the person who has completely won over his mind,


  • has brought Panj Doot (Lust Anger Greed Attachment and Pride) under his control,


  • the person who has won over all the desires,


  • the person who has completely cleaned himself from inside,


  • the person who has a Puran Jyot Parkash inside his Hirda,


  • the person who is completely merged and has become one with Almighty,


  • the person who enjoys the Atam Rus on a continuous basis,


  • the person who resides in the Dargah of Akal Purakh,


  • the person who has reached the Sach Khand,


  • a person who has completed his inner spiritual pilgrimage.


That is why Gurbani says:


Puran Jyot Jagey Ghat Meh Tab Khalas, Tahi Nakhalas Jaaney.
The one in whose heart shines for the God’s Light is the Khalsa,
all others are not Khalsa.


and that is why Guru Gobind Singh Ji has said:


Atam Ras Jeh Janye So Hi Khals Dev,
Prabh Meh Moh Meh Taas Meh Ranchak Nahin Bhed.
The one who experiences soul bliss “Atam Rus” is the Khalsa,
There is no difference between the Khalsa and me and God.


Anyone less than this is not a Khalsa.  Anybody who has not achieved these levels of spirituality and divinity is not a Khalsa. That is why Guru Gobind Singh has given the status of Satguru (Satgur Padvi) to a Khalsa:


Khalsa Mero Satgur Pura,
Khalsa Mero Sajjan Soora,
Khalsa Mero Budh Aur Gyan,
Khalse Ka Ho Dharo Dhyan.
The Khalsa is my perfect Satguru,
the Khalsa is my brave friend,
the Khalsa is my knowledge and wisdom,
the Khalsa is whom I meditate upon.




Therefore the divine meaning of the phrase “Khalsa Panth” in the true sense of divinity and spirituality; in the true sense of Gurbani; in the true sense of the Gurmat the divine wisdom of the word Guru and the standards of spirituality and divinity laid out by the Guru Sahibans and the Sants and Bhagats, is


“The path to become a Khalsa”.


Dassan Das (Slave Of God’s Slaves)




True Panth


Siri Guru granth sahib ji maharaj is truth, because the guru is bani and bani is truth. Truth serves truth. Truth is truth, and for eternity truth will serve truth. Akaal. Guru is in the sadh, in the gursikh, in the sant, in the true muslim, in the khalsa. Guru is in every vessel that dwells upon akaal in action, thought and submission. The guru’s body is truth, and where ever our beloved resides at any instant, that is love and that is akaal. Love gives rise to love, and propogates love. Can anything but love give rise to love? Similarly can any untruth give rise to truth and serve truth? My next question is, is their haumai in our panth? Are there arguments in our panth? Are there divisions in our panth? Now is this sri guru khalsa panth maharaj?

The Guru’s panth is Truth, and until those that compose and make up the Panth we currently reside in, do not become suchiaray, we are not the panth of akaal. We can be a panth, but not one of our beloved’s. If a person has been granted the gift of pahul but yet has ego inside them, and has hatred towards people, and thinks that his/her way is the only and right way, are they considered khalsa? Are they even considered the sikhs of the guru? Similiarly, if there is ego, hatred and divisions in the panth, how is that panth sri guru khalsa panth maharaj? I will be a sacrifice to any place where satnaam vaheguru allows me to surrender to akaal, experience akaal, and show love to akaal. Each and every heart. Where the guru’s bani and keertan are reflected upon and sung. I will never place my faith in any other than akaal. The akaal i seek, is the satnaam in all. And that akaal can be on the lips of a prostitute or in the actions of a sadh. The guru’s sikhs only judge themselves, alone, and love others. Judgement on devotion is akaal’s duty. Mine is just to plead for Satnaam vaheguru’s name and if guru wishes become a sacrifice to it.