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Panj Pyare Rehat Maryada

According to the Hukam of Guru Gobind Singh, all Takats and all the Gurdwaras throughout the world must be headed by the Panj Pyares. Panj Pyare Rehat Maryada is the core of Gurbani’s teachings and way of Sikh life. We must backtrack to the same path that was shown to us by our Gurus in order to align ourselves with Guru’s Hukam and bring Panj Pyare back in their central role within Sikhi. In order for this to materialize the Sangat must make sure that following process is implemented thoroughly without any shortcuts.

Implementing Panj Pyare Rehat Maryada.

Bringing back the Panj Pyare Rehat Maryada into all Gurdwaras should be the aim of all Sikhs throughout the world. It is not a choice for Sikhs but a Hukam, an order from the Guru to follow the Panj Pyares as they would follow Guru. At our goal is to bring awareness and help everyone see the benefits of following Guru’s order. Let’s work together to bring Panj Pyare Rehat Maryada together as one people.

Step 1. Panj Pyares criteria
Must be initiated into Khalsa Panth by taking Khade Bate De Pohal
Must follow the Sikh Rehat Maryada and live by its rules.
Must be willing to do Niskaam Sewa ( without pay ) while being part of Panj Pyare.
Must be willing to take minimum 3 hours out of a day in order to attend Gurdwara/panth affairs.
Must be the citizen of the country where the Gurdwara is located and resident of that city for past 5 years.

Step 2. Panj Pyare section board called Panch Parvan
Panch Parvan Criteria

10 members must serve this board at all times.
All 10 members must have been initiated Khalsa Panth by taking Khade Bate De Pohal
All 10 members Must be over the age of 55 years.
Must be the Citizens of the country where Gurdwara is located and have lived in the same city for past 5 years where the Gurdwara is located.
Must have minimum three years Sewa experience at the same Gurdwara.

Step 3. The Process of Selecting Panj Pyare

Panch Parvan will prepare the list of all individuals who are interested and meet the basic criteria of becoming part of Panj Pyare. Their names will be written on an identical piece of paper which will be individually placed inside a capsule. All this event of writing names and placing in capsules must be closely recorded by CCTV system. On the early morning hours of Vaisakhi the ballot will be placed in front of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Minimum 7 members of Panch Parvans Jattha/board must be present in the hall at the time of selection of Panj Pyare. After Ardass a young Sikh child below age 5 must be selected from the Saadh Sangat and asked to pick five capsules from the box. These newly selected Panj Pyare must be announced to the Sadh Sangat right away by the Panch Parvans. Panj Pyare will be given Saropas by the Panch Parvan with a Jakara from Sangat.

Step 4. Panj Pyare Reselection process

Every fifth year on the early morning hours of Vaisakhi, the current Panj Pyares names will be written on an identical piece of paper and placed into individual capsules (total 5 capsules ) by the Panch Parvan Jattha. A young Sikh child under the age of five must be selected from the Sadh Sangat. The young Sikh child must pick two capsules from the 5 capsules containing the names of current Panj Pyares and add them to the main ballot box with rest of capsules containing names of those that are interested in becoming part of Panj Pyares. Three left capsules should be put into a Separate Jar. At this point Step 3. The process of selecting Panj Pyare must be repeated but this time only selecting two capsules instead of Five/Panj. These two capsules must be added to the Jar containing names of 3 original Panj Pyare. Panch Parvan must read out the names contained in these 5 capsules. These will be the Panj Pyare who will run the Takat/Gurdwaras affairs for next five years until this process takes place again after fifth years in the early morning hours of Vaisakhi.

Handling Disagreements

In the event of any disagreement between Panj Pyare. All Five/ Panj Pyare must first take Hukamnama from Sri Guru Granth Sahib and take Parshad. All Panj Pyares must individually contemplate on the Guru’s messages for five minutes. After the Panj Pyare should go in a room and discuss any conflicting issue in a Gurmukh manner in front of minimum five members of Panch Parvans. After thoroughly listening to all side the Panch Parvans should announce their decision which must be binding and respected as such by all Panj Pyares. The Panj Pyares or Panch Parvans or anyone from Sangat must not take the matter(s) of Sikh Panth to the civil court system(s) of the respected country as these courts are not yet prepared to properly address Sikh Panth matters accordingly to the teachings of Gurbani.

The meetings / The Panj Matta

Two monthly schedule meetings must be held by the Panj Pyares on the second and fourth week, first of which should be open Sangat meeting and second of which will be a private meeting between the Panj Pyare. All meetings should first begin with Ardass and Hukamnama from SGGS.

The open Sangat meetings: in these meeting all five / Panj Pyare and at least five members of Panj Parvans board must be present along with the rest of the Sangat. These meeting should be similar to town hall meeting where everyone must be given a chance to voice their concerns in open but respectful way. Panj Pyare must address any legitimate concerning by personally getting up and speaking in front of the Sangat.

The private meetings: the private meeting must be attended by all five / Panj Pyares in a closed door room without any outside interruptions. All matters concerning the panth should be discussed in a Gurmukh manner.

Calling of Sarbat Khalsa

Sarbat Khalsa can only be called of Panj Pyare, one from each Takat.

More updates coming soon.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.