A Faqir, 1868. A disciple of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Glossary of Sikh terms
   Ik onkar There is One God, benedictory formula from Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
     
  Ishwar Name of God, also used in hinduism.
     
  Janam Sakhi Hagiographic narrative of the life of the Gurus.
      
  Jatha Military detachment, touring party.
     
  Jathedar Commander, normally of a Jatha
     
  Jura Tying of long hair into a knot on ones head, over which a turban is tied.
     
  Kachh Pair of breeches worn as part of the five K's.
     
  Kangha Wooden comb, worn as part of the five K's.
     
  Kanphat yogi 'Split ear' yogi, follower of Gorakhnath and adherent of the Nath tradition.
     
  Kara Steel wrist ring, worn as part of the five K's.
     
  Karah parshad Sacremental pudding prepared in a large iron dish.
     
  Karam The destiny, fate of an individual, generated in accordance with the deeds performed in his/her present and past existances.
     
  Kar-seva Volentary service, normally with the cleaning of the pool surrounding Harmindar Sahib.
     
  Kes Uncut hair, worn as part of the five K's.
     
  Kes-dhari A Sikh who retains his kes.
     
  Keski small turban, worn by men and women.
     
  Khalistan 'Land of the pure', the name adopted by proponents of an independent homeland for the Sikhs.
     
  Khalsa The religious order established by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
     
  Khanda Double edged sword. Khalsa symbol comprising a vertical double edged sword over a quoit with two crossed kirpans.
     
  Khande da pahul 'Initiation with the two-edged sword', the Khalsa initiation ceremony.
     
  Khatri A mercantile caste of the Punjab.
     
  Kirpan Sword, worn as part of the five K's.
     
  Kurahit One of the four cardinal infringements of the Rahit. These being, Cutting ones hair, consuming meat, extra-marital intercourse and smoking.
     
  Langar The kitchen attached to every Gurdwara from which food is served to all regardless of creed or caste.
     
  Lavan Circumambulating the Guru Granth Sahib Ji as part of the wedding of Anand Karaj ceremony.
     
  Mahant Head of a religious establishment, the propreitor of a historic Gurdwara until disestablishment in 1925
     
  Man The complex of heart, mind and spirit.
     
  Manji Preaching office of the early Panth.
     
  Mantra A verse, phrase or syllable of particular religious import.
     
  Masand
Administrative deputy acting for the Guru. Inaugurated by Guru Ram Das Ji, they faithfully served for some time, but later became corruptand were disestablished by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
     
  Miri - Piri
Doctrine that the Guru possesses temporal (miri) and spiritual (piri) authority. Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji brought miri and piri together when he wore two swords.Guru Ji is sometimes refred to as 'Miri piri dha malik' - the Lord of Miri Piri.
     
  Misl A military cohort of the the mis-eighteenth century Khalsa.
     
  Moksha Spiritual liberation, liberation from transmigration.
      
     
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