What does the Sikhism symbol mean

Explanation of the symbol ☬

This symbol is called "Khanda". It can be found in every gurdwara. It can also be seen on the orange flag that belongs to every Gurdwara. It stands for the way to God. It consists of four weapons, all of which have a symbolic meaning:

The Circle - Discus - as a representation of the world and as a representation of the cycle of life and death.

Two sabers - kirpan - In order to live in the world one must develop skills in both the spiritual and the material realms. This is how the balance is kept.

One of the sabers stands for the internal fight against bad qualities. The other stands for the external struggle for justice.

These two sabers can be traced back to the time of the 6th Guru of the Sikhs. The Sikh community had developed peacefully for about a hundred years. But the repression of the minorities by the tyrannical Mughal rulers became increasingly violent and reached a climax with the martyrdom of the fifth guru of the Sikhs. To ensure the survival of the community, the Sikhs built a defensive army. For the first time, the social commitment was also transferred to the military sector. To illustrate this turning point, Guru Har Gobind wore two sabers on his first day as a Guru. The first stood for spirituality - piri -, the second for social justice - miri.

The name of these sabers (in Punjabi Kirpan) indicates the responsibility of the bearer. A kirpa-an is a weapon used for deliverance and grace.

A double-edged sword - Khanda - The sword lies vertically on the disc and stands for the inner connection to God. Through this connection our mind crosses the material world and thus reaches the spiritual goal. This path, which is followed through meditation, brings us to God.

The path to God is as difficult as walking on a double-edged sword. Letting go of the connection to the material world, paying attention to the inner connection to God and still living in this world: This is a challenge that makes us more alert and conscious.