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A Song About Punjab Election

The Punjab Assembly elections will be held in single phase on February 4, 2017. The state has witnessed hectic campaigning by all the main political contenders including SAD, Congress and AAP. Various media agencies have conducted opinion poll surveys to gauge the mood of the voting public to know which way the wind is blowing.

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contervercial about funeral ceremony !!

In Sikhism, a funeral ceremony is a cremation service known as “Antam Sanskaar,” or “Celebration of the completion of life”. Rather than lamenting the passing of an individual, Sikhism teaches resignation to the will of the creator, emphasizing that death is a natural process, and an opportunity for reunion of the soul with its maker.

Funerals and Mourning
The Sikhs believe in the cycle of life or reincarnation which certain actions and
attachments bind to this cycle. The soul itself is not subject to death. Death is only a
progression to the journey from god, through the created universe, and back to god
again. The Sikhs try to constantly be mindful of death  so he or she can be
sufficiently prayful, and the righteous to break the cycle of birth and death and return
to god. Because the soul never dies there is no mourning at the death of Sikhs. There
is most praying at a funeral so the soul can be released from the bonds of
reincarnation and to become on with God again.

At the funeral the Sikhs prepare a yogurt bath for the body while reciting prayers.
Afterwards the body is dressed in new clothes. When dressed there are five symbols
of Sikh which are kesh which is uncut hair. The next one is kirpan which is a Sikh
knife that represents compassion and one’s task to defend the truth. Kara which is a
stainless steel bracelet and kachera  which is special Sikh underwear. And finally
kanga which is a small comb.

After all that is taken care of there is a small ceremony that takes place at a funeral
home before the cremation. To start the service there is an ardas or community
prayer. The minister may present to offer prayers and say a few words but this is
optional if the minister wants to. There are two daily prayers that are said by the
Sikhs which are Japji and Kirtan Sohila. After those are recited the cremation begins.
When these are recited the funeral is basically over but can be said all throughout the
cremation. The guests can leave and the service last usually about 30 to 60 minutes.

After that there is a service at the gurdwara, but this is optional if desired.  The word
akal which also means undying is chanted through the service to help release the soul
to return to the infinite. This second ceremony which is a service in itself can up to
about an hour.

Before the Ceremony
The body of the Sikh will always be cremated which occurs within three days after
death. When a non Sikh hears about a death it is appropriate to call and express the
love for the deceased. But in doing so do not focus on the sadness or the loss. But
focus on the good times so to speak of that person and that it is returning to its true
home with God.  The body is then surrounded by  flowers.

Appropriate Attire
Men: A jacket and tie or more casual, modest clothing. Any color would be fine.
Shoes may be worn inside the funeral home but not in gurdwara service. The head
should be covered with a hat, cap or scarf. There are no rules regarding the color of
clothing.

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