do weapons play an important role in our
religion? Is it not an act against peace?
What does the Khanda mean?
a weapon is an act of peace provided it
is worn by people who are entitled to
do that. Every country has policemen wearing
weapons. They are for peace and not against
peace. To stop violence by armed thugs
there is no other way but the use of weapons.
Hence, there is an old saying: "If you
want peace, be prepared for war."
Sikhs are a nation who wants peace for
all, including the weak; they need weapons
to protect the rights of the helpless.
Sikh history is filled with Sikh sacrifices
for protecting people from terrorism committed
by state authority and looting invaders.
Hence, weapons play an important role
in their faith. Kirpan is a symbol of
traditional weapons and is included as
one of the 5K's to be worn by a Sikh.
The logo called Khanda is a unique way
of depicting two Kirpans, a chakar and
a khanda as one composition. As Khanda
is the main central arm, with Kirpans
placed around it, the logo is also called
Khanda. This is just placing the three
popular Sikh arms in an organized way.
Any significance attached to any of
the three constituents of the logo is
an intellectual invention to search for
an unneeded justification. Some persons
say Chakar represents God because like
God, Chakar has no beginning and no end.
This is an incorrect interpretation of
the logo. By usage, it has become a logo
of the Sikh nation, the way the Cross
is accepted as a symbol of Christianity.
Sikhs want peace, if need be by the use
of weapons, hence this logo of traditional
weapons put together in an artistic design.