do we have to have long hair?
How do we answer this question, "if you
keep long hair, being God-given, why cut
your nails which are also God-given?"
If one wants to be accepted and recognized
as a Sikh, keeping uncut hair is a requirement
for that. When Guru Gobind Singh gave
Amrit to the Sikhs, he also required them
to wear the 5-symbol uniform. The Sikhs
were living a very good life at that time
in villages and cities. They were not
living in forests. The Guru was living
at Anandpur Sahib and was accepted as
a true king. It is wrong to assume that
Sikhs had to grow long hair because they
could not cut it while living in jungles.
someone has told you the wrong reason
for keeping your hair uncut. Sikhs keep
long hair, not because they are a gift
of God, but because of the order of the
Guru. The instructions of the Guru to
retain natural hair (not to cut it at
all) are misinterpreted by some persons
to mean that we are to keep hair uncut,
it being a gift of nature, Waheguru, to
human beings. This misunderstanding prevails
among many Sikhs.