Thursday 3rd November 2020
Reflect on what it might be like to wear a kara (steel bangle) as a reminder of God's presence.
The Kara Bangle
The kara is a steel or iron bangle worn on the wrist and is one of five kakar, the articles of faith required to be worn by the Amritdhari Sikh, a Sikh who has been initiated into the order of Khalsa.
- The kara is a bracelet made of pure steel or iron.
- The kara originated as a protective ring to guard the sword arm of the Khalsa warrior. Some Sikhs consider the kara as a reminder having a similar significance to a wedding ring, which serves as an unbreakable bond binding them to the service of the Guru.
- The kara is to be worn on the body by the Amritdhari at all times.
This afternoon, I would like you to reflect on what it would be like to wear a kara. You might want to consider:
- The responsibility you would feel towards your religion
- The way you might feel when people ask you questions about your decision to wear your kara
- Would your kara get in the way at all? When might you most want to take it off?
- How do you feel knowing that God is watching you all of the time?