Introduction to Kesh
In Sikhism, Kesh (sometimes Kes) is the practice of allowing one’s hair to grow naturally as a symbol of respect for the perfection of God’s creation. The practice is one of the Five Ks, the outward symbols ordered by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 as a means to profess the Sikh faith. The hair is combed twice daily with a Kanga, another of the Five Ks, and tied into a simple knot known as a Joora orRishi knot. This knot of hair is usually held in place with the Kanga and covered by a turban. via wikipedia
TOP TEN REASONS TO KEEP YOUR KESH
1) Guru Ji Said to Keep long Hair; It’s one of the Five Articles of Faith
2) Kesh Forms identity for Sikhs
4) “Hair of the head is a symbol of faith, intuition of truth, or the highest qualities of the mind.” G. A. Gaskell
5) Truth “Hair is prayer and kesh acts as a subtle spiritual antenna. One who keeps kesh intact, practices meditation and achieves humility comes to know the benefit of kesh which can never be realize if hair is severed,” (Khalsa, Sukhmandir)
6) Establishes a complete and natural person.
7) Sikh Sovereignty. Sikhs Don’t follow fashionbable Trends. Long Hair indicates freedom from socially deemed fasionable Trends.
8) Keeping kesh builds self-esteem, in another point of view. Keeping hair intact allows one to experience courage, conquer fear, and realize unconditional love, (Khalsa, Sukhmandir).
9) Builds Discpline, Personal discipline is central to Sikhi and some feel that keeping long hair, combing it every day and washing it, develops disciplines, (Singh, Gurdev).
10) Long Hair Provides Essential Vitamins to the Brain.