Rahit means having a manner of moral conduct, observing particular principles, and employing ethics habitually as a way of life.
In Sikhism, rehit is used in conjunction with the word maryada, or conventions, and refers to a specific code of conduct known as Sikh Reht Maryada (SRM), a document stipulating behavior which every Sikh is meant to follow. The SRM is compiled from the historical teachings of the Sikh gurus and the Khalsa Nation Conventions of Compliance as established by Tenth Guru Gobind Singh.
The SRM outlines the code of conduct:
- Code of Conduct Principles and Mandates of Sikhism
- Five Defining Essentials of Sikhism
- Gurdwara Protocol
- Procedure for Prayer
- Care of Sikh Scripture
- Rules for Reading Scripture
- Aspects of Personal and Public Sikh Life
- Selecting a Sikh Name
- Naming Ceremony
- Marriage Ceremony
- Funeral Ceremony
- Ceremony of Initiation including:
- Transgression and Penance
Pronunciation: Rahit is pronounce ra-hit and sounds like the name Rhett when spoken.
Alternate Spellings: Reht, rehit, rehat reet
Guru Arjan Dev wrote:
Kehat Mukat sunat mukat rehat janam rehatae ||
Utter (God's Name) to be emancipated, Hear (God's Name) to be liberated, keep the code of conduct to be not born again (reincarnated into existences). SGGS||1230
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