“Chardhi Kala”

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07th November, 2022

As we approach Gurupurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs, Iam reminded of the  unique concept of leading life with the spirit of

‘Chardhi Kala’

The art of living in high spirits and eternal optimism is the slogan given to us by Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Sikh Guru which means: “keep your spirits high, no matter what the situation. Have faith, keep doing good and stay positive. Do your best, then leave the rest to God.”

This concept is commonly translated as “high morale,” but it is much more than that.

According to the Encyclopaedia of Sikhism, “It stands for a perennially blossoming, unwilting spirit, a perpetual state of certitude resting on unwavering belief in Divine justice.”

Chardhi Kala is a mental state that keeps us strong during the most difficult moments in life – even when we face a life and death situation. It is a spirit of defiance of all hardships.

Every repetition of this slogan reminds us that Sikhs are tenacious men and women who do not lose faith.

This positive thinking brings a calm, peaceful and positive mind that doesn’t get bothered with obstacles of life. 

This concept is central to Sikhism and forms a very important and essential role in the religious philosophy of the Sikh Gurus.

To be in ‘Chardi Kala’ is the ability to rise above adversity, challenges and difficult times. It is to accept whatever is going on in our lives with gratitude and with a neutral mind.

The Ardas in the Sikh religion ends with the line: “Nanak Naam Chardi Kala, teraa bhane sarbat da bhala” essentially meaning,  “Nanak, with your name comes ‘Chardi Kala’ and with your blessings, there shall be peace & happiness for everyone.”

May you always be in Chardhi Kala and Stay Blessed Forever!