‘Chardi Kala’

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1st Dec, 2023

 One of the tenets of Sikhism is the unique concept of leading life with the spirit of ‘Chardi 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 & stay positive. Do your best, and 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, unwitting spirit, a perpetual state of certitude resting on an unwavering belief in Divine justice.”

Chardi 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 by the 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 and belief that it will end well.

The Ardas in the Sikh religion end 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 ‘Chardi Kala’ and Stay Blessed Forever!