two-edged sword (which by itself is known by the name Khanda),
circled by the solid circle known as a Chakra (quoit). The right
edge of the Khanda symbolises freedom and authority governed by
moral and spiritual values. The left edge of the double-edged
sword symbolises divine justice which chastises and punishes wicked
oppressors. The two-edged sword at the centre of the Khanda also
symbolises disintegration of false pride and vanity and demolition
of the barriers of caste and other inequalities. The AMRIT which
is used at the time of BAPTISM is stirred with the Khanda. The
original Khanda with which Guru GOBIND SINGH stirred the baptismal
waters on March 30, A.D. 1699 is now preserved at Anandpur.
The Chakra being a circle without a beginning
or an end exhorts the Sikhs to make the whole creation as the object
of their compassion and activities. It signifies the symbol of Ek
Om Kar, the Oneness of God, who is without beginning or end. The
circle signifies oneness, unity, justice, humanity and morality.
The Chakra was also used as a weapon against injustice and oppression.
The two Kirpans (swords) flanking the Chakra represent
the two swords of Guru HARGOBIND signifying the spiritual and temporal
leadership of Gurus. Apart from giving it symmetry, the two Kirpans
impart a conceptual balance to the Khanda like the Yin and Yang
of ancient Chinese philosophy. The left side signifies the sword
of spiritual sovereignty or Piri. The right sword signifies the
sword of political sovereignty, Miri.
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