Followers of Sikhism always keep their heads covered with a turban or a bit of cloth. Well, we all just know this because we see them covering their head and never asked them why. Even when we are entering into Gurudwara we need to cover our head with a piece of cloth. So, here is a spiritual and strong reason, why Sikh keeps their heads covered.
To protect the most important entryway of the body
According to Sikh Dharma, a body has 10 different doorways – two nostrils, two eyes, two ears, one mouth, two genitals and a Dashamdwar or the suture on the crest of the skull, which is also termed as the crown of the head.
This 10th doorway or Dashamdwar holds great importance as it’s the only passage through which one’s soul can run across the divine being, the almighty.
The Dashamdwar (Crown of the head) can easily be felt on the tip of the head of a newly born child as it is the softest and delicate part of his head.
Gradually, it gets harder as the kid grows up. One has to stick to the spiritual dictum to let open the Dashamdwara which has become hard over the years. Both conscious and subconscious mind of a mortal is so frivolous, so glib and so impulsive that while meditating or performing spiritual ceremonies, this flippant mind never concentrates and never contemplates.
This mind, in a way, is directly connected to the Dashamdwar, but to actually become aware of its connection with the almighty, it has to come down to peaceful and poised status in order to become one with the supreme soul.
That is the reason for covering Dashamdwar or crown of the mind, so that the mind stops eloping and comes under control, thus enabling us to utilize all our concentration in becoming one with the supreme & ultimate power.
Turban – Gift of the Guru
The turban of a Sikh is a gift given on Baisakhi Day of 1699 by the Tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh. After giving Amrit to the Five Beloved Ones, he gave us Boone, the distinctive dress that lets in the turban. It is helpful to realize the historical context of his action.
During Guru Gobind Singh’s time, the turban, or “dastar,” as it is called in Persian, carried a totally different connotation from that of a hat in Europe. The turban represented respectability and was a sign of aristocracy. At that time, a Mughal aristocrat or a Hindu Rajput could be spotted by his turban. The Hindu Rajputs were the only Hindus allowed to wear ornate turbans, carry weapons and have their mustache and beard. Also at this time, only the Rajputs could have Singh (“lion”) or Kaur (“princess”) as their second name. Even the Gurus did not have Singh as part of their name, until the Tenth Guru.
The downtrodden followers of the Sikh faith did not possess the means to display aristocratic attire, nor were they allowed to, even if they had the means. (Doing so was usually equivalent to a death judgment of conviction.) It was in this context that Guru Gobind Singh decided to turn the tables on the ruling aristocracy by commanding every Sikh to hold a sword, take up the name Singh or Kaur, and have cash (hair) and turban displayed boldly, without any fear. This effectively made his followers consider themselves on a par with the Mughal rulers.
It is believed that carrying a Turban, gives them the energy of Guru to face the LIFE with a superior energy.
H/T: Daily Bhaskar and Sikh net