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1: Sangat Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), March 03, 2013, 10:42 AM.

In the aftermath of the famous battle of Bhangani, Guru Gobind Singh himself went to survey the site where lay the martyred bodies of Sangho Shah, Jit Mal and other brave Sikhs. Pir Buddhu Shah had also lost two of his sons fighting for the Guru. The Guru ordered the Sikhs to honorably dispose the bodies of the dead on both sides. The Sikhs were cremated, the Hindus consigned to the river and Muslims buried, with all solemnity. Pir Buddhu Shah presented himself with his two surviving sons to the Guru. At that time the Guru was combing his hair. Pir Buddhu Shah begged of him to give him the kangha with his loose hair as a sacred souvenir. The Guru acceded to his wish and in addition gave him a turban and a small sword. But, the greatest gift of all, the Guru blessed him with Naam.

2: Ajit Singh Batra (Pennsville, New Jersey, USA..), March 04, 2013, 3:00 PM.

Sher singh ji, you are comparing Miri and Piri as temporal and spiritual obligations of a Sikh. Spiritual obligation is "Inner Life" and not inner beauty. "Inner Life" is an elevation of the soul through Naam Simran.

3: T. Sher Singh (Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada), March 04, 2013, 3:54 PM.

Ajit Singh ji: by "inner beauty" I am indeed alluding to inner life, that is, one's spiritual life and development.

4: Kirpal Singh (New Zealand), March 05, 2013, 3:29 PM.

Dear T. Sher Singh ji: Noted your long write-up on 'The Kangha' with some new words and expressions but the use of the kangha is far from reality these days. Most Sikhs (I certainly) comb my unshorn hair every morning in my bathroom using a comb that I can hold comfortably and it moves smoothly through my hair to give good texture to my hair. After that I do not need to comb my hair throughout the day. Whenever I travel, I do invaribly carry a comb (a kanghi with handle). Though I still support a kangha as prescribed in the rehat, by habit, but practically without much utility, to be honest. I am left with the last two kanghas and I have been asking people where to get some more. I hardly use a kangha but I still feel a guilt when I do not have one tagged at the base of my 'joorrah'. I have not seen women using a kangha to comb their hair either at home or in public. They all use a variety of combs of different shapes and designs. The aim of the kangha that you expressed is to keep the long hair tidy whether using a kangha (with dimensions that you stated) or any other comb. Kangha is not so important - what is important is to keep the hair tidy and smartly managed.

5: Sarjit Kaur (Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.), March 05, 2013, 4:53 PM.

I used to have thick hair, now reduced to almost baldness. Wondering if caused by kangha, water, or just keeping wet hair covered before it could dry?

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