Originally Posted by DharmicSeeker9393
I myself am very new to Sikhi so please excuse me if this seems like a silly question.
But i was wondering if the small kirpan on a necklace is seen as the same as carrying a typically sized kirpan? Could a sikh opt to carry one that small around their neck at all times instead of around their waist? Does it matter how big the kirpan is according to the Guru's teachings?
There is no presribed length for the kirpan as far as I know.
You are in US, and I believe the US homeland security and federal agencies are aware and have strict protocol when searching sikhs. They have strict guidelines when conducting searches.
In this sense I believe you don't need to worry or make changes.
In general I do know that the rehat doesn't specify how the kirpan is to be worn, ie some wear it under clothing and some wear it over the clothing. However, it does specify that the kirpan be 'strapped'.
Well a necklace is not the same thing.
I do remember encountering a little episode in UK where some people that wore their kanga on their necks rather than have it tucked in to their khes were advised not to do this.
I then remember noticing a decline in the number of kangas worn on the neck!!!
How does this go with the kirpan ?
I'm not too certain, but I would say if you are in a job where it may be a risk to be wearing a large one on gatra strap, ie... say a prison officer, then it is reasonable to wear a small one on the neck. (I have known a prison officer who did this, as it was a risk if inmates could grab his off the strap)
If it is just by personal choice that you want to wear this symbolic kakkar on your necklace, - then you should honestly ask yourself why ?
You should ask yourself does it symbolise what it means if you are doing this out of personal preference and choice, or is this what the Guru ji intended ?
So, my real question is what's the reason to make you want to wear a small one on the necklace ?
I think this is what you should answer so as to get the most suitable answer.