Gurbani tells us that sin (karma) is accrued from dualistic thinking. Then why is the notion of Amrit as a get-out-of-jail card peddled amongst some panthic circles? Naam is the only remedy that can wash away the grime of ego, then why do some presume that a man-made offering can do the trick? Clearly the elixir is lacking some key ingredients, evidenced by the number of people who go to take Amrit again. Does this confusion arise from the word Amrit itself, which translates to immortality? A reference to the drink consumed by the Hindu deities to regain their God-like status. How and why did this term supplant the original Khande de Pahul title conferred upon this ceremony? Is the notion of salvation through ceremony a development of exposure to Western ideas of baptism? Is the Amrit ceremony nothing more than an initiation into the Khalsa order? A pledge, perhaps to uphold the rehat of Guru Gobind Singh ji, and lead the panth as the temporal arm of the Guru (the spiritual arm of course being Guru Granth Sahib)?