I have been following the discussions here for some time. While it is very heartening to see so many people still keeping the spirit of the faith alive, by being open to deliberation and even new interpretations at times, I could not help but notice an under-current of orthodoxy. There are many things I wish to speak of, but for now I will keep my query simple. Can someone with shorn hair be considered a Sikh? Most times, the reply to this question is that a Sikh should not modify the body that God has given him. But if that was the case, why is there no objection to things like, having intrusive medical procedures, or even a simple thing like cutting ones nails? I personally feel that our religion has 'freedom' as its core. I do not think Guru Nanak Dev ji would have really imposed such a condition on his followers. But, I am still young and immature, and more than anything else, I would like to hear the opinions of those who deliberate on our beautiful religion in their day to day living. Thank you.