Taken from elsewhere... People say with great Pride i am SIKH. Do they know exactly Who Sikh is? Well in my definition a Sikh is a Combination of 5K's and a follower and acceptor of Guru Granth Sahib. now about 5K's. What are these 5K's : Kach,Kanga,Karah,Kirpan and Kesh. now after reading my above statements can you say you are a sikh? I call myself a sikh but i have none of the 5 K's. Then how come i am a Sikh. No doubt i GO to Gurudwara daily but where are my 5K's ? If someone can explain, please do. Thank you Somebody (?) replied.... A Sikh is not one that just accepts the Gurus teachings as true, but is one that actively follows the teachings and implements it into his/her lifestyle. You are not a Sikh by just saying "Guru Nanak was correct when he said treat females equally"...You are a Sikh when you do it. Being a Sikh is to actually do the things which were said, otherwise if you think of it...it is only a philosophy. You are a Sikh when you recognize your bad deeds and tell yourself this is HOW I will fix it, and you go and try to fix it actively. You are not a Sikh when you say "oh I dont need to fix this" or give other reasons to rectify your logic for performing bad deeds or things against the Khalsa Panth. You are not born Sikh, you become it. You are not a Sikh by holding 1 or all 5 of the Panj Kakkars and still being evil internally, but you are a Sikh when you have all 5 kakkars and attempt to stop the evilness that resides internally. About kesh, conversations I've had with fellow kids about why they cut or keep kesh : 1) You meet a kid whose about 21, and wears a large khanda on his neck, wears a kara, wears a t-shirt that says SIKH PRIDE on it...but cuts his hair. So I asked him, how come you cut your kesh, but proclaim to be Sikh, and rather hardcore at it? his reply was : "In this time of day, we dont need kesh anymore, everyones Sikh, regardless if you cut it or not, I choose not to keep the kesh, I think Sikhi is purely internal, and nothing external" Although parts of his response were accurate he never accepted that he had committed a bad deed by cutting his hair, one needs to be able to accept your bad deeds and say you will fix it. Other response I have gotten which were more true to my definition were kids who cut their hair but say "i know its wrong, but life is hard right now, I hope one day to follow the Gurus teaching". They never tried to rectify their actions, just said that what its too hard for them right now, and they hope to keep it soon or sometime. Whether they actually do is up to them, and only for Guruji to judge. To me, thats what sums up "A Sikh". Being able to say your wrong about things, and actively trying to fix them towards the Khalsa Panth and Guruji's wishes.