Q: Why do Sikhs wear turban?
A: All Sikh Gurus since Guru Nanak Dev Ji wore turban. However, the covering of hair with turban was made official by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of Sikhs. The main reasons to wear turban is to take care of the hair, promote equality, and preserve the Sikh identity.
Sikhs do not cut their hair as a respect towards God and the turban protects the hair from dust. Some people might ask the question that if Sikhs cover their hair on head, why don’t they cover their beard? Dirt is not a big problem for beard. The beard can be cleaned very easily while washing the face. Covering of the head by turban also symbolizes respect towards God. People form many other religions including Hindus, Jews, and traditionally many Christians including Catholics cover their head while visiting their church (Source: Christian Head Covering). Since Sikhs believe God to be present everywhere, they cover their head not just in church but everywhere else as well.
Sikhs are only 2% of India’s population, turban also helps to identify Sikhs. Upon establishing turban as a Sikh identity Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, “My Sikh will be recognized among millions”.
ANTENNAS OF YOUR BODY
Hair is the most potent, purest form of protein in the world. The very root of the hair has the oil of the protein. This oil is enough to support your brain through any activity. One thing Nature knows is that in every part of your body you have to have hair, because they are the antennas for that area of the body. Each cell in the body goes through certain changes, and who is to provide that change in the antennas? Hair.
Hair is the pranic antenna. It is energy, pure protein. Take a bunch of cut hair and put it around a tree and see what happens to the tree. It shoots up.
God is not just a mischief-monger to give a human the longest hair on the scalp. Its purpose is to work on the brain. The brain needs vitamin D, energy, phosphorus, and metals. The number of units of vitamin D that these hairs provide immediately to the brain is unbelievable.
RISHI KNOTS (Jura) AND WOODEN COMBS
It is very positive for a woman to wear her hair tied on top of her head on the solar center in a rishi knot. It is obligatory for the woman to wear her hair down at night, loose or in a braid. Braiding the hair at night is one of the most wonderful ways to take care of your most powerful energy antennas. For normal health of her eyes, menstruation cycle and long maintenance of her youth it is obligatory that she use a wooden comb, combing her hair back, forward, back, and so on. This is for circulation of the scalp area.
Men tie a rishi knot almost where the soft point was when he was a child. A woman’s hair is supposed to be tied exactly at the solar centers. Why? Well, she doesn’t have a beard and we never asked why. Because of the waning and waxing of the moon, she has to protect her solar centers more powerfully than the male.
When a woman’s hair is loose, her identity to submit becomes a hundred times greater. In old times it was a custom that when a woman went to her husband in intimacy, she let her hair down. Unfortunately, now, during the day, everybody has their hair loose. Understand this action in the light of the downfall of sexual values. The old Judaic and Islamic scriptures say that a "woman with loose hair and a mad dog have no difference whatsoever as far as integrity is concerned."
Men should also comb their hair with a wooden comb. A wooden comb is one simple thing which does not create any charge or discharge of electromagnetic energy. That’s why we use wood. Wood is surely and definitely a bad conductor of heat and electricity. It is a very healthy thing for combing your hair.
The wooden comb is for whenever you feel low in energy. Just comb your hair back and forth with a wooden comb, right there on the spot. It is just like a shot in the arm. Try it sometime. It works much faster than you can imagine. The wooden comb is a very virtuous thing.
It is written that it is very non-righteous to expose your hair to the cruelty of the change of weather. The Eskimos keep their heads covered all the time. In the tropics, even the basic tribes have their heads covered, just like we tie a turban.
Answer: Yogi Bhajan taught us that the hair is alive and has an energy function. We are training ourselves to be aware of and master our subtle energies and so he has all teachers cover our head and hair with a cotton cloth or wrapped turban. Any natural fiber head covering is functional, however he has provided an entire system he calls "turban therapy" which The practical reason for wearing a head covering can be summed up as follows: Your head is a very sensitive part of the body:
The skull is made up of tiny bones that are constantly moving even if only by micro millimeters and the degree to which they move impacts levels of calmness or anxiety. Covering the head provides a sense of containment and focus while practicing yoga or while doing work that requires clarity of thought. It literally helps "keep your head together".
The forehead consists of porous bone which allows light to pass through it and stimulate the light sensitive pituitary gland. The pituitary is the master gland which regulates all other glands. If it is not stimulated by enough light, a lack of glandular secretion can result including the "feel-goods"dopamine, serotonin and melatonin. Therefore keeping this area of the forehead clear (having the hair up or not wearing bangs ) can help with these hormone levels. The hairs on all parts of our body is an extension of our sensitive field, an antenna.
And speaking of hair: The hairs conduct electricity and wherever they are on the body, they balance the electromagnetic charge at that part of the body. (eye brows, armpits, sexual area, chest, head, etc) When the hair is uncut it stablizes the body's electromagnetic field. Also imagine that if your hair is like a coil of electricity, that by coiling it all together at the top of the head -it will draw more electricity/energy towards it like a big electromagnet. This has the effect of pulling up the energy residing at the base of the spine (lower chakras) to the higher centers. If the hair is altered on any part of the body it will have an effect on the electromagnetic field and the physical body as well.
• Yogis know that when the hair on the legs is cut it can result in back problems.
• The pituitary gland and the growth of the eyebrows are related. When the eyebrows are "plucked" or altered it affects the pituitary/Arc Line balance.
• Allowing chin hair (beards) to grow helps balance the moon center at the chin and is said to stabilize the emotions.
• Shaving interferes with the water in the body and causes swelling.