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Hair and Health
The hair on the scalp protects the brain, the highest organ and control tower of the human body. The long hair of continuous growth on the human scalp as a distinctive human characteristic not shared by any mammal, is a sufficient reason to believe that nature has a purpose in endowing man with long 'hair on his head.' The Sikhs believe that nature does not err, and if the hair were unnecesary it would not have been provided by nature in that manner in various lengths on the body. The failure to arrest the growth of the hair by shaving shows the futility of human effort against the law of nature.
Human hair has a direct relation to the health problems of the human
society. In building a better generation, one has to build from the foundation
upwards and not from the top downwards. Our children are the citizens of
tomorrow. The need for Vitamin D is the greatest during the active growing
period of early life, hence the necessity for long hair from an early age.
Purely from the health point of view, it is best to keep the body hair
sacredIy intact. A good thing ought not to be rejected simply because it
is the prerogative of a particular religion or society. Significantly enough
the Sikh Gurus in general and the tenth Guru in particular, while giving
the final form to the Sikhs saw in the unshaven hair the completeness of
the human figure as well as biological benefits connected with it.
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