Kara – an Iron bracelet worn on the right hand is another symbol graced by the Guru.
Kara signifies the manner of outward expression of a Sikh in worldly life. The iron signifies a inner steely resolve in exercising will-power in choice of everyday Karma.
The Karma (kind of life activity) of a Sikh in the worldly life isto be directed towards activities which are for spiritual growth as stated by the Guru SGGSji.
In Japji Saheb Guruji state that :
By HIS Grace, the Gate of Liberation is found.
Some of the activities foror the Sikh the Guru advices are :
Reading , listening and understanding Gurbani; Sitting in Sat Sangat;Listening to Katha Kirtan ; Getting up in Amritwela; Simran to be made part daily life ; Living life with Raza ( positive optimistic acceptance) ; Humbleness ; Seva ; Sharing; Control of five passions; Honest livelihood; Equality of all ; Respect of others and everything ; Sweetness in talk; …
The spiritual way of the Guru is different from those traditionally known as Guru explains in this Line :
surrendering to the True Guru's specified Karma
- SGGS 88
The world is blind and ignorant; in the love of duality, it engages in actions. But those actions which are performed in the love of duality, cause only pain to the body. By Guru's Grace, peace wells up, when one acts according to the Word of the Guru's Shabad. He acts according to the True Word of the Guru's Bani; night and day, he meditates on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. O Nanak, as the Lord Himself engages him, so is he engaged; no one has any say in this matter.
The Guru-Graced Kara in the Sikh's right hand is more than a mere iron bangle.
who walks the Guru’s stated way.