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Sat Sri Akal (Punjabi: ਸਤਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ, sati śrī akāla) is a Sikh greeting (Sat, "truth," Sri, an honorific, Akal, God). Complete usage is ' Sat Sri Akal'. It means roughly, " Truth is God".

"Sat Sri Akal" is used by all Sikhs throughout the world when greeting other Sikhs regardless of their native language. For instance, two members of the Punjabi Diaspora who exclusively speak English may still greet each other with this blessing, although this is by no means universal.The greeting is the only formal way in properly saying hello in the Punjabi language.

The usage of Sat Sri Akal as a greeting, although used by the majority of people who identify themselves as being Punjabi Sikh, is regarded as incorrect usage by Amritdhari (Baptized) Sikhs, as the term is historically the second half of the Sikh war cry, "Bolay So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal", and is still used in the same way. As per the Sikh Rehat Maryada, or Code of Conduct, Amritdhari Sikhs greet each other with "Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh", meaning "The Khalsa of God, Victory is of God". The reason for this is indicative of a brotherhood amongst all baptized colleagues. Due to the meaning of the greeting being set with God directly to not reply is to condone the existence of God therefore un-acknowledgeing the divinity. It must be made of utmost importance, though you may not see eye to eye with the person who has greeted you, one must reply back in the formal manner enemy or not, Baptized or not.


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