Sarbloh Bibek Rehat
Not only is Bibekta applied in a Sikh’s everyday life – for example, knowing it is wrong to cut one’s hair or that it is right to do Nitnem (daily prayers) in the morning – but it can also be applied to what one eats. Bujjar Kurehats (cardinal prohibitions) and other Rehat Maryada (Code of Conduct) rules come into play here.
ਬਾਬਾਹੋਰੁਖਾਣਾਖੁਸੀਖੁਆਰੁ॥ਜਿਤੁਖਾਧੈਤਨੁਪੀੜੀਐਮਨਮਹਿਚਲਹਿਵਿਕਾਰ॥੧॥ਰਹਾਉ॥“O Baba! The pleasures of other foods are false, by eating which, the body is ruined, and wickedness and corruption enters into the mind. ||1||Pause||”(SGGS – 16)
Keeping Bibek Rehit for eating is not a Rehit made up by individual Sikhs or a group of Sikhs. All Gursikhs keep Bibek Rehit for eating to some degree or another.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji states:
ਜਾਕੀਰਹਿਤਨਜਾਣੀਐਗੁਰਮੰਤ੍ਰਨਹੀਚੀਤ ||ਉਨਕਾਭੋਜਨਖਾਇਕੈਬਿਸਰਹਿਹਰਿਸਿਉਪ੍ਰੀਤ ||“One who has no Rehit (discipline) and does not meditate on the Gurmantar (given by the Panj Pyaare when one receives khande-di-pahul); If you eat their food, you will loose the love for God.”(Rehitnama Bhai Chaupa Singh)