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Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! How important is it to wake up at Amritvela? Can we progress spiritually without it?

Manny Singh Gill
ਪਤਿਤ ਪਾਵਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਰਦੁ ਸਦਾਏ ਇਕੁ ਤਿਲੁ ਨਹੀ ਭੰਨੈ ਘਾਲੇ ॥ It is the Lord's natural way to purify sinners; He does not overlook even an iota of service. (Sri Guru Arjan Dev, 784)
So firstly no type of simran/seva is ever wasted. So you can progress without Amrit Vela.
But Amrit Vela is a very special time of day, before dawn. The world sleeps while the Saints are awake meditating. You can concentrate more easily due to the tranquillity & Maharaj says you are rewarded more if you meditate at Amrit Vela

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Vjkk Vjkf During a weekly house akhand patt, the Granthi Singh splashes amrit shittan (sprinkle from a silver kettle like insturment)on sangat after bhog, during langar. Also upon leaving they give amrit to drink and again another shittan- is this common practice?

Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa Vaheguru ji ki Fateh - not sure what country the example you are giving is from - but this would be common place in hot climates = using a metal container to spray the Sangat with rose water - this is done just to keep people cool and spread fragrance. This is not Amrit & has no religious significance as such and is just seva of the sangat. This usually takes place where there is a lot of sangat sitting in the heat in a Diwan - the three times you mention seems excessive unless of course it is very hot and there is a lot of sangat present
Amrit to drink after - that may just be water which is kept near the reading of the Akhand Paath - this water is transformed from being water to Amrit by the Gurbani read nearby it. There is nothing wrong with drinking it etc
Again the final shittan - I have no idea but would say no this isn't common practice

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If all paths lead to God and all people All faiths can receive Mukti then what prevents people from converting to an arguably “easier to follow” religion? For example, Judaism and Christianity don’t have any specific rules against drinking etc

Taking an 'easier' path doesn't work. That will just be the person's ego thinking they are getting to destination Sachkand quicker or easier. The only easy method is truly loving God regardless of religious denomination
Nothing prevents people from converting. But if you study Sikhi you will see it is beautiful & will want to not look anywhere else.

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Are the five banis not Japji sahib Jap Sahib and Savaiai for the morning and then Rehras and Kirtan Sohila?

This is what the SGPC Rehat Maryada states. But in the same Maryada it states Panj Pyare must read Japji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Svaye (10 pauria, Sravag Sudh...), Choupai Sahib & full Anand Sahib (40 Pauria) - to create the Amrit.
Now the point of taking Amrit is to taste & experience that same Amrit everyday. So if we read the same 5 Bania as mentioned above with devotion as our Panj Pyare did in our Amrit Sanchar, we can then taste that Amrit daily when we recite these Bania in the morning too. The Rehras is then to be recited in the evening & Sohila at night.
This is the logical thing to do. To say we should read our Choupai Sahib & 6 Pauria of Anand Sahib (as opposed to 40 pauria that Panj Pyare read) is Rehras Sahib is not correct. The morning Bania are for the morning.
BUT - if you take Amrit & Panj Pyare tell you to do the 5 Bania as you stated in the question - then please please remember the same SGPC Rehat Maryada also states you should do 1 sehaj Paath of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee (a complete reading) every calendar month too as a minimum on top of the daily Nitnem

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Tattoos and peircings are against Sikhi because you’re altering the body God have you right? In Islam they believe if you have tattoos your prayers aren’t heard, do we have any such beliefs? If you get a tattoo and later take Amrit what are you to do?

No we don't believe in your prayers not being heard if you have tatoos.
If you take Amrit you can either get the tatoos removed taking Amrit or just leave them - but you shouldn't get any new ones

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VJKK VJKF, according to Gurmat what is most superior to be reciting and concentrating on. Beej mantar, Gur Mantar or Mool Mantar.

Panj Pyare instruct to us to meditate on Gurmantar = the word 'Vaheguroo' at all times. Gurbani repatedly tells us to meditate on Naam (Gurmantar) & specifically to do it with every breath. So we are to internalise our meditation of Vaheguru with every breath we take.
Mool Mantar is to be meditated upon to think of the qualities of God & when we lose concentration of Vaheguru Simran. But then it should lead us back to meditating on Vaheguru Gurmantar alone again.
Nothing is superior but the necessities of meditating & methods have been briefly outlined above. Hopefully the answer helps

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When my nana was sick in the hospital before he passed away he started seeing “bad men” who he would warn us to be careful of when we left he hospital, could these be jamdoots? My grandpa wasn’t Amridhari and he did drink a bit but he did a lot of good things as well

That just sounds like Dementia &/or the drink. One would only expect to see jamdoots (messengers of death) very near to death

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Do people of other faiths have the possibility of obtaining Mukti? Because as far as I understand one would have to take Amrit but I’ve been under the impression that all religions can lead to God even though other faiths besides Sikhi have a lot of BS rituals etc?

Yes we believe all can get to God. But you have to follow a Guru/Prophet in order to do this. Gurbani emphasises have a Satguru - True Guru as the quickest/easiest way to do this - Guru Sahibs
Following fake Guru's can lead you to wrong actions etc

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Shaheeds that were monai, are they rewarded the same or is their a difference? Like what could they expect in their afterlife?

Giving your life is a great deed for a good cause etc This sort of death boosts your spiritual progress. But regardless of if the Shaheed was mona/Amritdhari without self-realisation he/she will be back on earth sooner or later until they attain liberation. Merely giving your life cannot give you liberation read this Shabad called Chaubole scroll down the ang to get to it https://www.sikhitothemax.org/ang?ang=1363&type=5&source=G

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I have a pet rabbit, if I play Paat and do Paat around him, could this possibly improve his next life?

From what I know you can only change your destiny in human life - but any Ardas for any Jaap you do for your pet will help him. Playing Paat around him will keep him calm & in bliss - but I dont think he can change his destiny in an animal life - but you can contribute to changing his as you are in human form etc If someone proves me wrong on this I will edit/delete/repost the answer

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What happens once you open your Dasam Duar? Is it a direct connection to Waheguru?

Opening your Dasam Duar or tenth gate to the body is just a stage along the path to enlightenment. It is a step but not necessarily the end game.
In Gurbani the references to Dasam Duar are mostly referring to a liberated state but in other places it is referring to a mere stage. In Gurmat & Gurbani some of the references are not referring to the usual Dasam Duar in terms of a physical gate but a permanent stage of spiritual connection.
Many can open their Dasam Duars but are not liberated.
The above answer will confuse some. Sorry but that's the best way I could word it. So yes - people mean different things when they talk of the Dasam Duar

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Is enlightenment in Sikhi reaches by constant prayer and meditation, as in going above and beyond the five banis?

Enlightenment is reached by enshrining divine wisdom within us (via contemplation constantly on what Gurbani teaches us). You need to develop perfect concentration - a state of smadahi where no other thoughts can affect you (achieved via meditation/simran). The daily minimum for a Sikh is to meditate on 7 Bani's - 5 in morning, Rehras in evening & Sohila before sleep. The aim is to be meditating 24/7 - but this is done via internalising your breaths with meditation so even when you are walking, talking & doing normal everyday tasks your Simran is still constant like your breath. So your Simran flows with each & every breath & when you check if it is still constantly flowing you can hear it etc

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If you’re a Mona or moni or just a non Amridhari in general, do your good deeds just contribute to a less harsh afterlife? Because Mukti is only possible if you’ve taken Amrit right?

In Sikhi yes you have to take Amrit in order to get mukti people of other denominations must be practising their faith but they too can get mukti/liberation.
Any good deeds you do help lead you to self-realisation/liberation etc So in terms of afterlife yes - you get your reward accordingly (so rebirth as a human being the ultimate reward = another shot at getting liberated if you are already mukat/liberated that is, or you have to have x amount of births in the 8.4million life cycle before getting a chance again in human life). We are judged on our deeds. So these deeds contribute to your present & future - this includes afterlife & future lives.

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Wjkk wjkf ji. Please can you advise which mataji put the pataase in the first amrit that was prepared for the panj pyaare? Was it mata jitoji or mata sahib kaur ji? 🙏🏻

Mata Ajeet Kaur Jee (Mata Jito) put the patase in the Amrit in 1699 all historical sources support this view. Mata Sahib Kaur Jee comes to Anandpur Sahib in 1700 and is later conferred the title of Mother of the Khalsa

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ਦੇਹ ਸਿਵਾ ਬਰੁ ਮੋਹਿ ਇਹੈ ਸੁਭ ਕਰਮਨ ਤੇ ਕਬਹੂੰ ਨ ਟਰੋਂ ॥ ਨ ਡਰੋਂ ਅਰਿ ਸੋ ਜਬ ਜਾਇ ਲਰੋਂ ਨਿਸਚੈ ਕਰਿ ਅਪੁਨੀ ਜੀਤ ਕਰੋਂ ॥ ਅਰੁ ਸਿਖ ਹੋਂ ਆਪਨੇ ਹੀ ਮਨ ਕੌ ਇਹ ਲਾਲਚ ਹਉ ਗੁਨ ਤਉ ਉਚਰੋਂ ॥ ਜਬ ਆਵ ਕੀ ਅਉਧ ਨਿਦਾਨ ਬਨੈ ਅਤਿ ਹੀ ਰਨ ਮੈ ਤਬ ਜੂਝ ਮਰੋਂ

Indeed

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