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SEVA
<ul><li>In traditional Indian society, work involving physical labour was considered low and relegated to the lowest caste...
<ul><li>Not only did the Gurus sanctify it; they also institutionalized it, e.g. service in Guru ka Langar (the Guru’s com...
SEVA , from the Sanskrit root  sev  means to: <ul><li>Serve  </li></ul><ul><li>Render obedience to  </li></ul><ul><li>Wors...
&quot;no worship is conceivable without seva&quot;   (GG, 1013). Service rendered to humanity  (i.e. God in man) is consid...
Lekhs (Khoji)   95-97 <ul><li>Seva is an important part of our spiritual life, and is generally done through: </li></ul>
Sareerik Seva (Tun) <ul><li>Seva performed with the use of your body </li></ul><ul><li>Washing dishes  </li></ul><ul><li>M...
Mansik seva <ul><li>Sharing what you have cultivated within with others in which you give </li></ul><ul><li>  of ‘yourself...
Some examples <ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>To help someone in need </li></ul><ul><li>Show sympathy and empathy </li>...
Atmik seva <ul><li>Spiritual seva is beyond an ordinary human being.  </li></ul><ul><li>Only enlightened high souls (saint...
<ul><li>Awakening their souls to an inner world where they can  transcend  towards god by becoming aware of the pitfalls i...
Gurbani guides us to be aware: <ul><li>Behind each type of seva there is usually a </li></ul><ul><li>desire, a wish or an ...
Sometimes……we <ul><li>Do seva because others are doing it </li></ul><ul><li>Do seva because we want something in return  (...
Gurbani warns us against this type of seva <ul><li>Out of millions, hardly anyone is a servant of the Lord. All the others...
Moh mumta dee seva: Attachment <ul><li>Neither son, nor spouse, nor wealth shall go along with you-only the Eternal Lord. ...
Important ingredient of selfless seva <ul><li>With Compassion To help the helpless  </li></ul><ul><li>orphans,  </li></ul>...
Gurbani enlightens us in the following way <ul><li>To do simran is seva </li></ul><ul><li>To become aware is seva </li></u...
  Lekhs (Khoji) 95-97
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Seva

  1. 1. SEVA
  2. 2. <ul><li>In traditional Indian society, work involving physical labour was considered low and relegated to the lowest castes. </li></ul><ul><li>By sanctifying manual labour as an honourable religious practice, the Sikh Gurus established the dignity of labour. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Not only did the Gurus sanctify it; they also institutionalized it, e.g. service in Guru ka Langar (the Guru’s community kitchen) and serving the sangat. </li></ul>
  4. 4. SEVA , from the Sanskrit root sev means to: <ul><li>Serve </li></ul><ul><li>Render obedience to </li></ul><ul><li>Worship, Adore, Praise </li></ul>
  5. 5. &quot;no worship is conceivable without seva&quot; (GG, 1013). Service rendered to humanity (i.e. God in man) is considered a form of worship.
  6. 6. Lekhs (Khoji) 95-97 <ul><li>Seva is an important part of our spiritual life, and is generally done through: </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sareerik Seva (Tun) <ul><li>Seva performed with the use of your body </li></ul><ul><li>Washing dishes </li></ul><ul><li>Making langar </li></ul><ul><li>Washing clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Sweeping </li></ul><ul><li>Building </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mansik seva <ul><li>Sharing what you have cultivated within with others in which you give </li></ul><ul><li> of ‘yourself’. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Some examples <ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>To help someone in need </li></ul><ul><li>Show sympathy and empathy </li></ul><ul><li>To read, write, teach and sing Gurbani </li></ul><ul><li>To teach kirtan </li></ul><ul><li>To inspire others towards sangat and gurbani </li></ul>
  10. 10. Atmik seva <ul><li>Spiritual seva is beyond an ordinary human being. </li></ul><ul><li>Only enlightened high souls (saints) can do this type of seva – to become guides for ordinary people and put them on a spiritual path … </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Awakening their souls to an inner world where they can transcend towards god by becoming aware of the pitfalls in life! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Gurbani guides us to be aware: <ul><li>Behind each type of seva there is usually a </li></ul><ul><li>desire, a wish or an unperceived motive </li></ul><ul><li>Materialistic </li></ul><ul><li>Religious </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual </li></ul><ul><li>We reap benefits of seva according to our inner </li></ul><ul><li>motivations </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sometimes……we <ul><li>Do seva because others are doing it </li></ul><ul><li>Do seva because we want something in return (we bargain with god for eg. better health) </li></ul><ul><li>Do seva to get Praise </li></ul><ul><li>Do seva to get something (reward) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Gurbani warns us against this type of seva <ul><li>Out of millions, hardly anyone is a servant of the Lord. All the others are mere traders. ggs 495 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Moh mumta dee seva: Attachment <ul><li>Neither son, nor spouse, nor wealth shall go along with you-only the Eternal Lord. Entangled and enmeshed in the love of false occupations, the whole world is perishing. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Important ingredient of selfless seva <ul><li>With Compassion To help the helpless </li></ul><ul><li>orphans, </li></ul><ul><li>poor, </li></ul><ul><li>homeless, </li></ul><ul><li>widows, </li></ul><ul><li>sick, </li></ul><ul><li>old people </li></ul><ul><li>animals </li></ul>
  17. 17. Gurbani enlightens us in the following way <ul><li>To do simran is seva </li></ul><ul><li>To become aware is seva </li></ul><ul><li>To Love selflessly is seva </li></ul><ul><li>To give of yourself is seva </li></ul><ul><li>DEVOTION & LOVE </li></ul>
  18. 18. Lekhs (Khoji) 95-97

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