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In traditional Indian society, work involving physical labour was considered low and relegated to the lowest castes.  By sanctifying manual labour as an honourable religious practice, the Sikh Gurus established the  dignity of labour.
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.
SEVA , from the Sanskrit root  sev  means to: Serve  Render obedience to  Worship, Adore, Praise
"no worship is conceivable without seva"   (GG, 1013). Service rendered to humanity  (i.e. God in man) is considered a form of worship.
Lekhs (Khoji)   95-97 Seva is an important part of our spiritual life, and is generally done through:
Sareerik Seva (Tun) Seva performed with the use of your body Washing dishes  Making langar Washing clothes Sweeping Building
Mansik seva Sharing what you have cultivated within with others in which you give   of ‘yourself’.
Some examples Teaching To help someone in need Show sympathy and empathy To read, write, teach and sing Gurbani To teach kirtan To inspire others towards sangat and gurbani
Atmik seva Spiritual seva is beyond an ordinary human being.  Only enlightened high souls (saints) can do this type of seva – to become guides for  ordinary people and put them on a spiritual path …
Awakening their souls to an inner world where they can  transcend  towards god by becoming aware of the pitfalls in life!
Gurbani guides us to be aware: Behind each type of seva there is usually a desire, a wish or an unperceived motive Materialistic Religious Spiritual We reap benefits of seva according to our inner motivations
Sometimes……we Do seva because others are doing it Do seva because we want something in return  (we bargain with god for eg. better health) Do seva to get Praise Do seva to get something (reward)
Gurbani warns us against this type of seva Out of millions, hardly anyone is a servant of the Lord. All the others are mere traders.  ggs 495
Moh mumta dee seva: Attachment 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.
Important ingredient of selfless seva With Compassion To help the helpless  orphans,  poor,  homeless,  widows,  sick,  old people animals
Gurbani enlightens us in the following way To do simran is seva To become aware is seva To Love selflessly is seva To give of yourself is seva DEVOTION & LOVE
  Lekhs (Khoji) 95-97

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Seva

  • 2. In traditional Indian society, work involving physical labour was considered low and relegated to the lowest castes. By sanctifying manual labour as an honourable religious practice, the Sikh Gurus established the dignity of labour.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. SEVA , from the Sanskrit root sev means to: Serve Render obedience to Worship, Adore, Praise
  • 5. "no worship is conceivable without seva" (GG, 1013). Service rendered to humanity (i.e. God in man) is considered a form of worship.
  • 6. Lekhs (Khoji) 95-97 Seva is an important part of our spiritual life, and is generally done through:
  • 7. Sareerik Seva (Tun) Seva performed with the use of your body Washing dishes Making langar Washing clothes Sweeping Building
  • 8. Mansik seva Sharing what you have cultivated within with others in which you give of ‘yourself’.
  • 9. Some examples Teaching To help someone in need Show sympathy and empathy To read, write, teach and sing Gurbani To teach kirtan To inspire others towards sangat and gurbani
  • 10. Atmik seva Spiritual seva is beyond an ordinary human being. Only enlightened high souls (saints) can do this type of seva – to become guides for ordinary people and put them on a spiritual path …
  • 11. Awakening their souls to an inner world where they can transcend towards god by becoming aware of the pitfalls in life!
  • 12. Gurbani guides us to be aware: Behind each type of seva there is usually a desire, a wish or an unperceived motive Materialistic Religious Spiritual We reap benefits of seva according to our inner motivations
  • 13. Sometimes……we Do seva because others are doing it Do seva because we want something in return (we bargain with god for eg. better health) Do seva to get Praise Do seva to get something (reward)
  • 14. Gurbani warns us against this type of seva Out of millions, hardly anyone is a servant of the Lord. All the others are mere traders. ggs 495
  • 15. Moh mumta dee seva: Attachment 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.
  • 16. Important ingredient of selfless seva With Compassion To help the helpless orphans, poor, homeless, widows, sick, old people animals
  • 17. Gurbani enlightens us in the following way To do simran is seva To become aware is seva To Love selflessly is seva To give of yourself is seva DEVOTION & LOVE
  • 18. Lekhs (Khoji) 95-97

Editor's Notes

  1. What are some examples of doing seva?
  2. It is a form of ‘giving and receiving’ This is harder than seva done with your body . Particular attention has to be given to ego.
  3. We make god into a shopkeeper
  4. Possessiveness vs duty