SRM | Service of Mankind (Sewa)
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Service of Mankind (Sewa)

In Sikh religion, service of mankind is an integral part of the life of a Gursikh. Sewa and simran are given the top priority. Further, the concept of service is so wide that it includes even serving the enemies, and all other creations of the Lord. We know right from the period of the Guru that even spiritual throne was passed on to the person who served the Guru. Further, in the Langar tradition sewa plays an important role as lot of jobs have always been involved such as bringing fuel, cooking, serving food, washing utensils etc. Bibi Khivi Ji, the wife of the second Guru was the incharge of the Langar and that she herself served food is evidenced by the following verse composed by Satta and Balwand, hymn singers in the Guru's court, as per following verses: pbtzv yhth B/e iB fi;[ pj[sh SkT[ gsqkbh.. bzro dT[bfs tzvhn? o;[ nfwqs[ yhfo fxnkbh.. Balwand Khiwi nek jan jis bahuti chaao patrali. Langar daulat wandiai ras amrit kheer ghiali. O Balwand ! Guru Angad's wife, Kheevi is a good consort Who gives dense leafy shads of solace to all. She distributes Guru's wealth in his kitchen Nectar sweet rice pudding mixed with clarifi ed butter. (SGGS. 967) Bhai Gurdas in one of his verses has named many Sikhs who were doing some kind of service during the period of the early Gurus. A very well known story of Bhai Manjh in the Sikh circles is an evidence to show how the Sikhs served in the days of the Gurus. When, one day, he was carrying fi rewood on his head, he fell into a shallow well. He kept standing in the water the whole night holding the load on his head for preventing the wood to get wet as the wood was to be used as a fuel in the Langar. Th e service which Bhai Kanaiyya ji did by off ering water even to the enemies is a matchless example of service in the history of world. Th e sect of Sewa Panthis had started with Bhai Kanaiyya Ji. Th is sect has served the religion and the community in many ways. Since then the Sikhs have always emerged at the top of all for serving the humanity by all ways, it may be serving the sick, the people aff ected by natural calamities or the people neglected by the society. Th e name of Bhagat Puran Singh is very well known in the fi eld of service. As Mother Teresa worked for the poor and the destitute people in Eastern India Bhagat Ji did the same service in Punjab. He was also a great environmentalist and warned the people about the dangers of deteriorating environment (including water and air) in Punjab. Th e concept of Kar Sewa in Sikh religion is a unique concept. It means doing constructions, repair work etc. by the people themselves and not the paid persons. Th e Sikhs believe what the Gurbani says 'Vich Dunia Sev Kamaiye ta Dargeh Baisan Payiai'. Although every Sikh is a sewadar, we have been constrained by the number and as such given a few illustrations of the people who have done and/ or doing a unique service to the humanity.

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