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Guru Amar Das:"When His Nam resides in the mind, Anger and conceit are washed away."
Based on the belief in One God, the Sikh religion recognizes the equality of all human beings, and is marked by rejection of idolatry, ritualism, caste and asceticism. This website serves to heighten the awareness of Sikhism and hopefully can be of some use to seekers of knowledge.

Q61. What is the role of service (Sewa) without thoughts of self in Sikhism?

The Gurus mentioned the performance of selfless service on the part of a disciple as the first step in Sikhism. By doing service of various kinds without payment or any expectation of reward, one acts as a Sewak, or Sewadar. From this may spring humility and the consequent elimination of one's ego in this way, God's "Name" can best enter an humbled mind.

What are the requirements of a true Sewak? He should have an absolute faith in the Guru; he must surrender himself to follow the code of self-discipline as laid down by the Gurus. Voluntary service can be of different kinds - with body, mind and money. First comes the physical service - shoe-care at the temple, the cleaning of the premises, cooking and serving in the Free Kitchen. Apart from serving Sangat(Congregation) one is also expected to serve one's family members, relations and the community. One may help in cash or kind, to deserving persons and charitable organisations. Then comes service with the mind, such as is required for reflection on Gurbani and the remembrance of God's Name - All these forms of service are recommended by the Gurus.

They also warn us that service must be done gladly and without any motive for compensation. It has not be done with a secret or hidden ideas to win approbation, honour or position. These defeat the main object of "service" which is to eliminate the ego. Unfortunately, most Sikhs do little sewa, but expect a big return for what they do such considerations are unbecoming for True Disciples.

The Gurus have enumerated various benefits from doing selfless service. One may obtain inner happiness and real honor. As one learns to be humble and associates with holy person, and progresses on the spiritual path, so one may come to worldly success. Sikhism, requires a Sadhana - an effort towards the spiritualising of the self.
All the Gurus performed various kinds of voluntary service, both inside and outside Sikh institutions. The Sikhs then followed in their foot-steps; we have examples of the services of Bhai Manjh, Bhai Hindal and Bhai Kanhaiya, to name but a few. Even today, we find various kinds of service organisations run by the Sikhs in India, like orphanages, widows' homes, institutes for the destitute and the handicapped, like the Blind school.

The important question to ask oneself is: "What service can I do?" The answer depends on one's own abilities and inclination. One may serve in any field in which one is interested. Any service, is a step on the path of Sikhism, provided it is done in sincerity and without thoughts of the self.

 

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Birth anniversary of Sikh guru Gobind Singh celebratedDaily PioneerBeginning with the Ardaas (prayer) the 350th Prakash Utsav (birth anniversary) of Sikh guru Gobind Singh was celebrated in Mahamrityunjay auditorium of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya...
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Zee News Sikh devotees throng Amritsar's Golden Temple on 'Prakash Parv' - WatchZee NewsSikh devotees throng Amritsar's Golden Temple on 'Prakash Parv' - Watch. Prakash Parv, the 350th birth anniversary of 'Guru Granth Sahib' was celebrated with muc...
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SikhSiyasat.Net Global Sikh Council Condemns the Horrific Attack in Barcelona in SpainSikhSiyasat.NetBarcelona, Spain: Global Sikh Council has expressed shock at the latest in a wave of deliberate vehicle rammings across Europe. GSC issued a stateme...
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MetroNews Canada Trendy Singh first in Calgary to make printed dastarsMetroNews CanadaJenn Nguyen (left) designed prints for Dastars (the main fabric portion of a. Jennifer Friesen / For Metro. Jenn Nguyen (left) designed prints for Dastars (the mai...
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SikhSiyasat.Net The Black Prince: Review by A Sikh StudentSikhSiyasat.NetIt was not just about a Prince being denied his kingdom, but is about every Sikh who feels bounded and without a kingdom.The movie is a medium for Sikhs to reach out to their i...
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Doklam standoff: Chinese clip mocks Sikhs, called racistTimes of IndiaJALANDHAR: Amid the Doklam stand-off on the Bhutanese border, the state owned Chinese news agency Xinhua has put out a three-minute video in which an actor mocks India by dressin...
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Economic Times Sikh who entered US illegally to be deported to IndiaEconomic TimesBaljit Singh had crossed the border into Texas illegally 12 years ago. His attorney said being a Sikh, he had fled religious persecution in Punjab where he feared ...a...
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Washington Post 70 years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs search for homeWashington PostPESHAWAR, Pakistan — Radesh Singh's grandfather was just 11 years old when he left his village in India's Punjab province to move to Peshawar, in the far northw...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is the concept of Truth in Sikhism?
Q28. What is the concept of Truth in Sikhism? The concept of Truth - Sach, Sat is basic and fundamental in Sikhism. In the Japji Guru Nanak deals with the subject of Truth. The word "Truth" has different meanings in different contexts. The most... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Rain, Ardas and Faith
Rain, Ardas and Faith maer ae prabh saradhhaa bhagath man bhaavai jan k ee paij savaarae 1 Faith and devotion are pleasing to my God's Mind; He saves the honor of His humble servants. 1 ( Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Pannaa 982) Once there was no rain in... Read More...
WorldGurudwaras.com
Worldgurudwaras.com will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras.
SearchGurbani.com
SearchGurbani.com brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. It has the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Amrit Kirtan Gutka, Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib and Kabit Bhai Gurdas . You can explore these scriptures page by page, by chapter index or search for a keyword. The Reference section includes Mahankosh, Guru Granth Kosh,and exegesis like Faridkot Teeka, Guru Granth Darpan and lot more.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com
Encyclopedias encapsulate accurate information in a given area of knowledge and have indispensable in an age which the volume and rapidity of social change are making inaccessible much that outside one's immediate domain of concentration.At the time when Sikhism is attracting world wide notice, an online reference work embracing all essential facets of this vibrant faithis a singular contribution to the world of knowledge.
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