Value of Selfless Service (Sewa)
“He alone performs Guru’s Seva whom the Lord Himself causes so to perform.”
ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਸੋ ਕਰੇ ਜਿਸੁ ਆਪਿ ਕਰਾਏ ॥“
Selfless service is performed without any expectation of result or an award for performing it. Sewa means ‘service’, referring to the selfless efforts for the welfare of all. It is a volunteering service to serve humanity without any personal gain and to promote the welfare of fellow human beings. This brings peace, happiness to those struggling with mental, and physical issues.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji started the Selfless service by providing free Langar irrespective of caste, color, or creed based on equality.
Guru Nanak Dev says,
“Do Seva and service in this world and find a seat in the court of God”
ਵਿਚਿ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਸੇਵ ਕਮਾਈਐ ॥
ਤਾ ਦਰਗਹ ਬੈਸਣੁ ਪਾਈਐ ॥
( Sri Rag M-1, 26 )
It is the duty of The Sikh to serve the needy, sick, and poor. He should not take pride to have served the less fortunate as their benefactor and protector, rather feel it as a responsibility to serve humanity, regarding all humans as one and equal.