Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! If you guys remember, our last topic was on the Rehat Maryada, and something Daas noticed was that Seva barely had any information on it, so this post will hopefully cover Seva in more depth from Daas's perspective.
Before we can truly understand Seva, we must understand that Haumai is what separates us from Vaheguru, this Haumai makes us believe in our own superiority and destroys our own humility and see the world how it truly is. Bhai Gurdas once wrote in his own Vaars, "ਵਿਣੁ ਸੇਵਾ ਧ੍ਰਿਗੁ ਹਥ ਪੈਰ ਹੋਰ ਨਿਹਫਲ ਕਰਣੀ।
Vinu Sayvaa Dhrigu Had Pair Hor Nihaphal Karanee.
विणु सेवा ध्रिगु हथ पैर होर निहफल करणी ।
Without service, cursed are the heads, and feet, and useless are other deeds.
5 ਵਾਰਾਂ ਭਾਈ ਗੁਰਦਾਸ : ਵਾਰ ੨੭ ਪਉੜੀ ੧੦ ਪੰ. ੫" (Vaar 27, Pauri 10). It is very important for us to do Seva, but what is Seva? Seva is selfless service or to serve the Guru or people without the intention of getting something in return, and serve only from the goodness of the heart. In Gurdwaras there are various types of Seva; from cleaning the dishes; to helping build the Gurdwara, (Kar Seva); cleaning the floor; among others, in which you are greatly helping a variety of people; regardless who they are. Before we can get to that stage; we might have to grow a little from doing small things at a Gurdwara; because every small thing is very important for spiritual growth; you may not like it in the beginning; or you may be blessed from the Seva immediately and already feel a desire to help people; (Daas personally had a very difficult time growing in this aspect; as it was hard for Daas in the beginning). It helps you see Vaheguru not only in others but in your own self.
Now what should we do to start this: here are some tips: 1. Don't brag about your Seva, 2. Don't make Seva about yourself, but rather about the Guru. 3. If you can't do a lot of Seva; do the small things, (let it grow slowly). 4. Do Simran while doing Seva, or some other Gurbani, (sometimes this is forgotten, but remember the Vaheguru who has always had blessed you). 5. Do see everyone as one when doing Seva, (this is something Daas is still working on, but when doing Seva; keep the idea of equality alive as that was how Bhai Kanhaiya was able to serve foe and friend equally). With these 5 tips we will hopefully grow in ourselves, it doesn't have to be for hours; but make it all from your heart and not because Daas told you. Vaheguru, Vaheguru, Vaheguru: this should be the focus on constantly remembering Vaheguru; if you took nothing from this. Daas requests you remember to do Simran when you do Seva.
Vaheguru, Bhul Chuk Maaf Karni, Forgive Any Mistakes from Daas; Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!