A History dotted with ideals and action
Seva, Simran and truthful living are a few basic concepts of the Sikh way of life apart from Daya, Dharam, Santokh, Sanjam and Nimrata. Those who start with Seva without expectation of any reward (Nishkam-Seva) and go on doing it, are bestowed with the boon of Simran from which follows the ‘truthful living’ and other evolved humane qualities.
SRI GURU NANAK DEV JI SAID:
“Truth is above everything but higher still is truthful living”. Thus, Seva is the first step to achieve the final goal of eternal peace.
The encyclopedia of Sikhism says:
“True Seva according to Sikh scriptures must be without desire (Nishkam), guileless (Nishkapat), in humility (Nimarta), with the purity of intention (hirda shuddh), with sincerity (chit-lae) and in utter selflessness (vichon ap gavae). Such Seva for the Sikh is the doorway to dignity as well as to Mukti (liberation). “If one earns merit here through Seva, one will get a seat of honour in His Court hereafter.”
According to Sikh tenets: “You become like the one you serve”. Therefore, for those who desire oneness with God, serving God and God alone is the prime way. But God in Sikhism is transcendent as well as immanent. The Transcendent One is ineffable and can only be conceived through contemplation. Service of God, therefore, only relates to the immanent aspect of God and comprises service of His creatures. Humanitarian service is thus the Sikh ideal of seva.