Spirituality – Abhiyaas & Bhagti

How can one do Sevaa (service) for the Panth (nation)?

Every Gursikh wishes to do sevaa for a Panthik cause. And rightfully so we should pray for such an opportunity.

What is Sevaa, and how do we do it?

Sevaa is the service of Waheguru, God through humanity. There are many ways of doing selfless service. The Gurdwara Langar is just one of them, in fact, a Gurdwara can be called a training ground for such duties. As Gursikhs we should help every single human being outside of the Gurudwara Sahib also. Help every human being to find out who they really are and what purpose they are really here for. Remember, we are but guests in this world only for a short stay, make the most of it by doing Naam Abhiyaas (Repetition of Naam). This is perhaps the biggest and most fruitful sevaa that a Sikh of the Guru can do. Naam Simran is Sevaa if Waheguru Himself, so don’t delay, engross yourself in it right away.

Gursikhs like Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindraawale, Bhai Fauja Singh and many more laid down their lives, this can also be counted as Panthik Sevaa, i.e. service for the Khalsaa nation. Bhai Fauja Singh, in one of his letters wrote “If you are going to build an organization, then build it of Naam”. This is very true indeed, an organization can only be successful if it has he power of Naam.

Naam is such a thing that it can not be seen, it can only be experienced. It can be experienced in many ways, Prem (Love) is one way. Love is a beautiful thing that we can all spread to every human being. Naam automatically creates an aura around you which is of love, then everything is attracted to you.

If an individual wants to do Panthik Sevaa, then they should be Tyaar-Bar–Tyaar (ready for any situation) and most importantly have a Jeevan which is based on Naam Simran and Amrit-velaa. If one does not have Naam Simran, then their sevaa could be simply ego. With Naam, our ego is killed and we can do Sevaa to the best of our ability, but our ability has no limits when we become Naam Abhiyaasee.

So, in a nutshell, we should have a strong foundation of Naam and Baanee and then we will automatically come to do Panthik Sevaa, because God will get these people to do the selfless service Himself. You may have noticed that Gursikhs who have done such service for humanity are great Abhiyasee souls such as Baba Nand Singh, Sant Gurbachan Singh Bhindraawale, Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh, Sant Attar Singh, Baba Harnam Singh etc, the list is endless. All these Gursikhs had a life full of but one thing. Naam.

ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮ ਬਿਨਾ ਕੋ ਥਿਰੁ ਨਹੀ ਨਾਮੇ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਸਾ ॥੧੦॥
Nānak nām binā ko thir nahī nāmė bal jāsā. ||10||
“O Nanak, without the Naam, nothing is permanent and stable; I am a sacrifice to the Naam, the Name of the Lord. ||10||”
(Ang 1090)