ਦੁਨੀਆ ਸੇਵਾ (dunee-aa sevaa)
Meaning: Service to the world.
ਵਿਚਿ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਸੇਵ ਕਮਾਈਐ॥ ਤਾ ਦਰਗਹ ਬੈਸਣੁ ਪਾਈਐ॥
vich duneeaa sev kamaa-ee-ai; taa dargah baisaṇ paa-ee-ai
When one serves while living in the world, then one finds a place in the divine court.
– Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, Page 26
Message: Sikhism is founded on the principles of ‘sarbat da bhala’ – working towards the common good of all. Apart from serving within the Gurdwara and the community, Sikhs are encouraged to help the wider world community through voluntary work. One of the biggest service one can do for mankind is to help equip others with knowledge and education. Every child should be educated to meet the challenges of the ever changing face of the world. With education, one must also inculcate in children the messages of divinity which keep humanity intact.
We should be prepared to give up some of our time, talents and energy to help others. Those who perform this kind of selfless service – without any thought of reward or personal gain – truly portray the virtue of humility. Selfless service for the greater good of all – let that be our adage and our path to bliss. Serve and swing your arms in joy!
ਜੈਸੇ ਸਤ ਮੰਦਰ ਕੰਚਨ ਕੇ ਉਸਾਰ ਦੀਨੇ, ਤੈਸਾ ਪੁੰਨ ਸਿਖ ਕਉ ਇਕ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਸਿਖਾਏ ਕਾ॥
As if one has built seven temples in gold, so is the virtue of teaching a word to a pupil. – Bhai Gurdas Ji
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Etymology: From Sanskrit sevaa (attendance on, homage) → Pali → Prakrit sevaa (service) → Hindi sew (obeisance) → Gujarati sev (attendance on).