Sikh Missionary Society U.K. (Regd)
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Mainstay of the Faith
The Sikh faith believes in equality, and accepts no discrimination based on religion, caste, class, color, high or low, family, avocation (profession), geographical distribution, sex etc. Only in such a frame of mind, one can serve others selflessly without any discrimination, and these are distinguished characteristics of a Sikh. Around this revolve the three cardinal factors - honest livelihood, sharing, and remembrance of Waheguru (The Lord). One has to be humble, polite and sympathetic.
The first pillar of ethical living is the honest earning of livelihood.
1. Honest Earning
The second essential, or the next pillar of life is sharing your boons with others: the needy.
2. Sharing Your Blessings
It is excellent to have the sense of sacrifice, and if such dire circumstances arise, we should help the other forgetting our own selves. But in general and as a routine to extend your help to anyone, it has to be intelligent in its reasonable way, and in the right proportion -
Besides taking our own care, we have to run our house and family. The Sikh prophets (Gurus) advocated Dasvandh - tithe, one tenth of income to be kept aside for the humanitarian undertakings i.e. charity. In the present, it will be fine if we reserve one tenth of our savings for such purposes after deducting our income tax and any other essential expenses linked to our earnings. It will be a good idea to keep a separate box in the name of God for putting in it some amount daily. You will not feel when giving out of it for charity. For the purification of mind, sharing i.e. helping the needy, is essential -
Gwil Kwe ikCu hQhu dyie ]
nwnk rwhu pCwxih syie ]
Gwil KwE ikCu hQhu dyE ]
nwnk rwhu pCwxih syE ]
Ghaal khaae kichh hathon dae
Nanak rah pachhane sae
Earn ethically and share with others,
This is the way to the Lord
dieAw jwxy jIA kI ikC puNnu dwnu kryie ]It is but essential that all our giving and sharing has to be free from every shade of the subtle or gross ego -
dieAw jwxy jIA kI ikCu punu dwn kryiE ]
Daya jaanae jeea kee kichh pounn daan karae
Be compassionate and share with the needy.
qIrQ brq Aru dwn kir mn mY DrY gumwnu ]3. Remembering the Lord
nwnk inhPlu jwq iqh ijau kuMcr iesnwnu ]
qIrQ brq Aru dwn kir mn mY DrY gumwnu ]
nwnk inhPlu jwq iqh ijau kuMcr ieÆnwnu ]
Teerath barat arr daan karr mann maae dhraae gumaan
Nanak nehphal jaat teh jeo kounchar isnaan
Colored with ego, pilgrimage,
abstinence and giving (charity) goes to the dust
syvw krq hoie inhkwmI ]
iqs kau hoq prwpiq suAwmI ]
syvw krq hoE inhkwmI ]
iqs kå hoq p®w‚q ÆvwmI ]
Sewa kart. hoe nehkaamee.
.Tis kau ho.te prapat. swami
The selfless service
gives vicinity to the Lord !
syvk kau syvw bin AweI ]Selfless service purifies the mind. Unless the mind is pure, taking the name of God is meaningless -
hukmu bUiJ prm pdu pweI ]
syvk ka syvw bin Awe ]
hukmu bUiJ prm pd pwe ]
Saewak kou saewa bann aaee
Hukam boojh parampad. paa-ee
The merciful Lord blessed me with selfless service,
and this placed me close to Him
5-292 -18kwhy kau kIjY iDAwnu jpMnw ]
jb qy suDu nwhI mnu Apnw ]
kwhy kau kIjY ÎAwn jpnw ]
jb qy suDu nwhI mnu Apnw ]
Kahae kou keejaae dh:eaan japnaa.
Jabb t.ae sud:h naahee mannu apnaa
Talk not of the name of God
With the impure mind.
min mYlY Bgiq n hoveI nwmu n pweAw jwie ]Aim of life is to be in communion with the Lord. This is achieved through remembering Him constantly. But as well, we have not to forget our daily routines -
mn mYlY Bgiq n hove nwmu n pwieAw jwE ]
Mann maaelae bhagat. naa hova-ee
Naamu naa paa-eaa jaa-ae
The polluted mind is no place for the name of God
and for His worship !
3-39-9nwmw khY iqlocnw muK qy rwmu sMm@wil ]Purpose of Life
hwQ pwau kir kwmu sBu cIqu inrzjnu nwil ]
nwmw kh iqlocnw muK qy rwmu sMm@wil ]
hwQ pwau kir kwmu sBu cIqu inrMjnu nwil ]
Nama kahaae .Tilochna mukh t.ae Ram samhal-e
Haath paao karr kaam sabh cheet.u Niranjanu naale
Nama advises Tilochan to keep remembering God,
working with the hands and feet, and keeping the mind fixed on Him.
The purpose of this life is to attain godliness through practicing the Holy Name of the Lord ( Waheguru ). To remember God, we become fit for it more effectively and easily through selfless service to the humanity. It includes sharing our honestly earned money and our boons with the needy, wishing well of others, and through our physical efforts for the good of the people.
We can help others better when we ourselves are self-sufficient. Renunciation has no value in this life, because it renders a fellow beggar, and it adds to the burden on society. We have to actively live in this world to build up our own and others` lives. We have to live within the discipline of honest earning, sharing, and remembering God. This vividly explains the purpose of life. This is for what God sends us to this world!
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