Karseva also shortened to 'Sewa' is a word used to
refer to "selfless service", performed without any thought of reward or
personal benefit. The person performing this service is called a Sevadar.
In Nanakmatta Sahib Kar Seva begun in 1975. All
construction works, Management of Langar are the main tasks performed by the
Dera Kar Sewa in Nanakmatta Sahib.
All Sikhs are encouraged by their Guru (Guru Granth
Sahib) to perform Seva or Selfless Service. This is not only good for
community relations but also is good for the moral uplifting of the person. You
will find Sikhs engaged in free service in Gurdwaras washing dishes,
cleaning the floors, serving food, etc.
Sikhs are also encouraged to help the community by performing unpaid work in
hospitals, 'old peoples' homes, community centers, etc. Volunteers engaged in
Seva are referred to as Sevadars and for many
people this activity forms an essential part of their life, providing spiritual
fulfillment and practical benefits.
Sikhism is founded on principles of Sarbat da bhalla - working towards the "common good of all".
For Sikhs, this means reaching out to serve and uplift all of humanity as an expression or devotion to
the Creator. Many other Sikh institutes, such as Guru-ka-Langar, Kirtan, Paath, etc.,
depend on the performance of Seva by many in the congregation. So the principles
of Seva underpin many Sikh values - such is the importance given to Seva in Sikhism.
This point is highlighted by the Guru in many places in the Guru Granth
Sahib. The text explains the spiritual benefits of doing seva and the ways
in which one should perform it, focussing on the state of the mind when