Seva - Selfless Service

A singh performing langar seva, serving seconds helpings to the sangat.
A singh performing langar seva, serving seconds helpings to the sangat. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Definition:

Seva means service. In Sikhism, seva refers to selfless service for altruistic purposes on behalf of, and for the betterment of a Community.

Sikhs have a tradition of seva. A sevadar is one who performs seva through philanthropic, voluntary, selfless, service.

Seva is a means to promote humility and demote egoism which is a basic concept of the Sikh religion and is one of three fundamental principles of Sikhism.

Pronunciation: save - awe

Alternate Spellings: sewa

Examples:

Sikh sevadars perform many kinds of voluntary service caring for every aspect of the gurdwara and langar facility. Seva is also performed on behalf the community outside of the gurdwara setting. International aid organizations such as United Sikhs and Ghanaia perform seva for communities needing relief due to a natural disaster such as a tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, or flood etc.

The Sikh Tradition Of Selfless Service