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True depiction of `Sewa'

Discussion in 'Sikh Sikhi Sikhism' started by Sikh News Reporter, Jul 28, 2007.

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    By Savinder Singh Amritsar, July 28 (ANI): `Sewa' or selfless service in Sikhism is imperative for spiritual growth. It is the highest form of penance - a means of acquiring the highest merit. At Sri Harmandir Sahib, the holiest shrine of Sikh and popularly known as the Golden Temple, one gets a true depiction of `selfless service' where people offer their service and wealth. The ...

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    Re: True depiction of `Sewa' at Sri Harmandir Sahib (ANI via Yahoo! India News)

    How do other members think of the idea that seva is a form of penance. The article starts with this statement:

    `Sewa' or selfless service in Sikhism is imperative for spiritual growth. It is the highest form of penance - a means of acquiring the highest merit.

    Can penance and seva be equivalent? The origin of the word penance is

    ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French, from Latin paenitentia ‘repentance,’ from the verb paenitere ‘be sorry.’
    (Oxford American Dictionary)

    I think of penance as a way to show that we are truly remorseful for sin and wish to compensate spiritually for sins we have committed. I think of seva as something positive -- a way to progress beyond the place where we are at present. Is seva a blessing and a gift given by God, or is it a self-imposed punishment?

    Am I understanding seva incorrectly?
     
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    Re: True depiction of `Sewa' at Sri Harmandir Sahib (ANI via Yahoo! India News)

    Good point bhenji. In my opinion the word "penance" is incorrectly used here.
     

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