For Sikh diaspora, Gurdwaras hold a special significance in their daily lives. Here our children learn about our religion, our culture, and our identity. It is a spiritual home for us where we come to pray, connect and find peace of mind. The Sikh scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib, enshrined in all Gurdwaras, is a source of enlightenment that teaches us how to live a happy and contented life here on earth, and also in the spiritual “hereafter” (Lok Sukhiye Parlok Suhaile) by spiritually illuminating the soul to attain liberation from ego and become one with the Divine. Gurbaani is a source of eternal wisdom that all humanity can draw on for the guiding light on the path one should travel on during ones sojourn in life on earth. Gurbaani also guides as to how to inculcate such qualities in ourselves as our Creator, Akaal Purkh, would like us to possess to gain His unending benevolence.
Gurdwaras serve us in myriad needs all through our life. When we are born our parents take us to a Gurdwara to give us our Sikh name (Nam Karan Sanskar). When we are married, we have Anand Sanskar (Anand Karaj). We have Khande Di Pahul Sanskar as we graduate from Sikhi to become one of the Khalsa, a Singh, and we are in a Gurdwara for Antam Sanskar as we leave this earthly abode. A Gurdwara is there for Sikhs to share their happy times with Sangat and multiply their happiness manifold. A Gurdwara is there for Sikhs in their times of sorrow to divide the sorrow among the Sangat and remarkably lessen its effects on our bodies and our soul.
SFV Gurdwara is such a revered and important place for each of us and for our community. We are blessed for having a congregation that is full of Shardha, devotion and generosity. Our congregation is always there when needed to see that our Guru Ghar remains in Chardi Kala always. At this time I do feel that there is a need for our congregation to rise to the occasion. SFV is run by Sevadars (and of course with Sangat’s sehyog, utshah and unending generosity). I, personally feel blessed that SFV Sangat has accepted me as their member and as their Sevadar. Seva does take time, effort and forbearance. But believe me it returns manifold in inner happiness and contentment that we all strive to attain. It surprises me that when we need new Sevadars or Trustees for SFV, very few (especially our younger folks) come forward for this needed Seva. SFV Gurdwara Sahib is a great spiritual home for all of us and we do need all that it provides us. I would humbly urge each congregant to open their hearts to volunteer their time for this Seva, Seva to manage the Guru Ghar. This Seva is equally as important as the Seva with Langar, Seva with Paths, Seva to maintain and for the upkeep of our beloved spiritual home. Bhagat Kabir Ji call Seva a key purpose for us Humans:
ਗੁਰ ਸੇਵਾ ਤੇ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਮਾੲੀ ॥ ਤਬ ੲਿਹ ਮਾਨਸ ਦੇਹੀ ਪਾੲੀ ॥
and Guru Amardas Ji describe the importance of Seva as follows:
ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਚਾਕਰੀ ਸੁਖੀ ਹੂੰ ਸੁਖ ਸਾਰੁ ॥ ਅੈਥੈ ਮਿਲਨਿ ਵਡਿਅਾੲੀਅਾ ਦਰਗਹ ਮੋਖ ਦੁਅਾਰੁ ॥
Your Sevadar- Ajaib Singh