Dera Sacha Sauda
(, ) colloquially DSS
) is a non-profit spiritual
organization based in Sirsa
, India. The Dera Sacha Sauda was established by Shah Mastana Ji from Baluchistan
in 1948, as a center for spiritual learning.
The organisation's emphasis is on humanitarianism and the Dera has members belonging to all religions. The organization does not accept any gifts, alms or donations. The people who come to Dera work in the agricultural fields and the income from the produce is utilized for social welfare activities during events such as the Bihar flood in 2008 and 2004, Rajasthan drought from 2000 to 2003, Punjab cyclone in 2003, Tribal Welfare 2001 - 2003, Gujrat Earthquake in Jan 2001, Orissa cyclone in November 1999 and others The organisation has also achieved Guinness World Records
for several blood donation drives and a tree-planting initiative.
The name Sacha Sauda
("true business") refers to an incident in the life of Guru Nanak Dev
. Some historical sources tell of how, when Guru Nanak Dev was a young boy, his father gave him twenty some money and instructed him to conduct a business operation in order that he make a profit and learn business skills. Guru Nanak used the money to buy food to feed the poor, and explained to his father that in doing so he had done a "true business."
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