: The Sikhs engage in various regular activities to concentrate the mind on God and undertake selfless service. These rites and services are:Ardas
: The Ardās is normally said while standing with folded hands before and after performing any relevant task. It starts with "pritham bhagautee simar kai, Gur Nanak laee dhiaa-e "
and ends with "Naanak naam charhdee kalaa, tayray bhaanay Sarbaht dah Phahla."
It is more than just a prayer; it is a new concept of therapy for the elevation of the human spirit, mind and body. Following are the main features and benefits of saying the ardās.Dasvand
: is the giving of one tenth of one's income (10%) to the Guru's cause. It is a practice of recognizing that every thing comes from God, the benevolent Giver and this demonstrates the Sikh's faith and devotion to the Guru. The dasvand is like a seed. The Sikhs believe that this is a seed of trust that actually has the effect of multiplying your income just as a seed sprouts and grows into more plants.Langar
: is the term used in the Sikh
religion for the free, vegetarian
served in a Gurdwara
and eaten by everyone sitting as equals. The practice was introduced by Guru Nanak
Dev Ji to break the caste
system that was prevalent in India
during the 13th and 14th centuries.Paath
: is the recitation of Gurbani
. It may be done individually or in a group; it can be the recitation of one’s Banis
(one coherent section) or any part of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib
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