My day usually begins at 6AM when the alarm goes off, bzzz bzzz ting tong... bzz bzz ting tong It is annoying and I keep the alarm away on the table so I have to get up to switch it off , else I would go back to sleep. I reach the gym about 6:30 and pass my time, showing off, trying to do some exercises. On the way back I visit Gurudwara Sahib, sit and listen to the baani. These days they have someone explaining the meaning of each line written in the holy Granth sahib.
I usually sit for 5 -10 minutes listening, trying to get into the good books of God :), I am not very religious, but today something got my attention, the guy was trying to say that the best way to get into the good books is to do SEVA of god. By sea he meant helping in the Langar, cleaning, feeding the sangat and various other jobs that we can do in the Gurudwara sahib.
He gave a example that When Guru Amar Das Ji before he became Guru was sevadar of Guru Angad Dev ji, He use to get up early morning every day even at the age of 72 walk the distance to Beas (one of the rivers in Punjab), Get water, bring back warm it, for Guru ji's bath and this according to the person reciting was one of the SEVA Guru Amar das ji did.
But is it really this that will make God happy, do we seriously think it to be true, I seriously don’t think this alone can do it, what about WHATS in your heart or Mind. Sometimes I try to sit and listen to the path, close my eyes to listen with full concentration, but it only lasts a few seconds before lots of useless thoughts start to come in mind, that’s human nature I think.
So by doing seva at gurudwara sahib, will all my bad deeds be rectified, I don’t think so, if it was, then all you need to do is do a bad deep and then go and do seva. There's got to be more than that. Will god not be happy if we are a good person, go about doing our work without hurting anyone, helping others if we can? It should not be that we have to go to a religious place to do something to get God.
My thoughts are continuously questioned a person is poor can’t earn money, I give him some money from the goodness of my heart, I have done a good deed helping him, He goes, spends that money on drugs, goes home beats his wife, kids or worse... Who is responsible Him or Me... If he did not have money this would not have happened... I gave... it happened so was it a good deed...
So in the end WHAT IS A GOOD DEED, WHAT IS SEVA... that we could do for our salvation...? I see people each day in morning saying "waheguru waheguru" loudly , then touching every shoe , cleaning them, doing various other things, Then the moment they come out of Gurudwara Sahib one can hear them "F-ing", smoking, drinking, few of them are WIFE BEATERS, treat their Wife's so bad, I am not making this up, I know for a FACT.
Come election times in the Gurudwara Sahib the same people come brandishing swords, shouting slogans, the person reciting and speaking himself was one of them, This also I know for a fact, Cause I was there when it happened, Police had to enter the premises with shoes on.
So coming back to the point what should a person do for salvation, to please the almighty, what is SEVA in modern days TODAY. Do the same rituals still hold? Will me helping in Langar, or cleaning shoes or cleaning the carpets etc constitute as SEVA...
Just a thought......