Wand Ke Shako WALT (We are learning to): •Understand what is meant by ‘wand ke shako’ •Evaluate the life of Bhagat Puran Singh Jee •Analyse the The Kanhaiya Principles GREETING TASK: Pair share the following answers: 1. What the meaning of ‘Wand Ke Shako’ is? 2. What things can we do to achieve ‘Wand Ke Shako’? Collective Simran.... “For a Sikh, simran and seva are the spiritual right and left hand. As a Sikh, you must do both to keep a balance. These are like the two wings of a bird - the bird must use both otherwise it will not be able to fly.” What is seva??? “Selfless Service” Seva in Sikhism is imperative for spiritual life. TASK: There are three varieties of seva, can you guess what they are using the picture clues....... Material: Dhan Physical: Taan Mental: Maan Three varieties of seva: That rendered through physical means - "taan" That rendered through the mental apparatus "maan" That rendered through one's material resources "dhan". Wherever there is sorrow and pain there is an open invitation for Personal Service. This service has double benefits firstly, for the service rendered and secondly for the person for whom the service is being carried out. Personal service is not required to wait for any laws, institutions and legislations. It is completely free to fly on the wings of compassion to reach directly to the needy person. It never has to follow the devious and conniving paths of the Politics and Law. It emerges with freshness and vigour from the kind hearts of the generous and selfless people. TASK: Draw some wings, in each wing write the following: 1. SIMRAN- ways to do simran and read bani 2. SEVA- ways you can do the three different types of seva SEVA SIMRAN Seva Group Task: Hands up...how many different types of seva can YOU name. What is this? “Seva is the soap of humility” Singhs in the Yellow Pages.... Seva Group Task: Wings task was easy! In your groups now compile an A-Z of seva!! A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 5 minute countdown Prizes for full and CORRECT A-Z lists Who is this? Bhagat Puran Singh Ji Background 4 June, 1904 - 5 August, 1992 Died aged 88 Based in Amritsar, India Where is Amritsar? A life of Nishkam Seva Mother: Mehtab Kaur No wife Gurughar seva with mother Naam Role of a mother Draw a heart and write down: 1. What you’ve learnt from your mum or dad 2. What your mum and dad do for you on a daily basis. 3. What seva YOU can do for you parents? Piara Singh What’s a piggyback? Who is this? Florence Nightingale Who is this? Mother Teresa Pingalwara In 1947, Bhagat ji founded the institute called Pingalwara meaning "the home of the crippled" Seva Walk ….. TASK: Using Bhagat Jee as an inspiration, let’s walk around the Gurdwara and identify as many different types of seva as we can. Task: Write down what possessions you own? Bhagat Ji’s Possessions...... Why DO YOU think Bhagat Ji only had these possessions? Think back.....which Guru Sahib inspired us to serve nature and animals???? pavan guroo paanee pitaa maataa Dharat mahat. divas raat du-ay daa-ee daa-i-aa khaylai sagal jagat. (SGGS ang.8) Air is our Guru, water our father, and great earth is our mother; Sri Guru Har Rai Ji Maharaj developed Kiratpur Sahib as a town of parks and gardens One should be careful – a responsible person should be careful not to hurt anyone/thing and have love, compassion and justice Environmentalist Wrote lots about the environment in the 1940s Litter Environment “My mother taught me to provide water to the animals, plant trees and water newly planted saplings, offer feed to the Sparrows...” Planting trees/flowers "All Punjabis should sow trees of "Bohar"(Banyan), "Pippal" and "Neem", which are essential to our eco-system." What seva of the environment can we do???? TASK: Draw a leaf and write down ways we can serve the environment. Think about what Bhagat Ji says.....and what Shri Guru Har Rai Ji Maharaj did. Biography Qualities of a Pure Sevadar? TASK: Draw a picture of a Gursikh in the middle of your paper and write down all the qualities a pure sevadar should have. Think about what you’ve learnt today....... The Kanhaiya Principles SERVE SELFLESSLY: The Sakhi tells us that we should serve Humanity selflessly (Nishkam) and with complete dedication; To open our minds to see divinity in all beings TREAT ALL EQUALLY: To Serve All of Humanity Equally without discrimination; provide help and assistance to everybody without prejudice or indifference; make no distinction between friend or foe; SERVE WITH COMPASSION & LOVE: It tells us how we should treat even our fallen enemies (when they do not have their swords drawn) with respect, compassion, humility and Love. THE FIVE WEAPONS: The Five Weapons to destroy the five internal Thieves Deep level of Compassion (Daya), Complete compliance to Truth (Sat), Inner Contentment (Santokh), Overflowing Humility (Nimrata) and Total Love (Pyar). The Sakhi puts into practise the 5 major virtues promoted by Gurbani TASK: Sum up the Kanhaiya Principles in your own words or drawings The essence..... It isn't seva, if your heart and soul aren't in it. It isn't seva, if it isn't done with honesty and truth. It isn't seva, if you believe that mediocrity is all that is expected of you, and that you needn't do more. It isn't seva, if it's for building your CV. It isn't seva, if it is meant to be a stepping stone to bigger and better things. It isn't seva, if you need to tell others, now or later, that you did it. It isn't seva, if lack of appreciation by others, or their criticism, drives you away. It isn't seva, if you believe that it is your right to do it. It isn't seva, if you have to fight against others to do it. It isn't seva, if you snatch it away from another, to do it. It isn't seva, if you begin to believe you're the best one to do it. And, it isn't seva, if it distresses you that others take credit for what you've done. Khalsa Aid..... Khalsa Aid..... Reflection: How can we help families like the one in the video? www.do-it.org What can YOU do with your blessed hands? In your book; RAK more Smile more TASK 1: Draw an outline of your hands TASK 2: Write down seva you can realistically do (daily, short term, long term) Read a sakhi to my little bro/sis every night Wash up after evening meal Every Sunday Jorea di Seva Water the flowers in the garden every week “Cursed are the hands and feet that do not engage in seva” (Bhai Gurdas, Varan, 27.1). 10% ratio (seva, simran and dasvand) Seva and Simran..... SHARE WITH OTHERS: To Share ones wealth with the people who are suffering to reduce their suffering and pain. Remembering the Three Pillars of Sikhism – Naam Japo; Kirat Karni and Wand kay Shako. SEVA AND SIMRAN: To carry out whatever Seva that we are able to, to help make life more comfortable for anyone who is hurt, in pain, is suffering or otherwise in a bad way. This is part of Sikhism's Two Pronged Dedication to God: Simran and Seva. Seva Bingo TASK: Pick any 9 of these words to go in your 9 Bingo squares: Seva Simran Yellow Pages Wings of Compassion Wand Ke Shako Khalsa Aid Taan Mehtab Kaur Pingalwara Soap Maan Dhan Piara Singh Bhagat Puran Singh 10% The 5 weapons Humility Homework…. Homework: Write a letter or make a card for our post pals. You can purchase or make a little gift you wish •Include your name and age •Don’t dwell on the child’s illness instead give them messages of hope and inspiration •You can give them Sikhi Inspiration and offer your prayers.