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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.

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