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Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

An artist’s rendition of Bhai Manjh in the well.

We here at Dasvandh Network recently came across this great little article and podcast by Good Life Project and could relate to it on so many levels! In it, the speaker says, “An audience stays as long as you perform. A community stays as long as you serve.” Does that ring a bell or hit home? It does for us!

On a Panthic level, the only way to really sustain community engagement is by living for, by, through it. One poignant example of this is from the life of Bhai Manjh, a contemporary of Guru Arjan Sahib. Among many other sevas Bhai Manjh took on, including setting up a Dharamshala, he would gather firewood every day for langar. One morning while going about this seva, Bhai Manjh found himself in the middle of a dust storm.

Limited visiblity led to Bhai Manjh falling in a well. Putting myself in his place, my gut reaction would be to save my life! Because he was doing seva to actually serve, not just as a performance, Bhai Manjh made sure to prevent the firewood he was carrying from hitting the water. He held it above his head, lest the day’s firewood for langar be affected! Not only that, when he was being lifted out of the well, he told the rescuers to get the firewood out of the well first, and only then did he come out of the well! Bhai Manjh’s example of selflessly seving the Guru and serving the community really captures the spirit, love, and sentiment behind Dasvandh Network. We hope Guru Sahib gives us more opportunities to serve the community!

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!


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