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Selfless Service Is The Way Of The Sikhs

This summer, the Sikhs are working tirelessly to spread happiness by distributing chilled rose milk to passers-by on the roads.

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Women preparing roti for langar, Wikimedia commons
  • This summer, the Sikhs are working tirelessly in the heat to spread happiness by distributing chilled rose milk to passers-by on the roads.
  • Their aim is to simply serve, to bring joy or relief to someone else, and to help someone who needs it.
  • When caste systems in India have divided the public and caused suffering and pain, the Sikh principles have united everyone with no caste distinctions.

With a bright smile, they pour you a glass of flavored milk. In the scorching heat, they not only quench your thirst but also uplift your spirits. This summer, the Sikhs are working tirelessly in the heat to spread happiness by distributing chilled rose milk to passers-by on the roads. They have set up temporary camps and they hand over glasses after glasses to pedestrians, rikshaw-pullers, two-wheeler riders and anyone with a parched throat. No one has asked them to do it. They consider this as a means to serve humanity.

Serving the people without discrimination and devoting  time and energy for the benefit and upliftment of the public are integral parts of ‘seva’ or service .The Sikhs tirelessly engage themselves in such community activities without expecting any reward or anything in return. This selfless service is called ‘Karseva’. The aim is to simply serve, to bring joy or relief to someone else, and to help someone who needs it.

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With helping others as their only initiative, Sikhs have even removed their turbans to save drowning people as the rest of the world looked on. There have also been Sikhs who have set up langars in war-stricken Syrian territory to help refugees.

People of all ages take active part in the service. Their service in the gurudwaras, the place of worship of Sikhs is a sight to see.  Middle-aged well-to-do men are mopping the floors; women are making chappatis in the kitchen for the langar and kids running with buckets of dal serving anyone whose plate are empty.

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When caste systems in India have divided the public and caused suffering and pain, the Sikh principles have united everyone with no caste distinctions. Their view of equality is one of the many endearing things found in this faith.

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The resolve to serve runs deep in Sikh culture. Some of the bravest armymen and sportspersons are from the Sikh community.

With all these selfless service, the Sikhs have captured our hearts and have inspired us to serve others. In today’s world, where people run behind fame and fortune, Sikhs engage in selfless service restoring our faith in humanity.

-prepared by Ajay Krishna, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Sikhs have been the most selfless people in India. Distributing Chabeel on streets was one recent event they hosted. Also, in gurudwaras, they have free langars for anybody who wishes to eat food and the food provided has quality and good taste factors

  • Shubhi Mangla

    its a mark of pride that this Indian community is helping people in such a selfless way. Everyday people engage in langar services in gurdwaras and also clean it. The most beautiful job they have done is to distribute food to Syrian refugees.

  • devika todi

    i am sure everyone knows about the selfless ways of the sikhs. they truly propagate the principle of live and let live. the community as a whole inspires me.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Sikhs have been the most selfless people in India. Distributing Chabeel on streets was one recent event they hosted. Also, in gurudwaras, they have free langars for anybody who wishes to eat food and the food provided has quality and good taste factors

  • Shubhi Mangla

    its a mark of pride that this Indian community is helping people in such a selfless way. Everyday people engage in langar services in gurdwaras and also clean it. The most beautiful job they have done is to distribute food to Syrian refugees.

  • devika todi

    i am sure everyone knows about the selfless ways of the sikhs. they truly propagate the principle of live and let live. the community as a whole inspires me.

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Avoid Temptations To Achieve Your Goals

Study suggests that people who avoid temptations are more likely to achieve goals

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Planning to manage or avoid temptations can help you achieve your goals. Pixabay

People who make plans to avoid or handle temptations may be more likely to achieve goals, such as academic and weight loss goals, according to a new study.

“Proactively planning to manage temptations may be more effective than simply responding to temptation when it arises,” said Ben Wilkowski, Associate Professor, University of Wyoming in the United States.

People rely on several self-control strategies. The use of these strategies can be planned ahead, before a temptation is directly experienced, the researchers said.

And, planning self-control ahead of time may be critically involved in achieving long-term goals, they added.

For the study published in the journal society of Personality and Social Psychology, the research team conducted two studies of undergraduate college students to assess the effectiveness of five self-control strategies in their pursuit of long-term goals.

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Avoiding situations where a temptation is present can help you achieve your goals. Pixabay

Five self-control strategies:

Situation selection – Avoiding situations where temptation is present. For example, if a dieter knows there are cookies in a kitchen, he/she might stay in a different room.

Situation modification – Altering one’s situation to minimize the influence of temptation. For example, if the dieter must remain in the kitchen to help cook, he/she may ask the host to move the cookies to the living room.

Distraction – Diverting one’s attention away from a temptation. For example, the dieter might choose to not look at tempting cookies, even if they remain in front of him.

Reappraisal – Changing the way one thinks about a temptation to make it seem less appealing. For example, the dieter might tell himself/herself that cookies are disgusting and might upset his stomach.

Response inhibition – Exerting effort to shun the temptation when confronted with it.

The researchers found that the first four strategies, which might be more easily planned in advance, are generally more effective than the fifth.

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“We found evidence suggesting that participants sometimes formed plans for how to manage temptations and that these plans were indeed related to the initiation of diverse self-control strategies,” said researchers.

“People can, indeed, proactively initiate self-control. And those who do so are better able to make progress toward their long-term goals,” they concluded. (IANS)