e find ourselves accumulating worldly possessions; however, Guru Nanak Dev Ji teaches us not to carry the burden of materialistic possessions with us. Instead, we should share. Through Sakhia (true stories), we can better understand what it means to share with love and compassion. 

Love and Connection

Vand ke Chakna (sharing with others) is an important principle in Sikhi. We should share what we have with others around us, especially the needy. Guru Sahib Ji tells us that hoarding materialistic possessions, being selfish and only looking out for our own needs is not the path of a Sikh. If we wish to connect to God, we need to be selfless and find compassion within ourselves for all beings created by our Creator. If we don’t have compassion and empathy, then we cannot find love within ourselves. If there is no love within us, then we cannot find God. It is also the reason why Sikhs have the concept of Dasvand. Dasvand is the concept of donating at least 10% of your time and money in the selfless service of others.

Examples from Guru Sahib Ji

The concept of Vand ke Chakna has repeatedly been exemplified by Guru Sahib Ji in Their own lives, out of genuine compassion of all. Guru Nanak Dev Ji used the money given to Them to feed the poor saints. Young Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji gave the clothes off of Their own back to a child that was in need. Guru Gobind Singh Ji shared whatever They had with Their young friends when They were a child.

You can help spread the message of Sikhi to people around you by using the leaflet created by the Basics of Sikhi team.
You can also check out our other leaflets on the Downloads page.

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