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What is the meaning of DASVAND?

The literal meaning of Dasvand is 'Tenth Part'. It refers to the act of donating ten percent of both income and time for sewa (selfless-service). For example, doing sewa in a Gurdwara, helping the needy, doing good deeds etc. Dasvand falls into Guru Nanak Dev Ji's concept of 'Wand Chako' and is implicit in Guru Ji's own Shalok on ਅੰਗ(Page) - 1245 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji:

ਸਲੋਕ ਮਃ ੧ ॥

सलोक मः १ ॥

Shalok, First Mehl:

ਗਿਆਨ ਵਿਹੂਣਾ ਗਾਵੈ ਗੀਤ ॥

गिआन विहूणा गावै गीत ॥

The one who lacks spiritual wisdom sings religious songs.

ਭੁਖੇ ਮੁਲਾਂ ਘਰੇ ਮਸੀਤਿ ॥

भुखे मुलां घरे मसीति ॥

The hungry Mullah turns his home into a mosque.

ਮਖਟੂ ਹੋਇ ਕੈ ਕੰਨ ਪੜਾਏ ॥

मखटू होइ कै कंन पड़ाए ॥

The lazy unemployed has his ears pierced to look like a Yogi.

ਫਕਰੁ ਕਰੇ ਹੋਰੁ ਜਾਤਿ ਗਵਾਏ ॥

फकरु करे होरु जाति गवाए ॥

Someone else becomes a pan-handler, and loses his social status.

ਗੁਰੁ ਪੀਰੁ ਸਦਾਏ ਮੰਗਣ ਜਾਇ ॥

गुरु पीरु सदाए मंगण जाइ ॥

One who calls himself a guru or a spiritual teacher, while he goes around begging

ਤਾ ਕੈ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਲਗੀਐ ਪਾਇ ॥

ता कै मूलि न लगीऐ पाइ ॥

- don't ever touch his feet.

ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥

घालि खाइ किछु हथहु देइ ॥

One who works for what he eats, and gives some of what he has

ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥੧॥

नानक राहु पछाणहि सेइ ॥१॥

- O Nanak, he knows the Path. ||1||


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