What Exactly Is Dasvandh?
“One should give to God what belongs to God: one-tenth of your time, belongings, income, thoughts, projection, communication, one-tenth of every act. Every act shall be a blessed act in which one-tenth belongs to God.” -Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji
Every spiritual path has an avenue of participation, an opportunity to give back for the blessings one receives as a result of the lifestyle one is living. Dasvandh fulfills this role in the practice of Sikh Dharma. To tithe is to make a contribution of one-tenth (das means ten and vandh means to give) of one’s earnings back to the Spiritual Source.
Dasvandh is the seed money, which allows all Dharmic structures to have a beginning. But more importantly, it is your way of giving to Infinity. It builds trust through experience that you and the Divine have a conscious, working relationship on the earth plane. The promise is that when you genuinely give 10% to the Source, the Source, in ways you cannot imagine or predict, will bring that back to you – multiplied.
Giving represents the radiance of our spirit and extends a royal countenance of prosperity and courage. It creates expansion of the heart center and promotes joy and fulfillment.
There are institutions in the world that allow us to donate money and direct how and when that money is used. This is not the way of Dasvandh. With Dasvandh, it is a blind trust. You give 10% and let it go, trusting that the Will of the Divine will guide what happens with it. That surrender and trust, that willingness to give, has a tremendous power to heal us of our insecurities and discover the Unlimited Flow of the Divine.
Giving to Infinity is wonderful and yet different. It is surrendering God’s share back to God, emptying ourselves to be filled by the infinite bounty of the Universe.
At the beginning, not every person feels that they can afford to tithe 10%. So people give whatever amount they can. Any amount whether it be $1 or $1000 is totally acceptable. It is between you and your consciousness – your initiation into experience trust and infinite flow between you and the Creator.
For information about how to start your personal Dasvandh program, or for more information about tithing, please contact Sikh Dharma International, (505) 216-2153, firstname.lastname@example.org