Lecture by the Siri Singh Sahib
November 14th, 2000.
It is a privilege to talk about Dasvandh, a centuries old custom for mankind. For people through many religions, through many times it has been emphasized that man should take one tenth of his income, his assets as an offering to the higher self and that’s the basic procedure on which we are talking today. Actually Dasvandh is nothing but a seed money and for everyone who is a Sikh of the Guru, this offering belongs to the Guru and a person spares one tenth and gives this to the Guru and through a combined combination it gives back to the community, it gives the Dharma energy. Let us understand it once again, it’s a privilege, it’s the best of a person. It is the conscious action which is important.
ਕਰਮੀ ਆਪੋ ਆਪਣੀ ਕੇ ਨੇੜੈ ਕੇ ਦੂਰਿ ॥
Karmee aapo aapnee kay nayrhai kay door
By our own action we decide how near we are and how far away we are
If we are far away from the general good and only consolidate on our own little self, then actually we are contracting and it will be very remote that we will have prosperity and if by mistake we do have prosperity, it will have a lot of pain in it. That is why it is obligatory on all of us to offer this, to give this, its actually a seed money, it is what we seed it to grow and it grows and in my life I have seen giving to God because all things come from God, all things go to God and in that principle to assure one’s prosperity against calamity and bad luck Dasvandh is a protection, it’s a shield, and it is, it is, it invokes the Guru’s blessings and the God’s grace.
My personal feeling is that one, under no circumstances, should hesitate and it should be done with a grace as a offering of the self out of what God gives us and shall give us if we want the beauty, bounty, and bliss, and enjoy the prosperity in this life. This is the way, and this is the way for all of us.
May the grace of God be with us, may our virtues come through, may our personality come through with that power of intuition so that we can seed the seeds for prosperity and perpetual infinity of enjoyment in our life, fully protected by God’s grace, Sat Nam.”