“BELIEVE IN BEING HONEST, TRUE, CHASTE, BENEVOLENT, VIRTUOUS, AND IN DOING GOOD TO ALL MEN; INDEED, WE MAY SAY THAT WE FOLLOW THE ADMONITION OF PAUL—WE BELIEVE ALL THINGS, WE HOPE ALL THINGS, WE HAVE ENDURED MANY THINGS, AND HOPE TO BE ABLE TO ENDURE ALL THINGS. IF THERE IS ANYTHING VIRTUOUS, LOVELY, OR OF GOOD REPORT OR PRAISEWORTHY, WE SEEK AFTER THESE THINGS.”
And in this world of many men, not all the deeds are good, though all those deeds are not necessarily evil either. Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deed which is a reminder for the mindful. So, whoever does an atom’s weight of good, will see it.
While the headlines are dominated by our weekly mass shootings, the reality is that day to day, we common folk make little sacrifices for each other and let insults slide and feel bad when we act like douche bags. Once the riot is over, cops and rioters will both stand and make small talk in the same line at any common food joint.
The Sikh community has long used the traditional concept of Langar to not only serve food to visitors in gurdwaras, but also extended their service outside its premises to help those in need. The community took their concept of community kitchen to the conflict-torn region of Syria in 2015, despite being mistaken for the ISIS by the Syrian refugees they are serving in Iraq.
Since IS fighters were destroying the food supplies which were sent for the Yazidis. So, Langar Aid started a bakery with the help of Khalsa Aid, Joint Help for Kurdistan, and the local government in Duhok to serve all who were in need, setting an example of their generosity.
Not only did the generous men came with an excellent solution to help the Syrian refugees with their food crisis, but also ran schools for nearly 5,000 local children on the Lebanon-Syrian border.
It’s amazing how the Sikhs risked their lives willingly to help the Syrian refugees in those devastating times.
Mere words of great glorious deeds do not affect the karma of a man, the actions taken after are the ones that do. Similar to the way that one’s deeds affect others, it does the same to the one who has been kind, for the mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, life starts to change.
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love,” said Saint Basil.
And thus the loop is completed; a loop of joy and happiness, which always shines brightly around generous people.