ਵਿਚਿ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਸੇਵ ਕਮਾਈਐ ॥ ਤਾ ਦਰਗਹ ਬੈਸਣੁ ਪਾਈਐ ॥ (26)
विचि दुनीआ सेव कमाईऐ ॥ ता दरगह बैसणु पाईऐ ॥ (26)
Vich Dhuneeaa Saev Kamaaeeai || Thaa Dharageh Baisan Paaeeai || (26)
(If one earns merit here through Seva, one will get a seat of honour in His Court hereafter.)
In Sikhism, true Seva (selfless service) must be without desire (Nishkam), guileless (Nishkapat), in humility (Nimarta), with purity of intention (Hirda Shuddh), with sincerity (Chit-Laae) and in utter selflessness (Vichon Aap Gavaae). Such Seva is the doorway to dignity as well as to Mukti (liberation).
According to Sikh tenets, ‘You become like the one you serve’.
Therefore, for those, who desire ‘oneness with God’, serving God and God alone is the prime way to achieve it. But God in Sikhism is Transcendent as well as Immanent. The Transcendent One is ineffable and can only be conceived through contemplation. Therefore, service of God only relates to the Immanent aspect of God. It comprises service of His creatures. Thus, humanitarian service is the Sikh ideal of Seva.
Guru Nanak says:
ਸਚਹੁ ਓਰੈ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਉਪਰਿ ਸਚੁ ਆਚਾਰੁ ॥ (62)
सचहु ओरै सभु को उपरि सचु आचारु ॥ (62)
Sachahu Ourai Sabh Ko Oupar Sach Aachaar (62)
(Truth is above everything but higher still is truthful living.)
Thus, Seva is the first step to achieve the final goal of eternal peace.
With the above ideals in mind, the idea of forming a non-political Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council was conceived.