We all know that Mata Sahib Kaur is the spiritual mother of the Khalsa, and that we are her children. In addition, many of us have probably also heard that parenting or child rearing is a gigantic seva for the panth (the Sikh collective). Therefore, by some logical property of sorts, we must realize that we are all Mata Sahib Kaur Ji’s sevadaars. What does this mean for us, on a practical level?
As sevadaars, we’ve been entrusted with a HUGE Seva and we must attempt to bring up our children in the way Mata Ji would want us to. Moreover, by keeping sight of our role as mothers (fathers, and other caregivers) as Sevadaars, we’ll be more likely to keep the purpose of life in mind as we serve Guru Ji and Mata Ji in this capacity of raising Their children. We’ll also be mindful to educate our children on the reason of their coming into this world, too, and help give them the tools, according to Gurmat, to achieve their life’s purpose too.
In other words, to understand that we are Mata Sahib Kaur Ji’s Sevadaars will help us adopt a more purposeful approach to parenting, to our Seva. This view of ourselves as Sevadaars will also help us to start seeing all children as our own children. We’ll wish the best for everyone (Sarbat Da Bhalla), conspire for each other’s success, and learn how to be there for each other when things don’t go as planned. Accordingly, this mindset will cultivate a healthy sense of responsibility and yet, at the same time, generate a healthy sense of detachment.
When mothering, parenting, or caring for children, we should think of how Mata Sahib Kaur Ji would encounter or deal with whatever situation presents itself. Importantly, however, we can only really start to think deeply about how Mata Ji would deal with a situation if we get to know our Spiritual Mother. How can we get to know Her? Well, we can start building a relationship by learning of Mata Ji’s history through Sakhis, and we can relay these blessed, true stories on to our children. This way, they too will get a chance to discover their own unique relationship with Mata Jee. And by learning together, we will all get the opportunity to apply the lessons learned from Mata Ji in to our own lives.
By adopting Mata Sahib Kaur Ji’s lessons on motherhood and life to our own lives, we will become better Sevadaars.
So yes, we are definitely Mata Sahib Kaur Ji’s children, but let us not forget that we are also her Sevadaars too.
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