Indian Arts and Culture Sikhism Seva in Sikhism Share Flipboard Email Print HarjeetSinghNarang/Getty Images Indian Arts and Culture Origins Sacred Scriptures Life and Culture Baby Names By Sukhmandir Khalsa Sikhism Expert Sukhmandir Kaur is a Sikh author, educator, and the president of Dharam Khand Sikh Academy. our editorial process Sukhmandir Khalsa Updated February 12, 2019 Seva means service. In Sikhism, seva refers to selfless service for altruistic purposes on behalf of, and for the betterment of a community. Sikhs have a tradition of seva. A sevadar is one who performs seva through philanthropic, voluntary, selfless, service. Seva is a means to promote humility and demote egoism which is a basic concept of the Sikh religion and is one of three fundamental principles of Sikhism. Pronunciation: Save - aweAlternate spellings: Sewa Examples Sikh sevadars perform many kinds of voluntary service caring for every aspect of the gurdwara and langar facility. Seva is also performed on behalf of the community outside of the gurdwara setting. International aid organizations such as United Sikhs and Ghanaia perform seva for communities needing relief due to a natural disaster such as a tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, or flood etc.