Watch this short video which highlights another important Sikh principle called “Dasvandh” or “Dasaundh” which literally means a “tenth part”.
This refers to the practice among Sikhs of contributing in the name of the Guru one-tenth of their earnings towards the common resources of the community to help the poor and needy.
This is also referred to in Punjabi as “Daan” literally “giving” or “contributing” in charity. This is a Sikh’s religious obligation — a religious requirement or duty; a form of seva or humble service which is highly valued in the Sikh system.
The concept of dasvandh was implicit in Guru Nanak’s own Gurbani in the line: “ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥੧॥ One who works for what he eats, and gives some of what he has – O Nanak, he knows the Path (1)” (SGGS p 1245) The idea of sharing and giving is symbolised by the institutions of langar (community kitchen) for the sangat (holy assembly) that the Guru has established.