Langar Page 3/ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਲੰਗਰ

When congregations became larger and more regular, the Guru established a Langar or a free kitchen for all, for the consumption of the offerings which were generally in the form of raw food stuff.

In the kitchen, men and women worked together to cook food, which they ate together without any consideration of caste, colour or social status. Langar became a symbol of equality and brotherhood. Earning one's living through honest means, saving something from one's honest earnings and giving away a part of it in charity became a sense of social responsibility.

In Vaar Asa he said:

Nanak, whatever a person earns through honest means and shares with others as a social responsibility, so shall one be rewarded in this life in future.

Nanak, agey so milai, je khate, ghalai, deh;

"ਨਾਨਕ ਅਗੈ ਸੋ ਮਿਲੈ ਜਿ ਖਟੇ ਘਾਲੇ ਦੇਇ ॥੧॥ ".

He defined a truly religious person who is in touch with the Reality; thus: a Religious person (in touch with the Reality) is not who just speaks good words, but one who looks on all humans as equal and treats everyone alike;

"Gali jog na hoi, Ek drist ker samsir janey Jogi kahiye soi";

ਗਲੀ ਜੋਗੁ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥ ਏਕ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਕਰਿ ਸਮਸਰਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਜੋਗੀ ਕਹੀਐ ਸੋਈ ॥੧॥

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