This is Kar-Seva – (do service) rendered to a hundred thousand of people in the State of Punjab, India, in a feast that will put those state banquets for dignitaries into shame, by its magnitude and its purpose, and best of all, it is free!
A truly monumental and unsung service of gargantuan proportion! The world has very little idea of this colossal enterprise of the purest love and a spirit of the most exemplary philosophy service of all!
It’s not just free food; here you will forget all the differences that separate the humans from each other.
The “Langar” or free kitchen at Golden Temple in the Indian City of Amritsar is reportedly the world’s largest free eatery. The “Langar” or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru Nanak ( 1469-1539)
Around one hundred thousand people visit the Langar everyday and the number increases on weekends and other special days.
People from all over the world who have faith in Sikhism aspire
to visit the Golden Temple at least once in their lifetime.
Everybody is welcome at the Langar, no one is turned away. It works on the principle of equality amongst the people of the world regardless of their religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status.
People sit on the floor together as equals and eat
the same simple food at the eating hall of
the Golden Temple Langar.
Langar teaches the etiquette of sitting and
eating in a community situation.
People from any community and faith
can serve as volunteers.
The lines of status, caste, and class vanish at the Langar.
Everybody, rich or poor is treated as equals.
The meal served is hot and simple. comprising roti
(Flat Indian bread), lentil soup and wheat rice.
The utensils are washed three rounds to ensure
that the plates are perfectly cleaned to be used again.
Running the kitchen also means washing
and cleaning thousands of plates,
bowls and spoons.
Some 450 stuff and hundreds of volunteers
help to run the kitchen.
Five thousand kilograms of fire-wood is used
everyday, for preparing the meals at this Langar.
A Sikh volunteer prepares the dal (lentil soup) that will
served for meals at the Langar.
About 200,000 rotis are prepared everyday at the Langar
where the flat Indian breads are served to the waiting crowd.
Wheat flour put into a contraption that acts like a dough maker.
The dough will then be made into rotis. (Flat Indian bread)
Rotis are cooked over electric machine.
Many thanks to Ron Oh for sharing
Alan CY Kok
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George throwing a bitch to the floor