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Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha
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The Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha takes its name from a key principle in Sikh practice, the ideal of egoless human behavior, in this group called niśkāmatā, which on the practical level is the quality of an individual who serves others as a humble volunteer (sevak). The term jathā refers to a collective of individuals, striving for the same goals, under the leadership of a jathedār. By using Gurū Nānak’s name in their official title, the group expli…

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Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, “Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Gurinder Mann Singh, Kristina Myrvold, Eleanor Nesbitt. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170712

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