share what you have - vand chhako

My friends Ravi and Jackie are one of the most dedicated couple that I know. I feel so inspired looking at what they do, serving humanity, and, how they do it. Humbly they move in life, with so much love, dedication, and devotion.

They founded Share a Meal, and they go right to the heart of where large groups of  homeless people actually live. They gather dedicated sevadars from all walks of life who meet every week to prepare and serve food to the people who need it most around the city of Los Angeles.

This painting was commissioned as a declaration and a vision of their future services to humanity.

The core Share a Meal team is joined each week by people who just show up to help out when they can.

Thank you to Share a Meal for your dedication to bring food to these souls week after week.  We are grateful and so are they.  While it’s a small drop in the bucket of what they need, you provide a beacon of hope.  Keep up and Vand Chhako, dear friends!

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Share a Meal evolved from Khalsa Peace Corps, a non profit entiy, founded by Ravi and Jackie years back, starting their charity services. This painting was commissioned as a declaration and a vision of their future services to humanity.

Definition of Vaṇḍ Chhakō:

(Punjabi: ਵੰਡ ਛਕੋ) is one of the three main pillars of the teachings of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikhism. (The other two pillars are Naam Japo and Kirat Karo) Vand Chhako means to share what you have and to consume it together as a community. This could be wealth, food. etc. The term is also used to mean to share ones wealth with others in the community, to give to charity, to distribute in and to generally help others in the community who need help. A Sikh is expected to contribute at least 10% of their wealth/income to the needy people of the world or to a worthy cause.

Blessings to ALL