Panch baar gang jaai baar panch praag naai

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This is a famous shabad by Bhai Gurdas in his composition called the Kabit Savaiye. These Savaiye are not as famous as the Bhai sahib's Varan - Varan Bhai Gurdas which are regularly quoted from by Ragis and scholars. The verses below highlight the relative benefits of service as opposed to pure ritual, which was very common place during the time of the Sikh Gurus. The shabad also stresses the benefits of helping others who are following the path of good; the service rendered to other followers of the righteous path is deemed to be more worthy than performing empty rituals and pilgrimages. The shabads highlights the benefits of Seva, service to others.

Ritual v Service

Kabit no 673: (Amrit Keertan page 655)

ਪੰਚ ਬਾਰ ਗੰਗ ਜਾਇ ਬਾਰ ਪੰਚ ਪ੝ਰਾਗ ਨਾਇ , ਤੈਸਾ ਪ੝ੰਨ ਝਕ ਗ੝ਰਸਿਖ ਕਉ ਨਵਾਝ ਕਾ ।

ਸਿਖ ਕਉ ਪਿਲਾਇ ਪਾਨੀ ਭਾਉ ਕਰ ਕ੝ਰਖੇਤ , ਅਸਵ ਮੇਧ ਜਗ ਫਲ ਸਿਖ ਕਉ ਜਿਵਾਝ ਕਾ ।
ਜੈਸੇ ਸਤ ਮੰਦਰ ਕੰਚਨ ਕੇ ਉਸਾਰ ਦੀਨੇ , ਤੈਸਾ ਪ੝ੰਨ ਸਿਖ ਕਉ ਇਕ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਸਿਖਾਝ ਕਾ ।
ਜੈਸੇ ਬੀਸ ਬਾਰ ਦਰਸਨ ਸਾਧ ਕੀਆ ਕਾਹੂ , ਤੈਸਾ ਫਲ ਸਿਖ ਕਉ ਚਾਪ ਪਗ ਸ੝ਆਝ ਕਾ ॥673॥

panch baar gang jaai baar panch praag naai, taisaa punn ayk gurasikh kau navaaay kaa ।

sikh kau pilaai paanee bhaau kar kurakhayt, asav maythh jag dhal sikh kau jivaaay kaa ।
jaisay sat manthar kanchan kay usaar theenay, taisaa punn sikh kau ik shabath sikhaaay kaa ।
jaisay bees baar tharasan saathh keeaa kaahoo, taisaa dhal sikh kau chaap pag suaaay kaa ॥673॥

Five pilgrimages to the (holy) Ganges, bathing five times at Prayag, is as virtuous as providing bathing facilities to one Sikh.

For lovingly serving a Sikh with water and food, is as fruitful as visiting Kurukshetra and performing Ashwamegh yag
Giving away seven temples built of gold in charity, is as virtuous as teaching one shabad (hymn) to a Sikh.
Gaining 20 darshans (visions) of a sadhu (holy person), is as fruitful as pressing the feet and putting a Sikh to sleep. (673)