Our attitude when doing service
What exactly is selfless service?
It is the very essence
of devotion, the very breath of a devotee, his very nature. It springs from the
actual experience of the devotee, an experience that convinces that all beings
are God's children, that all bodies are altars where God is installed, that all
places are His residences.
Selfless service helps us to:
- Control and purify the mind
- Put a ceiling on our desires
- Erase our karmic burden
- Remove the ego
- Bring love into our lives
- Experience the Unity of all
- Become aware of the God
- Win the Grace of God
God will not ask when and where you did service; he will
ask what your motives and intentions were
.The attitudes of mutual help and selfless service develop the
"humanness" of man and help the unfoldment of the Divinity latent in
Our attitude during a service activity determines whether the service helps
us grow spiritually. Service performed with a sense of pride or superiority may
help the person we are serving, but it does not help us.
Do not pollute your service with the poison of pride. Feel that you are serving yourself, curbing the ego Engage in humble service and egoism will fade away
Also, service should be performed without expectations for results.
Do not serve for the sake of reward; serve because you
are urged by Love
.Service is its own reward
.Do not worry about the result. Help as much as you can, as efficiently as
you can, as silently as you can, and as lovingly as you can; leave the rest to
God, who gave you a chance to serve.
Do not believe that you can by means of selfless service
reform or reshape the world. You may or may not. That does not matter. The real
value of seva, its most visible result, is that it reforms you, reshapes you.
Sometimes, members try to do what they want to do, rather than what needs to
be done. They may perceive some task as more important and others as "less
desirable". For example, some would rather serve the food than pick it up
from supermarkets and bakeries or clean up afterwards. This attitude is
counter-productive, and a more positive approach is better.
Do not consider any act of service as demeaning.
Sweeping the streets, for example, is not below your dignity. Do you not sweep
the floor at home, do you not scrub and wash off dirt?
Serve people with no thought of high or low; no service is high, no service
is low, each act of service is equal in the eye of the Lord. It is the
readiness, the joy, the efficiency, the skill with which you rush to do it that
Some people critique continually during the service, feeling that they know
better how to do certain things. This is the wrong approach; do what has to be
done willingly, whatever it is, and bring up your constructive criticisms
afterwards, when the service is being discussed in preparation for the next
How can you shorten a line drawn on a blackboard without
touching it? The answer is simple: draw a longer line under it. The line above
will automatically get shorter. This is how you must use your critical faculty:
stay silent and try to do better by showing how things should be done. This is