There is a human need for contribution. We want to help others and have our efforts make a positive difference in the world. It’s a desire that comes from deep within and has a pure innocence. This is the nature of service that comes from your true Self, and it’s given with deep love and reverence.
In Eastern culture seva, which is Sanskrit for selfless service, is essential to our spiritual growth and purification. It builds strong community, supports others and fulfills a deep longing within us. We experience interdependence when each of us contributes to life as a family member, friend, and engaged part of society.
Seva is the art of blessed action. When we practice selfless service, our actions are infused with sacred intention. There is no need for attachment to receiving because the act itself is a true gift when freely given.
Efforts need not be global; it is virtually impossible to change the world in one fell swoop. Focus on the community around you, the village in which you live, the partnerships you’ve created, and the lives of those you’re able to touch. Ram Dass says says, “We simply heed the call of that natural impulse within and follow it where it leads us.”
What better way of remembering how much we have to offer one another than by asking “How may I serve?” or “Can I help?”. It is simple, yet it’s one of the most profound and life changing ways that you can put your spiritual knowledge into action.
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