Service "aka" Seva

By Billy Sadia
Posted in Africa Yoga Project Blog, on April 07, 2014

Seva or service is wide and commonly understood to be a charity. Just like it runs in the old saying, it begins at home. It spreads across the paths we travel, places we live, and the people we meet.
Life is not about possession, it’s about contributions, not about status, it’s about service, not about surplus, it’s about sacrifice, but not self seeking, not about becoming rich, but about reaching out to others.“Helping or service is not because one needs to tend the other, but it’s because there is only one of us, each helping and each being helped.” Ram Dass and Richard Gorman.
“Service to humanity is not about showing passion and empathy to each other at times of need, but about regarding love in high esteem and kindness in all walks of life.” Mahatma Gandhi. Service is not just a word for symbolizing the human compassion and civilization, but it goes beyond the horizons of human nature and his creations. It is all about using hearts along with the minds in all the endeavors of humankind. This is such an inspiration, knowing that it is not about how much I am giving but about giving regardless of how much.
Life is more than just about me, life has to be more because life is much more. Therefore, in AYP, I have found not just a job and a worthy course, but also a partner with whom I intend to give my service with. I want to dedicate my time and resources in the contribution towards the success of service all over the world: to connect those who want to make a difference by sharing 
skills and strengths to those who can benefit. It is my intention to keep my basket of service full to the brim as much as I possibly can. It is my duty to be of service, it is my role on this earth.
The meaning of true life is service and sacrifice. Life is meant for service, and not for self seeking Sacrifice! “Do your duties well, sincerely. Your privileges will follow unasked.” Swami Sivananda Maharaj. Swami highlights how one should hold his or her life for the service of others. The more the energy you spend in elevating and serving others, the more the divine energy will flow to you.
By doing service, you purify your heart. Egoism, hatred, jealousy, idea of superiority vanishes. Humility, pure love, sympathy, tolerance, and mercy are developed. Sense of separateness is taken away. Selfishness is eradicated. It is like taking a plane and landing some place where you you have a broader vision of what life is on the outside of yourself. You begin to feel oneness or unity of life. You develop a big heart with wide, generous and divergent views. Eventually, the revelation dawns on you and the knowledge of the Self unfolds before you. You realize the 'One-in-all' and 'all-in-One'. You feel unbounded joy. 
I am grateful for any opportunity to do seva.
Ken Cheloti.


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