The Sanskr it word for selfless service is ‘Seva.’ Man is a social being. He is indebted to society in many ways. The food he eats, the clothes he wears, the house he lives in, everything he depends on is available to him only due to the efforts of others. Whatever he achieves in life is also due to the direct or indirect cooperation of others. God has bestowed human life upon him so that he would offer his services for beautifying the planet and for making this world a better place in which to live. You, as a human, have the responsibility of offering your altruistic services to society and to the world. You are supposed to help maintain Nature’s ecosystem and contribute your level best to the healthy and happy growth of all of its animate and inanimate beings. How else can you thank Mother Nature for the enormous boons She has blessed you with?How could you be the crowned prince of the Almighty if you do not dischargey our duties towards His creation?
We should all remember time and again that we are not born only to live a materialist life. We are humans. Our life should not be confined to earning and enjoying sensual pleasures. We should also be living a noble and altruistic life.Our abilities and potentials should also be used for the welfare and upliftment of others.
Your spiritual practice is incomplete without service. You must offer your voluntary altruistic service to contribute to the welfare of others.Your wealth, talents and intellect are of no use if not even a fraction of them goes towards helping to uplift someone else. And practically speaking, consider how happy a self-centered affluent person can be if those around him are poor,downtrodden and suffering? You cannot even enjoy your success or happiness unless you share your joys with others. You cannot expect love, cooperation and respect from anyone unless you learn to care and share. Every religion of the world, every spiritual school encourages charitable giving for the welfare of the needy. Even those who are poor should consider that there are others more deprived than themselves. Try to do the best you can to alleviate the pain and sufferings of others. More than material help, it is compassion and cooperation that counts in seva. Selfless service is said to be the noblest of human deeds. Service for the world is the true devotional offering to its Creator
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