JGD Didi, I take up seva with full enthusiasm but then I slack and never complete what I have started or if I do, I am usually doing it thinking what will I get from this. Didi, how can I be motivated to do more seva? How to train my mind to be lazy or greedy?
That’s a very honest question dear. very few people have the courage to say that they are not doing a good job when they do seva. So pat yourself on the back for this honesty. But don’t let the Ego balloon up by this praise. Understand what is seva and why is it important.
What is Seva?
To understand this, we must first understand why we were born in the first place? Surprised?
Let’s understand how ‘being born’ and ‘doing seva’ are related.
The first cause of this entire existence is ‘I’, the Ego.
First the ‘Ego’ is born and this Ego immediately indulges in a desire to be something or someone. That desire gives birth to the physical body.This is how you were born the first time ever.
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The reason why you are born is your own ‘Ego’. The reason you die, is also because of your ‘Ego’. The reason why you go from one lifetime to another is ‘Ego’. Thus it is very clear that the way out of this bondage of birth-death-birth-death-birth death cycle is to be able to ‘surrender your Ego’.
How to ‘Surrender the Ego’?
1] By constantly watching yourself and working on your self to drop the Ego. This is the path of self-enquiry or Gyana. This is a difficult path.
2] By recognizing that ‘the highest power in the Universe is greater than my EGO’ and surrendering to that power. This is the path of devotion or Bhakti. This is even more difficult.
3] By simply doing opposite of what EGO wants. EGO always wants to do everything for “I”, “Me” & “Myself”. You do the opposite – do something for OTHERS. This is where “I” takes a backseat and you start experiencing the supreme joy of ‘giving’. That fulfillment that comes from giving things, doing physical volunteer service, giving time to those who need it, giving knowledge, giving anything is SEVA. This changes your focus from within to without. This helps in dropping the “I”. And finally when you cultivate your ‘Seva Bhava’ to such an extent that you are filled with just ‘love & compassion’ for the everyone, you will start receiving only love & compassion. That love from others in the form of their blessings and good wishes washes away the karmas created by your ‘EGO’ and you find your path to liberation from the cycle of birth-death-birth-death. This is the Secret Formula hidden in SEVA! So give!
And how to give… selflessly…. professionally…. without an expectation…. GIVE completely with your heart & soul!
Those who receive are beggars, those who give are ‘kings’. What do you want to be? ‘King’ or a ‘Beggar’?