Shree Peetha Nilaya - Spirit of Seva

Spirit of Seva

Why are we doing what we are doing? What is the purpose of life or of the actions we do on an everyday basis? We do it not because we want to satisfy our bodily desires, but to be the vehicle of Divine Love.

We cannot talk about the taste of an apple when we never tasted it before. The same with Seva: our mind will never understand why something that is designed to make others happy, can bring us happiness; it can only be understood once we shift our consciousness in this direction and have the experience ourselves.

In fact, what is Love when we keep it for ourselves? Through sharing and expressing we make this Love grow. Love can be expressed in so many ways and when it is done selflessly, we detach from the result.

Kailashananda is the Area Manager in Facilities in Shree Peetha Nilaya

Shree Peetha Nilaya - Spirit of Seva

How do you start your day of Seva with the Team?

During the morning meeting, the team is doing different sangha activities every day like singing, chanting of mantras like the new one of Guruji, chanting of shlokas, sharing experiences, and once a week Paartha (part of the STC) shares old stories of Guruji and Bhakti Marga.

What can you recommend to other teams about how to unify a Seva Team?

With sangha activities that actively involve the members of your team.

Describe your Seva Area: what it makes special, what is the opportunity to do Seva in this area, what you expect from BSP people?

What makes it special is the practical and physical approach to work with one’s hands and to be creative. There are also meditative activities like painting a wall! You can learn new skills, cooperate and communicate with people and the team. What is expected is to be reliable and to have the willingness to serve outside, even in bad weather.

Bhagyshri is responsible as Area Manager of the Kitchen in Shree Peetha Nilaya

How do you start your Seva personally?

If you don't love the people you are serving, you shouldn't serve. That's an inner attitude.

How do you start your Seva in the Team?

We have no specific ritual, but what is emphasized is authenticity and sincerity, individually and as a team.

What can you recommend to other teams about how to unify a Seva Team?

With sangha activities that actively involve the members of your team.

Describe your Seva Area: what it makes special, what is the opportunity to do Seva in this area, what you expect from BSP people?

  1. The opportunity to directly serve the devotees and Guruji.
  2. Our team members learn team building. Learning to cook is good but there is so much on YouTube...Mostly here you can learn how to work with others.
  3. The willingness and openness to new experiences and the willingness to want to support wherever it is needed.
Shree Peetha Nilaya - Spirit of Seva

Find your Purpose

Why are we actively seeking and eager to know more about the purpose of life? Even without studying all the spiritual scriptures or practicing yoga for many years, life gives us hints and signals in which direction we should move as expressed by an inner feeling. When we do something without expectations, we tap into the field of the unknown. This field of unknowingness is something where we come in contact with something deep inside of us. It is the moment when we start to think less of our body-mind identity and this helps our minds become more calm.

Spirit Of Seva - Bhakti Marga
Spirit Of Seva - Bhakti Marga
Spirit Of Seva - Bhakti Marga
Spirit Of Seva - Bhakti Marga
Spirit Of Seva - Bhakti Marga

Natural flow of Life

Nature works in a way that it is the natural state of giving, known as an ecosystem. We are aligned in the same way with the natural flow of energy when we perform Seva, since this life force can flow through us freely. The ego doesn’t create so many blocks in our system when we think of others first and are a gift to others, instead of being a consumer of resources.

Feeling of Fulfilment

Everything in our lives is about doing something to receive some other thing that we believe will make us feel happy and accomplished. So we project onto our world that receiving is responsible for our happiness. We think it must be that, if the correct effort is made for the appropriate amount of time, then the goal must be obtainable. Our education system spends many years informing us of this, and the societies we live in encourage us to strive to be ‘better than the best’ so that we can obtain the happiness that, even still, continually eludes us.

Spirit Of Seva - Bhakti Marga
Spirit Of Seva - Bhakti Marga

Our society teaches us from the beginning that we have to do something to get something back. We are taught that expectations are something positive in daily life, so life becomes like a business model. Every action has a specific intention behind it, so we also expect an outcome which pleases others and us, and if it doesn’t go the way we want, then we are miserable. We go to work to be able to have an income, to pay our bills, and to buy the things we desire. On the other side, we are doing actions that create expectations to get something, so we are caught up in dreams which can never be fully satisfied. Expectations create desires and if they are not fulfilled, we become angry.

Seva, on the other hand, is something which makes us more detached, because the way we do actions is different. We do it for the sake of doing it; like when we dance, we don’t have a goal where we want to end by being on the dancefloor – it’s about the music itself. We perform and listen to music for the sake of doing it; this is the same with Seva. We express our true selfless nature of the soul, which is selfless for the sake of humanity and for the sake of Love.

At the end it doesn’t matter which kind of Seva you do, but it matters how you do it. Without the desire of getting praise or getting money back, you can be more focused on the essence of giving: the expression of yourself investing your energy in something which contributes to a greater purpose.

Here are some points about how to approach your Seva day with the right mindset:

  • Embrace the task which has been given to you
  • Remember the goal of why you are doing it
  • Be present in the moment while you are doing it
  • Remember for whom you are performing this service
  • Put yourself in the right mood by adopting the attitude of giving, not taking
  • Offer the task, your actions and the whole day to the Divine
  • Be grateful that every Seva possibility was given to you by the Divine to grow

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