Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Seva

Most of us consider ourselves to be givers and sevadaars, to be in the service of whole humanity without any prejudice. However upon reflection, we probably still fall into the trap of serving  with some strings attached. We tend to give most to those who give us something in return whether that be love, friendship, security or pride. We tend to serve those whom we know or in our community so, if nothing else, we may at least get some recognition and appreciation.
Seva should be performed without agenda, without expectations.  
Seva means unconditional service.  Serve those also who may have nothing to offer in return. 

Baba Gurbachan Singh ji used to say that a farmer, after spreading the seeds on the ground, covers them with dust. The seeds that are visible above the ground, never grow.
Similarly, good deeds and Seva should be covered with humility and not publicized to receive appreciation. 
           " Neki kar kooen me daal"      
नेकी कर, कूएँ में डाल 

Do some work of charity and forget about it. 
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.      (Matthew 6:2) 

In other words, since we have settled for the appreciation from people, there may not be any other reward from God. 
   

                                                                            ‘Rajan Sachdeva’


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