A discussion ensued about rendering social service. Baba made the following comments:

The activities you are engaged in of serving the nation and the people in a way are good. But to acquire the full bliss through karma yoga, there is only one sure-fire way and method. And that is, while rendering service, there should not be the least thought or feeling of “I serve … I do this work.” Real service requires selflessness and should be done selflessly. There should not be the least thought of “I-ness” or “I do this.” Because such egoistic thoughts create pride, which gives rise to extremely dense and deep sanskaras, and it is most difficult to eradicate these types of sanskaras.

People all over the world do some kind of service. Some serve their community and some their country. But in their service, the degree of egoistic self-respect and selfishness is immense. Some serve to bring their name into the newspapers, some with a view to be looked upon highly, some to gain prominence and applause, and some to appear good and decent in the eyes of others. Thus everyone serves with an ulterior motive of selfish ambition or pride, and this is not serving at all. What is done is all useless, worthless and totally meaningless.

Be true karma yogis! Serve, but serve with absolute selflessness. Keeping your “I-ness” at arm’s length, serve in the name of Beloved God.

Lord Meher Online 1039-40
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5 thoughts on “Selfless service is Karma”

  1. Really liked this Jay. Why is a pride a reason for serving anyway? Do we serve to give ourselves kudos? Then our service is for ourselves and our benefit to others is a side effect. But turn it around and we begin to understand the joy of living and perhaps even life itself.

    1. Great question. I understand where you are coming from. Let me share, my personal Belief and Mantra:
      1. Give, Give, the more you Give God keeps the Count.
      2. I pray and seek – God make me able, to Give, Give more.
      IMHO, both are symbolic of my submission, surrender and seeking his help to make us able. Pride – No. It has no place. But what I believe is “Whose pat I like the most to have on my back?” Of course there are many – My late parents, Gurus, Mentors and at times – my worst critics !
      I loved your point about “But to turn it around… “. Makes me think deeper about my current activity leading to Karma. Thank you for kindly sharing your thoughts. Such discussions right early morning here in India are refreshing. Thanks again. Regards. Jay.

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