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Definition: an act of helpful activity; help; aid
noun \ˈsər-vəs\

a : the occupation or function of serving b : employment as a servant
a : the work performed by one that serves b : help, use, benefit c : contribution to the welfare of others d : disposal for use
a : a form followed in worship or in a religious ceremony b : a meeting for worship —often used in plural
: the act of serving: as a : a helpful act b : useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity —usually used in plural c : serve

“Worship God in the poor and the sick. Service of the poor and sick is worship of God. Destroy ghrna (disgust and loathing) when you serve the sick. Then you will get citta suddhi (purity of the mind) quickly. Service of the poor and the sick is a powerful remedy to bring about the purification of the mind. People do not want to remove mala (impurity) by selfless service. They do not want to remove viksepa (mental distraction) by upasana (worshipful contemplation). They think that service and bhakti are nothing. They at once jump to open the kundalini (the inner spiritual power) and raise the brahmakara vrtti (the notion that only Brahman is real). They will only break their own legs. Rather serve and worship. Jnana and yoga will come by themselves. Kundalini will be awakened by itself.” Swami Sivananda

“There is a peculiar joy and bliss in vigorous selfless service. You get inner spiritual strength and power by performing motiveless and selfless service. You will develop humility, pure love, sympathy, tolerance and mercy. The sense of separateness will be annihilated. Selfishness will be eradicated. You will get a broad and liberal outlook on life. You will begin to feel oneness and unity. Eventually you will attain knowledge of the self. If you really want to grow in the spiritual path, you must do all sorts of service daily, till the end of your life. Then only you are safe. Do not stop serving when you become a famous yogi. The spirit of service must enter every nerve, cell, tissue and bone of your body. Then you will become a real, full-blown practical vedantin.” Swami Sivananda

[1] “Serve without being conspicuous. Serve silently without any advertisement. Without belief in God, without belief in an ordered world you cannot live amicably; you cannot work for the community.”[2] “The right spirit in service is necessary. Not the smallest insect is to be treated callously. I once found a drowning wasp. I took it out, gave it some warmth and prayed for it. For I know that the Lord is there in that wasp. So work for the benefit of others, because they are divinities, not because you want personal glory. Even a tiny bit of service in this spirit will be recognised at once –while thousands of pounds, given with a view to self-advertisement, may earn you little merit.”[3] “Worship God in the poor and the sick. Service of the poor and sick is worship of God. Destroy ghrna (disgust and loathing) when you serve the sick. Then you will get citta suddhi (purity of the mind) quickly. Service of the poor and the sick is a powerful remedy to bring about the purification of the mind.”  Swami Sivananda

“Any one may blame you; but you should ignore all such blame and go forward in doing service without rancor.  Service is your only duty. The Universe is a manifestation of God. So also the individual. All these three are like: Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara – the Trinity. Actually there are no three, they are one – it is the unified Godhead. Cherishing this thought of Oneness and serving the Society is true Adhyatmic or spiritual life.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Engage yourselves in service activity. Consider social service as service to God. This is the best way to earn God’s Love. Love all and serve all. Your entire life will be sanctified thereby. The ideal of service has the ability to remove the ego; it promotes love and affection; it takes one away from worldly attachments and puts one on the path of the Divine. It can give widespread pleasure and happiness for all mankind. In fact, service is the first step along the spiritual path, for ”service to man is service to God.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and we will make not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.” ~ Gandhi

Man lives consciously for himself,but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic,universal,aims of humanity.
Leo Tolstoy

[1] He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.
[2] The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful.
~Rabindranath Tagore

Astronaut John Glenn, whose pictures of earth from space were shared with the world said: “If you could see how much we share in this one world together, you would come back wanting to work for the benefit of everyone.”

‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’~Mohandas Gandhi

‎”As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another….”1 Peter 4:10

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.~Mother Teresa

“Is there anything that you want? Is there anything I can do? Just call on me, and I will send it along with love, from me to you.”~ The Beatles.

Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.~ Jim Rohn

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.~ Rabindranath Tagore

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.~Mother Teresa

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Muhammad Ali

An essential part of a happy, healthy life is being of service to others. ~ Sue Pattom Thoele

Today, like every other day,
we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and
begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and
kiss the ground.
~Sufi mystic – Jelaluddin Rumi – 13th century~

“CHILDREN” (by Kahlil Gibran)
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.~Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD)

“In Karma-yoga no effort is ever lost, and there is no harm. Even a little practice of this discipline protects one from great fear [of birth and death].”Bhagavad Gita

Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world. ~ Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

‘An action which is done with disinterestedness, not motivated by personal gain, and which is surrendered unto the Lord, will purify the mind and lead us to Liberation.’~Ramana Maharshi

Karma Marga -4
“A single effort even for a single minute would bear fruit in time”
src: Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning

It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
~Francis of Assisi

Unless one realizes the Self, the feeling ‘I am doing’ will never vanish.
~Ramana Maharishi

Don’t bother. What is destined as work to be done by you in this life will be done by you, whether you like it or not.Karma Marga – 26

Action dedicated to God and done without desire purifies the mind. It aids liberation. Karma Marga – 29

The highest service is that, in which there is no sense of service, no sense of giving, no sense of doing – only a communication of love.Karma Yoga – 30

If one enquires ‘Who is the doer?’ And enters the Heart, the doership idea will end, triple karma is destroyed. This indeed is liberation.

‘Whatever you see happening in the waking state happens only to the knower, and since the knower is unreal, nothing in fact ever happens.’ Karma Yoga – 23

By loving me he comes to know me truly; then he knows my glory and enters into my boundless being. All his acts are performed in my service, and through my
grace he wins eternal life.-Bhagavad Gita 18:55-56

when I think of myself as a body, I am your servant; when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you; but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one.~ SHRI HANUMAN.

That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.~Mohandas Gandhi

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.~Rabindranath Tagore

“Love does not rest content with merely loving, but flows out in acts of service.”- Swami Ramdas

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.~St. Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~St. Francis of Assisi

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.~Henry J Kaiser

The service of the fruit is precious, the service of the flower is sweet, but let my service be the service of the leaves in its shade of humble devotion.~Tagore

Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.~Mahatma Gandhi

Service broadens your vision widens your awareness. Deepens your compassion.~Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The moon shines in my body, but my blind eyes cannot see it:
The moon is within me, and so is the sun.
The unstruck drum of Eternity is sounded within me; but my deaf ears cannot hear it.

So long as man clamours for the I and the Mine, his works are as naught:
When all love of the I and the Mine is dead, then the work of the Lord is done.
For work has no other aim than the getting of knowledge:
When that comes, then work is put away.

The flower blooms for the fruit: when the fruit comes, the flower withers.
The musk is in the deer, but it seeks it not within itself: it wanders in quest of grass.

“Man cannot really help the world. God alone does that –
He who has created the sun and the moon, who has put love
for their children in parents’ hearts, endowed noble souls
with compassion, and holy men and devotees with divine love.
The man who works for others, without any selfish motive,
really does good to himself.”
~ Ramakrishna

Do not entertain the sense of doership in doing good, as well as for bad deeds, be entirely prideless and egoless in all things. and thus your spiritual progress will be rapid.~ Shirdi Sai Baba

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