The Power of Seva: How Selfless Service Can Lead to an Abundant Life

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If we are doing seva (service), we will have no dearth. Whatever is needed, will come to us, when we need it.

Dalai Lama says that if we are doing seva (service), we will have no dearth. Whatever is needed, will come to us, when we need it. If we are doing selfless service, there will be so much abundance in our lives and we don’t have to work for the things that we need, because everything will just flow towards us. You just have to be open to receiving all of it. You’ll get everything you want and more, but only if you do service without expecting anything in return.

What is Seva?
According to the dictionary, seva is a Sanskrit word that means selfless service. In Hinduism, this service is often carried out as a devotional act and can be done at any time. Some common examples of seva include cooking for others or helping clean up after a meal.
In the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most sacred scriptures in Hinduism, Krishna says that those who do seva will never be without. This passage has been interpreted by many religious teachers as meaning that those who do sevā will not lack for anything in this world. It also implies that their life will become meaningful and fulfilling as they continue to serve even when there is no expectation of reward or recognition.

The History of Seva
Seva, or service in Sanskrit, is the essence of spirituality. It’s a Hindi word that means service with love. It’s about doing something for someone else without any ulterior motive and it’s about not thinking about what we’re getting out of it. The idea is that if we are doing seva, we will have no dearth. Whatever is needed, will come to us, when we need it. We don’t do seva for recognition or praise; rather, the joy comes from knowing that by doing something kind for another person, they feel good because of us and they may pass on some kindness as well.
There are many ways you can get involved in seva. You can donate items to your local animal shelter or Goodwill store.

The Benefits of Seva
Seva is the Sanskrit word for service and refers to any work done without thought of reward. It’s often translated as selfless service or service with love. In Hinduism, seva is one of the six duties each person should perform daily (see Nitya-karma). It can be performed in front of a deity or before the shrine in one’s home. In Sikhism, seva is seen as a way to help others and serve God. Sikhs may perform seva by cooking food for others or volunteering at a soup kitchen.

How to Get Involved in Seva
Seva is the spiritual practice of selfless service, which is the most natural way to flow with life. If we are doing seva (service), we will have no dearth. Whatever is needed, will come to us, when we need it. The concept of seva can be applied in any sphere—personal, family, community and business.

Real-Life Examples of the Power of Seva
Service is the rent we pay for living in this world. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Seva is not a means; seva is the end. – Mahatma Gandhi
If we are doing seva (service), we will have no dearth. Whatever is needed, will come to us, when we need it. – Paramahansa Yogananda

Dr. Sajeev Dev
Dr. Sajeev Dev
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