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What is the use of Seva? How does Seva help meditation?

Q: Guruji what is the use of Seva? How does it help meditation?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Listen, suppose you are stranded in some place and you need someone to give you a lift in their car or taxi and nobody stops their car to give you a lift, how would you feel?


You are carrying two bags and you have to go to the restroom in a railway station. You can’t leave the bags unattended and you have to go to the restroom, what will you do? You will find some nice elderly person, go to them and keep the bags with them requesting them to take care while you go for five minutes to the restroom. Don’t you need other’s help? If they refuse to help you then how can you survive? You know in this world as human beings we have to help each other and that is what seva is.

Seva means what? ‘Sa’ means ‘him’ which refers to God and ‘Eva’ means ‘like him’; doing things like him.

God does so many things for you but does not expect anything in return from you. Whether you pray to him, thank him or not he will still continue to do. He is not doing you a favor. When you thank God, that is for your own joy, it does not matter to God. In the same way whether people acknowledge your work or not, whether they thank you or not you still do it because you find that it is important to do!

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

You want to experience the Divine

If you want to experience Divinity, you have to turn your mind away from the external world and turn your mind inwards for a short while. You have to come out of the chaos and conflicts that are clogging your mind. This process is called mediation.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

If it is others’ jealousy, don't recognize it, they will bear their cross.

Q: Guruji, I can understand being centered and doing sadhana and seva but when criticism and jealousy turns to harmful proportions, what should I do?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Be aware, be alert. Is it jealousy in you or in others? If it is in you wake up and see what are you jealous about, everything is going to finish one day. Know that everything is going to be gone, everything is going to finish, your jealousy will right away go down.
If it is others’ jealousy, don't recognize it, they will bear their cross.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quotes

'Who am I?' I am God's son or daughter

'Who am I?'I am God's son or daughter. So why should I experience lack of anything? The whole world is there for me. What can time do to me? This sort of genuine bravery should arise in you.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quotes

What is tapas

If you are unhappy, one way to get out of your sorrow is Tapas. Tapas is agreeing with the moment, total acceptance of pleasant or unpleasant situations.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quotes

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