What is Service (Karma Yoga)?
True service is to serve the
Divine and work to help the Divine Will unfold in the world. This
requires devotion and surrender. Service is not mere charity and it
is certainly not promoting one religious creed against another or
fostering conversion to a belief.
Such service is only
possible when our actions are not based upon personal or collective
motivation, when we are not seeking special results for ourselves in
what we do. Service may involve all manner of help whether charity,
medical aid, teaching, establishing schools or hospitals, and so on.
It may involve not only helping people but helping animals and the
It may sometimes involve
political action but this has to be approached with great care,
sensitivity and selflessness. Yet whether these outer forms are
helpful depends upon on if we are working in harmony with Divine
Grace. This we can know by the peace of mind our service brings us
and its ability to open us up to higher states of consciousness
wherein we see the Divine in all beings.
Whatever we do in life
should be a service to God. If it is not then our action is
deficient and will not bring us all that we truly seek. Our
spiritual practice itself, meditation done properly, is the highest
service wherein we bring the Divine Power directly not only into our
own minds but that of all the world with which we are connected.