Service helps us remove the ego. Like Swami often reminds us, through the sense of unity, the willingness to sacrifice and the softness of compassion, and above all keeping God at the core of all that we do, all objects can be gained. And Bhagawan, the Avatar Himself, has set the example for us to follow. He teaches that service done to any living being is offered to Him only, and is accepted by Him most joyfully.
Swami's message for the Sai youth across the world this week:
"You too should keep God ever in your mind as the pace-setter, whether you are serving patients in the hospitals or cleaning a drain in the bazaar. That is the tapas (penance), that is the highest form of sadhana. More than listening to a hundred lectures or delivering them to others, offering one act of genuine seva attracts the Grace of God. The body has to be utilised for service to others. Activity is its main purpose. Happiness can be serviced only by serving others. Offer service to some one in need, with a full heart and experience the happiness. It need not be something big; it can even be small and unnoticed by others. But nothing goes unnoticed by God. Any act of service done should be undertaken to please the God within you."
Yours in Sai Service