"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", says Bhagawan. And only selfless service can help us progress on the path towards our final destination. Every opportunity to serve will indeed benefit others, but importantly it aids in our transformation too.
We are like fledglings on this path of service, but we have God Himself guiding us. His compassion has no bounds! This is Swami's message for all the Sai youth across all countries, "Look around and see what is the basic need in your country and and cater to that basic need for the poor and the needy. You cannot take one country's work and simply apply to another country. But there are basic needs like food, health, education and water. Going to the poor and the needy, meeting and helping them will make you humble. It will remind you that God has given you so much. You don't have any health or financial problem. You are not born in such areas to such parents, you are already fortunate! Service activities must make you humble.
Youth always tend to compare themselves with others. Don't feel bad that you don't have this or that in life. You all compare so much, and spoil your minds! Don't compare with those who are worldly, but rather compare yourself with those who have nothing in this world, and feel happy that God has taken care about all these things for you! Always be humble and grateful to God. That's why service to the poor and needy is important.
Youth have to get together and think what can be done in a nearby area. If you take projects 400 or 500 kms away, no body will go. One day you will go out of the excitement and enthusiasm, but eventually you get tired and will not go from the next time onwards. This will give a bad impression to the people. So it is better to take a project which is at a distance of maximum 30-40 kms, and minimum 5-10kms, depending on where they stay, so you can go in the morning, do the Seva and come back in the evening, or at the most stay one day. Based on the need identified, service projects must be taken at an area where you should be able to reach within one hour. If the Government is taking care, then it's fine. Otherwise, you have to go and take care of the need.
Seva must be done in a consistent manner. One day if you get breakfast and the next day you don't, will you be happy? Every day we live on earth, we want our breakfast. When the sun rises, we need our food. So, plan properly to ensure you are consistent in your Seva. Going for a day, and skipping the next two days is not appropriate. Do not engage in a Seva activity, for the sake of printing in the newsletter every week. Seva should be for your own benefit."
We are all very blessed to receive such wonderful instructions from the Lord Himself. Urging all the youth to assess the need in your respective countries, and have a planned approach to the Seva activities on a consistent basis. Bhagawan has also commanded that every country should highlight three aspects while sending in their Seva updates, as part of a self introspection process:
- What did you learn from going and serving?
- What touched your heart?
- How did you become better after the service activity?
Swami has always reminded us that 'Service is Love made manifest'. Let us continue to tread in His footsteps of Selfless Love and Selfless Service.
Yours in Sai Service