Seva = service
“Please help to humanity. I keep begging and asking, we are one. We don’t have any religion. Our religion is only love. God is one. Candles might be different but flame light is same.” – Sri Kaleshwar
The greatest meditation is to help another person. To care about another’s happiness more than my own. Even just for a moment. I listened to a reading today where Swami Kaleshwar was urging us, once again, to go out in the world and take care of the needy.
I could go out to a retirement center or a hospital and look for people in need. I could bring food or flowers or a book to read and be there as a friend to them. There are so many people who are sick and lonely. To go out and find a stranger to serve, it’s out there as something to look into. But it is a little daunting at this point in time.
I see so many people in my day who are in need of some thing from me. Something I can give easily. To be heard or held or fed. It requires a little surrender from me sometimes, to turn away from what I am focused on and give of myself. I feel the power of it even if it takes just a moment. The babies I take care of, my daughter, my mother, a friend who had a hard day. Any of them might be hungry or sad or desperate. And I can pause and be there for them.
Swami said that if we feed someone until they are full, if we make someone happy then we are a god to them. And he said, as did Jesus, that whoever comes to us in need is him, is the divine incarnate.
So in that moment when I am of service to another person, they are god and I am god. God serving God. It is the greatest truth underlying all illusion. And the greatest blessing when we are awake to it.