Avdhoot Baba Shivanand says, “Charity begins at home.”You have to first serve your own self and your family through continuous practice of love, forgiveness and acceptance. You must equally value mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing of all in the family. As you become comfortable with giving, slowly extend your selfless service towards humanity and nature. Babaji teaches further about doing Nishkam Seva saying, “when you do seva with your left hand, your right hand should not know about it.” It is serving without any desire for recognition and without any selfish intentions, hopes or expectations of receiving something in return. When you radiate with unconditional love and giving, you transcend the idea of self.
Nishkam Seva is being candle lighting up someone’s life by removing his or her darkness. It is recognizing the presence of divinity within yourself and others. Seva can be done in countless ways such as feeding, educating and providing for the least fortunate ones or via simple acts of kindness like helping someone cross the road, alleviating someone’s stress levels and bringing them peace, being kind to animals, birds and insects, planting trees, taking care of the environment, praying for the benefit of others, practicing non violence in your thoughts and actions towards others, staying humble and nonjudgmental in your behavior and attitude towards others, etc. Even if you bring a smile to someone’s face, it counts. Nishkam Seva is really the act of giving of oneself in any small way possible. It is up to you to take the first step paving the path for others to join in this divine act of selfless service towards humanity. Small efforts lead to great change as unconditional love and light spread all around.
The simple law of nature is that the more you give selflessly, the more you receive without asking. Nishkam Seva helps you to reach deep within your soul, purifies your aura and expands your heart chakra to increase its capacity to love unconditionally. You learn to connect to mankind in many unexpected ways never thought possible. The whole universe benefits from your actions and presence. So GIVE OPENLY. Unfold your natural ability to love and to give selflessly. Let your presence itself become a blessing.
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