Welcome to. S erve A nd I nspire - Workshop 2 Hosted by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre Of …………. O God, Be in my mind and in my thinking O God, Be in my eyes and in my seeing O God, Be in my ears and in my hearing O God, Be in my mouth and in my speaking
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Serve And Inspire - Workshop 2
Hosted by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre
Be a Good Role Model
Follow Rule #1
Service of Need vs. Service of Convenience
Would anyone else like to share their experiences or
examples of service of need vs. service of convenience?
Sai Baba. Both of them stayed in the same building. One day Swami
Karunyananda looked out of the window and saw small children and the
dogs were eating the food from the garbage bin. This scene touched
Swami Karunyananda’s heart so badly when he felt bad and thought about
Lo and behold, Swami was standing behind him. Karunyananda asked
Swami to look outside and asked why this is happening? Swami
explained that they had a good and rich life in the past and ate according
to their likes and dislikes. They snacked and threw the rest in the garbage
and now whatever they threw in the past, are being picked up for
satisfying their hunger in this life.
For example, preparing and serving free community meals to homeless, spending time or assisting seniors/elders or assisting people with special needs can be considered service of need.
For example, giving leftover food from a dinner party to homeless is a service of convenience.
One can see that the first example involves thoughtful intentions to serve those who need help. You must think of who you will serve and how you will serve them beforehand and your all your actions are made for this service. Pure Heart and Pure Intentions. In the second example the service involves only afterthought and the true purpose of Cooking is to entertain one’s friends and have fun. The food is only given to the homeless because it is convenient and not because it has been prepared with love for them. Check your Intention!
In service we must consider the needs of others.
Service can begin at home but we can extend service of
others in the community
i.e. workplace, the environment or wherever there is a need.
When one performs service, one should do so without the
expectation of receiving anything in return or of receiving
“While performing service activities never consider yourself as a doer. Always think that whatever service activities you have undertaken they are for your own enlightenment. These service activities must be undertaken to develop self confidence, which will lead to self satisfaction, self sacrifices and ultimately to self realization, thus service is meant to
realize your true self, it should never be considered as help for others”.
- Sathya Sai Baba
The members of the center have many interests and skills.
Their skills range from caring for elders, to teaching to
acting and cooking. Their interests range from working
with special needs children to helping improve the environment.
Let us examine.
“Always find a quiet corner after My dharshan, where you may enter the stillness and receive the completion of My blessings. My energy goes from Me as I pass you. If you proceed to talk to others, immediately the previous energy is dissipated and return to Me unused. Rest assured that whatever My eyes sees becomes vitalized and transmuted. You are being changed day by day. Never underestimate
what is being accomplished by this act of dharshan. My walking among you is a gift yearned for by the gods of the highest heaven and you are daily receiving this grace. Be grateful”.
- Sathya Sai Baba
Cleaning a local park solves the problem of pollution in our community. There are many problems that can harm a community, such as poverty and violence.
Remember, Service of Need vs. Service of Convenience
Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Each day, across the nation, 32,000 units of red cells save lives. No one understands the importance of "giving the gift of life". You see it in every day: platelets given to chemotherapy patients, plasma for burn victims, red cells for transplant patients. The list goes on and on.
A single mature tree can release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings
Share stories of:
All feet, all eyes, all faces and mouths are His
He works through all hands
He walks through all feet
He sees through each eye
He eats and speaks through every mouth
He is everything
Everything is His
Every look, speech and act is His”.
- Bhagavad Gita
- Sathya Sai Baba