Service to others
"To serve is to Rule"` Templar Maxim
All the joy the world contains
is through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.
(8.129 - Shantideva - Bodhicharyavatara)
"Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers."
Henri Frederick Amiel
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Norman Mac Ewan
Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large. --Gandhi--
"Satisfy the hunger of others
And your hunger will be appeased
All by itself." 283, p82 His Holiness M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Sayings of Jesus
"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men-robbers, evildoers, adulterers-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?"
The Purpose of Life - Sri Sri Ravi Shanka
Our first and foremost commitment is to do service in the world. If there is fear in your life, it is because of a lack of commitment. If there is confusion in your life, it is because of lack of commitment. The very thought, 'I am here in this world to do service', dissolves the "I" and when the "I" dissolves, worries dissolve. Service is not something you do out of convenience or for pleasure. The ultimate purpose of life is to be of service. An uncommitted mind is miserable. A committed mind may experience rough weather but will reap the fruits of its toil. When you make service your sole purpose in life, it eliminates fear and brings focus and purposefulness in your mind, action and long term joy -- and maybe short term problems!
Sri Sri Ravi Shanka
Spiritual Leadership and Service by Dr Joshua David Stone
Many begin serving before achieving wholeness or being right with self and right with GOD, which leads to improper outward service ultimately and/or depletion of one's energies. Let one's first service be achieving integration on the path of ascension.
True service can begin after one takes the third initiation if the psychological self is properly integrated. Spiritual leadership can begin in the same sequence. It must be understood, however, that one cannot become a spiritual leader for others until one has attained leadership over self. This is called self leadership. One must become the captain of one's own ship, so to speak. For a more in depth look at the subject of spiritual leadership, please refer to Manual for Planetary Leadership in my series of books called " The Easy to Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path."
One wants to support the needs of humanity and one's brothers and sisters upon all levels possible. Yet, as was discussed in the section dealing with the negative ego quotient, one does not want to be invasive. One wants to serve the highest good of all kingdoms upon the planet, and yet one does not want to invade another's free will or circumvent valuable lessons.
What one must therefore seek to achieve can best be described as helping to meet the essential needs of all whenever possible, and being there in a gentle manner, much like that of a guardian angel who acts when called upon but is otherwise completely respective of a person's own free will.
Now this does not exclude us from offering our suggestions in a most respectful manner, for those with greater vision can help their brothers and sisters learn much from grace rather than from karma. Yet, if one is too heavy handed in this regard one will be inadvertently creating more karma which must then eventually be overcome.
The balance, beloved readers and fellow servers, is indeed a delicate one. The best way to know how to proceed is to consult with your own oversoul and Monad, and to communicate with GOD and the Masters.
As you can see, spiritual leadership is intricately interwoven with service. Because they are so intertwined they fall under the same category of quotient building. The best way to lead is by example. That is why it has been stressed so adamantly that each must first learn to both serve and lead within one's self. This is also the reason that it is imperative that one ultimately find their ascension mission and truly embrace their own unique puzzle piece. One cannot build their quotient in this area or be effective servers or leaders if one is coming from a place of dishonesty within oneself.
Dr Joshua David Stone
KARMA YOGA (Bhikshu)
Karma Yoga achieves union with God through right action and through service (Bhakti Yoga). Karma Yoga can also be summed up in a statement by Sri Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita:
"Worshipping Him with proper actions, a man attains realization". One key to Karma Yoga is the performance of right action and service for its own sake, without consideration of the immerdiate or apparent results.
BHAKTI YOGA (div. Authors) The Yoga of love and devotion. The Way of Transcendent Love which sees the whole universe, animate and inanimate, as being pervaded by divinity. Also very much involved with service (refering Karma Yoga), and way of the heart.
BHAKTI YOGA - PRINCIPLES
2. Singing of praise
4. Worship of the feet
5. Ritual worship
7. Being a slave to GOD
8. Being a friend
Be as You Are - The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
.....But even then you must do it as you were told, without ahamkara, that is without the sense 'I am the doer', but feeling, 'I am the Lord's tool'. Similarly one must not be conceited and think,' I am helping a man below me. He needs help. I am in a position to help. I am superior and he is inferior.' You must help the man as a means of worshipping God in that man. All such service too is for you the Self, not for anybody else. You are not helping anybody else but yourself
Til you reach the state of jnana and thus wake out of maya, you must do social service by relieving sufferings whenever you see it
Q. What is the best way to work for world peace?
A. What is the world? What is peace and who is the worker? The world is not in your sleep and forms a projection of your mind in your jagrat [waking state]. It is therefore an idea nothing else. Peace is the absence of disturbance. The disturbance is due to the arising thoughts in the individual, which is only the ego rising up from pure consciousness.
To bring about peace means to be free from thoughts and to abide in pure consciousness. If one remains at peace onself, there is only peace everywhere..
What is right and wrong?
There is no standard by which to judge something to be right and another to be wrong. Opinions differ according to the nature of the individual and according to the surroundings. They are again ideas and nothing more. Do not worry about them but get rid of thoughts instead. If you always remain in the right, then right will prevail in the world.
Q. Will not right conduct be enough to secure salvation?
A. Salvation for whom? Who wants salvation? And what is right conduct? What is conduct? And what is right and what is wrong?
Only when the reality is known can the truth about right and wrong be known.
The best course is to find out who wants this salvation. Tracing this 'who' or ego to its original source is right conduct for everyone.
Intention - Motives
...whatever is done lovingly, with righteous purity and with peace of mind, is good action. Everything that is done with a stain of desire and with agitation filling the mind is classified as bad action.
Means to an End?
Do not perform any good action [karma] through a bad means, thinking 'It is sufficient if it bears good fruit.' Because if the means is bad, even a good action will turn out to be bad one. Therefore, even the means of doing actions should be pure.
p212 Be as You Are - The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Service to Others
Service or charity to other human beings is essential. Offering humane treatment to others in the form of relief, support and comfort is considered to be service to the Most High in physical form. Qabalists feel morally bound to alleviate suffering when and where it is needed. Akin to many of the world's greatest traditions, we believe that when one person suffers, everyone suffers.
Chariatable acts are seen as striking a balance between the principles of Mercy and Severity on the Tree of Life. When Mercy or generosity is unbalanced it may turn into an act of overindulgence. Severity, the force of loving correction, can check and rebalance this tyoe of action, and the lack of generosity stemming from excess Severity may be tempered by the loving kindness and compassion of Mercy. Even with the best of intentions, help given or withheld without conscious decision making has harmed many a giver and receiver.
An effective way to decide how much help is appropriate is found by turning inward. Honest self-reflection aids us in discovering our true reasons for giving or holding back assistance. It also enables us to define our personal boundaries and limitations and to become aware of and accept the pros abd cons of our potential actions.
Help or Hindrance
As in so many other areas of the Qabalist's life, the Principles of Self-Regulation, Personal Responsobility and Non-Attachment are highlighted.
Qabalists become skilled at asking themselves questions such as: Am I doing this act for the recognition of others, or strictly for the satisfaction of giving? Would it be more appropriate and/or effective to give anonymously rather than to be known?
Am I helping because I want this person to behave differently - like me more, divorce divorce her abusive husband and marry me?
Can I act because I know it is the right thing to do, but then let go of the outcome?
Might giving actually be taking the course of least resistance? (Do I give my son money so that he will stop pestering me, rather than taking the time to find out why he has again overspent his budget?)
Is what I wish to give appropriate to what is needed? Could it be a more helpful gesture not to assist another by doing so encourage that person to develop the strength and abilities on themselves?
Service to others also teaches the principles of Self-Care First. The Qabalist it required to minister to his/ her own basic needs prior to ministering to others. Therefore, one does not feed others when one's children are hungry. On the other hand, one will donate one's extra winter coat to charity before purchasing a new one.
The Principles of The Qabalah by Amber Jayanti
The perfect servant is selfless - understanding that service to others
overiding ego, desires, fears , craving, temptation, attachments.
'anticipation is the key to service' - know when people need something - even before they know that they need it! so when they ask you have already done it!
BE SPIRITUALLY SELFISH - SHARING
HAVE ENLIGHTENED SELF INTEREST - ASPIRING FOR WIN-WIN
LIKE WHAT YOU DO AND SERVE OTHERS
Light Worker Creed
1. Because the mind can hold only one thought at a time, choose positive thoughts such as love, hope, and those of the Light. When you begin to think negative or fearful thoughts, change up quickly, and replace them with the latter. Hold the dream of the perfect world in your mind for yourself, loved ones and the world. Let no one dissuade you. Follow your dreams and never stop believing in yourself. This will make you more powerful than those who have knowledge but lack the courage to follow their dreams.
2. Never stoke the energy of those who are trying to tear you down. Do not waste your time trying to respond. Nurture only the positive and keep directing this positive energy toward your accomplishments. Negativity dilutes your energy and prevents the accomplishment of dreams.
3. Be the keeper of the Light for the World. Never underestimate the power of a kind word, deed or action. Be kinder than necessary. Be "a rock" for your integrity, even under adversity.
4. Be committed to self-improvement! See bad luck and pain as opportunites for further challenges. Show 'em who's boss! Strive to become the awesome person you were destined to be!
5. They say never compare yourself to others. But go ahead and do it! Then become even more positive than they are. If you always strive to be positive you can expect miracles in your life! 6. Get rid of the childish tendency we all have to blame others for our difficulties. Accept those challenges of pain and disappointment as further opps for growth and mastery.
7. Monitor every thought, word, action and feeling that you emit. Clean 'em up!
8. Smile and smile often! Smiles are free and people love 'em.
9. See the Light within every soul you encounter, no matter how challenging the individual. There is that word again. Challenge. Do you see? Treat others as you would be treated even if they are a pain!
10. Never forget that a person's greatest emotional needs are to feel appreciated and loved. Never mind how irrascible their nature!
11. Always forge ahead with your victory banner. Winners go where losers fear to tread. You know you have always enjoyed feeling fearless! Do it!
12. Don't give up on negative people. Their need for love is greater than ours.
13. Be willing to assist others without judgement.
14. Listen to your "still small voice" and obey your inner guidance. Listen to it's wisdom. This is the path to enlightenment. Become a Master.
15. Never forget that we were born into bodies to learn to live together in harmony and love.
16. Try to remember to be prayerful and thankful in your heart throughout the day.
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