What Is The Connection Between Selfless Service and Spirituality?

By Dada Bhagwan | Sivana East

Selfless service (seva) and spirituality are closely integrated with each other.

There are many interpretations of seva, but the true selfless service is above all as it carries immense benefits. For those who are on the path of spirituality and are inquisitive for their spiritual advancement, selfless service is the way to go! Let’s understand the connection…

The Spiritual Science

The spiritual science has always expounded that the goal of every human being should be that of serving others by whatever means one can, and according to one’ skill set and ability; because when one has an obliging nature and compassion for others, one’s own spiritual growth and happiness automatically increase as a direct consequence.

What is the true selfless service like?

● Selfless service is sincerely done and is performed with a pure heart.

● Whilst doing selfless service, one’s inner intent to serve is paramount rather than the visible actions.

● Every attempt is made to serve others without any expectation for recognition, respect, and fame for oneself.

● Utilizing one’s mind, speech and body in doing any kind of selfless service that is for the greater good of others is the most important factor here.

Let us understand the connection now, through the example of Akram Vignan

Akram Vignan is a spiritual science that provides a simple, quick and effective path to attain Self-Realization, without having to renounce or alter their life, and not even perform any penance. This spiritual science works in harmony with your existent worldly life. It is easy to understand and simple to apply in your daily life.

Through this science, you fundamentally realize really ‘who am I’ and ‘who is the doer’. Once you have attained the knowledge of the real Self, the feelings of misery and suffering automatically start distancing away from you, and in course of time, any kind of adverse circumstances no longer affect you. As your understanding of this science deepens more and more, so does the feeling of liberation and lightness enhance within you.

However, in Akram Vignan too, Seva i.e. the selfless service is given notable importance and worth, especially the service is done for the salvation of the world. While rendering this service, one’s focus is not on anyone community or an individual, but one takes into its gamut the entire world, without any kind of discrimination whatsoever.

The intention behind rendering service here essentially is, to help in whatever way one can, in the process of:

● Making people aware of the key principles of spirituality, which have in its foundation the promise to bring about peace, harmony, and goodwill in the lives of everyone who makes a sincere attempt to understand and imbibe these principles correctly;

● Inspiring people to attain Self-Realization which is the ultimate purpose of human life.

Now, people who avail of these services get so enchanted with the selflessness that they see here, that they are curious to know how the volunteers prepared themselves to give service of such high order, with no selfish motive behind it. What inspired them to do this?!

The Revered Spiritual Guide Helps Establish the Right Connection between the Two

First and foremost, those who adopt spirituality as a way of life are often seen to be very keen to dedicate their mind, body, and speech in the feet of their Spiritual Guide, through whom they have progressed spiritually, for the purpose of providing selfless service for the salvation of the world.

This very silently becomes their lifetime goal as they begin to realize that it is the very goal their Spiritual Guide has dedicated His own life to!!!

And this goal grows stronger and purer, every time they see their Enlightened Guide tirelessly striving for the spiritual upliftment of one and all by lending each one a helping hand to first come out of their mental, emotional and physical sufferings, and then pulling them out of the painful cycle of birth and death, as He lovingly places them on the path of ultimate liberation. This sight leaves a deep and everlasting impression on their minds!


Feed Your Way To Liberation

By Mohanji

The Debt of Existence

Our lives should be governed by Dharma (the duties of righteous living). Our primary dharma is towards our own family. By taking care of them, we pay the debt for being brought into existence. Our second dharma is towards society – doing something for others. Through this, we pay our debt to Mother Earth, for occupying the space and experiencing life. In India, it is said that your soul will keep reincarnating on Earth till the debt is paid in full. If you rent a house, stay there and leave without paying the rent, someone will come after you to collect the rent. In this case, it’s Mother Earth catching you and bringing you back.  This is why most religions talk about selfless service as purification. Even elevated souls cannot escape the cycle of life and death without paying this debt. For this very purpose, the great ancient Indian Master, Adi Shankara, asked all the saints meditating in Himalayas to come down into society during the Kumbh Mela (the largest peaceful gathering in the world held at one of 4 locations every 3 years) and distribute their energy to others as a service.

How to Pay the Debt

You can repay this debt by helping the helpless. However, our acts of kindness should not be restricted to humans but should extend to all beings. The tapestry of existence is woven with the beautiful threads of all the species, each one bringing it’s own unique beauty to the fabric of life. Every being has an equal right to exist on Mother Earth and, consequently, every being has the right to be the beneficiary of our selfless service. Do understand that every being feels hunger the same way. Further, all species are interconnected through a mutual symbiotic energy exchange that provides us benefits for services rendered.

Whom to Pay

There are broadly five classes of beings that can help you in most situations of your life:

  1. Insects (butterflies, honeybees, ants, etc.)
  2. Fish
  3. Birds
  4. Animals like lizards, squirrels, etc.
  5. Stray domesticated animals like cows, bulls, goats, cats, dogs, etc.

The first two categories of beings are neither aware nor capable of expressing gratitude. The next two categories are somewhat aware but cannot express gratitude. The last category of beings is both aware and can express gratitude. By the way, I am referring to feeding wild or free animals – not creatures in cages or fish tanks.

Similarly among human beings, there is a suggested order of priority for feeding:

  1. Old, sick or physically/mentally challenged
  2. Abandoned children: Labeling them as a separate category to emphasize their plight because they are almost as helpless as the above category
  3. Women
  4. Everyone else

What Are the Benefits?

When you serve a being, you are bestowed with the positive constitution of that being. For example, fish are connected to movement and smooth flow. Feeding fish thus unblocks hurdles and brings harmony and fluency to life. Birds are associated with flight, elevation and lightness of being. Hence, feeding birds is recommended to ward off depression. You will feel light, protected and stable when you feed and protect them. Dogs and cats are associated with loyalty and stability. In India, cows are reputed to absorb negative influences and thus protect the house of their owner.

Other benefits include marital harmony, loyalty, sense of purpose and relief from heavy emotions, blockages, obstacles, pain (emotional and physical), negative effects of planetary conditions, etc. In some cultures, feeding beings is even said to reduce the negative effects of wrongdoings committed by the ancestors. If the ancestors had performed good deeds, it helps the coming generations. Unfortunately, most lives are confined to eating, drinking, sleeping and then death! We don’t do anything substantial or selfless for the world. This has a stagnating effect on the whole family and the residue stays on for generations.

What You Can Do

Make one decision: “I will give back to Mother Earth much more than I take from it.” This is the only decision you need to make. Once you do that, love grows within you, bringing grace in abundance. The more selfless you become, the more grace there will be. Everything will come to you. When people ask me, “Mohanji, what can we do for you?” I always say, “Feed the birds, fish, creatures, animals and people. That is the highest you can do for yourself and for Mother Earth.” I have found this practical yet powerful and very effective.

Leave some sugar syrup or jaggery (preferably in a biodegradable container like a coconut shell or an earthen pot) for ants, insects, etc. Leave some water and grains for the birds. Feed stray animals in your area. You can buy a few packets of biscuits or some packed lunchboxes and distribute to needy people in your area.

You cannot really control what category of person or animal consumes your offering. So you can, of course, feed a combination of beings. But when you feed people, be careful to avoid dependency among the recipients. Your food charity should empower the recipients. The recipients should not start thinking, “Why should I work? I am being fed anyway!”

Our selfless service need not be elaborate. When a poor person is hungry, offer food or buy water – perform spontaneous acts. You do not have to distribute food to a hundred people. You could if you desire to, but that is not asked for. Do what you can for the world, according to your capacity. This will keep you liberated.

With Love,


About Mohanji

He calls himself an ordinary man. It is little wonder then that different people connect to this globally respected spiritual leader and philanthropist in different ways. While some feel he is a mystic whose presence turns them inwards and creates rapid transformation in their consciousness, others feel completely at ease around him due to his seeming ordinariness. “True mastery is the mastery of one’s own mind,” says Mohanji, who maintains that one can continue to evolve spiritually, while simultaneously living and experiencing everyday life.

Mohanji works selflessly to spread sacred meditations, initiations and knowledge to all those who are ready to implement them in their lives. As a spiritual teacher, those seeking to connect with him are guided to walk along the path of awareness. He guides his followers to disentangle from daily challenges and experience a harmonious life. Being the consummate family man and a former senior corporate leader, he perfectly understands the need to blend spirituality into every aspect of one’s lifestyle – personal, family, work, etc.

The core essence of Mohanji’s personality can be defined in terms of five H’s:

Harmony – Harmony with all beings in thought, word and deed;

Honesty – Straightforward and sincere in all ways;

Humility – Simple and humble, he relates to everyone in equal measure;

Hard work – Tireless and ever ready to serve;

Humor – Bubbling with joy and inner happiness, he conveys profound truths in an engaging way.

Mohanji’s teachings resonate with simplicity and practicality. The core of his teaching is liberation from all bindings, concepts and habits of life. He emphasizes purity, faith, unconditional love and selfless service towards fellow beings across species. His teachings are simple and universal, not tailored to any specific religion or nationality. His definition of value is based on what value one adds to the world.

To him, spirituality is a lifestyle based on peace and harmony. He has provided inspiration for Ahimsa Vegan restaurants, Vegan First (India’s first web portal for vegans), Ahimsa Wear cruelty-free apparel, and other initiatives to create a cruelty free world. He is also a permanent invitee to the Peace Pledge Project (https://peacepledgeproject.org/), which brings together spiritual leaders from around the world to promote peace across the world.

His followers are spread through 50+ countries around the world across all continents.

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