September 2015

Reflecting on the Sublime Practice of Seva

A Letter by a Siddha Yoga Student

September 1, 2015

Dear Siddha Yogis,

It is my pleasure to share with you that the teaching focus for the month of September is the Siddha Yoga practice of seva.

Seva is an ancient spiritual practice. This Sanskrit word means to serve, honor, and worship. On the Siddha Yoga path, seva is selfless service offered to the Guru and performed as a pure offering, without attachment to the results of one’s actions.

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For the past few weeks, I have been contemplating guruseva and my understanding of it. On the eve of September first, I decided to choose one of Gurumayi's books to read as a daily practice this month. I took Enthusiasm from the shelf. 
The next day I read Nandani's letter about seva as the focus for the month of September and that a chapter in Enthusiasm is recommended for study. I was amazed and grateful yet again for the Siddha Yoga path website, which connects Siddha Yogis around the world to Gurumayi's grace and teachings.
Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I am inspired by this letter. I made a list of the beautiful and powerful descriptive words Nandani shared to express her experience of seva. Here are some of the words on my list: learning and growing, one-pointedness, wholeheartedness, God and grace, challenge, amazing transformation, meditation, pulsing with love, quiet energy, awe and gratitude, full of joy!
I will post this list on my board for reflection and to offer gratitude for the abundance of love and blessings offered to me through the spiritual practice of seva.
Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This beautiful letter from Nandani touched me deeply. It illustrated for me the importance of attitude in offering seva. I particularly love the way Nandani reminded herself that “this was no ordinary work— this was seva, and, no matter what, there could only be learning and growing.”   
As I continue to walk this beautiful path, seva is my real-time guide and my connection to the Guru. Increasingly, I see the sense of separation between seva and my worldly life dissolving, allowing me to live more and more in the unbroken awareness of grace.
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Nandani's inspiring letter reminded me of the many ways that offering seva over the last few decades has expanded my understanding.
I remember one experience years ago at Gurudev Siddha Peeth, when we were preparing the Ashram for a big celebration. There were so many projects undertaken, so many exquisite decorations being prepared, so many sevites focused one-pointedly on the assignment before them.
It was truly a magnificent seva festival!
At one point I began to wonder whether all this effort was necessary. But the intense devotion permeating the activity soon moved me into a different awareness. I could see the Guru's compassion and generosity in creating so many opportunities for us to express our love for her and her mission through offering seva.
I have come to understand that when I offer seva with an open heart, and without attachment to the fruits, I receive countless gifts of grace enriching my life, my heart, and my sadhana.

a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA

Nandani’s letter beautifully expresses the joy that comes through offering seva with focus and enthusiasm, always remembering to ask for grace.
When I offer seva in that way, I often feel I am swimming in a river of grace that carries me forward and supports me in performing that seva.
Each week as I offer seva coordinating satsangs at the local center, I work with many different sevites. As each one offers their skill, their focus, and their love in preparing for satsang, it seems as if many rivers of grace are flowing. Satsang is where those rivers come together. As we do the practices at satsang, it feels as if we are diving deep into an ocean of grace.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the grace-filled practice of seva.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Seva is a steady source of spiritual nourishment for me. Whenever I make room in my weekly schedule to offer seva, whether at the local Siddha Yoga meditation center or as a home sevite, I can feel that my connection to the Guru is being strengthened. I also value the way that seva allows me to express my gratitude to the Guru as direct, beneficial action.

I will be happy to honor its transformative power through further study in the month of September. I look forward to gaining new insights into deepening this practice in my own life.

a Siddha Yogi from Oregon, USA