Yoga — Skill in Action
Offering Seva in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Seva, selfless service, is one of the core spiritual practices on the Siddha Yoga path. At Shree Muktananda Ashram, staff and visiting Siddha Yogis from around the world offer their skills, talents, and energy in support of the SYDA Foundation’s work—serving the Siddha Yoga Mission.

In a great scripture of India, Shri Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna teaches, "Yoga is skill in action." By serving with love and attentiveness, we cultivate proficiency, self-confidence, joy, and evenness of mind, and we strengthen our connection to the inexhaustible source of joy and power at the core of our being. Practicing seva in this way, we move toward attaining the goal of yoga: the steady awareness of our union with the Self.

As you view these photos of Siddha Yogis engaged in many different types of seva, you are invited to reflect on how each expresses skill in action through qualities such as focus, respect, and enthusiasm.

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I visit this gallery almost every day, and each image brings me so much joy and love. As I view the photos one by one, I find I have a big smile on my face. And my worries disappear!
 
This experience reminds me that, for me, there is no greater gift than to be able to offer seva—to serve our Guru. I remember how the practice of seva leads me straight to my heart and fills my life with peace.

a Siddha Yogi from China

So beautiful, so much light, and so much snow!

These photos take me right to the magical space of the Guru's abode. For me, the company of devotees offering seva and experiencing satsang is truly the greatest blessing. Each image conveys to me the pure rasa, the pure flavor, of this blessing.

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

These pictures inspire me to cultivate in my day-to day activities the qualities the sevites in this gallery so naturally embody. No matter how challenging, or maybe even insignificant, the task ahead may look to me, I will approach it with focus and enthusiasm!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Mar del Plata, Argentina

When I visit this photo gallery, I feel as if I am at Shree Muktananda Ashram.
 
I feel the shakti and the peace and joy in the sevites as though they are greeting me and inviting me to share these moments with them.
 
I feel I am in satsang with them. This is an invaluable gift!
 
Thank you, Gurumayi.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Barcelona, Spain

I love this gallery. Every time I visit, I see the joy in each person and my heart expands.
 
The gallery also reminds me how important it is to give myself wholeheartedly to my own work. When I take this approach—giving each task my full attention while holding love in my heart—I find ease and joy in the work. I'm also surprised to discover that time and space seem to open up, and I'm able to achieve more than I expected.
 
Visiting the Siddha Yoga Path website has now become one of my daily practices.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your vision and generosity.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia