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 enjoy seeing all these beautiful faces so happily and quietly focused, as they put their love into action. I am moved every time I witness such a coming together to support the entire Siddha Yoga sangham.
 
It is clear to me that serving the Siddha Yoga mission in this world, as these sevites do, is an extraordinary way to make a real difference in this world for generations to come.
 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

“Yoga—Skill in Action” is one of my favorite windows into Shree Muktananda Ashram. The beautiful intensity of the black and white photograph of three sevites in the Annapurna kitchen particularly moved me. For me, the photo captures the sevites’ deep concentration; the stillness is palpable.
 
This gallery gives me a template through which I can approach my own everyday life—savoring every action.
 
Thank you for this inspiration, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

As I viewed the images of the kitchen, I experienced stillness in motion. I could see space within the space. The Annapurna kitchen feels almost like a temple to me. Everything feels sacred. Seva in the Annapurna kitchen shows the beauty and nobility of dharmic action. The sevites seem to be moving in the shakti with great focus. For me, these images carry the experience of God.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA