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 never cease to be amazed by the photos in the “Yoga: Skill in Action” gallery. Seeing these photos of Siddha Yogis offering seva in varied situations—from snowstorms to torrential rainfalls to bright sunshine—always inspires me. They provide such great examples of giving back in gratitude, after receiving so many blessings through the Guru’s grace.
 
It also makes me contemplate the immense grace in my life and to rededicate myself to offering seva. Although I know it is not possible to repay the Guru for what I have received, I pray to have the earnest desire to do whatever I can, however much or little it may be, in gratitude. 
 

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

I love to see these expressions of love in the form of service. In the Birthday Celebration preparations, there is a sweet anticipation—from the cooking of sweet dishes to the preparation of the hall. It is moving to see all the effort and dedication that are behind every little detail.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

The combination of joy and diligence I see in the faces and body language of these Siddha Yogis reminds me that the two traits go hand-in-hand. As I contemplate what they have in common, the word presence comes to mind.
 
In my experience, whenever I stay present, joy naturally arises in me, along with diligence in my actions. Whether I'm pouring a glass of water or listening to a friend, whenever I am present with whatever I'm doing, I'm more likely to experience satsang within and feel that I am making a positive difference in the world.
 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I loved viewing this gallery with so many photos of sevites gently preparing and caring for the silk cloths to be draped around the Ashram for this month’s celebrations. This deepened my appreciation of the practice of seva. It became clear to me that seva truly is an offering of love. I felt I was seeing seva both beautify the environment and transform its practitioners into angels of love.
 
I loved seeing that Shivanataraj is enveloped in this love too. How beautiful!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA