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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Before I read about “skill in action” the way it is described here, it never occurred to me that everything I had learned and experienced in my life came with me as I began following the Siddha Yoga path. Skills acquired in my profession, or even in my hobbies, could be helpful in serving the Guru, the community, and my own spiritual development. They are no longer mine alone, to be held close and not shared. If there is something I am good at that can fill a need, then I am happy to offer it as seva. At the same time, I must remain willing to perform other types of seva as needed. In this way I may learn new skills, forge new relationships, and advance along my spiritual path.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, United States