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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 love the blending of discipline and freedom I see in the images of the people offering seva. It appears to me that the sevites are standing tall and focused. And I feel that the recurring motif of the dog running represents the freedom and joy that comes from such concentrated discipline. Seeing this gallery, I feel inspired as I offer seva from home.

Ohio, United States

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. 

Shree Muktananda Ashram