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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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This is one of my favorite places on the Siddha Yoga path website. As I looked at the pictures of Siddha Yogis offering seva at Shree Muktananda Ashram, I felt contentment and love arise, knowing how heart-filled each of their actions is. For me, they exemplify the Guru-disciple relationship—pure love encompassing all. I am so thankful for the Guru's grace, which lives inside us and brings fulfillment to our beautiful lives.

Oregon, United States

Whenever I view the "Yoga—Skill in Action" gallery, I'm inspired by the clear sense of purpose, commitment, focus, and joy of the sevites who are engaged with daily tasks such as sweeping, raking leaves, and participating in meetings. Seeing these images reminds me that all work, regardless of perceived importance or difficulty, when done with focus and offered joyfully, is an opportunity to connect with my own heart and with the Guru.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this gallery, which serves as a constant reminder for how to approach my own daily work.

Paddington, Australia

The silence in seva is so palpable to me here. It reminds me of the dome of stillness I get immersed in, the stillness of my own inner divinity.

Montreal, Canada