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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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Each time I view this page, I think of the many years, locations, and ways in which I have been privileged to offer seva, and what an enormous blessing this has been! I remember that I have always prayed to Gurumayi: "Let me serve you for my entire life." "Yoga—Skill in Action" fills me with longing to have many years more to continue to offer sweet seva. I am so grateful to have the practice of seva in my life.

Florida, United States

Each day, I visit “Yoga—Skill in Action.” Without fail, this simple act connects me to my heart. Like a bee that collects pollen from flowers, I reflect on the images and extract their beauty. I see the light of the Self shimmering in the landscapes, find deep peace in a blanket of snow covering the ashram, and perceive great joy in the faces of the sevites.
In this glow, I say to myself: "To reveal the Consciousness that exists within everything is the purpose of a spiritual practice—as seva does here."

Rodez, France