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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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It’s wonderful to see so many pictures of sevites devoting their time and enthusiasm to taking care of the grounds all around Shree Muktananda Ashram. Whether planting flowers or wading into the waters of Lake Nityananda, these sevites are connecting to Mother Nature in such a direct, attentive, and loving way!

I have often heard people acknowledge the pleasure of “getting their hands dirty” in gardening or landscaping activities. These photos make me realize that physically caring for this magnificent planet of ours is a perfect way to “get our hearts clean” as well.

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