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February 2021

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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As I look at these pictures, I think of the pure joy I felt when I offered seva at Shree Muktananda Ashram.  I’m so grateful to be transported there. 

California, United States

I enjoyed watching those offering seva as they shoveled the pristine snow. I felt I could hear their laboring breath and the sounds of their shovels touching the sacred Ashram grounds. These are the sights and sounds of seva—for me, the sights and sounds of loving service.


I am thinking of the thousands of snowflakes here as pearls of Consciousness being thrown into the air by those offering seva. I sense the prana, the life force, in their offering. The smiling, radiant faces nourish me. I will carry them with me.

Rodez, France

Recognizing the happiness in those offering seva at Shree Muktananda Ashram, I notice my heart filling with laughter and tears!

California, United States