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July 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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This morning, as I view the Yoga—Skill in Action gallery, I feel invited to step onto the sacred grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram. I’m astounded by the vibrancy of the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple radiating from the images; my inner being responds immediately, as if the pearl-white walls are calling forth the purity of my own heart. I perceive the one-pointed focus of those offering seva, and I’m reminded that when I give my loving attention to the task at hand, my actions transform into meditation, into communion with God.

Freiburg, Germany