Selfless Service - What's That??
By Sunetra Basu
It is a known fact that ‘selfless service’ is the best way to reach God.
We often feel very elated at having shared a few dollars now and then with non-profit humanitarian organizations... As if to sigh and sign off from the ambiguity of ‘nobleness’, to artfully strain oneself out of ‘callousness’, and to draw the final line of one’s high and mighty generosity! Undoubtedly, that gives me immense pleasure and fullness too! But then, is that an instance of selflessness?
Do I do it for me, or for them? Would I have continued to do so even if it did not bring me that sigh and self-awe!
They say doing from your heart is what counts the most... well, I’m no stranger to the joy of giving! When I find myself engaging in nurturing Nature with acts of kindness, it swells and bellows within until it overflows as tears! Now, how can that not be selfless service? ...or is it not?
Would I continue to provide and serve strangers in spite of not deriving that bliss from it? If not, that is good in a way, as that reassures me that I always act out of my heart’s desire, and do everything with love, rather than under compulsion.
They say serving God both as fellow beings and as ‘worship’ should come from your heart, and that’s when it reaches Him! If that is true then at the end of the day am I not doing it to please my own conscience? Then how is it ‘selfless’? Given that, doing what your heart desires is spontaneous, easy and the way it should be... and that is what I fully believe!
There are many other things that I ‘need’ to take care of all through the day... the nitty-gritty of life as such, which I mostly drive myself to do... not out of heart’s desire, but for the sake of duty. They depend on my rising to the occasion, outweighing my deepest inclinations! They’re certainly not food for my soul, and I have always felt I could have savored ‘spirituality’ much more, I could have dipped in the nectar of the soul more frequently had the rest been taken care of by other means. However, looking back at that picture I realize those are the only things I somehow end up doing for others without a heart’s desire funding them. What keeps me going with them every day is a sense of ‘duty’... Out of duty, though not out of personal liking, not out of the heart’s desire, but simply for the serving the other. Isn’t that selfless?
That which I thought was keeping me away from soul connections, from divine rendezvous, from spiritual alignment of the mind, is what is reaching God the most?... out of all the things I do, even more than the benevolent donations and serving strangers and lofty thoughts of Spirit? Wow!
What a fool have I been then, to think of giving it away for anything else when in reality, nothing else matters more! And all the hue and cry about reaching God through this way and that... does that not take our time away from doing the real thing better?
Passion or no passion, love or no love, liking or no liking, choice or no choice, play your roles in life the best way you can... serve one and all who depend on you every which way you can... engage in true selflessness! Let the cosmic energy flow through you to quench others... let Him find His way through your life!
I remember Mother Teresa’s words, “It is never between you and another individual, it is always between you and God!”
With love and light!