Sunday, March 29, 2009

Selfless Service is Divine

The centre of the mandala on the left is totally devoid of any presence. It symbolizes the emptying of oneself through an outward pouring which not only pervades the immediate ambiance but extends in all principle directions as eight rivers of emanation. This is the divine symbol of selfless action.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me………..Matthew 25: 35-36

Arise and accept an antidote to ward off old age and death; it is the knowledge that all wealth and prosperity, all pleasures and enjoyments are harmful to us unless devoted to the good of others; they tend only to sicken and enervate our frames. ……………………Yoga Vasishta

Just as a flower gives out its fragrance to whomsoever approaches or uses it, so love from within us radiates towards everybody and manifests as spontaneous service... When we feed, clothe and attend on anybody, we feel like doing all these things to our own body, for which we do not expect any return or praise or commendation, because all bodies are our own: for, we as the all-pervading Atman or Spirit reside in all bodies. ………………………………Swami Ramdas

In all spiritual tradition, the healing value of selfless love is manifest as the preeminent teaching.
Jesus tells the story of the King, who is judging his subjects for the final reward and the yardstick he uses is the acts of selfless service to fellow brethren as being equal to the service that the subjects have rendered to the King himself.

Yoga Vasishta says that all wealth and prosperity must flow through us to others. Impeding this natural flow and aggregation to oneself leads to disease and decay. Thinking a little deeply shows how very apt this statement is when we see all around us that any process which is in aggregation mode tends to be in constant tension and stress. Whether it be a heavily flooded dam in the river, a tree branch overloaded with fruit or energy flow within the human system (current science view in cellular biology is that most cancer is the result of severe blockage of energy channels within the body) the end result of accumulation is self destruction.

The wisdom of Swami Ramdas is manifest in his profound words. He points out that the flower’s character is to give out its fragrance. It does not decide to whom to give or not to give. There is a constant flow of fragrance the moment it emanates from the flower in its short life cycle.

We all come from one beginning, the Big Bang origination of this universe. All the atoms in our body are the remnants that we received from collapse of massive stars. Our genes have been passed on to us by single cell organism and bacteria. This complexity which is called humans is indebted to what we received over millions of years from our environment. Even our consciousness can never be called our own. We are an evolved consciousness on a journey just like the river. Given all these facts, are we not created to partake in this greatest attribute of selfless giving? This is the reason Swami Ramdas says “because all bodies are our own: for, we as the all-pervading Atman or Spirit reside in all bodies”

Love to you all

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