Inner Peace Centre for Conscious Living                            Charity Fund raising Event                                                                                                                                         SEVA                                                                                                                                                                                            Seva is the spiritual practice of selfless service. Seva, a Sanskrit word, springs from two forms of yoga, Karma Yoga which is yoga of action and Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of worship inspired by divine love. Seva is one of the simplest and yet most profound and life changing ways that we can put our spiritual knowledge into action. Seva is asking “How may I serve you?” Or ask “Can I help you?” Another way of doing service is to roll up your sleeves and help where you notice that you are needed. We can share our resources and energy with those in need and respond positively when a person asks for help. "Being there as the need arises” is a simple definition of Seva by Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation. When you consider work as divine service, you can do it anywhere, at any time. Doing Seva is uplifting your own self, your own people and your world. Offering our Seva is a way to make a significant contribution to the spiritual community of fellow beings on earth. It is a practice that feeds us spiritually and a spiritual discipline that awakens us to the greater truth of our own being.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We are one big family; we depend on each other for our existence and we cannot exist alone. Therefore, we should work for the good of all. I am reminded to how Native Americans say “All my relations” as a blessing to all beings and an acknowledgement of connectedness with all life. In our interconnected existence, we are called to treat each person as a sister or a brother and to remember ahimsa, the yogic precept of non-harming. Performing Seva helps us live in a way that is non-harming to others and to live up to that ideal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     All people have a human need for contribution. Everyone wants to help people and have their efforts make a difference in the world. What is your path? What is your contribution? The question in thinking of Seva, is less what you do and more how you do it. When we practice selfless service, we imbue our actions with intention, and we do so without expectation of reward.

We experience our interdependence when each of us fulfills our duties as a family member, friend, and as a part of society. When we perform duties with the attitude of not thinking of any selfish rewards, but as a contribution to life, that spirit will develop an inner detachment. From this perspective, Seva is an attitude and consciousness we bring to what we do. Shannon Brophy, Staff†† 6/6/2004
Summary Seva in practice

Thank you for joining us today and choosing to offer Seva in such a generous way. Welcome to the team. Seva means

1 I am
 Adding value to other’s lives today especially at the Hospice
 Serving as a ‘role model’ to others
 Releasing my attachment to ego, expectations & commit to Seva.
 Committing to being 100% available, willing, open and focused 

I understand, commit and agree to
 Be focussed on our guest’s needs and attend to them as my personal guests
 Do what I am asked to do without resistance or excuses
 Take initiative and ask my fellow Seva colleagues frequently “How can I help?”
 Familiarise my self with today’s agenda
 Respectfully offer suggestions for improvement of procedures.

In love and gratitude for your Seva to the community ,  We thank you sincerely for joining us today.

Sunil, Jon, Sue & Neelam