The Power of Serving Others

by Guruka Singh Khalsa

In 2002 Yogi Bhajan taught regular evening classes for the Espanola community and we all flocked to those classes with great joy and appreciation, especially since Yogiji was already in ill health and had to make great effort to come and teach us. I remember one evening when he entered, sat down and asked us, “What is the source of all power?” There was a long silence, and then he said “Well?” and people began to raise their hands. “God,” said one person; “sadhana,” said another, “the breath,” said yet another. He kept on shaking his head. After a few minutes he said, “I will give $100 to the correct answer.” After more guessing from the assembled class, and more vigorous head shaking on his part he held up his hand for us to stop guessing. “The root of all power is Seva!”

So what is Seva anyway? I hear you replying “selfless service,” but what does that mean? Lately I’ve come to understand that seva isn’t something that we do. It’s a state of mind. As I begin my sadhana each day I place my forehead on my alter and pray. “Guru Ram Das ji, I am yours and you are mine.” I start each day anew offering myself to my Guru and knowing that he will take care of me and all my needs. “What can I do for you today? Show me what you want me to do today, and I will do it.” Seva means making myself available to people, being present with everyone at every opportunity, and doing the thing that needs doing in each moment, whatever that may be. The state of mind of a servant is to be alert to his master’s needs, to be very intuitive, and to act without hesitation.

At the Masters Touch course a student asked me, “3HO is healthy, happy and holy. I understand things I can do to be healthy, and I feel my wholeness and oneness with God, but what is the way to be happy?”

I said, “The secret of happiness is really very simple. How happy you are is inversely proportional to how much time you spend thinking about your own predicament in life.”

Another student asked me, “Tell me how you know when someone is enlightened. Does their aura change? Is it their power of meditation?” I said, “I know because when they use up the roll of toilet paper in the bathroom, they put a fresh roll in its place.”

Seva is each next moment.