Serve others, Don’t expect any reward
To serve others is one of the noblest things a human being can do. The natural form of selfless service is when we give without wanting anything in return. We should do service with this Great Spirit, but not to receive admiration, appreciation, power, or name and fame.
We should serve the people from our heart and soul in the spirit of helping others because it is the right thing to do, as humans; it is our basic duty. This attitude has the power to soothe our hearts and gets them filled with love
The giving also heals the hearts of the recipients, making them aware of the humane dimension of others, which leads to gaining hope and confidence to face life’s challenges.
If you sacrifice something for others, a feeling of satisfaction creeps in. We feel as though God is showering blessings upon us and that feeling motivates us to give or serve more
Service without expecting any reward makes you happy, gives you fulfilment, and gives a purpose to your life. If you desire any reward for your service, it is a business. If you desire to have a reward, it creates sadness, tension, frustration and anger.
“Service above self” is the motto of Rotary International. The tree of service has 5 main branches.
The first branch is SILENT SERVICE. Do not do any service announcing loudly with trumpets. The sound of the announcement should be limited to making aware of the recipients of the services. We should focus on silent services. Earth, sun, clouds, air, water, and flowers, all are serving, but only silently.
The second branch is HUMILITY. If you can understand that being able to help others is a noble opportunity you are blessed with, HUMILITY automatically envelops you.
The third branch is EMPATHY. We must always have love and compassion towards the less advantaged and express that frequently. The people we serve are also part of this creation, hence, Serve them with love
The fourth branch is SACRIFICE. Unless we sacrifice our money or time or our priorities, our service remains incomplete
The fifth branch is SPIRITUALITY. Spirituality means not the prayers and not the rituals. We must brighten our souls internalizing the feeling that service is an offer to god with devotion. Service must evoke a fountain of bliss in our hearts
“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life and the starting point of all your desire,” said Napoleon Hill.
Selfless Service is the most vital tool for achieving this purpose.
“When we give without expectation or recognition, our hearts open to a wealth of love. Real love begins when nothing is expected in return. Love one another, work hard and have faith. Be grateful. ” said Ratnasunderi. ”
“ Do your best. Give without expectation and forgive everyone. Use kind words, say your prayers, look for opportunities to serve and count your blessings.” said Dalai Lama.
” Life’s most persistent and urgent question is this: What are we doing for others?” said Martin Luther King Jr.
He also said, “Work for a cause, not applause. Live life to express, not impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt. A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others.”
According to Sant Rajinder Singh, ” selfless service is not only a job or task to be done; it is an act of healing, of opening hearts and of radiating love.
A sure indication of spiritual growth is when you give without expectation, instead of questioning yourself what will I get out of it?
So extend selfless services to others whenever you can,
Where ever you can and
as long as you can,
Search for avenues to serve
And make a change in the lives of others and make this world a better place to live