|| Shree Hari ||
23rd June 2010, Wednesday, Jyeshth Shukla Dvadashi, Budhvar
Vikram Samvat 2067,Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236
The Importance of Serving – 2
The sentiments of serving will bring about detachment. If you fulfill your duties, do what is righteous, and serve others, then you will develop dispassion – “Dharma te birati jog tein gyaanaa” (Manasa 3/16/1). Just like Swayambhu Manu attained freedom from worldly desires by taking care of his subjects and doing what was beneficial for them, without any self-interest, and following the righteous path.
Hoyi ne vishaya biraag bhavan basat bha chauthpan;
hrdayam bahut dukh laag janam gayau haribhagati binu (Manas 1/142)
On developing detachment, he went to the forest with his wife. He ruled the kingdom for the benefit of the people, therefore he developed detachment. If he were to rule the kingdom for himself, then he would not have developed detachment. Wherever there is desire to take something, there is attraction that manifests over there. Attraction is an impression of deluded. The main way to recognize ignorance is – “raago lingambodhasya”. He who has attractions, is ignorant.
On serving a connection is made if he wants to take something and wants to take that alone which has an affinity of “me” and “mine” with the body and things. He who does not even want to be acknowledged as one who serves, rather is only interested in seeing to how the other person can be made happy, how they can get rest and relaxation, how something good and beneficial can happen for them, for all this only, he sees to how all can be made happy with the body, mind, speech, wealth, knowledge, intellect, abilities, position, rights etc. In their mind is the sentiment that may all be benefited, such a person attains salvation.
Just like while staying in the water if you pull the water towards you then you will sink, but with your hands and feet if you push the water away from you, then you will be able to stay afloat and not drown. And he who wishes to give and given only, he never drowns.
God and his devotees (saints and great souls), without any cause are the kind to serve everyone.
“Hetu rahit jag jug upkaari; tum tumhaar sewak asuraari (Manasa 7/47/3)
Therefore they are never bound. Why would they be bound; Simply by beholding them, man will be liberated! Because in them there is no selfishness. They have nothing to take from anyone at all. There is no desire to return a favor. Therefore by serving one will not get bound.
Question: Bharat muni out of compassion adopted the baby deer, but in his next birth he became a deer, why so?
Swamiji – First Bharat muni’s aim was to only serve, but later on he developed attachment to the baby deer. The attachment became so intense towards the baby deer, that if the baby deer was not to be seen sometimes, he would become anxious in that separation, just like someone is anxious for his son. He used to remember how the baby deer used to play, how it used to climb into his lab, how he used to talk, how he used to want to be caressed, how he used to jump around and dance with joy – in this way, he used to remember him often. Due to this delusion and attachment, in his next birth he ended up becoming a deer, but not out of compassion.
His delusion and attachment was not out of compassion, rather it was out of mistake. As such the delusion was there from the beginning, that very same delusion took the form of compassion and manifested. It is due to delusion that one is bound. When there is submission out of compassion then one does not get bound.
If someone who is 80, 90 or 100 years old and he dies then one does not feel so sorry; however if a 25 years old youth dies then one feels very sad. Now think as to what the reason is behind this. The elders and grown-ups are very knowledgeable and wise and experienced. Their study is deep, therefore a lot more can be gained from them; then too one does not feel sorry when they die because now there remains no desire to take anything from them. Within the sentiments remain that now there will be nothing gained from them, therefore if they die then no problem. I have personally heard others saying that the death of an old man is like a marriage (an occasion to be rejoiced).
Similarly, a 20 year old man has been ill and bed-ridden for the last five years. All doctors have given up hopes and said he will not live much longer and at the age of 25 he dies, then one does not feel so sad about his dying. The reason is that one feels sad or suffers when there is something or the other to be gained from them, when there is hope of some service. This hope itself is binding. He who does not keep any hope or expectation from anyone, will not be bound. No one can bind him.
When a relative dies, then there is an anniversary event, charity, and some virtuous acts that are done. The meaning of this is that whatever was taken from them, we are repaying that debt, so that the debt is removed. The extent of pleasure that was gained from him, to that extent one remembers him, and to that extent his absence makes us sad.
The pleasures that are gained from feeding a small child while in your lap,the end outcome of that will be sorrow only. Worldly pleasures are the inertness of sorrow. By that pleasure, men will be bound with certainty. If you do not take that pleasure, rather you will only give pleasure, no one will have the strength to bind you. Wherever there is some selfishness or the other, where in the mind there is desire for taking pleasures, rest and relaxation, honor, fame etc., there it self is bondage.
Many years have gone by since I have been giving lectures, but where is the inertness of bondage, this I was unable to grasp quickly. Later on I came to know that the desire to take something or the other itself is inertness of bondage. It is such a rare point! If you become happy seeing anything in this world, then this too is experience of pleasures and will be binding.
If you desire favorable situations then sorrow will definitely come. Therefore at all times remain alert not to take pleasure from anyone, not to take rest and relaxation, not to take honor, not to take praise from anyone. We do not want to take anything from anyone at all. Where to take, there you will be trapped! Simply one must give and only give. One must serve and only serve. By serving the old debts will be paid off and by not desiring to take, new debts will not accumulate and we will be liberated.
From book “Saadhan, Sudha, Sindhu” in Hindi 181 by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
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