|| Apna Patna swach Patna ||
|| An Initiative by Yogis of East ||
Seva yoga is usually described as service, but this word does not quite capture the essence of seva. The word seva is made up of two words, 'saha' and 'eva'. Saha means 'with that' and eva means 'too'. The word seva means 'together with' and is describing those actions that seek collective upliftment through an understanding of the needs of others and are based on togetherness and integration. Seva is an expression of compassion, of the desire to uplift and assist people. The aim of seva is to develop immunity from action and reaction, from cause and effect. If through service, through karma yoga, you are not able to develop immunity in life from cause and effect, from action and reaction, then that is not karma yoga, that is not seva or service. Yogis of East offers you an opportunity to practice seva yoga.
Service is not taking an old lady across the road; it is not helping another person to do something or to become something. That can definitely be the external form of seva, but the aim of seva is different. The aim is to harmonise the faculties of head, heart and hands, to offer your best quality for the upliftment of other people. Seva can only be fulfilled when swadhyaya becomes a part of it, which means when every action happens with your conscious knowledge. It is not a reaction, but a balanced, harmonised, creative action. And of course in seva one has to learn how to harmonise the actions with the mind, desires and aspirations
APNA PATNA SWACH PATNA is one of the opportunities where you can practice SEVA YOGA.
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When the mind is packed with the worries and troubles of a busy day, there is a particular yogic process which can transport your consciousness from dreary worldliness to sparkling bliss. It is so simple that everyone in the world can practise and enjoy it, whether a rickshaw walla or a managing director, young or old, rich or poor. That powerful electric process of transcendence from worldly troubles into the nectar of bhakti is called kirtan.
Mantra is a force which can be used for the awakening of our spiritual consciousness. The basis of mantra is sound, which ranges from gross to subtle. Throughout the cosmos there are slow, medium and fast sound waves. The medium waves are perceptible to us, but the slow and fast waves are not. When the sound of mantra is produced, it has a medium range of frequency which is known as perceptible or gross sound. But when the mantra is silently intoned, it has a faster rate of frequency and becomes imperceptible or subtle sound.
Therefore, a mantra works on the earthly plane and also on the higher planes. When you produce a sound and accelerate the frequency, it affects the inner realm of consciousness. Just as when you pick up a pebble and throw it into a calm, quiet lake, the impact creates ripples and the ripples form circles which expand wider and wider according to the force and weight of the pebble. In the same way, when you repeat a mantra, the sound hits the homogeneity of consciousness and creates ripples which help to expand the mind
The third aspect is satsang. Satsang is not an activity of a spiritual club. It does not mean gathering here, listening to nice things, then getting up and falling back into the old patterns of life, where things go in one ear and out the other. Satsang means to be aware of the reality behind the appearance, to apply understanding with discrimination, viveka. That is the gist of satsang.