Yogi Bhajan on Karma Yoga

Yogi Bhajan spoke about some aspect of Seva/Karma Yoga in almost every class he taught. He encouraged his students to focus on giving rather than getting, to live with an attitude of gratitude for all blessings and all challenges, to act as a forklift and uplift others in need, and to serve humanity with love.

Love is seva. It’s offering yourself and helping to increase the vitality, the surroundings of somebody, giving somebody grace. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/95

Everything should be considered as a gift of God. When anything wrong comes to you and you think it is a gift, it won’t stay with you. Do you know that? Try it sometime. Yogi Bhajan 7/5/84

We have chosen a way of life to welcome everybody, to love everybody, to inspire everybody and to uplift everybody. Yogi Bhajan 7/30/81

Seva means doing a service, a service with no return. That is how grace gets multiplied, when you are not seeking any return. Yogi Bhajan 7/20/81

There is something called seva, which is done with your heart and head both. It is done in the Name of God, in obedience to God, and for the sake of God. What that brings no man can give you. Yogi Bhajan 7/28/82

Service is when you totally don't feel like serving; you're tired, you're jet-lagged, you're obnoxious, you're very, very angry; and still you go into the kitchen and you make a good dish and you say, "Are you hungry? I made this for you"--that's called serving. Yogi Bhajan 7/30/81