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November 2013 KundaLiving: Seva

We work hard on our consciousness to learn something, and to attain a greater level of awareness. Yet, fulfillment happens when we can use what we have learned to serve another person.

That is why meditation, by itself, is only part of the equation. Meditation expands our consciousness. Then, with that vaster vision, a person can serve selflessly, without thought of a reward.

When we serve, we bow to the Divine in every heart that we meet. It is a beautiful consciousness of humility. Yogi Bhajan used to say, “The higher you go, the more humble you shall be.” The willingness to serve is part of that.

 "Seva or service is infinite giving. When I am honored in my consciousness for doing something, it is seva. When I stand before my consciousness, I feel good, and I say, ‘Well, I am so blessed that I could do it.’ That's seva.”
–Yogi Bhajan, 7/22/78

When we practice Kundalini Yoga, we open ourselves to tap our inner power. As we begin to realize our total human potential, the question comes: what do I do with all this energy and creativity? In order to achieve the highest state of consciousness, the answer is simple. Use that energy and creativity on behalf of others. Give without asking. Serve without reward. Uplift and inspire those who are downtrodden. Take the cosmic power of the Kundalini and become a Divine channel to serve others.

This tradition of selfless service is called “seva.” Seva can take on many forms. It can take on the form of Karma Yoga, where we clean a common sacred space, or cook food for others. Seva can be talking with someone who is in despair. Listening to them, being supportive, and allowing your presence to help ease the pain. The common denominator is that the focus is on someone or something outside of yourself. It is a service that needs nothing in return, not even acknowledgement.

  • What role does service play in your life?
  • Do you have a habit to serve others graciously?
  • Do you make time to volunteer in a way that will better your community?
  • Do you ever feel so full of wisdom and insight that you would love to share it with others?

 “We have to become reservoirs of energy. Our words, our sight, our presence should be in a position to change the frequency of a person who needs the jump-start.

Do it with words, with touch, with sight and with prayer. It’s the same thing. It doesn’t matter what condition you are in. But it does matter how precise and clear you are to lift up the other person.”
–Yogi Bhajan, 6/22/01

This month, as we focus on the theme of Selfless Service, also known as Seva, we strongly suggest that you do a service project in your community. We hope you become inspired to make service a regular part of your Kundalini Yoga practice.

Yogi Bhajan Quotes and Lectures

Yogi Bhajan Quotes on Seva


Kundalini Yoga Technology

Meditation for Becoming a Channel to Uplift Others in the Aquarian Age

Guru Kriya - Touch Every Heart

Meditation for Royalty in Service to the Divine

Becoming Like Angels

Webinar - details coming soon


The Path of the Giver by Kirpal Singh

The Joy of Seva by Sat Purkh Kaur

Langar: A Sacred Tradition of Sharing Food with Others by Sat Jivan Kaur

Serving the God in All by Gurukirn Kaur

The Path of Karma Yoga by Ramdesh Kaur

Seva: One of the Highest Traditions We can Embrace by Darshan Kaur

The Song of Seva by Nadh Singh

Service with a Smile by Shakti Parwha Kaur

Let Go of Ego and Step into Service by Darshan Kaur

Bhai Ghaneya Singh: A Sikhnet Audio Story for Kids

Seva is the Magic Pill by Catalyst Yogi

Seva Outside of Solstice by Amanda Woodhams

Gemstones: Citrine for Seva by Kudrat Kaur