Seva meaning a selfless act of service which is performed with an open heart and a peaceful temperament without keeping the mind fixated on reasoning of personal gains. Any work or act can qualify as Seva as long as it is performed for the benefit of others with a feeling of passion and love.
Seva refines an individual; it makes him pure at heart, transforms his mental makeup so that he doesn’t find any moment in his life as burdensome. It is through Seva that the foundation of an evolved society was laid, nations and cities developed.
The significance of Seva has given credence to the wisdom of saints over ordinary intellectuals, highlighted the profile of statesman over a mere politician and raised the stature of an entrepreneur who offers sustainable employment to the masses over traders.
Seva is the quintessential residue of teaching of dharma. There is a faint possibility that other paths of yoga might not lead an individual to his goal however an act of seva performed with utmost faith and patience would definitely lead him to liberation.
Seva is a difficult act because it requires one to sacrifice personal ambitions, forego desires of personal gains yet perform the task on hand with utmost passion and dedication, only then it qualifies as a true act of selfless service. One cannot be a master of his own destiny or of others unless he has performed such acts of service.
The inherent quality of nature is in giving. An act of giving has an immediate cause and effect relationship with the feeling of expansiveness that comes along with it; it subtly works on your ego to destroy it completely and fills you with powerful energies that propels you to perform selfless deeds with compassion.
Maharaj shri says that no one in this world is a king or a master, every one of us is a servant and the very reason of our existence is to perform selfless acts. A sevak (individual who does seva) should never feel an iota of pride for his sacrifices but should do each act as an inspiration from the supreme consciousness which controls and directs all of us in our search of everlasting happiness.