Updated: Jan 8, 2020
Daily Inspiration: January 8, 2020
HOW TO LIBERATE YOUR KARMA
Selfless Service, or Seva, is a very special calling. It is a form of Karma Yoga, as described by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. It takes the devotee's attention off of their own desires and focuses it on another who is in greater need.
By doing Seva we recognize the Divinity of the other, which is the same Divinity in us. This brings us closer and closer to God. We begin to see the Divine Nature in everyone and everything.
Done with this intention, it is a beautiful sadhana onto itself as it eventually leads us to offering all of our actions to God.
Everyone must engage in some sort of activity in this material world. But actions can either bind one to this world or liberate one from it. By acting for the pleasure of the Supreme, without selfish motives, one can be liberated from karma.
~ Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3
There can be so many struggles in our daily lives, and in the life of our fellow man. Sometimes we are in need of help. Can you think of a time when you were in need and suddenly help was provided? Remember how grateful you were?
We all go through ups and downs in our lives, but when things are going well for you, that is the perfect time to step in and provide Seva - "pay it forward" as the popular saying goes.
By providing Selfless Service, we embrace the Divine qualities of equanimity, love, and compassion.
Today, make sure your 2020 goals include some form of Selfless Service to humanity. Below are a few ideas the Lalita Chandika Temple is inviting the community to participate in. There will be more opportunities in the future, but read below to see if any of these resonate with you:
FEELING CALLED TO PROVIDE SELFLESS SERVICE?
Serving at the Lalita Chandika Temple is akin to bringing Love, Light, Wisdom, and Healing to our global community. It is about providing relief to humanity who is badly in search for connection, prayers, and hope. Here are a few opportunities for consideration:
1) Seva Saturday: January 11th
This Saturday afternoon will be Seva Saturday at the Temple and if you are interested in joining us we would love to see your bright, shining face.
Most of the Seva will be in the Temple - getting the deities ready for Navaratri, vacuuming the temple floors, wiping down deity garments, getting organized. For any of you outdoor types, the outside grounds can be swept and cleaned as well.
We will provide more details on the timing on Saturday for those interested, but for now, please let us know if you would like to join us.
Are you interested? Please send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Humanitarian Seva: Clothing the Cold in India
Raj Sabbu, Board Member of Lalita Chandika Temple, is launching the first humanitarian initiative of the Lalita Chandika Temple. Jai Raj!
He will be traveling to India on work, but while he is there, he will be representing all of us in a charitable program to provide blankets and warm clothing to villagers in India who are in need of help.
Many parts of India experience harsh, cold, winter weather and many of the poor villagers have no means to stay warm. It is heart-breaking and provides a great opportunity for us to step in.
Are your interested in helping? Please see the Contribution link below and mark your donation as "Clothing the Cold" Initiative.