To be an effective instrument for Divine service, we must have a personal spiritual practice that sustains our living connection to the Divine within. Seva without spirituality is a sure path to burn out. In the words of Meister Eckhart,
“The outer work can never be great if the inner work is small, and the outer work can never be small if the inner work is great.”
- We honor our spiritual responsibility to our
earth family and to future generations by living our daily commitment to our
individual faith and spiritual practice, for the sake of the Divine’s love for
- We work on our
characters to enable us to live more and more each day from our hearts, for the
sake of the Divine. We practice living from qualities such as loving-kindness,
generosity, attentiveness, respect, joy, listening, patience, humility. We practice being loving, patient, forgiving,
merciful and compassionate towards ourselves for our limitations and
imperfections as we work on our characters
- We commit to doing
inner work so that we can be a container of Love, and to healing our hearts and
clearing our thoughts of separation, such as thoughts or feelings of conflict,
violence, greed, envy, vengeance and hatred.
- We respect and love all
religions. In our interfaith community prayers, meditations,
worship, and celebrations, spontaneous prayers and songs, we generally refer to
the Divine energy or light, rather than any one form of the Divine to the
exclusion of others. We maintain an
inclusive atmosphere at all times in our community prayers.
- We commit to praying
for each other in the community daily.
We pray from our hearts directly to the Divine, that Divine Love, Mercy,
Healing and Grace may go where it is most needed to each individual in the community,
and to their families.
- We commit to praying
for the soul of Humanity and the soul of the Earth daily.
- With an attitude of
Seva, we perform our daily activities with love for the Divine within all of
Creation. We infuse love, joy,
attentiveness and reverence for the sacred into our daily activities of
cooking, walking, washing, cleaning, eating, growing food, caring for each
other, working, and playing.
- We commit to perform one kind gesture for another
person, and/or one kind gesture for Nature every day.
- We listen to our hearts regularly for the ways we
feel moved to make an outer contribution to Humanity and Nature, in our
ordinary daily lives – home, family, work, and/or community life.
- We practice feeling
gratefulness in our hearts, irrespective of inner and outer circumstances.
- We affirm the Oneness
of the Divine, and love and respect the diversity, uniqueness and
interconnectedness of the Divine spark and expression in every form.