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Yoga — Skill in Action I
Offering Seva in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Seva, selfless service, is one of the core spiritual practices on the Siddha Yoga path. At Shree Muktananda Ashram, staff and visiting Siddha Yogis from around the world offer their skills, talents, and energy in support of the SYDA Foundation’s work—serving the Siddha Yoga Mission.

In a great scripture of India, Shri Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna teaches, "Yoga is skill in action." By serving with love and attentiveness, we cultivate proficiency, self-confidence, joy, and evenness of mind, and we strengthen our connection to the inexhaustible source of joy and power at the core of our being. Practicing seva in this way, we move toward attaining the goal of yoga: the steady awareness of our union with the Self.

As you view these photos of Siddha Yogis engaged in many different types of seva, you are invited to reflect on how each expresses skill in action through qualities such as focus, respect, and enthusiasm.

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In the photo of the person putting protective wire around a tree trunk, the roll of wire on the ground looks to me like a heart. That made me think that simply everything in Shree Muktananda Ashram seems to express love.
 

New York, United States

When I saw the young girl in the picture looking at me from behind the tree, tears came to my eyes. I felt so much love. I realized: this is skill in action. This is love in action.

This girl shows me how to be connected to the trees and how to share love. She shows me what it means to leave a trail of light for others. For this girl in the picture, this may not have been a huge thing, but I felt she was surely walking on the path of love and radiating light.

And I too was able to see this light.
 

Hindelang, Germany

Viewing these images of people offering seva with focus and devotion uplifts me and aligns me with my heart. I am refreshed in my longing to offer my breath, my day, my life to the Siddha Yoga path.
 

California, United States

By viewing this gallery, I feel as though I am in some way taking part in these Ashram daily activities. I am grateful to watch people offering seva with such focus, calm, joy, and togetherness. It inspires me to have the same level of concentration, determination, and love as I go about my own daily activities and life.
 

Oslo, Norway

Viewing these beautiful photos instantly takes me back in time to my visits to Shree Muktananda Ashram. I can feel the rich shakti! I remember specific moments long ago like it was yesterday. Love shines on every face!
 
I love whenever new pictures appear in this gallery, as I like to look at them over and over and it’s wonderful to see a new one.
 

Florida, United States