Saints, Sages, Spiritual Leaders and those deemed Holy Men from every Spiritual tradition all teach that selfless service is the best way to gain God’s favour.
Through selfless service of others a person learns to understand God’s finest and supreme attribute, that of LOVE and in so doing is able to draw closer to God.
The following are the words of some Spiritual Leaders
The Sufi Sage Sad’i states: The path is service of others, not prayer beads and Dervish robes.
Jesus taught: It is better to give than to receive, or in other words It is better to serve than to be served.
The Hindu Guru Sai Baba is known for these words: Love all, save all.
John Wesley founder of The Methodist Church had this rule: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
Jesus’ Parable of The Good Samaritan in the Bible explains to some extent what the attribute of Love is.
The Good Samaritan
In this Parable the Good Samaritan is called “good” because he stopped to help a man who was in dire need at the side of the road and gave him the necessary assistance and at cost to himself.
Although others had seen him in distress, they chose to continue going about their business and ignored the desperate plight of this man by walking past him. This Parable offers an understanding of what Love is and also of “Service” for without a doubt the Good Samaritan showed Love and gave Service to this man.
There is however a deeper level within this Parable and a lesson to be learnt by all those wishing to truly serve their fellow man.The lesson is this:
The Good Samaritan offered his practical help and assistance to this man before and without the man needing to ask him for it first.
You hear many people say, “ If only he/she had asked, I would have willingly helped” or “They should have asked and I would have helped them”. A Good Samaritan is one who recognises a person in need and offers to help them.
Ideally help should be offered before that person finds it necessary to ask for assistance. By doing this a person is thereby showing Love to them and truly serving them, just as the Samaritan in Jesus’ Parable did.
As a Spiritual practice the value of Service lies not just in what we do, but also in why we do it.
“ The whole worth Of a benevolent deed lies in the love that inspires it. Our actions therefore must be more than doing what is expected of us, or looking for recognition for our actions.
“Do not let your right hand know what your left is doing”. Spiritual Service therefore must be humble, selfless and an act of anonymous love.
The Buddhist Sage Shantideva states:
“When I work for the sake of others, I should not let conceit or the feeling that I am wonderful arise. It is just like feeding myself- hoping for nothing in return.
The Taoist Sage Lao Tzu teaches:
True Service is not about trying to appear to be a “do-gooder”, but spontaneously and effortlessly expressing our innate natural goodness.
Taoist Sage Lao Tzu
The Hindu Sage Mahatma Ghandhi states:
“When a person loses himself into God, he immediately finds himself in the service of all that lives. It becomes his delight and recreation. He is a new person never weary in the service of God’s creation”.
Sage Mahatma Ghandhi
Janusz Korczak Jewish writer and Campaigner states:
I am not here to be loved and admired, but to act and love. It is not the duty of people to help me, but it is my duty to look after the world and the people in it.
Pioneer of Children’s Rights
John Wesley Founder of The Methodist Church states:
“ Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can”.
Founder of The Methodist Church
Joseph Smith founder of The Church of Latter- Day Saints; (Mormons) states in “The Articles of Faith” (The Book of Mormon verse13 )
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and in doing “good to all men”. If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Founder of The Church of Latter- Day Saints; (Mormons)
The Founder of The Church of Light ( Colin) teaches:-
If anybody is in need, irrespective of what that need is, and you are in a position to help, then do so. Do not expect payment or reward for your effort and do not keep account of it.
Give freely to all and do not seek notoriety for your deeds. Serve at all times and show respect and love to all things, for all is Spirit and all Spirit is of God.
Through selfless service you will become morally and spiritually excellent (Holy) and for which you will attain God’s favour and oneness with him.
How Can I Help Others?
Many people have an inner desire and need to serve their fellow man but are unsure as to what they can actually do.
A good way to serve is to do some voluntary work, maybe for a local Charity or Charity Shop or by offering your skills/time to a voluntary organization.
Decide what type of people you would like to help and then set about considering your options.
You may for example want to help the elderly or the infirmed and if so consider contacting organizations that deal specifically in helping these people and offer your services.
Maybe you are aware of a particular area where there is a specific need and you feel or know that you have something to contribute that will satisfy that need.
If this is the case then set about contacting those people who can allow you to be of assistance.
The world is full of opportunities to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves and it only takes a little thought and application to begin being of valuable service.
Offer help & serve all who you can
Use your time and your talent to help all those that you can in whatever way you can.
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