Seva means ‘selfless service’. It is a way to open your heart and develop bhakti within yourself. When done from the heart, the focus moves away from reciprocity and into the pure joy of giving. By seeking to please the other, expectations melt away and all that remains is love.
Seva is one of the nine forms of Bhakti. Called Padaseva Bhakti, it is cultivated by making every action an offering to the Lotus Feet of the Lord. According to the Guru Gita, there is no difference between God and Guru, and so when we serve the Master and his mission, we are also serving the Supreme Lord Narayana Himself by allowing ourselves to be the instruments of His action.
The simple act of care, the simple act of love and power of seva are the key ingredients for change to happen in this world and in the whole universe. It is built out of simple elements but when the uniting of love, care and seva come together, then one can see the magnificence of creation. Not only see it, but be part of it and contribute to it. It all starts with just the simple act of care, the simple act of just love and giving of one´s self.
Seva can also be a sadhana, a spiritual practice to help us deepen our relationship with God. When done with this intention, it helps us move beyond ourselves to focus on giving to others. In this way, we grow into opening our heart to see God in each and every person around us.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda encourages all his devotees across the globe to undertake seva initiatives.
Seva at Shree Peetha Nilaya
Seva at Shree Peetha Nilaya offers an incredible opportunity to serve Paramahamsa Vishwananda directly in his home. Everyone, including guests, are asked to take part in offering seva during their stay at the Ashram. Those who do, enjoy the joy of serving and the blessings of Maha Lakshmi.
Here are several ways to do seva at SPN:
Day Visitors: Even if you are just visiting for the day, you are encouraged to help with seva for 1-2 hours.
Overnight Guests: All guests are asked to contribute 3-4 hours of seva during each day of their stay.
New to SPN: If you are interested in Paramahamsa Vishwananda's mission and would like to come and experience Bhakti Marga and our community life at SPN for the first time, we suggest you come as a guest and help out with seva during your stay. A long weekend or even one to two weeks is a great way to begin.
Bhakti Seva Program: If you would like to come and experience life in the Ashram beyond an event, you are welcome to apply for one of the current openings in the Bhakti Seva Program. This program is for a minimum of two weeks and up to a maximum of four weeks. Specific duties will be pre-arranged and agreed upon prior to your arrival. For further information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please follow this protocol and do not ask Guruji about this program or staying at the Ashram for an extended period of time.
Job Offerings: When you are sure you are ready for a longer-term commitment, you are welcome to apply for one of our current job openings.
Current Openings at SPN
The following pages give you an overview of the current positions available at SPN, both for the Bhakti Seva Program (2-4 weeks) and Job Openings (1-3 months, and 1 year positions). Follow the instructions on these pages to apply for the positions.
Seva in your own country
In addition to seva done at the Ashram, there are countless ways to contribute to Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s mission through seva in your own country. Time commitments vary depending on your availability and willingness to take on a leadership position. Contact the Bhakti Marga Country Coordinator (BMCC) in your country to find out how you can help support Paramahamsa Vishwananda and spread his Bhakti Marga mission.
The following is a partial list of ways to serve in your local community and country:
Attend OM Chanting: The benefits spread out to a 2 kilometer radius.
Atma Kriya Yoga: When you do your practice, you personally benefit and the light you radiate will uplift all you encounter.
Bhakti Marga temples and ashrams: Attend prayers and events at your local centre. Support it with your time, talents and finances.
Share: Tell friends, family, everyone, about your experiences with Guruji, his teachings, his books and CDs.
Host an event: Schedule an introductory event, hold classes, OM Chanting circles, or special events with your country Swami or Swamini.
Donate goods and services: Support events and day-to-day functions of your local centre, SPN or in the name of Bhakti Marga.
Marketing and communications: Like and Post on your country Facebook page, Tweet, volunteer to do transcriptions, translations and subtitles. Take Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s books to your local bookstores.
Volunteer: Offer to help at Darshans and Satsangs with Paramahamsa Vishwananda.
Become an organiser or teacher: OM Chanting Organiser, Mantra Project Organiser, Simply Meditation teacher, Atma Kriya Yoga teacher, or Sri Yantra Drawing teacher.
Become a Country Coordinator: If your country does not yet have leadership, contact the International Country Coordinator to take on the role.