you'll invariably encounter the following:
From a discourse by Yogi Amrit Desai
Service is a very direct and straightforward way to learn selflessness. The basic idea behind service is that you give without asking for a return.3rd Dog
...The purpose of service is to remove your attachment to your selfish desires gradually and to learn how to receive by giving, sharing, and serving selflessly.
A service is a tool which invariably shows you where you are egotistical and where you are not truly giving. Every conflict you come across as you serve is the direct outcome of your selfishness. If in the past you have been excessively selfish, you will encounter more conflicts in service. Those are not new conflicts. You are simply beginning to see the conflicts and selfishness already buried inside you, and service is a mirror which allows you to see. The purpose of seeing your selfishness is to enable you to become free of it through proper understanding.
...In deciding where you will offer your service, there is one fundamental principle to follow: choose the source from which you wish to receive. Once you begin to give your service, you will invariably begin to receive from that source also, because it is impossible to separate giving and receiving.
Responsibility starts with saying you are causing in the matter.
Responsibility is not a burden, fault, praise, blame, credit, shame, or guilt. In responsibility, there is no evaluation of good or bad, right or wrong. There is what's so, and your stand.
Being responsible starts with the willingness to deal with a situation from the point of view that you are the generator of what you do, what you have and what you are. That is not the truth. It is a place to stand.
No one can make you responsible, nor can you impose responsibility on another. It is a grace you give yourself -- an empowering context that leaves you with a voice in the matter of life.
By darkness, we mean enclosing ourselves in a familiar world in which we can hide or go to sleep.
...We prefer to hide in our personal jungles and caves. When we hide from the world in this way, we feel secure. We may think that we have quieted our fear, but we are making ourselves numb with fear. We surround ourselves with our common thoughts so that nothing sharp or painful can touch us.
...In the cocoon there is no dance: no walking or breathing in the cocoon, there is no idea of light at all until we experience some longing for openness.
Discovering the true meaning of service, taking responsibility for self, and finding the courage to walk away from the cocoon to assert your natural rights will lead you closer to Redemption and Freedom.
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