For every aspiring youth keen to live life to the fullest, what is the spiritual tonic that should be taken regularly? Bhagawan lovingly reveals to us today.
The age span, 16-30 years, is crude, for that is the period when life adds sweetness to itself, when talents, skills, and attitudes are accumulated, sublimated and sanctified. If the tonic of unselfish Seva (service) is administered to the mind during this period, life’s mission is fulfilled – for the process of sublimation and sanctification will be hastened by this tonic. Do not serve for the sake of reward, attracting attention, or earning gratitude, or from a sense of pride at your own superiority in skill, wealth, status or authority. Serve because you are urged by love. When you succeed, ascribe the success to the grace of God, who urged you on, as Love within you. When you fail, ascribe the failure to your own inadequacy, insincerity or ignorance. Examine the springs of action, disinfect them from all traces of ego. Do not throw the blame on the recipients of the seva, or on your collaborators and co-workers, or on God.
– Divine Discourse, May 19, 1969.
Service must emanate from a tender heart which responds to every sob and groan, and is ready to renounce and suffer gladly. – BABA