What should be our attitude when we serve and how should we protect our sadhana? Bhagawan lovingly and emphatically reinforces for us today.
The Lord values the mental attitude behind each act. Yad bhavam tad bhavati – what you feel, that you become! Transmute every act into an item of worship and derive maximum joy. Sai is in every being; so, do not slight any. Revere and serve all, to the best of your ability. When someone calls out for water to slake his thirst and you offer him a cup, feel that you are offering it to Me; then, the act purifies you more and cleanses you! It is not the man in need that you serve; you are serving God, that is in you and him! Karma is the flower and Jnana is the fruit. The flower becomes the fruit in the fullness of time. Only, one must guard it and keep it free from pests. Charcoal is wood that has undergone a part of the baptism of fire; let it undergo that baptism to the full; it becomes white and light ash that flies with the wind into the four quarters. Purification of mind from passions must be taken up through the fire of Jnana until success is gained!
– Divine Discourse, Nov 22, 1967.
Render service out of spontaneous urge from within, with a heart filled with love.