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I 1. What is Seva?

Seva (service) is spiritual knowledge. Seva is the primary means to acquire Divine Grace. Service is an expression of gratitude to society.
Sathya Sai Baba, 17 Nov 1985
   
Seva is the blossom of Prema, a flower that fills the mind with rapture. Harmlessness is the fragrance of that flower. Let even your little acts be complete with compassion and reverence
Sathya Sai Baba
   
What according to you is service? You consider helping people in difficulties is service. No, it is not as simple as that. Your body should be constantly enagaged in serving others. The human body consists of several limbs. All these limbs are meant to be engaged in serving your fellow beings and not for other activities. Every limb in the human body has been granted by God for karmopasana (worshipping God through service). Karmopasana is the only means by which human life can be sanctified.
Sathya Sai Baba, 1 Jan 2004
   
Service demonstrates the unity that underlies the apparent diversity. To realise your own inherent divinity, service to the people is the best kind of Sadhana.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1990
   
Social service is also a tapas, a spiritual exercise.
Sathya Sai Baba, 13 May 1985
   
Seva is the highest path of Devotion which wins the Grace of God. It promotes mental purity, diminishes egoism and enables one to experience,through sympathetic understanding, the unity of mankind.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 1986
   
Seva is a small word but is filled with immense spiritual significance. Seva must be viewed as the highest form of sadhana .Serving the poor in the villages is the best form of sadhana.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25 Jan 1985
   
Social service does not mean merely going out into the streets and cleaning them. Whatever work you are engaged in, whatever duties you have to perform as an official or an employee, to do your duties efficiently and with diligence and devotion is also Seva (social service).
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 1988