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IV i Whom to Serve?

1. What is the importance of Grama Seva?

I would advise you to carry out service programmes in the rural areas than urban as they are more in need of sympathy and more capable of appreciating it.
Sathya Sai Baba, 16 Aug 1970
 
Service rendered to villagers, who are denied the ways and means of decent lives, draws Divine Grace, more than service elsewhere. Give a helping hand to the helpless, who are afflicted with many ailments and handicaps.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 1986
 
Serve to share and spread Aanandha: You are undergoing training to become better Graamasevakas (village social workers); this is a great chance that has come in your way to render seva (service) and to share and spread Aanandha. The seva that you do will become useful and lasting, provided you invite great Pandiths to the village and through them instruct the villagers to cultivate contact with the Lord, devotion to God, love towards men. I wish that you strive to provide bhajans, keerthanas and Harikathas in order to inspire them towards the higher life of the spirit.
Sathya Sai Baba, 17 Dec 1964
 
Grama Seva is Rama Seva: Know, oh man, Grama Seva is Rama Seva!
When love overflows it is Rama Rajya;
There is no progress without Love;
Without Service there is no hope for man.It is through service that man can expect to redeem his life. He is not a man at all who has no kindness and love in him. The path to Self-realisation lies through Love and Service.
Sathya Sai Baba, 17 Nov 1985