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IV v What to Serve?

1. What kind of seva should we choose to do and on what basis should we make this choice?

Every person should render service according to his capacity and the sphere of his activities. There are various limbs in the human body. But the hands cannot do what the legs are capable of, nor can the eyes perform the duties of the ears. What the ears can enjoy, the eyes cannot. Likewise, among human beings there are differences. Their capacities and aptitudes may vary. But each should take part in service activity according to his ability, equipment and field of work.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1987
 
The educated should try to teach the illiterate and open the minds of the ignorant to wider vistas of knowledge. The educated persons may be doctors, lawyers or businessmen. Doctors should be ready to render free medical service to the poor. Lawyers should be helpful to those who are in need of legal aid but who cannot afford to pay for their services. Businessmen should be content to keep a reasonable income for their needs and utilize the surplus for charitable purposes.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1990
 
Service does not mean the help done by the hands alone. Talk softly and sweetly. Speak good words. That is also a form of service. Give food and money to the needy and work for their redemption. That is also a form of service. If you find a child crying in the mother's arms, try to help her in pacifying the child. If you have a chocolate with you, give it to the child. This is also a great service. It may look small in terms of quantity, but is very big in terms of quality. Cleaning of the streets or serving the patients is not the only means of service. But those who get the opportunity can certainly do it as per their capacity.
Sathya Sai Baba, 20 Nov 2000
 
Man should strive to use every talent and skill given to him not only for his own benefit but also for the good of the world. Man owes everything to society and should be grateful to society for all that he receives from it. Expressing this gratitude is man's foremost duty.
Sathya Sai Baba, 4 Jul 1989