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V i Motive of the Sevak(Volunteer)

1. What motives should a Sevak avoid while performing Seva?

Competition/ Ostentation: Self-aggrandizement or competition or ostentation are motives that will pollute the sacred Sadhana of Service. The candidate for this Sadhana has to avoid Ahamkara (egotism), Adambara (exhibitionism) and Abhimana (favoritism).
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 1986
This is a gathering of members of the Seva Dal who are engaged in service among the rural population in this country. You are here busy with what is called a workshop. Do not allow your service activities turn into shops which concentrate on window dressing, in order to attract attention and patronage.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 1986
Expectations/ reward: Do not serve for the sake of reward, attracting attention, or earning gratitude, or from a sense of pride at our own superiority in skill, wealth, status, or authority. Serve because you are urged by Love.
Sathya Sai Baba, 17 Mar 1966