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V ii Attitude of the Sevak(Volunteer)

1. What kind of Self-evaluation does a Sevak need to do before doing Seva?

Do not go after name or fame: The first requisite is to get rid of all bad thoughts, selfishness, pride and other undesirable qualities from the heart so that the spirit of love can find its rightful place in it. Only a heart filled with love is pure and holy. Hence, you should take up service activities in a loving spirit.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1987
Develop the right attitude: Service in all its forms, all the world over is primarily spiritual discipline, mental clean up! Without the inspiration given by that attitude, the urge is bound to ebb and grow dry, or, it may meander into pride and pomp. Just think for a moment: Are you serving God? Or, is God serving you? When you offer milk to a hungry child, or a blanket to a shivering brother on the pavement, you are but placing a gift of God into the hands of another gift of God! You are reposing the gift of God in a repository of the Divine Principle! God serves; He allows you to claim that you have served! Without His Will, no single blade of grass can quiver in the breeze. Fill every moment with gratitude to the Giver and the Recipient of all gifts.
Sathya Sai Baba, 20 Feb 1966
Unity in heart, head and hand: Before embarking on a service project one must introspect and examine his equipment for the Sadhana: whether his heart is full of selfless love, humility and compassion; whether his head is full of intelligent understanding and knowledge of the problem and its solution; whether his hands are eager to offer the healing touch; whether he can gladly spare and share time, energy and skill to help others in dire need.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 1986
Sincerity : Service activities in all lands can thrive only through selfless dedication. Fanfare is a sign of insincerity. Silent, unsullied work alone can appeal. The villager has enough common sense to see through the show.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 1986
Work together: Lions have as their motto, "Together, we serve better." This togetherness inspires mutual help and service. It must inspire those who serve and those who are served and bring both into the bond of Love
Sathya Sai Baba, 23 Jan 1983
It should not be imagined that one is promoting the well-being of the nation by one's service. One should realise that he is bettering himself by rendering service.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 1988