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V ii Attitude of the Sevak(Volunteer)

7. What qualities should the Sevak be watchful of and be away from while rendering service?

Do not go after name or distinction: You should not be concerned about name or fame. Fame is not a commercial product or a commodity that can be got from someone. It flows spontaneously like a river, which starts in a small way, but gathers volume as it goes along. Do not go after name or distinction. Concentrate your mind upon achieving your objectives. Fill your heart with love and engage yourselves in service.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1987
 
Active Workers should not be arrogant: "Active workers" (in the Sai movement) should have no feeling of arrogance or ostentation in carrying on their activities. They must be broad-minded, completely free from selfish concerns, and must develop love towards all. Active workers are the spinal cord of the Sai organization. They should understand the human values and practice them. Without having the right attitude, service done demonstratively in a spirit of self-conceit is a travesty of service. They should rid themselves of the sense of "mine" and "thine."
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1987
 
There should be no feeling of condescension in rendering service. Regard yourself as a devoted servant ready to do any task.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1990
 
Do not search for faults: You may ask, "Swaami! When you find a person behaving wrongly, viciously, how can we love him? How can we revere him, as you want us to?" In such a situation consider one thing: The Aathma in him is unattached, to any deed or motive. That Aathma is Divine; love that, revere that. That is my answer. To put in simpler terms: you observe a big portrait of Swaami over the entrance of a house, as you walk along the road. You find that it is the house of a person, who is your relentless foe! But, do you revere the portrait any the less, because the owner of the house does not deserve your love? Of course, you love the portrait, you revere it, wherever it is. Is it not? So too, revere the Aathma in every one; it is the God residing in each. Why should you pay attention to his wrongs and vices? Your duty is to serve, not search for faults. Serve with all your heart, serve with pure undefiled love. Under My unseen supervision and guidance you have to serve them and relieve their pains and troubles.
Sathya Sai Baba, 8 Mar 1967
 
Do not bargain with God: Do not aspire to be a servant of God, working for wages; you reduce yourself to that level if you ask for this and that from Him in return for the praise that you offer or the sacrifice you undergo; even if you do not ask, if the bargaining attitude is in your mind, or, if you feel disappointed that God did not give you desirable objects in return for all the trouble you took to please Him. Do not calculate profit; do not count the returns; do not plan for the consequence; Do, since you have to do, since it is your duty. That is real puja. Dedicate the deed as well as the consequence to Him. Then you become His own, not a coolie, demanding wages. That is the highest level a bhaktha can reach through saadhana. That is the reason why nishkaama karma (desireless action) is so highly extolled in the Geetha by Krishna.
Sathya Sai Baba, 4 Apr 1965