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V iii Challenges of the Sevak

1. How can the sevak balance between rights & responsibilities of the badge (Position or power in the organisation)?

THE BADGE: A CALL TO SAADHANA : I am not giving these badges to endow you with authority, or confer leisure on you or because it is customary on such occasions to have some women and men moving about with badges. This will impose heavier work on you, but, if you look upon it as work, then you have no right to receive these badges. It entitles you to welcome and serve your kith and kin who are arriving at this place from all parts of the world. The badge should not burden you with the weight of conceit; it should not make you feel superior, as if yours is the upper hand and the recipient of your service has the lower hand. It is not a boon that you drop into his hand but an offering that you dedicate at his feet. It is the expression of kinship between your nature and the nature of those whom you serve. In the Principle of the Self (Aathma thathwa), he and you are the same; he and you are but two waves of the selfsame sea. Take this badge as a call to saadhana, as an introduction to a spiritual adventure, an exercise in the practice of prema.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 Nov 1965
Serve others gladly: Do not pretend or patronise. If you simply say, "Do not talk aloud" or give some such blank direction, you are patronising and treating people with disdain. They deserve to be told why. Tell them that silence is the very first rung of the ladder of saadhana; that it is the hall-mark of Prashanthi Nilayam; that they must learn to make every place where they are, a Prashanthi Nilayam; that loud talk disturbs those who practise Naamasmarana (remembrance of Lord's name) or dhyaana (meditation) or japam (recitation); that noise breeds further noise.
Sathya Sai Baba, 24 Feb 1965