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V iii Challenges of the Sevak

4. How do we welcome the various sacrifices demanded from us while doing seva?

Na karmanaa na prajayaa dhanena thyaagena eke amruthathvamaanasuh' ---"Immortality can be attained, not by ritual deeds, nor by birth, nor by wealth, but only by sacrifice and renunciation". This is the declaration of the Vedhas. The seva (service) into which you are initiated is the first step in the training for this sacrifice.
Sathya Sai Baba, 8 Mar 1967
 
Forgo your comforts: The main plank of the programme of saadhana is the overcoming of the ego, the feeling of "I" and "Mine". That, in a nutshell, is Aathma vidya. Now, you, as volunteers have to forgo your comforts and even chances to have darshan and to listen to My discourses, when service calls you somewhere else. This thyaaga or renunciation gladly undertaken is a very important qualification for the saadhaka. If you feel the urge, "My need first, the other person's later" then, what you perform is not seva, it is strategy. Give up your seat to someone who is older or infirm, or more deserving, that is seva; do not stick to it, when such people are desperate for accommodation.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 Nov 1965
 
You should not be content with what you have accomplished so far. You should do a great deal more to make this great country an exemplar to the world of the great ideals of its seers and sages. Bharath should be made the land of thyaaga (sacrifice) and not bhoga (indulgence in luxury). Thyaaga is yoga. Bhoga is roga (disease). To live up to the ideal of thyaaga is your duty today.
Sathya Sai Baba, 18 Nov 1984