Act of service has been hailed in every religion. Many approaches.. Masters give out..
Some Masters say.. Nar is Naaraayana (Man is God) and they add Nar Seva – Naaraayana Seva.. (Service of Man is service unto God). Now this paradigm doesn’t suit your mind. It questions.. how come this God is so poor, helpless, unholy, powerless, getting angry, worried, driven by lust and fear. This man seems every hungry.. today i feed him tomorrow he is again there sitting in the queue. I gave him 100 Rs when he knocked the window of my car.. This was sufficient for him to feed himself for the day but then too he went on knocking other windows alike. Your extra efforts too fall short of making people happy. A whisper within.. “Huh.. God does not need my services to be happy. No.. No.. Nar can not be Naaraayana.” Man can not be God your mind tells. This way or that.. you admit you can make others happy.. but you cant keep them so.
Some Masters did not go to that extent.. they did not treat Man as God but said it is your duty to be of some use to others.. your fellow men.. your society.. environment and so on. They morally and logically sound better than the previous lot to modern mind since the biggest logical hurdle of treating Man as God is dropped. So this doctrine finds more followers. All philanthropy, charities, bhandaaraas, eye camps, blood donation, eye donation etc. belong to this doctrine. Follower of this doctrine are mostly too much engrossed in deriving their own happiness by the act of service. I come across many seasoned philanthropists and repeatedly they report it is not possible to keep others happy and that they do it for their own happiness.
On the surface every doctrine to convince you to be engaged in service shall look flawed until you correct your understanding about the core objective of service. Service or charity plays key role in achieving social justice, equal distribution of wealth and resources but I leave it to you to think what could be its spiritual utility? Do think about it and share your thoughts. Despite knowing the bitter truth that I can not keep someone happy always why should I still be persistent, honest and genuinely sincere in offering my helping hand? What reason do you give to those who do not believe in afterlife? How will you convince those who feel there is one life – no rebirth?
In your own right you might be feeling as if you are on a mission… A mission to keep others happy… that you are solely responsible for keeping people happy.. especially those who surround you. You sweat, run around, toil enough… you do whatever you can to bring a genuine smile on their faces… You succeed too but enough before you can relish and enjoy the moments of your success you find the sheen of that smile has already started fading away… filling your heart again with the same anxiety and gloom as it was there before you somehow managed to accomplished this goal. This keeps happening and life goes on revolving in circles.. Vicious circle? Or you have chosen wrong people to spend your energies on?
Whatever you feel.. You must keep doing your bit to spread happiness.. But remember people will still continue to be unhappy. You must decide how long you can carry the burden of this responsibility happily. I feel many of you will get wiser someday and say “I do my bit for you but I cant keep you happy – It is your responsibility!”
Howsoever spiritually or morally misplaced this statement may seem but it bears truth in it.
– Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath