The Service industry caters to the needs of millions daily, but are we really serving others on this planet? Most of us serve, but the motivation is self-care and self-growth and our own happiness, which is undoubtedly a legitimate need.
Nonetheless, for inner peace, we need to enter the spirit of service, and not just use it as a tool for something else. Any meaningful relationship thrives on the service mood, not in opportunistic pursuits. If people serve each other only because of what it gives them, then it wouldn’t fulfill our hearts as much as when service is offered with a genuine desire to please the object of our service. Service has two sacred features: it’s not only the basis of our internal happiness but also our natural position. Whether it’s the politician serving the country, or a master caring for his pet, it’s the mood of giving care and offering service that keeps the relationship going.
Unfortunately for those raised in a culture where gratification of senses is glamourized, to think of others well-being is difficult, and to be a servant always is inconceivable! Even if we serve, it’s to use the position of service to catapult us to a place of prominence; the everyday norm seems to be- servant now, master later. But just like artificial makeup as in a drama stifles an actor, and he feels relieved to take it off and put on his regular dress; similarly our positions of enjoyers and masters is an artificial burden on the soul. When we genuinely give ourselves in service, we are dressed naturally. Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati, a saintly scholar of Vaishnava branch of Hinduism in the early twentieth century, said, “Once we decide to become a servant, we are relieved of the burning burden of being an enjoyer in this world.”
Service industry makes billions of dollars. But it’s only our service attitude that would fetch us a billion dollar worth of peace. Otherwise, we’d be a lost statistic on this planet.