Saturday, June 16, 2012

Four stages of service

Service has a great regenerative effect on the human nature. It not only organizes a person's life, but it also regenerates his physical body, strengthens his inner system, vitalizes his emotional nature, and kindles his intellectual or mental nature.

Service has many levels. One level is that you do something very constructive to meet a real need and receive your reward. Another level is that your presence and your example make people become more noble, honest and striving. There is also a level where you try to help people to meet their spiritual needs, without any expectation. Another level is to help people while they reject you, slander you, or show many other signs of ingratitude. Teachers say that this is where true service starts.

Psychic energy begins to develop in a person when he reaches this fourth stage of service. Psychic energy grows when there is resistance. When a person strives to increase Beauty, Goodness, Righteousness, Joy and Freedom, even while people resist him with opposing forces, psychic energy wells up within the person as he intelligently persists in expanding these five principles.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Spiritual Regeneration