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The Yoga of Selfless Service

“Those who are self-realized have no purpose to fulfill in the discharge of their prescribed duties, nor have they any reason not to perform such work. Nor have they any need to depend on any other living being. Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme.” Bhagavad-gita 3.18-19

In her recent contribution to Elephant Journal, Chelsea Roff offers us an unusually insightful perspective on the problem of trying to be of service for the right reason in the right way with the right consciousness. And she asked a few thought provoking questions: “Do you think ‘selfless service’ exists, or is it a misnomer we need to do away with altogether? Have you ever see well-meaning attempts at service do harm? What went wrong, and how can we move toward something different?”

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