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"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result."

- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian philosopher & revolutionary

The Heart’s Whisper

By Nitin Orayan on 26 August 2015

To serve another selflessly, there needs to be deep and abundant love. Service that is offered and rendered to benefit the receiver, for no reward in return is called 'SEVA', a spiritual term in India.

SEVA is a seed and the fruit of abundant love in the Universe, and deeply embedded in the essence of our being.
This SEVA is God’s love, compassion, kindness and justice in action, and the person as instrument rendering true selfless service is referred as ‘SEVAK’ – one who performs the SEVA.

SEVA often corrects an aberration or disorder in the reality of life on this earth – In the archetypal fight of ‘good vs evil’, the rendering of selfless service wins the victory for good over evil, so to say.
The SEVAK, who is the instrument, allows the higher will to come into full action and become the ‘doer’ on earth.
But can the SEVAK remain only and completely an instrument, and humanly be devoid of attachment in the process of the correction of the disorder, in the justice being done?
selflessI have been a lucky one in this life – to have been led to SEVA at a certain juncture in my life when day-to-day life was seeming very dreary and meaningless.
I understood my role as a SEVAK in full gratitude to the hand of destiny that guided me to a very worthwhile SEVA – helping village children living in abject poverty and experiencing lack - some orphaned by circumstances, some with single helpless parent, and others from very low income families to be, as a correction of higher will, led to a place of abundance – abundant ideas, abundant material to play and learn, abundant love and care.
The service was so fulfilling visibly and experientially that many others wished to join in the SEVA and be instruments of the change in action.
The SEVA was a day to day engagement with the many little children aged 9-12, and there was a girl who was sweet just as all children were in the group of about 25. Many times I would watch this little one, walking in and participating with the others in an interesting group activity, and my heart would go out to her, and I would say to myself, ‘I feel very drawn to this child, like a family feeling for her, arising naturally from within the deep recesses of my being’.
I lived for all 5 years with that feeling and communicated with the girl with compassion, never acting on my instinct that I could adopt the girl as she was fatherless, and living with her mother who was struggling to make a living. Offering to be a father to the girl would have been so correct and just for that girl’s circumstance at that time, but ….

But SEVA also meant and implied being equal and impartial with all the beneficiaries, and to keep out any personal feelings for one and not the others. Being impersonal in one’s work to be an agent of change was a matter of principle and therefore very important.
Some years later, I had the golden opportunity to come face to face with my deep seated feeling I had for the little girl – and this time I came one step ahead.
I had come across the girl who was now 17 and again standing at a difficult juncture, her single parent not affording the University education of her choice and aptitude.
And my natural instinct was to take full responsibility for the girl’s education, which was a challenging idea to confront but I had made up my mind to listen to my inner voice.
I had realized that the belief – the personal feeling inside me was as much a reality and the truth, as the principle of an impersonal and impartial SEVA.
And in assuming full responsibility for the girl’s education I was going to father the girl and complete a service unto myself – I was not going to deny myself the role of a father when it had been offered to me again, even though it may not conform to the pure SEVA ideal.

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A few years have passed by and I have completed my task and the responsibility of educating the girl, and playing my father’s role –  Now, at 21, the girl is wholly independent and an earning adult who can make her own choices and determine the course of her destiny; consequently, my need to experience being a father too has been fulfilled.


I have a realization to share with all seekers of true inner peace and fulfillment – in this realm and in our complete humanness it is equally necessary to listen to our deep genuine personal drives as much as our evolution in consciousness is about going to the impersonal and the absolute.

In the journey of life, no one is an orphan – every form of adversity is an opportunity to render SEVA and to serve the evolution of consciousness.

About the author


Nitin Orayan

Writer, Philosopher, Founder of Learning Space Foundation in India

Nitin was raised in Mumbai, India, where he completed his schooling and post-graduate studies in Mass Communications at a reputable institution. From his early days in school, he was drawn to philosophical…  Read full bio

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