Is service to humanity really sergvice to God...?

India
October 30, 2010 6:04am CST
We all hear frequently that service to humanity is service to God.When I deeply thought about it I got some doubts.In fact all of us do some service or the other daily.Those who are in business do service to the society by supplying them their daily needs.Those who are in jobs do service to their boss.A doctor serves the society by curing their dsiseses.Similarly the servants in the house do service for us.Wife serves her husband and children.So also the husband serves his family by earning money for them.Therefore what type of service to humanity is service to God accordingt to you....?
6 responses
• India
30 Oct 10
There is truth in that. However, I think sometimes service to humanity may not really be service because people may be doing the work only to get money, and the service may just be incidental product. And in such cases these people may not even mind cheating to get more money. So such services, I think, may be difficult to call as service to God. That's the way I see.
• India
31 Oct 10
Serice is part of any work we do and in doing work we expect returns in the form of money.In such a case how can it be service to God.Certainly not.In my opinion when we do any service without expecting anything in return can only be considered as service to God.Am I right?Therefore doing any work with an elment of service but with selfish motive is not service to God...
• India
4 Nov 10
I think that's when Christian-Muslim-Jewish way of seeing differ with Hindu's way of seeing service. For the former expecting blessings in return for service rendered is not bad at all; whereas in Hinduism the notion of niskam karma yoga teaches an adherent to serve without expecting anything in return. Personally, I wonder whether providing service without expecting anything in return, not even satisfaction to the individual, is actually feasible. Sometimes I wonder if it's because of such too idealistic framework that we in India has very very little social service. Our concept of charity is almost nil compared to some other countries! May be Krishna's dialogue with Arjuna on the battlefield has influenced our social ethos.
• Romania
20 Nov 10
I think help a complete stranger is a service to God and humanity too!
• Philippines
5 Nov 10
Hi chaya ,first of all I want to greet myself "welcome back" I've been very busy in my work in the past days and months... anyway going back to your question, For me I consider the service to humanity is a service to God as long as you simply offer all your services and work to God..
@EvanHunter (4030)
• United States
31 Oct 10
Charity to humanity is service to God. Mathew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. All the other things you pointed out are not true charity they are for self gain but for the person who feeds the hungry gives drink to the thirsty or shelter to the homeless that is real charity.
@bird123 (10344)
• United States
31 Oct 10
Don't you see??? All of it counts. One can even do a service and never know they done one.
• India
30 Oct 10
Bringing peace of mind to others is the greatest of all service. You will see those who bring peace of mind to others earn the most amount of money. Look at the actors they seem to earn lot of money. People go to watch them to relax their minds. If you have brought peace of mind to someone then think that you have rendered greatest service.