Service (2) — motives and methods
by Aart Jurriaanse

What are the disciple’s motives from which arises that inner impulse to help and serve others? All true spiritual service, whatever its nature of expression, is selflessly motivated and issues from the soul and the heart. Therefore as soon as selfish objectives occur it is obviously only the semblance of genuine esoteric service, and can thus be regarded as exoteric or commercialized service, which is something totally different and a product of the personality.

The service considered here only concerns the altruistic or esoteric aspects, and may be motivated by:

(a) An awakening to the first faint vision of the outlines of the divine Plan, and a growing urge to contribute that which one has, even though still imperfect, towards the realization of that which is being contemplated. (b) The accomplishment of some personal ideal, which will demand the soul’s highest endeavour. (c) An inner welling up of love, manifesting itself as an impulse to serve all that which is Divine, whether designated as man, the Christ, or as God — therefore an aspiration to serve the Good. (d) The disciple comes to the recognition that he has acquired something, some capacity or knowledge which might help to enrich or throw light on the paths of others, and he feels the urge to transmit and share this with them.

It should ever be kept in mind that with service the effort and the motive are at least equal in importance to the accomplishment of the objective.

Field of service

Each man must find his own field of service, that terrain where under his particular circumstances, his combination of aptitudes, and his background and training can be blended and used to maximum advantage. Fortunately there is an unending range of possibilities towards which man’s efforts may be profitably directed, and every individual will be able to find his proper niche provided he is really infused to serve, and his motives are impelled by that inner love which, come what may, must find expression.

So often those who show the first signs of awakening, and begin to display a half-hearted interest in esoteric work, will remark that: “I would also like to serve and to do something for humanity, but what is there that I could do?” With these persons there is an apparent inner incitement by their souls, but their hearts are not yet fully awakened, and there is as yet no real inner love that is looking for expression; wherever there is genuine soul-love seeking utterance, a suitable outlet will be found.

Care should be taken not to make comparisons regarding the quality of service rendered by different persons. The real inner value of service cannot be gauged by its outer appearance or effect, and will only be finally judged by those who are sympathetically looking on from subjective levels. Its true value therefore does not lie in the visible outer activity but in the inner motivating force; an apparently simple gesture of love, which may pass unnoticed by the outside world, may indeed have a more far-reaching inner effect than some spectacular act of public service.

When serving, concentrate all your energies on your task. If others need assistance from you in the execution of their responsibilities, then give help freely wherever possible, but always remember that in the first instance you are responsible for the work that your own soul has assigned to you and that you should never interfere in the work of others. Therefore, allow others the same privilege of doing their work in their own way, as you are demanding for yourself.

All disciples have their limitations, and this should be kept in mind when choosing a task of service. The work should be determined in accordance with the disciple’s capacities, and it would be foolish to attempt that which altogether lies beyond his limits, as this would but lead to frustrations, unsatisfactory results, and wasted time and energy. It is far better to accomplish a smaller task effectively than to tackle an apparently more important task and leave it unfinished or badly rounded off.

On the other hand, the server is often inclined to underrate the talents with which the soul has endowed him; he tends to weigh only the aptitudes of the personality, not yet being fully aware of the powers lying latent in the soul and which have there accrued in the course of many lives. So when choosing a new field of service, leave the final decision to your intuition — to the dictates of your soul!

Methods of service

Each potential server must find his own particular level and method of service. The form of his service is of secondary importance — that which counts is the motive by which he is inspired. If arising from the heart and soul, it will be based on love for his fellow human beings and, whatever the nature or details of the service, it will be the right thing for him under his specific circumstances.

It should also be realized that, as with all else, man must learn to serve, and that he must therefore preferably start with the small and relatively simpler activities. As experience is gained, fresh opportunities will be presented, and provided these are recognized, there will prove to be no end to the possibilities of service. Once the joy of true service has been tasted, it will prove so infectious that nothing will be able to withhold him from a future all-out career of service.

The efficient server must at all times display discrimination in his approach to his work. He must be able to evaluate his own capacities and aptitudes, and should realize his limitations; in his zeal he should therefore not rush into fields of work for which his past training and experience has not qualified him, and of which he cannot make a success. Such unconsidered action will only lead to waste of time, opportunity and effort, and may have harmful and frustrating effects.

Aart Jurriaanse, wrote a number of compilations from the books of Alice A. Bailey. Among these are: Of Life and other worlds; Prophecies; Ponder on this; Serving Humanity; The Soul; The Quality of Life; and he is also the author of Bridges which is a Commentary on these teachings.   

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"Those among you who wish to serve the world have placed before them now the opportunity of all lives. May you seize it, use it to the full, and create for yourselves and your brothers a new life... Love, Justice and Sharing. Make these your aims, My friends, and know the meaning
of God."   Maitreya, the World Teacher


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