Rikhiapeeth Ashram- Jarkhand- India

Selfless Service at the South African Satyananda  School of Yoga—– an expression from Swami Kamalavidya Saraswati

Serving others selflessly, doing good works for others without any ulterior motive is going to become the social philosophy of the 21st century. This century will be an age in which each individual will have a thought for others.” ~ teaching from Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Founder of the Satyananda Bihar Yoga tradition in India)

Situated in an extremely quiet, unpolluted rural village in the state of Jharkhand, north east of India is an ashram known as Rikhiapeeth. The ashram sprawls out mushrooming daily at an exceptional rate where the ‘ashramites’ work 16 hours of 24 hours daily performing karma yoga in serving, loving and giving as their spiritual mantra. This is an ideal environment which also requires discipline to gain access to the inner world where it is clearly understood.

“The ashram’s extraordinary capacity to serve mankind captured my mind, emotions and actions in service during my travels and stay there during the past 19 years. Engaging in karma yoga (yoga of action) I learned so much about utilizing every opportunity that presented itself for my own personal spiritual growth. Through this divine interaction of transformation made possible through my beloved gurus Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati I felt compelled to express the qualities of the ashram and spread the teachings in my own capacity no matter how small in my school. Encouraging and inspiring my family, friends and students to get involved in community selfless service (known as Seva) and go beyond our yoga mats and making it a practice (sadhana) in purifying ourselves of our karma in the process”. Swami Satyananda says: “Selfless service acts as a detergent and washes away the dirt of karma in order to experience spiritual life while living in the world. We should enlarge the scope of our practices (sadhana) from asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breath control), Japa (chanting) and meditation to include serving those who are in need. Caring for the unfortunates should become a part of our sadhana (yoga practices).”

          Rikhiapeeth – Jarkhand – India – 2010