Service without Attachment

Photos from Wahkhen Village, Meghalaya, a Khasi village along the Bangladesh/India border

“There are different kinds of attachment,” the man from the Ramakrishna Mission told me. “Not only are there attachments to people and things, but we also get attached to ideas and expectations. When you give something, do it with an open heart for the sake of giving, with no expectations of what you will get back, whether you are giving to strangers or to your own children.”

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Every week the Ramakrishna Mission gives. Medicine. Food. Education. It’s given without asking anyone to join their organization, given without expectation. The idea of service is central to most Hindus. Self realization and service. The two go hand-in-hand.

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