Selfless Service and Penance

An e-devotee asks if it is better to do a personal penance or to do some kind of selfless service to the community. Gurudeva explains the difference between the two and adds that penance frees the person to perform more selfless service, "because he is not burdened by guilt." (This phrase, by the way, is the end of the talk, though it may sound as if Gurudeva is going to say something more.)

Photo of  Gurudeva
In practicing affectionate detachment, we are learning to live in the here and now, right in the moment. We are awakening the power of direct cognition, the power that enables us to understand what happens, when it happens and why it happens.
—Gurudeva