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
Your journey on this Earth has only one goal, Self Realization. You are here to attain the highest possible states of consciousness. You are not here to react to the petty incidents that occur in the valley of the subconscious.
—Gurudeva