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
I've experienced reincarnation without losing my identity. I experience my identity that goes through the string of beads. And I never became the bead totally. Many people experience reincarnation asone bead and then another bead and then another bead. I experience it as a thread.
—Gurudeva